Dean Ajduković

Professor Dean Ajduković, Ph.D., has been full professor of social psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia since 1993. He is also Deputy Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Croatian Science Foundation.

His research and teaching topics include psychological trauma and recovery; interethnic relations; post-conflict community social reconstruction; prevention of intimate partner violence; program evaluation; qualitative research methodology. He has extensive experience in providing services to distressed and traumatized individuals and communities. He serves as a reviewer for a number of international professional journals and sits on editorial boards of European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Intervention and Social Psychiatry.

He received Ph.D. in psychology from University of Zagreb in 1983 and was Fulbright Senior Scholar at UC Berkeley and Visiting Professor at University of Denver. He was principal or coprincipal investigator in over 20 national, regional and international research projects, including FP6, FP7, other EU-funded programs and projects funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science. He has chaired four European conferences. 

He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, edited 8 books and lectured in a number of centres of excellence in US and Europe. He provided consultation to major international organizations, including UNICEF, UNDP, UNPFA, WHO, Care International. He trained care providers in several countries affected by upheaval. He is past board member and president of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), of the Society for Psychological Assistance, and current president of the Croatian Society for Traumatic stress. He received the “Wolter de Loos Award for Contribution to European Psychotraumatology” (2011). He has extensive experience in team work, leadership and managing organizations, evaluation and selection of research projects.


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