Department of Psychology

 

ABOUT US

Psychology studies have been held in different departments since the establishment of the Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in 1922. In 1950 the University was closed and several new higher school institutions have been established using the resources of Vytautas Magnus University. In 1989 VMU has been re-established and the Department of Psychology has been reestablished in 1990. In 2002 the Department of Psychology has been re-organised into two departments: Department of General Psychology (bachelor studies) and the Department of Theoretical Psychology (master studies). In September, 2016, both departments have been reunited into the Department of Psychology.

The Department of Psychology is responsible for the implementation of one undergraduate and three graduate study programmes (School, Health and Organizational Psychology), as well as  doctoral studies in psychology that are carried out in conjunction with Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Cordoba University (Cordoba, Spain).

In the Department a wide range of psychological research including the analyses of contemporary personal and public problems are performed. Since 2007, in collaboration with the Psychology Clinic,  a research cluster entitled “Individual psychological and psychosocial functioning of the opportunities for improvement in organizations, educational and health institutions” has been started. Research, performed within the cluster, include studies of urgent problems of modern society – emigration, risky driving, psychological aspects of health and wellbeing and psychological support, sustainable leadership, educational psychology issues. The results are published in popular and scientific literature, reported in national and international conferences. The Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the Psychology Clinic is implementing national and international research projects  and conferences as well as internal and external seminars and trainings.

Address: Jonavos str. 66 – 331, LT-44191 Kaunas

Phone +370 37 327 824, +370 37 327 947

e-mail: pka@vdu.lt

Head of Department

Assoc. Prof. Dr. LORETA GUSTAINIENĖ

e-mail: loreta.gustainiene@vdu.lt


Department adminsitrator

RITA LAUŽACKIENĖ

e-mail: rita.lauzackiene@vdu.lt

 ACADEMIC STAFF

Prof. Dr. LORETA BUKŠNYTĖ – MARMIENĖ

e-mail: loreta.buksnyte-marmiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Psychosocial functioning of personality

Psychosocial adjustment in school

Psychological correlates of job performance

Counselling of organization

Diagnostic of conflicts and their management

Career management

Professional identity
 

Aukse Endriulaitiene

Prof. Dr. AUKSĖ ENDRIULAITIENĖ

e-mail: aukse.endriulaitiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Psychosocial correlates of safe and risky behaviour on the road during the life span

Work related attitudes, leadership and occupational burnout

Psychological antecedents of workaholism

Teamwork and decision making in organizations

 

Antanas Gostautas

Prof. Habil. Dr. ANTANAS GOŠTAUTAS

e-mail: antanas.gostautas@vdu.lt

Associated emeritus

Research interests:

Methodology of medical and health psychology research;

Diagnostics and impact methods on health promotion; Prevention of chronic non-infectious disease and health-related quality of life;

Integration of health psychology and professionalization of Health Psychologists in the health care system.

 

Aidas Perminas

Prof. Dr. AIDAS PERMINAS

e-mail: aidas.perminas@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Stress, stress management and the aspects of coping with stress in various groups of individuals (e.g. aspects of children’s, adults’, students’ stress management).

Psychological factors related to the diseases’ development.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of behaviour change intervention in psychological diseases’ prevention.

Personality traits related to the disease development.

Disease-prone personality.

Psychosocial factors related to eating behaviours and body image satisfaction.

The effectiveness of psychological interventions

 

Liuda Sinkariova

Prof. Dr. LIUDA ŠINKARIOVA

e-mail: liuda.sinkariova@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Psychological factors’ peculiarities and psychological interventions’ efficiency of psychosocial rehabilitation.

The research of non-clinical psychological and behavioural difficulties in various sociodemographic groups;

The research of children and adolescents psychosocial adaptation.

