Organising Committee

    • Marko Vrtovec - PRESIDENT, Slovenia
    • Deianara Couwet, Belgium
    • Katarina Mandunič, Slovenia
    • Katja Ponikvar, Slovenia

    Marko Vrtovec


    Urša Leban

    Katarina Madunič

    Maja Jotić

    Petra Mikolič

    Tjaša Möderndorfer

    Erik Babič



    Karin Bakračevič, PhD, is a full professor of Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor. She graduated in Psychology from the University of Ljubljana and finished her PhD in Developmental Psychology. Her research is focused on cognitive and socio-emotional development, development of self-awareness and self-regulation in children and adolescents, executive functions and cognitive aging. Lately, she has investigated the effectiveness of cognitive training in different populations, especially the elderly.


    David Gosar, PhD, is a clinical psychologist working at the Department of Child, Adolescent and Developmental Neurology at the University Children’s Hospital in Ljubljana. His main research interests lie in the domains of developmental neuropsychology and neuroimaging. His research is aimed at understanding the neurobiological mechanism with underlie the cognitive, affective and social functioning of children and adolescents with different neurological and neuro-developmental disorders such as epilepsy, autism, neuromuscular diseases and specific genetic syndromes. In his work he also focuses on interventions for patients and families and has a keen interest in the etiology of dissociative and somatoform disorders. In addition to his interest in the field of neuropsychology, he is also pursuing his professional interests in the domains of psychometrics and e-psychology. In collaboration with Slovenian test publishers he has been involved in the development and adaptation of numerous internationally recognised psychological assessment tools. He is also a member of the Slovenian test commission, advising the Slovenian Psychological Society on the practice of psychological assessment. As a member of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) Project group on e-psychology he also strives to help incorporate advancements in the field of e-psychology, data science and information technology into mainstream psychology in an ethically responsible and scientifically rigorous fashion.


    Peter Janjušević, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, working at The Counselling Centre for Children, Adolescents and Parents, Ljubljana, where he conducts clinical work with children, adolescents and families and leads the group for research and development. As a clinical psychologist his main work is the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological problems and disorders in children, adolescents and their families. This includes conduct and mood disorders, learning difficulties and more recently he has focused on anxiety and comorbid problems. His research and development activity focuses mainly on small scale - clinical research and prevention projects, as well as implementing evidence based practices in mental health care within health and school settings, such as Identification, prevention and intervention in school refusal behaviours (2017-2019). More recently he has been implementing an anxiety treatment programme Cool Kids in the Slovenia Centre for Emotional Health - Macquarie University Sydney, Australia (2020-2022). He is an accredited CBT therapist, supervisor and teacher.


    Tanja Kajtna, PhD, is an associate professor, employed at the Faculty of sport, University of Ljubljana. She teaches Sport Psychology related subjects, such as Sport Psychology and Psychological Preparation. She is a licensed sport psychologist with 20 years experience in top sports and is the president of the Section for Sport Psychology in the Slovenian Psychologists' Association. She has been working with swimmers, alpine skiers, tennis players, martial arts athletes, paralympians. She attended Beijing 2008 Paralympic games and London 2012 Olympic games as a sport psychologist for the Slovene national team. Her work combines classical approaches to sport psychology such as PST and CBT with ACT approaches.


    Katja Košir, PhD, works as an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts at the University of Maribor. She works with teachers in training, psychologists and (inclusive) pedagogues. In addition, she participates in the teacher education training program (PAI). Her research interests are mainly focused on the non-cognitive factors of academic performance, especially social relationships, i.e. peer relations and student−teacher relations and their role in students’ academic performance and their assessment. She is the head of the Center for lifelong learning at the Faculty of Art, University of Maribor. As an implementer of various training courses for professionals in the field of education, she strives to transfer scientific findings into practice and to integrate effectively and foster co-operation between academic communities and educational institutions. She is an associate editor at the scientific journal Horizons of Psychology. In 2017, she received the award of the Educational Research Institute and The Slovenian Educational Research Association for outstanding achievements in the field of research in education.


