PhD Students

PhD Students

Full-time students

Year 3

Potential for indirect contact to mitigate prejudice against stigmatised minorities: Testing interventions in the school environment (Mgr. Simona Andraščiková, full-time study at IRSC, SAS) Supervisor: Mgr. Barbara Lášticová, PhD.

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Mgr. Simona Andraščikovágraduated with an MA in social and occupational psychology from the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava. Her thesis was on the violation of social norms in a secondary school context.

She is now enrolled as a full-time student on the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Education, Trnava University, studying at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at SAS. She also works as a social worker at OZ Mládež ulice (a civic association), where she organises free-time activities and provides social counselling for children and young people.

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Parallels and differences in education support in Roma communities in European countries and in disadvantaged areas in the developed world (Mgr. Romana Medveďová, full-time study at IRSC, SAS) Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Branislav Pupala, CSc.

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Mgr. Romana Medveďovástudied social anthropology and journalism at Vienna University. As part of her MA she studied cultural identities of ethnic minorities, media representations and social inclusion within the majority society.

She has worked for People in Need Slovakia as a field researcher and project manager in migration and minorities. She is now a training coordinator for the commercial sector. She is taking the full-time doctoral programme at the Faculty of Education, Trnava University, studying at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at SAS.

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Deliberative democracy and school practice (Mgr. Michaela Bartušová, full-time study, IRSC, SAS). Supervisor: doc. PhDr. Gabriel Bianchi, CSc.

Mgr. Michaela Bartušovágraduated in politics from the Faculty of Philosophy at Trnava University. As part of her MA she undertook an internship in public administration. She is now a full-time student on the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Education, Trnava University, based at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at SAS.

Her thesis is on the use of deliberative democracy in schools. She is co-investigator of a VEGA project on the psychological determinants of the activities and participation of children and adolescents with disabilities in integrated/inclusive settings.

Year 2

Media literacy in preventing the negative impacts of social media (Mgr. Kristína Blažeková, full-time student at IRSC, SAS) Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Oľga Zápotočná, CSc.

Mgr. Kristína Blažekovástudied clinical psychology and counselling at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. In her final dissertation she explored normative beliefs as a predictor of risky behaviours on the internet. She has worked in psychology and special education advisory services, focusing on psychological diagnostics and counselling.

She is now studying full-time on a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Education, Trnava University, and is based at IRSC. She also works as a school psychologist and is involved in zvolsi.info. Her areas of interest are critical thinking, new media, social networks, hoaxes, disinformation and online propaganda.

Year 1

Intergroup friendships in school settings: a tool for reducing prejudice against stigmatized minorities? (Mgr. Xenia Daniela Poslon, full-time student at IRSC) Supervisor: Mgr. Barbara Lášticová, PhD.

Mgr. Xenia Daniela Poslon studied social and occupational psychology at the Faculty of Social and Economic Science at Comenius University in Bratislava. As part of her MA she explored intergroup relationships and interventions aimed at reducing prejudice against ethnic minorities. While studying she was an intern with Habitat for Humanity International. At the same time she was a student on the interdisciplinary MA course in Cognitive Science at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Information Studies at Comenius University.
She is now a full-time PhD student taking the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Education at Trnava University, based at IRSC. Her main interests are intergroup relations, prejudice and stereotypes, social cognition and empathy.

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Happiness as a factor, feature and goal in education (Mgr. Nikola Kallová, full-time student at IRSC) Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Emil Višňovský, CSc.

Mgr. Nikola Kallová

graduated with a degree in philosophy from the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava, having specialised in personal identity, otherness, personal growth, the art of living and dietetics. She is now a PhD student at the IRSC, an external teaching site of the Faculty of Education at Trnava University in Trnava. Her specialism is philosophical counselling and the application on philosophical knowledge in teaching.

PhD Graduates

Information literacy in primary education (Mgr. Jozef Benyak – Institute for Research in Social Communication SAS) Consultant: doc. PhDr. Oľga Zápotočná, CSc.

