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prof. dr. sc. Jasminka Despot Lučanin
Title:Distinguished professor
Location: 207

Tuesdays, from 1 PM - 2 PM, room 207, or as agreed.

Public phone number:245 7611
Internal phone number:7611
E-mail: E-mail
Odsjek: Department of Psychology
Graduation year:1981
mr.sc. graduation year:1986
PhD graduation year:1997
Department since:2012


Born in Zagreb, Croatia. She attended graduate and postgraduate studies of psychology at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and got her doctoral degree in 1997. She did her professional development at the La Sapienza University in Rome in 1989 at the Department of Developmental Psychology, at the University of Oxford within the “Refugees Studies Programme: Psychological Assistance to Refugees and Displaced Persons”, and in Copenhagen at the International centre for the rehabilitation of torture victims within the “Psychological Assistance to Torture Victims” programme. Since 2012 is permanently employed at the University of Zagreb, University Department of Croatian Studies, Division of Psychology, as the Full Professor. She has published more than 60 scientific and professional papers in Croatian and international journals, and more than 30 textbooks, manuals and book chapters, and has presented at numerous scientific conferences in Croatia and abroad. Her scientific interests include health psychology and psychology of ageing.In 1993 she was awarded the “Ramiro Bujas Award” by the Croatian Psychological Association for outstanding contribution to the social affirmation of psychology, after intense involvement in humanitarian work within non-governmental organizations. In 2016 she was awarded the “Marko Marulić: Fiat Psychologia” award by the Croatian Psychological Association for outstanding contribution to the applied psychology.


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List of select publications

Košćec Bjelajac, A., Holzinger, B., Despot Lučanin, J., Lučanin, D., & Delale, E.A. (2020). Sleep quality and daytime functioning in older European adults. European psychologist. https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000406

Despot Lučanin, J., Lučanin, D., Košćec Bjelajac, A., Delale, E. A., & Štambuk, M. (2020). Life satisfaction determinants in older adults: Do different living arrangements count? In 21st Psychology Days in Zadar, Book of Selected Proceedings (pp. 51-68). Zadar, Croatia: University of Zadar, Department of Psychology. https://morepress.unizd.hr/books/press/catalog/view/61/60/932-1

Košćec Bjelajac, A., Despot Lučanin, J., Lučanin, D., & Delale, E.A. (2019). Psychosocial Predictors of Sleep Quality in Residents of Nursing Homes. GeroPsych-The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 32(2), 93-105. doi:10.1024/1662-9647/a000206

Despot Lučanin, J., & Lučanin, D. (2012). Associations of psychological, functional, and biological factors with age changes in the self-perceived health of old persons. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(3), 135-143https://doi.org/10.1024/1662-9647/a000063

Lučanin, D., Despot Lučanin, J., Košćec Bjelajac, A., & Delale, E. A. (2017). Longitudinal Psychosocial Predictors of Life Satisfaction in Old Persons. In I. Burić (Ed.), Book of Selected Proceedings of the 20th Psychology Days in Zadar, (pp. 115-125). Zadar: University of Zadar.

Despot Lučanin, J. i Lučanin, D. (2010). Psihosocijalni prediktori promjena u kognitivnim funkcijama u starosti. Suvremena psihologija, 13(2), 221-234.

Havelka, M., Despot Lučanin, J., & Lučanin, D. (2009). Biopsychosocial model – the integrated approach to health and disease. Collegium Antropologicum, 33(1), 303-310.

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Professional memberships

Main research interests: Psychology of Agieng and Health Psychology - biological, psychological and social factors and correlates of health. quality of life and survival in old age.

Member of the:

- Croatian Psychological Chamber.

- Croatian Psychological Society’s Division of Psychology of Ageing - Chair.

-  European Health Psychology Society - National Delegate for Croatia. 

- European Federation of Psychological Associations’ Standing Committee for Geropsychology - Convenor and National Delegate for Croatia.

- Editorial Board of The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, Hogrefe (publisher).

- Editorial Council of the Clinical Psychology journal, Naklada Slap (publisher).

List of select projects

Professor Jasminka Despot Lučanin was the principal investigator of seven research projects - two financed long-term by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, and five financed short-term by the University of Zagreb, and co-investigator in five other research projects (financed by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education), all from the field of the Psychology of Ageing.

Past employments

University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (then: Faculty of Education) Department of Psychology (1981-1988) - Research Assistant

University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb (1988-2012) - Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

University of Zagreb, Faculty for Croatian Studies, Division of Psychology (since 2012) - Full Professor


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