Three double degree PhD defences between UPJŠ and RUG in sight!!!

We are pleased to annouce three upcoming double degree PhD defences between Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen on 19 June 2023.

Is school not calling? Adolescents’ experiences at school, contributing factors and consequences for a healthy development

PhD ceremony:Ms S. (Simona) Horanicová
When:June 19, 2023 12.45 p.m.
Where:Academy building RUG

Adolescents in a digital world: the risks and benefits of the use of digital technology

PhD ceremony:Ms L. (Laura) Bittó-Urbanová
When:June 19, 2023 2.30 p.m.
Where:Academy building RUG

Adolescents’ engagement in physical activity – measurements, risks and outcomes

PhD ceremony:Ms V. (Viktoryia) Karchynskaya
When:June 19, 2023 4.15 p.m.
Where:Academy building RUG

Our new project “Mental health of adolescents in the context of current social challenges” received financial support from the Slovak Research and Development Agency!!!

Our new project “Mental health of adolescents in the context of current social challenges”, received financial support from the Slovak Research and Development Agency!

We are looking forward to the opportunity to continue our ongoing work on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC).

HBSC is an international network of researchers and other practitioners who collaborate on activities aimed at better understanding the lives of today’s schoolchildren and try to implement this knowledge into national programs, policies and strategies aimed at disseminating these findings important to parents, teachers, pediatricians, social workers and other people who care about the healthy development of children and youth.

More information can be found at and


Why are women at higher risk of low value practice and consequently also at higher risk of ADVERSE EVENTS? Why in case of female patients, GPs more frequently violate recomendations (do DO NOT DO)?

OVERGEND project aim to analyze the phenomenon of overtreatment initiated in primary care from a gender perspective to reduce the number of females suffering from adverse events due to receiving unnecessary treatments. Also, to establish a recommendation for future overuse research incorporating a gender perspective.

Prof. Jose J. Mira Solves invited experts from Portugal (Prof. P. Sousa), Finland (Prof. S. Tella), Croatia (dr. B. Knezevic) and Slovakia (Prof. A. Madarasova Geckova) to discuss findings, interpretations and recommendations.

New Editorial in Frontiers in Psychology is published!

Read a new open access article recently published.

Editorial: Health of Adolescents: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspective, by Jaroslava Kopcakova, Daniela Husarova, Erik Sigmund, Gabriel Banik, Lenka Sokolova, published in Frontiers in Psychology, section Health Psychology.

To view the online publication, please click here.

This Research Topic aimed to highlight Health of Adolescents from Quantitative and Qualitative Perspective of Research. Adolescence is a period of extensive psychological changes, such as the need to explore, growing independence and the need for peer acceptance and family support. Within this Research Topic was published 17 highly relevant and cited research articles.

To view the online articles, please click here.

Findings from HBSC study and GenZer study was presented on national conference „Child at Risk“ organized by Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology.

On 16 March as a part of the national conference „Child at Risk“ organized by Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology, our PhD students, Laura Bitto Urbanova and Simona Horanicova presented findings from qualitative survey GenZer mapping perspectives of adolescents on risk and benefits of using digital technologies and  factors facilitating or hindering their well-being and academic outcomes in schools.

Prof. Andrea Madarasova Gecková presented how HBSC survey is prepared and what will be the content of national report which is on the way to be published.