Mgr. Steriani Elavsky, Ph.D.

Steri is a researcher at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She is a member of the interdisciplinary team for Internet and Society Research (IRTIS) and at the same time also a SoMoPro Fellow (South Moravian Program for Distinguished Researchers). Currently, her research focuses on mobile technologies for improving behavioral health and active aging in the Czech Republic. As part of her research, she is interested in behavioral and psychological health in older adults. Steri is the author of publications in many international journals and spent 16 years in the US where she received a Ph.D. (University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana) and worked as an academic (Penn State University at University Park). Her other research interests include psychology of health, psychology of physical activity, subjective well-being / quality of life, adult development and aging, women´s health, mind-body therapy (such as yoga).

Prof. David Šmahel, Ph.D.

Prof. PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D. is a professor at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, where he works at the Institute for Research of Children, Youth and Family and in the Department of Media Studies and Journalism. He is the head of a research team dealing with psychology and the Internet (IRTIS). His current research focuses on the risks and opportunities of the Internet for children and adolescents, the security of IT users, health in the context of Internet use and online communication. He is the editor of Cyberpsychology Journal ( and co-author of the book "Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development" published in the US in 2011.

Bc. Lenka Knapová

Lenka is a student of the Master's Degree in Psychology at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. In addition to the current research focus on improving health using mobile technologies, her interests are particularly close to sports psychology. Her bachelor thesis, awarded as best research project in the competition "International Student Psychological Days 2016," deals with the relationship between personality traits and performance under pressure in cross-country runners. She is also a member of international research that examines the influence of cognitive abilities of judges on their performance assessment of athletes. At present Lenka gives lectures and consults in sports psychology, and also continues to intensively educate herself in the subject.

Bc. Adam Klocek

Adam is a student of Master´s Degree in Psychology at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University (MU). In the past he also received a bachelor´s degree in philosophy at the Philosophical Faculty at MU in concurrent major with psychology. In his bachelor thesis, he focused on moral competence and implicit performance motivation among Czech entrepreneurs. At present, he is receiving training as a psychotherapist at Katatyma's imaginative psychotherapy and is involved in the standardization of the Woodcock-Johnson IV Performance Test. (Ach). Adam is the author of the historical-philosophical novel First Will. In the future, he wants to focus more on research into the impact of modern technologies on the lives of people in today's globalized society, research into the effect of psychotherapy and research on psychometrics, along with contributing to the improvement of psychodiagnostic methods.

Mgr. Martina Šmahelová

Martina is a Junior Researcher at The Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family and a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. Her main interest lies in qualitative data analysis and she studies experiences of children and families in the context of new media, behavior of children on the internet, and privacy and self-disclosure on the internet. She also works on research in area of health and technologies. She attended complex psychotherapy training in systemic and narrative psychotherapy approach and worked as psychotherapist. In 2017, she won the Dean's award for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate of Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University.

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