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Alena Slezackova, Ph.D.

  • Founder and coordinator of the Czech Positive Psychology Centre (CPPC)
  • Country representative for the Czech Republic in the European Network for Positive Psychology (ENPP)
  • Member of the International Positive Psychology Association IPPA (Board of Directors)

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Current scientific interests

Positive psychology, Positive education, Posttraumatic growth,
Health psychology

 
Education

  • 2014: Habilitation in General psychology (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • 2010: Positive Psychology Masterclass (Bristol, UK)
  • 2009 Ph.D. in Clinical psychology (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • 1997: MA in Clinical psychology (Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University)
  • 1997: obtained the Certificate of Teaching Ability


Professional practice

  • since 2014 onwards: Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2008-2014: Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2008-2012: Research Associate at the Inst. of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 2001-2007: Psychologist at the Institution of Social Care for Disabled Children, Brno
  • 2000: Lecturer at Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University
  • 1999: Psychologist at the Home for Elder People, Brno
  • 1998-1999: Personnel manager at a business company, Brno


Research projects funded by grant agencies

  • 2013-2016: Health-Enhancing and Health-Threatening Behaviour: Determinants, Models, and Implications. Grant No. GA13-19808S. (Project team member)
  • 2010-2014: Studying Optimal Development Longitudinally: Potential of Prague and Brno Studies on Life-span Development. Grant No. 407/10/2410 of the Czech Science Foundation (Project team member)
  • 2008-2012: Psychosocial Needs and Quality of Life in Healthy Siblings of Paediatric Cancer Patiens. Grant No. 406/09/1255 of the Czech Science Foundation (Project team member)
  • 2007-2010: Quality of Life Longitudinal Study in Paediatric Oncology Patients (QOLOP). Grant No. 406/07/1384 of the Czech Science Foundation (Project team member)


Organisational activities in scientific community


Membership in scientific associations:

  •    European Network for Positive Psychology ENPP
  •    International Positive Psychology Association IPPA
  •    Centre for Applied Positive Psychology CAPP
  •    International Association of Applied Psychology IAAP
  •    Czech-Moravian Psychological Society CMPS


All publications and conference presentations:

http://is.muni.cz/osoba/24238?lang=en#publikace

Selected publications:

Slezackova, A. & Krafft, A. (2016). Hope – A Driving Force of Optimal Human Development. In J. Mohan & M. Sehgal (Eds.). Idea of Excellence: Multiple Perspectives (1-12). Chandigarh: Panjab University.  ISBN 81-85322-59-7

Slezáčková, A. & Sobotková, I. (2016). Family Resilience: Positive Psychology Approach to Healthy Family Functioning. In Updesh Kumar (Ed.) (2016). The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience, pp 379-390. Routledge. ISBN-10: 1138954888.

Tenklová, L. & Slezáčková, A. (2016).  Differences between Self-forgiveness and Interpersonal Forgiveness in Relation to Mental Health. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, JIAAP, July 2016, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp 193- 201. ISSN: 0019-4247

Singh, K., Jain, A., Kaur, J., Junnarka, M., & Slezáčková, A. (2016). Cross-cultural differences on Gunas and other well-being dimensions. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Elsevier, 2016, 24, Sep 2016, pp. 139-146. ISSN 1876-2018. doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2016.09.001.

Moravec, P. & Slezáčková, A. (2016). Psychological Benefits and Costs of Participating in Men’s Groups in the Czech Republic. Journal of European Psychology Students, 2016, roč. 2016, 7(1), s. 1-8. ISSN 2222-6931. doi:10.5334/jeps.346.

Slezáčková, A. (2015). Boosting hope. In L Bormans (Ed.) . The World Book of Hope. Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo, s. 104-107. ISBN 978-94-014-2360-1.

Slezáčková, A., Riegel, K. & Humpolíček, P. (2015). Relationships of Flow Experience, Well-being and Achievement Motivation in Recreational Athletes in Two Countries. Journal of Indian Health Psychology, 9(2), March 2015, pp. 13-28. New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House.  ISSN 0973-5755

Dosedlová, J., Klimusová, H., Burešová,I., Jelínek, M., Slezáčková, A. & Vašina, L. (2015). Optimism and Health-related Behaviour in Czech University Students and Adults. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015, roč. 2015, č. 171, s. 1051 - 1059. ISSN 1877-0428.

