Odjel za psihologiju


Department of Psychology, University of Zadar

Dr. Ivana Tucak Junaković is a Full Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Zadar. She graduated in Psychology at the former Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar in 2001. In 2009, she completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She first worked in several high schools, and since 2004 she has been working at the Department of Psychology at the University of Zadar. She also held the position of head of the Chair of Developmental Psychology in the same department where she holds several courses: Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology of Adulthood, Psychology of Ageing, Psychology of Family and Parenting, and Successful Ageing. Her research interests are focused on the field of developmental psychology of adulthood and psychology of ageing. She is especially interested in topics of generativity, positive aspects of ageing and psychosocial determinants of subjective well-being, health and quality of life in old age. So far, she has published about fifty scientific articles and chapters in handbooks. She is the editor of the university textbook Successful ageing: theoretical approaches, research methods and contributing factors. She actively collaborates in several scientific projects that deal with the determinants of successful ageing and the challenges of contemporary parenting. She was the leading investigator of an institutional research project Successful Ageing: Development and Validation of an Integrated Multidimensional Model at the University of Zadar. For many years, she has been a member of the editorial board of the Collection of Psychological Scales and Questionnaires, and on two occasions she was the editor-in-chief of this university edition. She participated in numerous national and international scientific and professional conferences with nearly seventy presentations and was the chair or member of the Program or Organization Committee of several conferences. She is also engaged in activities of the Student Counseling Center at the University of Zadar. Dr. Tucak Junaković is also active in various community activities where she often gives lectures on topics related to the ageing process to users of centers for the provision of community services, older people and staff in nursing homes, and others.