Jaroslava Kopčáková


Jaroslava Kopčáková, MSc. (1986) received her Master degree in Psychology (Faculty of Arts, P.J. Šafárik University in Košice). During her university studies she was interested in field of family and developmental psychology, and she worked as a research assistant at KISH, Child Line of trust in Košice and she also participated in several courses in psychology and psychotherapy. At present time, she is PhD student at the University of Groningen and in the position of the researcher at the Department of Health Psychology, Medical Faculty of P.J. Šafárik University in Košice. During her doctoral studies, as well as in her ongoing work at the university, she is focused on research in health psychology and public health with particular focus on physical activity in the context of psychosocial determinants especially in adolescents. She participated and still participates in several projects of national research agencies (APVV), international research projects (VIPPA2) and European projects (SOPHIE, International Visegrad Fund). In addition, she is a member of Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study (HBSC). Since 2012 she is a member of the European Health Psychology Society.


Selected scientific activities and projects:

2017 – present Member of the European Network for Positive Psychology
2017 – 2020 Health literacy in a school-aged children as a part of education process in schools and the outcome of school based health education VEGA 1/0427/17
2017 – 2018 Member of work group “Health and active living” under the project of the Youth Department of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with IUVENTA
2017 – 2017 Member of work group “Let’s talk more – youth participation and interdepartmental cooperation” under the project of ZIPCeM (as collaboration of Youth Department of the Ministry of Education and Youth within the Youth Strategy of the Slovak Republic for 2014-2020)
2016 – 2020 Psychosocial development of children with emotional and behavioural disorders in the system of care – longitudinal study. APVV-15-0012
2013 – 2015 Health and health-related behaviour within social context in adolescence APVV-0032-11
2011 – 2015 Project SOPHIE HEALTH-F3-2011-278173 – Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change is realised within 7th Framework programme, HEALTH.2011.3.3-1 Developing methodologies to reduce inequities in the determinants of health.
2014 – present Psychosocial development of health disadvantaged school-aged children VEGA 1/0895/14
2012 – 2015 ECOP project Strengthening scientific potential of the research teams in promoting physical activity at Palacky University, No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0171
2012 – 2012 International Visegrad Fund: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study: Supporting the Visegrad countries research network, No.21110275



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