Mgr. Jozef Benyak, PhD. studied preschool and elementary education with a primary school teaching component at the Faculty of Education at the Catholic University in Ružomberok. He did volunteer work and then become a trainer at the Diocese Centre of Free Time in Važec and a teacher at the Private Primary School in Ružomberok. After successfully completing a full-time PhD at the Department of School Education at Trnava University in Trnava and the Institute for Research in Social Communication at the Slovak Academy of Sciences he began working as a lecturer at the Catholic University in Ružomberok at the Department of Preschool and Elementary Education.

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The pedagogic and parenting roles of teachers working in school and non-school settings. (Mgr. Lucia Hargašová, full-time student, IRSC at SAS) Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Ivan Lukšík, CSc.

Mgr. Lucia Hargašová, PhD. studied psychology at the Faculty of Arts at Trnava University in Trnava. Her final dissertation looked at gender roles. After completing her MA she worked as a psychologist at the Centre of Educational Psychology for Counselling and Prevention in Pezinok and then in Senec, where she worked on sociopathological prevention, individualised diagnosis of children and advising pupils parents and teachers. After completing her full-time PhD at the Department of School Education at Trnava University in Trnava, in cooperation with IRSC at SAS, she was awarded the Š. Schwarz scholarship for best doctoral graduate, enabling her to continue at IRSC. She is a member of the Association for Planned Parenthood and of Prevention AD. Her research interests are gender roles, teaching and parenting roles, teacher education, sex education and inclusive education.

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The notion of the school in the teaching and philosophy of John Dewey (Mgr. Zuzana Laluhová, full-time student, IRSC at SAS) Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Emil Višňovský, CSc.

Mgr. Zuzana Laluhová, PhD.studied philosophy and history at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. After completing her MA she taught at a secondary grammar school. She studied for a full-time PhD at the Department of School Education at Trnava University in Trnava, based at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at SAS. Under the expert guidance of Professor Višňovský she wrote her thesis on the philosophy of education – especially the philosophical and educational legacy of the American philosopher John Dewey. In 2014 she undertook a summer study trip at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She now teaches students at V. B. Nedožerský Grammar School in Prievidza.

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Roma attitudes to secondary school education and their real-life chances of attending upper secondary school. (Mgr. Estera Kövérová, full-time study, IRSC at SAS) Supervisor: doc. Mgr. Miroslav Popper, PhD.

Mgr. Estera Kӧvérová, PhD.studied for a combined degree in psychology and citizenship studies and ethics at the Faculty of Education at Comenius University and Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University. She was a part-time employee at the Department of Social Work at Danubius University in Sládkovičovo, where she taught gender equality; equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination; social work with young people at risk. She completed her PhD at the Department of School Education at Trnava University in Trnava and at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and now works as a field social worker at OZ Mládež ulice, teaches at Trnava University in Trnava (lecturer) and volunteers as an equine-therapy assistant.

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Reality of deconstructing gender stereotypes in schools (Mgr. Jana Fúsková, full-time student, IRSC at SAS). Supervisor: doc. PhDr. Gabriel Bianchi, CSc.

Mgr. Jana Fúsková, PhD.graduated with a degree in psychology from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Healthcare, at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, and undertook a PhD at the Institute for Research in Social Communication, SAS, and the Faculty of Education at Trnava University in Trnava.

Her main research interests include minority identities. Her research and publications have focused on the construction of social and political barriers in relation to sexual minorities. Her thesis was on identifying the facilitators and barriers to deconstructing stereotypes in gender identity. After successfully completing her PhD she was awarded the Š. Schwarz scholarship for the best doctoral graduates, enabling her to continue at IRSC. She also lectures at Trnava University in Trnava.

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Gender socialisation in school settings. (Mgr. Jana Turčeková, full-time student, IRSC, SAV) Supervisor: prof. PhDr. Ivan Lukšík, CSc.

Mgr. Jana Turčeková, PhD. completed her studies in social education and training at the Faculty of Education in Trnava University in Trnava. While studying for her MA she undertook internships at the education ministry and Slovak parliament. She did volunteer work at the Family Aid Centre in Trnava, and Helping Children at Risk – Centre of Hope. She is interested in youth policy, opportunities for young people’s civic participation, and international policy relations and EU structures. She undertook a PhD in school education at the Faculty of Education at Trnava University in Trnava, based at the Institute for Research in Social Communication at SAS in Bratislava and works at the United School of St Francis of Assisi in Bratislava.