Viktorija Cepukiene

Assoc. Prof. Dr. VIKTORIJA ČEPUKIENĖ

e-mail: viktorija.cepukiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy research and practice in different contexts (individual, couple, family, community); Solution-focused self-help: theoretical premises, outcome studies; Resilience (of foster care adolescents); Family psychology (couple relationship; parent-child relationship; family relationship)

Loreta Gustainiene

Assoc. Prof. Dr. LORETA GUSTAINIENĖ

e-mail: loreta.gustainiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Positive psychosocial factors of human functioning within the context of organizational, school and health psychology (optimism, subjective well-being, psychological well-being, satisfaction with life, gratitude, forgiveness, work engagement, positive emotions, etc.). Job satisfaction.

Psychosocial risk factors at work; work-related stress. Stress management (e.g. muscle relaxation, visualization).

Psychosocial aspects of successful ageing; grandparenthood.

Visvaldas Legkauskas

Assoc. Prof. Dr. VISVALDAS LEGKAUSKAS

e-mail: visvaldas.legkauskas@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Psychological aspects of identity.

Factors associated with relationship satisfaction.

Development of social competence.

Motivation;

Creativity;

Social influence and manipulation

Albina Kepalaite

Assoc. Prof. Dr. ALBINA KEPALAITĖ

e-mail: albina.kepalaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Personality peculiarities (attachment style, development, therapy in the frame of individual psychology, role theory, stress and coping, reflection, procrastination).

Rytis Pakrosnis

Assoc. Prof. Dr. RYTIS PAKROSNIS

e-mail: rytis.pakrosnis@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: theory, practice, outcome research, application in different contexts (psychotherapy, family therapy, self-help, education, health care, organisations)

Psychotherapy outcome, process research

Positive psychology

Psychology of free will

University students’ wellbeing and its’ fostering

Laura Seibokaite

Assoc. Prof. Dr. LAURA ŠEIBOKAITĖ

e-mail: laura.seibokaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Risky driving; psychosocial correlates of risk taking behavior in childhood, adolescence and adulthood; developmental features in adolescence; psychological aspects of emigration.

Kristina Zardeckaite-Matulaitiene

Assoc. Prof. Dr. KRISTINA ŽARDECKAITĖ – MATULAITIENĖ

e-mail: kristina.zardeckaite-matulaitiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Effectiveness of psychological interventions; Psychological aspects of risky behaviour; Interpersonal communication research;

Gender issues in psychology research;

Mental health stigma;

Research in religiosity/spirituality.

Lect. Dr. GABIJA JARAŠIŪNAITĖ

e-mail: gabija.jarasiunaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Stress, psychophysiological response to stressors, stress management and the aspects of coping with stress, effectiveness of relaxation techniques.

Psychological factors related to the diseases’ development, Type A personality.

Biofeedback. Neurofeedback.

Experimental psychology.

Kristina Kovalcikiene

Lect. Dr. KRISTINA KOVALČIKIENĖ

e-mail: kristina.kovalcikiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Professional/career interests;

Professional identity, the importance of psychological characteristics for professional identity formation;

The impact of thinking styles in human resource management and education.

Working/learning motivation;

Job/studies satisfaction.

Rasa Marksaityte

Lect. Dr. RASA MARKŠAITYTĖ

e-mail: rasa.marksaityte@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Emigration: factors, causes, emigrational attitudes

Risky driving

Communication skills as education and drug prevention

Assessment of personality traits and cognitive skills

Jurga Misiuniene

Lect. Dr. JURGA MISIŪNIENĖ

e-mail: jurga.misiuniene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Cognitive psychology: psychological aspects of intelligence, creativity, and language (reading, writing, speaking); identification of gifted children and their feeling in educational settings; factors determining realization of intellectual and creative abilities and level of academic achievements in child and young adult ages; psychological factors related to the school readiness.

