Adrijana Bjelajac

Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine

PhD / Scientific Associate

Adrijana Bjelajac (ex Košćec), Ph.D., Assistant professor, psychologist-psychotherapist

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0547-0047

Education

  • 2012 Gestalt Psychotherapist, Institut für Integrative Gestalttherapie Würzburg
  • 2011 Systemic Gestalt Coach, Institut für Integrative Gestalttherapie Würzburg
  • 2006 Ph.D. in psychology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2002 M.Sc. in psychology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 1996 B.A. in psychology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Work Experience

  • Since 2017 Scientific Associate, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb
  • 2011-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb
  • Since 2011 Psychotherapist in private practice
  • 2009-2011 Director and psychologist, Točka promjene – consulting and development
  • 1998-2009 Assistant, Senior Assistant, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb

Additional training

  • 2003 William C. Dement Fellowship–Sleep and Chronobiology Summer Behavioral Sciences Research Apprenticeship; Brown University, USA
  • 2003 European Sleep Research Society Course on Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research
  • 2001 Basics and Concepts of Chronobiology and Their Application to Human Health and Disease; International Society for Chronobiology

Awards

  • 2015 Annual award of the Centre for Croatian Studies for scientific paper with high international visibility published in 2014
  • 2005 Annual award of the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health to young scientist for papers published in 2004
  • 2004 European Sleep Research Society Young Scientist Award
  • 2004 European Sleep Research Society–Sanofi-Synthelabo Sleep Research Grant
  • 1997 Croatian Psychological Association Award for B.A. thesis

Memberships

  • Croatian Chamber of Psychotherapists (HKPT)
  • Croatian Chamber of Trade and Crafts (HOK)
  • Croatian Psychological Chamber (HPK)
  • Croatian Psychological Society (HPD)
  • European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT)
  • European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)
  • European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
  • Society of Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapists of Croatia (DGIPH)
  • Society of Imago Therapists of Croatia (DITH)
  • Zagreb Psychological Society (ZPD)

 

  • Since 2020 member of the Ethical Committee of the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
  • Since 2020 member of the Ethical Committee of the Society of Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapists of Croatia
  • Since 2020 member of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian Chamber of Psychotherapists
  • Since 2017 member of the Executive Committee of the journal Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
  • Since 2015 member of the Committee for evaluation of programs for propaedeutics in psychotherapy of the Association of Psychotherapy Societies of Croatia
  • Since 2011 chair, co-chair, member of organizational and/or program committees of national and international professional and/or scientific meetings
  • 2012-2014 deputy head of Department of Psychology, Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb
  • 2012-2017 founder and coordinator of Support Services for Students with Disabilities, Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb
  • 2013-2017 founder and coordinator of Student Counselling Services, Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb

Other

Research projects

  • Since 2019 Team member on project financed by the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ): Exposure to pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides in children – risk assessment for adverse effects on neuropsychological development and hormonal status – PyrOPECh (V. M. Varnai)
  • Since 2017 Team member on international projects: CA16216 Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohorts (EU, Chair I. Sivesind Mehlum); Chronic hand eczema in Europe: Patients’ experiences and perspectives (CHEPEP) (European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, A. Bauer, J. Macan)
  • 2017-2020 Team member on research project financed by the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health: Determination of body composition and chronic stress by bioimpedance method (S. Cvijetić Avdagić); Interaction of constitutional and occupational risk factors on the incidence of occupational contact dermatitis in hairdressing apprentices during vocational training (J. Macan); Contact hand dermatitis in dentists and medical doctors: prevalence and risk factors (J. Macan i L. Lugović Mihić);  Preventing child poisonings by educational intervention aimed at parents of preschool children (Ž. Babić).
  • 2013-2019 Team member on research projects financed by the University of Zagreb: Relationship between Psychosocial Factors, Cognitive Function and Sleep Quality Indices with Length of Life in Older Persons; Relationship Between Sleep Quality, Functioning and Quality of Life in Older Persons; Long Term and Short Term Predictors of Sleep Quality and Life Satisfaction in Older Persons; Biopsychosocial predictors of quality of life in older persons in different living arrangements; Well-being of different family generations in contemporary work designs (J. Despot Lučanin).
  • 1998-2013 Team member on research projects financed by the ministry in charge: Problem Sleepiness: Sociocultural, Behavioural and Psychophysiological Aspects (B. Radošević-Vidaček); Problem Sleepiness: Psychophysiological and Behavioural Aspects (B. Radošević-Vidaček); Impact of New Technologies on Health (M. Gomzi) and PI or team member on two research projects financed from other sources: Adolescent sleep patterns, daytime sleepiness and performance efficiency in a two-shift school system (European Sleep Research Society, A. Košćec); Primary Prevention of problem Sleepiness in Adolescence (City of Zagreb, B. Radošević-Vidaček).

Teaching at university level

  • Since 2019  Safety, health at work and environment, Faculty of Metallurgy, University of Zagreb
    • Undergraduate course: Work Psychology
  • 2002-2020  Department of Psychology, Faculty of Croatian studies, University of Zagreb
    • Undergraduate courses: Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Introduction to Scientific Research, Work Psychology
    • Graduate courses: Applied Organisational Psychology, Creative Techniques in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Ergonomics, Psychology of Organisational Behaviour, Psychology of Sleep and Wakefulness, Psychotherapy Modalities, Student Placements.

Professional activity

  • Licenced to practice psychotherapy in Croatia (HKPT)
  • European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP)
  • European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy (ECGP)
  • Licensed to practise psychology in Croatia (HPK)

List of publications