Oudenhoven, J. P. Van, De Raad, B., Timmerman, M.E., Askevis-Leherpeux, F., Boski, P., Carmona, C., Choubisa, R., Del Carmen Dominguez, A., Bye, H.H., Kurylo, A., Lahmann, C., Mastor, K., Selenko, A., Slezáčková, A., Smith, R., Tip, L., & Yik, M. (2014). Are virtues national, supranational, or universal? SpringerPlus, Germany: Springer, 2014, roč. 2, č. 3, 223. ISSN 2193-1801. doi:10.1186/2193-1801-3-223.

Slezackova, A. (2013). Reflections of Person-Centred Approach and Client-Centred Therapy in Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy. In S.K. Srivastava (Ed.) Psychological Interventions of Mental Disorders. (pp. 294-314). Sarup Book Publishers, New Delhi.

Slezackova, A. & Havigerova, J.M. (2013). Positive education : Principles and contribution to the prevention of socially pathological phenomena at school. In Miłkowska, Grazyna. Prevention in School - Prevention in Education, (pp. 152-168). Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek. International Forum for Education, No. 2(4). ISBN 978-83-7780-750-7.

Slezackova, A. & Doubkova, J.L. (2013).  The Role of Connectedness to Nature in Adolescents’ Quality of Life. Journal of Indian Health Psychology,  7, 2, pp. 33 - 47. ISSN 0973-5755

Slezackova, A., & Blahovska, I. (2013). Relationships of Gratitude, Hope, and Forgiveness with Well-being and Subjective Health in College Students. The 3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology, Los Angeles, USA, June 27-30, 2013.

Slezackova, A. (2013). Giving Hope - Giving Future. The 2nd International Conference on Positive Psychology CPPC 2013. Brno, Czech Republic, May 22-24, 2013.

Slezackova, A. et al. (2013). Happy & Healthy? Relationships between Well-being, Flourishing and Subjective Health in College Students. The 2nd International Conference on Positive Psychology CPPC 2013. Brno, Czech Republic, May 22-24, 2013.

Slezackova, A. (2012). Pruvodce pozitivni psychologii. Praha: Grada Publishing. ISBN 978-80-247-3507-8

Slezackova, A., & Gregussova, D. (2012). Hope, gratitude, meaningfulness and well-being in Czech students. The 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Moscow, Russia, June 26-29, 2012.

Slezackova, A. et al. (2011). Personal growth in adults with chronically ill child. 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology, July 23-26, Philadelphia, USA.

Slezackova, A. (2011). School as positively functioning institution (in Czech). Journal for School Management Rizeni skoly,  2/2011, Praha: Wolters Kluwer CR.

Slezackova, A. (2010). Positive psychology: Beyond the science of happiness. E-psychologiehttp://www.e-psycholog.eu/clanek/97

Slezackova, A. et al. (2010). Posttraumatic growth in parents of childhood cancer patients. 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology, June 23-26, 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Slezackova, A. (2010). Present development and prospects of positive psychology in the Czech Republic (in Czech). Symposium on Positive Psychology with M. Seligman, June 29, 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.

Slezackova, A. (2009). Posttraumatic growth in parents of childhood cancer survivors in context of positive psychology. Academic Dissertation (in Czech). Brno: Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno.

Slezackova, A., Blatny, M., Jelinek, M., Kepak, T., Vlckova, I., Pilat, & M. (2009). Health behaviour and posttraumatic growth in parents of childhood cancer survivors. Psychology & Health, Pisa: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 24, 1, od s. 366-367, 2 s. ISSN 0887-0446.

Slezackova, A., Blatny, M. & Kepak, T. et al.. (2008). Brno Quality of Life Longitudinal Study in Pediatric Oncology Patients (QOLOP): Posttraumatic growth in parents of childhood cancer survivors. Book of Abstracts, IV. European Conference on Positive Psychology, July 1-4, 2008, Opatia, Croatia