Aurelija Stelmokiene

Assoc. Prof. Dr. AURELIJA STELMOKIENĖ

e-mail: aurelija.stelmokiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Social perception in the context of organizational psychology

Leadership psychology (different leadership theories, assessment of leadership effectiveness, leader development, gender issues)

Roles of human resources in organizational development

Ethical issues in organizational psychology

Psychometric characteristics of psychological assessment instruments

Loreta Zajanckauskaite-Staskeviciene

Lect. Dr. LORETA ZAJANČKAUSKAITĖ – STASKEVIČIENĖ

e-mail: loreta.zajanckauskaite-staskeviciene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Topics of aggressiveness and self-esteem.

Peculiarities of self and illness perception of patients with various diseases.

PhD. Student LAURA ALČIAUSKAITĖ

e-mail: laura.alciauskaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Motivational interviewing and its implementation in practice;

Health related behaviour;

The psychology of disabilities;

Psychosocial resources of people with physical disabilities

PhD. Student BIRUTĖ BALSEVIČIENĖ

e-mail: birute.balseviciene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Environment (physical), parenting stress and children mental health.

PhD. Student LINA CIRTAUTIENĖ

e-mail: lina.cirtautiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Psychology of leaders and leadership;

Psychological and organisational aspects of the efficacy of leadership;

Effective leadership in the intercultural context;

Leadership in IT.

PhD. Student RŪTA KAVALIAUSKAITĖ

e-mail: ruta.kavaliauskaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Personality traits and Personality types related to the disease development;

Stress, stress management and the aspects of coping with stress in various groups of individuals;

Psychological factors related to the diseases’ development, Type D personality;

Psychosocial factors related to health-related behaviours.

PhD. Student UGNĖ PALUCKAITĖ

e-mail: ugne.paluckaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Online and offline self-disclosure;

Risky behaviour on the Internet;

Online and offline interpersonal communication.

Justina Slavinskiene

PhD. Student JUSTINA SLAVINSKIENĖ

e-mail: justina.slavinskiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Research of psychological factors, related to risky driving

Research of various health non – related behaviour

Psychological assessment methods

Andrius Smitas

PhD. Student ANDRIUS ŠMITAS

e-mail: andrius.smitas@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Positive psychosocial factors of human functioning.

Egle Urvelyte

PhD. Student EGLĖ URVELYTĖ

e-mail: egle.urvelyte@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Body dissatisfaction; Disordered eating behaviour; Psychosocial factors which predicts dissatisfaction with body image; The effectiveness of various preventive programs.

Dovile Valiune

PhD. Student DOVILĖ VALIŪNĖ

e-mail: dovile.valiune@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Emotion expression of children and adolescents, the importance of psychosocial factors for anger control, the research of interventions efficiency, cognitive behavioural therapy

 

PhD. Student LIJANA VAITKŪNIENĖ


e-mail: lijana.vaitkuniene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Applied studies of social cognitive neurosciences (the organizational cognitive neuroscience approach ); social information processing; Sensory processing sensivity; cognitive style; leadership communication research (head/leader – employees communication; leaders communication effectiveness; leader motivating language (motivational communication); paradoxical and double-bind communication, etc.); human behavior at work; human work performance (or performance in other activities; efficiency, productivity).

 

Raimundas Vaitkevicius

Lecturer RAIMUNDAS VAITKEVIČIUS

e-mail: raimundas.vaitkevicius@vdu.lt

Research interests:

The usability of Structural equation modelling methods in psychological researches; Statistical methods in development and validation of psychological tests.

Visiting lecturers

M.Bartollo (Maltos universitetas/ NVO „Willingness“)

D.Hoff , University of Nebraska at Kearney (JAV)

D.R.Tillman, University of Nebraska at Kearney (JAV)

Prof. Jean-Jacques Detraux (The University of Liège, Belgium)

Prof. James Slate Fleming, (Black Hills State university, JAV)

Prof. Lois Flagstad, (Black Hills State university, JAV)

Prof. Max McFarland, (University of Nebraska at Kearney, JAV)