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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 (Member of Council of Advisors)












Current scientific interests

Mental health, Well-being, Hope, Mindfulness, Posttraumatic growth


  • 2019: completion of the course Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy I. (Amir H. Imani))
  • 2019: completion of the 8 weeks course Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • 2017: completion of the course RESCUR Resilience Programme (C. Cefai, University of Malta)
  • 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 2020: Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Dept. of Psychology and Psychosomatics, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • since 2014: 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

  • 2019-2022: Decision about care at the end of life (DECAREL). TACR TL02000360.
  • 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:



Selected publications:

SVĚTLÁK, Miroslav, Šárka DAŇHELOVÁ, Barbora KÓŠA, Alena SLEZÁČKOVÁ a Rastislav ŠUMEC (2021). Self-compassion in medical students: a pilot study of its association with professionalism pressure. BMC Medical Education21, 500 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-021-02930-2


SVĚTLÁK, M., LINHARTOVÁ, P., KNEJZLÍKOVÁ, T., KNEJZLÍK, J., KÓŠA, B., HORNÍČKOVÁ, V., JAROLÍNOVÁ, K., LUČANSKÁ, K., SLEZÁČKOVÁ, A., & ŠUMEC, R. (2021). Being Mindful at University: A Pilot Evaluation of the Feasibility of an Online Mindfulness-Based Mental Health Support Program for Students. Frontiers in Psychology. Lausanne: Frontiers, 1664-1078. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.581086/full

SLEZÁČKOVÁ, A. (2020). Psychosociální souvislosti naděje v kontextu zdraví i závažného onemocnění: empirické poznatky a možnosti jejich aplikace v lékařské praxi (Psychosocial correlates of hope in the context of health and serious illness: empirical findings and possibilities of their application in medical care). In R. Ptáček & P. Bartůněk. Naděje v medicíně, s. 147-154. Praha: Grada, Edice celoživotního vzdělávání ČLK. ISBN 978-80-271-3077-1.


SLEZÁČKOVÁ, A. (2020). Jak pracovat s nadějí u pokročile onkologických pacientů  (How to work with hope in advanced cancer patients)Klinická onkologie, 33 (Suppl 1), 138-141. Plný text: Jak pracovat s nadějí u onkol.pacientů_A.Slezackova,2020.pdf.

Slezáčková, A., Guse, T., & Prošek, T. (2020). The role of perceived hope in harmony in life among Czech and South African adults. In R. K. Pradhan & U. Kumar (Eds.), Emotion, Well-being and Resilience: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Applications".(pp. 77-94). Apple Academic Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

MATIS, J., SVETLAK, M., SLEZACKOVA, A., SVOBODA, M., & ŠUMEC, R. (2020). Mindfulness-Based Programs for Cancer Patients via eHealth and mHealth: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Quantitative ResearchJournal of Medical Internet Research, 22(11):e20709. DOI: 10.2196/20709. URL: https://www.jmir.org/2020/11/e20709

SLEZÁČKOVÁ, A., PROŠEK, T., MALATINCOVÁ, T., & KRAFFT, A. M. (2020). Psychometrické vlastnosti české verze škály prožívané naděje: faktorová struktura a vnitřní konzistence. Československá psychologie, 64(3), 288-305.

Heintz, S., Ruch, W., Aykan, S., Brdar, I., Brzozowska, D., Carretero-Dios, H., Chen, H.-C., Chlopicki, W., Choi, I., Dionigi, A., Ďurka, R., Forg, T. E., Gusewell, A., Isler, R. B., Ivanova, A., Laineste, L., Lajčiaková, P., Lau, C., Lee, M., Mada, S., Martin-Krumm, C., Mendiburo-Sequel, A., Migiwa, I., Mustafi, N., Oshio, A., Platt, T., Proyer, R. T., Quiroga-Garza, A., Ramis, T., Saftoiu, R., Saklofske, D. H., Shcherbakova, O. V., Slezackova, A., Stalikas, A., Stokenberga, I., Torres-Marin, J., & Wong, P. S. O. (2019). Benevolent and corrective humor, life satisfaction, and broad humor dimensions: Extending the nomological network of the BenCor across 25 countries. Journal of Happiness Studies. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-019-00185-9

Stecz, P., Slezáčková, A., Millová, K., & Nowakowska-Domagala, K. (2019). Predictive Role of Positive Mental Health for Attitudes Towards Suicide and Suicide Prevention: Is the Well‑Being of Students of the Helping Professions a Worthwhile Goal for Suicide Prevention? Journal of Happiness Studies, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-019-00163-1

Slezáčková, A., Cefai, C., & Prošek, T. (2018). Psychosocial correlates and predictors of perceived hope across cultures: a study of  Czech and Maltese contexts. In A. M. Krafft, P. Perrig-Chiello, & A. M. Walker (Eds.), Hope for a Good Life. Results of the Hope-Barometer International Research Program. Social Indicators Research Series (pp.165-197). Cham: Springer. ISBN:978-3-319-78469-4. 

Slezackova, A., Cefai, C., Cejkova, E., & Gassmann, S. (2018). The role of life values in subjective well-being among Czech and Maltese university students. Psihološka obzorja, 27, 35–47. https://doi.org/10.20419/2018.27.483

Čejková, E., Slezáčková, A., Choubisa, R., & Vijayalakshmi, V. (2018) Life values and subjective well-being among Indian university students: Scrutinizing the omnipresent North-South divide. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 44(2), 238-248. ISSN: 0019-4247.

Slezáčková, A. (2017). Hope and Well-being: Psychosocial Correlates and Benefits. University of Malta: Centre for Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health. ISBN: 978-99957-890-1-5.

Slezáčková, A. & Sobotková, I. (2017). 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.

Slezackova, A. & Piskova, V. (2017). Excellent coping: Which coping strategies contribute to greater hope and happiness? In J. Mohan (Ed.). Emerging Contours of Excellence (pp. 75-95). Chandigarh: Panjab University.

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

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