Magdalena Mijas

Scientific interests

LGBTQ psychology, health psychology, history of sexuality and sexology, relationships between stigma and health


Research projects

2017 – 2019 Impaired habituation and recovery of cortisol response to stress as possible mechanism linking minority stress with adverse health outcomes

National Science Centre, position: principal investigator

2014 – 2015 Representations of HIV and HIV-positive persons in Polish print media

Research project conducted with Association for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Social Support “One World”, financed by EOG Norwegian Mechanisms and Stefan Batory Foundation, position: principal investigator

2014-2015 Levels of reproductive hormones and sexual selection: innovative approach to human sexual preferences

National Science Centre, P.I. Urszula Marcinkowska, PhD

2015 Antidiscriminatory politics of non-governmental organizations and local government units in Lesser Poland

Research project conducted with Culture for Tolerance Foundation, financed by Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

2013 – 2014 European research on cross-national attitudes toward same-sex marriage and lesbian/gay parenting

Research project conducted with Salvadore D’Amore (University of Liege, Belgia) and Robert-Jay Green (California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University)

2011 – 2014 The childfree choice. A qualitative study in South Africa, India and Poland

Research project conducted with Ingrid Lynch (University of Pretoria, SA), Tracy Morison (Human Sciences Research Council, SA), Seemanthini Tumkur Shivakumar (Mangalore University, India) i prof. Catriona Macleod (Rhodes University, SA)




Mijas, M., Dora, M., Brodzikowska, M. and Żołądek, S. (2016).  Language. Media. HIV. Representations of infection and HIV-positive persons in print media (in Polish). Krakow: Association for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Social Support “One World”. ISBN: 978-83-944232-1-6.

Iniewicz, G., Mijas, M. and Grabski, B. (2012). Introduction to LGB Psychology (in Polish). Wroclaw: Continuo Press. ISBN:978-83-62182-30-5.

Iniewicz, G. and Mijas, M. (2011). Human sexuality. Selected issues (in Polish). Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press. ISBN: 978-83-233-3101-8.


Peer-reviewed articles

Dora, M., Mijas, M., Dobroczyński, B. (in press). DMS-5 paraphilic disorders criteria in the light of autoerotic asphyxiophilia and non-sexual forms of oxygen restristion. Polish Psychiatry.

Mijas, M., Koziara, K., Dora, M. (2017). HIV-related stigma, health of people living with HIV and attitudes towards testing (in Polish). Polish Sexology, 15(2), 73-80.

Grabski, B., Dora, M., Iniewicz, G., Mijas, M., Müldner-Nieckowski, Ł. (2017). The character of sexual function of women who have sex with women. Polish Psychiatry, 74, 1-11.

Morrison, T., Macleod, C., Lynch, I., Mijas, M. and Shivakumar, S.T. (2016). Stigma resistance in online childfree communities: the limitations of choice rethoric. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(2), 184-198.

Mijas, M., Dora, M. and Dobroczyński B. (2015). Therapy with bisexual client – selected issues (in Polish). Polish Sexology, 13(1), 19-30.

Dora, M., Mijas, M. and Dobroczyński, B. (2013). Primum non nocere. Controversies around sexual-orientation-conversion therapies for homosexual clients (in Polish). Psychoterapia, 4(167), 79-90.

Mijas, M., Iniewicz, G. and Grabski, B. (2012). Stage models of homosexual identity formation. Implications for therapeutic practice (in Polish). Polish Psychiatry, 46(5), 815-828.

Iniewicz, G., Grabski, B. and Mijas, M. (2012). Mental health of homosexual and bisexual people – role of minority stress (in Polish). Polish Psychiatry, 46(4), 649-663.

Grabski, B., Iniewicz, G. and Mijas, M. (2012). Mental health of homosexual and bisexual people – review of research and presentation of the phenomenon (in Polish). Polish Psychiatry, 46(4), 637-647.

Dora, M. and Mijas, M. (2012). From masturbatory insanity to sexual heath. Changes in perceiving auto-erotism in medical discourse and therapy (in Polish). Psychoterapia, 3(162), 65-75.