Jaroslava Kopčáková


Jaroslava Kopčáková, PhD. (1986) received her Master degree in Psychology (Faculty of Arts, PJ Safarik University in Kosice) and PhD. in Medical sciences (University of Groningen, The Netherlands). During her university studies she participated in Children organisation Fénix 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 in the position of the senior researcher at the Department of Health Psychology, Medical Faculty of P.J. Safarik University. She participated and still participates in several projects of national research agencies (APVV, VEGA), international or European research projects (VIPPA 2, 7RP SOPHIE HEALTH, HBSC, International Visegrad Fund).  Currently, she is involved in Care4Youth study oriented on healthy development of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems paying particual attention to their trajectory in the systems of care. In addiction, she is a member of Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study (HBSC). As a member of HBSC study she is focused on physical activity in the context of psychosocial determinants epecially in adolescents. Research is oriented on health and health-related behaviour among school-aged children within their social context. Moreover, within HBSC study she participated on study oriented on objective measures of physical activity among adolescents. Since 2012 she is a member of the European Health Psychology  Society and since 2017 she is a member of the European Network for Positive Psychology. Since 2020 she is a member of Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) Europe network and the Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!) and at the same time she is a country contact for GoPA! in Slovakia. She is participating  in developing a national Report card on physical activity for children and youth within the Global Matrix 4.0 project of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.


Selected scientific activities and projects:

2022 – 2026 Adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in the care system. APVV-21-0079
2021 – 2023 Health and health-related behavior of adolescents and methods of prevention of lifestyle diseases KEGA 020UKF-4/2021
2021 – 2023 Physical activity-related injuries prevention in adolescents (Project acronym: PARIPRE) in ERASMUS+ Sport Collaborative Partnerships Call
2021 – 2023 Physical activity-related injuries among Slovak adolescents VEGA 1/0179/21
2020 – 2023 Mapping the trajectory and experiences of adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems in the care
system: opportunities for improvement from the perspective of adolescents and their parents VEGA 1/0177/20
2019 – 2023 Generation Z – New challenges in youth development. APVV-18-0070
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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