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Roots of My Evidence-Based Coaching -Projects

Project 1
Social Business Model for Stress-less Resilient Leadership 
-national award winner-
Project 2
PeP-SCOT: People in Prison-Health Coaching for Scotland

I currently co-coordinate building strategic alliances between the high-level diverse stakeholders (University of Dundee -UoD-; the Public Health Foundation India, PHFI; EMCC) to train Health Care Professionals as Resilient Leaders while equipping with coaching skills:

  • An alternative model for sustainable and inclusive societies, focusing on individual and organizational change management

  • Designed to achieve UN specific Sustainable Goals and a new Entrepreneurship Model for Health, as suggested by the WHO.

  • Stems from my evidence-based triple award winner project “Smile Healthy with Your Diabetes” whose successful findings are published (Cinar et al., 2014-2017).

  • The training was piloted in Malawi that I trained healthcare professionals on fundamental coaching skills. 

I designed and executed a coaching and leadership project as part of National Social Innovation project, namely “PeP-SCOT: People in Prison-Health Coaching for Scotland (2015-2017)”, at the University of Dundee aiming change and organisational development in prisons.


  • Was managed the  and co-coordinated by me in strategic alliance with NHS, Scottish Prison Service, Government and NGOs. 

  • Its design and the methodology have been derived from my internationally and globally awarded international project “Smile Healthy with Your Diabetes”.

  • Was accredited International Coaching Federation-recognized hours for the prisoners through international collaboration with a professional coaching institute.

  • Was a 96 hours interactive coaching training program, supported by 20 hours coaching supervision, to improve health, health behaviors, capacity building and leadership skills of prisoners and prison staff.

  • Its  co-objective was to train prisoners as health coaches for their peers

  • Was launched at 2015 and two pilot cohort training (2016, 2017) have been implemented.

PEP-SCOT coaching training and supervision was in alignment with the International Coaching Training Framework and Standards.


PEP-SCOT, is unique in terms of being the first health coaching training for people in prison as health coaches for their peers. Successful outcomes have been published.

Project 3
“Smile Healthy with Your Diabetes”
  -ınternationally triple-award winning project-

I designed  and  executed an international project, underpinned by coaching and individual change management, as the Principal Investigator and Project Manager at the University of Copenhagen (“Smile Healthy with your diabetes”, Turkey and Denmark, 2010-2015) in alliance with national and international funding agencies and stakeholders (International Diabetes Federation, National Diabetes Associations, Universities, Government).

The project:

  • Is the winner of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council International Coaching Award (2016), 100 Best Global Coaching Leaders Award, 50 Outstanding Women in Healthcare Management–2016 for promoting positive change and well-being in society through an international “coaching and leadership” project.

  • Was a 1.5 year prospective international study assessing the impact of health coaching compared to health education on health and individual change management among individuals with diabetes type 2 by use of clinical and psycho-social measures.

  • Has been among the pioneer projects in the field applying professional business coaching to individual change management practices.

  • Proposes a new healthcare services model, standing as an example for WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services.

The successful outcomes of the project have shown that Coaching approach in this study

  • significantly improved health, e.g.  blood glucose levels,  health behaviours (physical activity, diet), psychological well-being (self-efficacy, stress), and reduced absenteeism.

  • has been among the most successful interventions to reduce three-months glucose levels among individuals with diabetes type 2 (independent review by Sherifali et al., 2016) 

This project is the foundation for To Be The One Approach which I have developed through coaching almost 150 people over one year (500 hundred hours 1-1 coaching)

Project 4
International PhD Project
-L'OREAL- UNESCO Women in Science Award (2004)-
( 2003- 2006)
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An international project at the University of Helsinki, including assessment and measurement of behaviour change, and comparative analysis of healthcare systems in a developing and developed country. 

I worked with almost 1000 individuals to better understand the non-biological determinants of health and related behaviorI have developed a health behaviour change model, based on the findings.


The project showed that health enhancing behaviors cluster as a group in one individual, in other words all positive behaviors (e.g.,regular physical activity and tooth-brushing, healthy diet) are displayed as a positive lifestyle of an individual, or all poor behaviors (inactivity, poor diet and tooth-brushing habits) are expressed as a way of life.

All these behaviors share some common factors such as self-efficacy, self-esteem and performance, regardless of differences in cultures and healthcare systems, and all that have impact on health.

This project shows the power of empowerment, considering self-efficacy and self-management were the most significant factors affecting health and behaviour change.​

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