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Rita Žukauskienė

Professor, Ph.D.


Institute of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University

Ateities st. 20

LT-08303     Vilnius, Lithuania.

TEL. + (370 5) 2714620; Fax: + (370 5) 2714711

E-mail:              rzukausk(eta)

Scientific degrees

1998 Vilnius Pedagogical  University & Vilnius University, Doctor of social sciences (psychology).

2004 Vilnius University, Habilitation procedure


  • 2005 –National Prize for the Textbook “Developmental Psychology”, Ministry of Science and Education. “
  • 2008-2009 – National Scholarship for Achievement in Sciences
  • 2012 m. National Award for Excellence in Sciences for the study “The Study of Psychological Well- being of Lithuanian Children, Adolescents and Adults (1997–2011)”.
  • 2014 – Award for excellence in Science „Mini Nobel“ , „Mini Nobelio“ laureatė psichologijos/sociologijos srityje

Professional appointments

1983 -1993      Teaching assistant, Vilnius Pedagogical University

1993 -1998      Doctoral student, Department of Psychology, Vilnius Pedagogical University

1998 – 1999     Assistant Professor, Vilnius Pedagogical University

2000 – 2001     Associate Professor, Vilnius Pedagogical University

2001 – 2004     Associate Professor, Law University of Lithuania

2005 – 2007    Head of Department of Psychology at Mykolas Romeris University.

2005- present    Professor, Mykolas Romeris University

Scientific management and supervision

  1. 2020- 2023    Navigating Through Secondary School: The Role of Friends and Parents (NAVIGATE),
  2. 2020-2023   Uncovering Child Sexual Abuse: Assessment of Life-time Prevalence and Development of Lithuanian version of Simulated Interview Software (EIT) UNCOVABUSE,
  3. 2018-2021  Go Green: Understanding the psychological mechanisms of the development of pro-environmental behavior in the context of longitudinal intervention (GOGREEN).
  4. 2017-2019  Identity and post-traumatic growth in female survivors of intimate partner violence: the role of resilience, coping and social support (INETGRO)
  5. 2015-2017  Identity development among adolescents and emerging adults in Lithuania and Japan (IDELIJA)2012-2015  Mechanisms of positive youth development in the context of socio-economical transformations (POSIDEV). OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT FOR 2007–13 Priority 3 Strengthening Capacities of  Researchers
  6. 2008-2012 Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings. COST (EU)
  7. 2007 –2009 ,,,Political socialization from adolescence to young adulthood” (Lithuanian Science Foundation)
  8. 2006-SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME PRIORITY 7. Citizens and Governance in a knowledge based society. PROMINSTAT (STREP). Promoting Comparative Quantitative Research in the Field of Migration and Integration in Europe. Proposal Nr. 028972
  9. 2005- DAPHNE II 2005-: FEAR in IPV – Fatality European Assessement Review in Intimate Partner Violence. Department of Psychology, Second University of Naples, Italy, Partner organisation:Department of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, LITHUANIA. Coordinator: Rita Zukauskiene
  10. 2004 DAPHNE II 2004 project “Sara travelss” (Spousal Assault Risk Assessment: Ransfering Assessment of Violence in Europe and Locally Studying Stalking). Associazione Differenza Donna (ONLUS).  Name of partner organisation: Department of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, LITHUANIA Coordinator: Rita Zukauskiene
  11. 2002-2003 Leader and main grant holder of the research project on Implementation of gender equality as guarantee of women’s career success in education, science and  decision – making processes (UNESCO participation program 2002-2003)
  12. 2001, 2002, 2003 Leader and main grants holder of the Network under support of Nordic Grant Scheme and NorFA
  13. 2001    Principal organizer and main grants holder of Nordic-Baltic Summer Institute on Risk and protective  factors in development of antisocial behavior, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  14. 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 –  Leader and main grant holder of the research projects on Development of  Antisocial behavior in adolescence (Lithuanian Science Foundation).
  15. 1999 – 2000  Leader and main grant holder of the research project “Future goals and beliefs of potential at-risk youth in changing social system” (Young investigators grant from John Jacobs foundation).
  16.  Leader and main grant holder of the research project “Aggressive Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence” (Research Support Scheme, Prague, RSS No. 128/1966).

Journal and Editorial Affiliation

-European Journal of Developmental Psychology (Editorial Board member),  2003 –

-European Psychologist (Editorial Board member),  2003 –2009

-Child and Youth Care Forum (Editorial Board member),  2010 –

-Emerging Adulthood (assistant editor) 2016–2019

-Social Inquiry into Well-Being (Editor), 2015 –2017

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PICTURE: Alexandr Voitsekovsky “Detskij psicholog” (Child Psychologist)

Validation of  research instruments

– ASEBA :  CBCL, YSR, TRF (2001 revision)


– YPI (Youth Psychopathy Inventory), EMBU, SAQ, PSC

– PCL-R , PCL-SV (in collaboration with  A. Laurinavicius and I. Cesniene)

– SARA,  B-SAFER (in collaboration with  A. Laurinavicius)

– CAPP (Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality)

Activities and Memberships in International Organizations:

-European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA),  Council Member, 2016-2018 President,

– International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD).  Coordinators of ISSBD Regional Office (Lithuania)

-Lithuanian Association of Psychologists

-COST, Member of Scientific Committee, 2016-2020

-Social Psychology Network,

– Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University,

Expert in international programs:

  1. 2004  –  EU, Priority 7: Citizens and governance in the knowledge based society
  2. 2004  –  2005 EU project POLITIS “Civic Participation of Naturalised Citizens and  Foreign Residents in 25 Countries”
  3. 2004  – USA National Science Foundation (NSF)
  4. 2009  – Finish Academy
  5. 2010 – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
  6. 2010 –  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  7. 2010- 2014  COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), DC

Conferences & workshops:  Principal organizer of

-Nordic-Baltic Summer Institute on Risk and protective factors in the development of antisocial behavior (together with Lars R. Bergman). June 7 – 13, 2001 Vilnius, Lithuania

-Nordic-Baltic International Workshop on Survey methodology and statistics (together with Lars R. Bergman). November 7 – 10, 2002, Vilnius, Lithuania.

-Nordic-Baltic International Workshop on Positive Psychology and research methodology (together with Lars R. Bergman). Vilnius, Lithuania, October 23- 26, 2003.

– Nordic-Baltic International Workshop “Child and Adolescent Welfare: Assessment and Research Methodology” Vilnius, Lithuania, October 22- 23, 2004.

– XVth European Conference on Psychology and Law, Vilnius,  June 29 – July 2, 2005.

-XIV European Conference on Developmental Psychology , Vilnius,  August 18-22, 2009

– 12th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, 12 – 15 May, 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania,

-24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, July 10-14, 2016 ,  Vilnius, Lithuania

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