    Ana Kozina, PhD, is a researcher, assistant professor and Head of the Centre for evaluation studies in the Educational Research Institute. Her work is in the field of developmental and educational psychology. She focusses on the developmental and time related trends of aggression and anxiety (in childhood and adolescence) their interplay and the role anxiety and aggression play on individual level, on a school level and on the community level (with possible prevention and intervention designs). In the field of education, she is interested in the factors related to student’s achievement and well-being (social and emotional learning, school climate, motivation...). Currently she is a leading researcher in a European project: HAND IN HAND, empowering teachers across Europe to deal with social, emotional and diversity related career challenges. She is actively involved in an international research project Positive youth development across cultures (led by Bergen University). Her work has been presented on national and international levels (e.g. conferences, journals, monographs) on regular basis. She is a member of Editorial board: Educational Research Institute Press and a vice-president of Slovenian Educational Research Association (SLODRE).


    Bojan Musil, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor (Slovenia) and Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, University of Primorska (Slovenia). His primary research interests are cross-cultural studies of values and value orientations, personality concepts, health, educational studies, and computer-mediated communication.


    Vlasta Novak Zabukovec, PhD, is a full professor of Educational Psychology at University of Ljubljana and University of Primorska. The main field of research is communication and climate in educational settings. She was active in the field of sports psychology, where she studied the role of various psychological factors in school physical education, such as motivation, perceived effectiveness and attitudes towards physical education. In the field of traffic psychology, she studied the role of different pedagogical approaches in developing traffic-safe behaviour of children and adolescents. She has participated in the development of rehabilitation programmes for drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances. Recent research is related to the development of information literacy and the transfer of these findings into libraries. She is active in the field of the EuroPsy certificate.


    Anja Podlesek, PhD, is an associate professor of Psychological Methodology at Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana. Her research includes psychophysics, measurement in psychology (development of psychological tests), and cognitive psychology (especially cognitive training and cognitive control). She is the head of the research programme Psychological and neuroscientific aspect of cognition at the Slovenian Research Agency. As a practitioner she has participated in studies in the field of educational psychology and suicidal behaviour. She is an associate editor of the journal Horizons of Psychology.

    Assistant: NEŽA PODLOGAR (

    Neža Podlogar is teaching assistant of educational psychology and PhD student at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research interests focus on psychological aspects of gifted education, video game impact on cognition and intelligence.


    Saška Roškar, PhD, is an assistant professor in the field of clinical psychology at Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana. She is employed at the National Institute of Public Health. Her field of interests include mental health promotion, prevention of mental disorders and in particular suicide prevention. From 2009 to 2017 she was the national representative for Slovenia in the International Association for Suicide Prevention. She is the author and co-author of scientific papers published in national and international peer reviewed journals.


    Polona Selič - Župančič, PhD, is a full professor of Clinical Psychology. As a young researcher, she was interested in coping and psychosomatics, but became intrigued by psychophysiology applied in criminal investigations. After a detour in the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office, where her focus on domestic violence prevention faced many obstacles, she finally found fulfilment at the Department of Family Medicine. A researcher by nature, occasionally lecturing and conducting workshops, she is more of a storyteller than a teacher.


    Sara Tement, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor. She holds a doctoral degree in occupational psychology from the University of Vienna. Her current research interests include work-family conflict, recovery from work, job demands and resources, and burnout. She has published many scientific articles in international scientific outlets, hold lectures nationally and internationally and conducts employee training on topics related to work, personnel and organisational psychology.


    Maja Zupančič, PhD, is a full professor of Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and the chair of Developmental Psychology Division. She was also a visiting professor at the Centro Studi Universitari Internazionali in Lugano, the University of Rijeka and the University of Vienna. She has been the leader of the research programme Applied Developmental Psychology since 2004 and has represented the research field in Psychology over the past decade at the Slovenian Research Agency. Her current research interests focus on psychosocial development and adaption in emerging adulthood.

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