Ferdinand Salonna

Mgr. Ferdinad Salonna, PhD. (1977) he graduated in pedagogy, with a specialisation in biology-chemistry. He started to work as a researcher at P.J. Safarik University and at the same time started his PhD studies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He focused on inequalities in health and health-related behaviour among Slovak children and adolescents and also he is active in the field of health promotion and drug prevention among adolescents and young adults, At present he works as a researcher at the Institute of Active Living, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacky University in Olomouc, and he also has an appointment at the Department of Engineering Education, Technical University in Košice, with some teaching duties.






teaching, statistics, science, qualitative research, research, data analysis, SPSS, R, quantitative research, research design, lifesciences, scientific writing, lecturing, university teaching, academic writing

Scientific activities and projects:
2015 - present    Epischool (Erasmus+ Strategical partnership, reg. No 2015-1-L01-KA201-017100) 
2015 - present Physical and recreational activity as well as diet of young people from V 4 countries (International Visegrad Fund Standard grant reg. No 21420053) 
2015 - present ARE WE GROWING UP HEALTHY? Social norms approach to promote healthyadolescent lifestyle in (International Visegrad Fund Standard grant reg. No 21410316)
2014 - present Support of Czech research team in the HBSC research network (research project of Ministry of education, Youth and Sport, reg. No.:LG14043)
2014 - present Support of Czech representatives in the leading roles of HBSC research network (research project of Ministry of education, Youth and Sport reg. No.: LG14042)
2012 - 2015 Strengthening scientific potential of the research teams in promoting physical activity at Palacky University (research project of Ministry of education, Youth and Sport reg.No.:CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0171)
2009 - 2011 The 'Social Norms Intervention for the prevention of Polydrug usE' (SNIPE) was funded by the European commission (LS/2009-2010/DPIP/AG)
2007 - 2009 Social competence, social intelligence and intervention possibilities(research project of Slovak Ministry of education - VEGA 1/4518/07)
2006 - 2009 Individual, interpersonal, social and societal factors of risk behaviour in adolescence, (research project of Slovak Ministry of education APVV-20-038205)
01-10/2010 'In Between - Youth in transition from school to work' (Youth in Action reg. No.:DE-11-3-2010-R1) 
2007 - 2008 The effectiveness of drug prevention programs (Funded by EU Transition Fund reg. No. 200401676403-02-01-0005-11)
2004 - 2007 Kosice Institute for Society and Health (KISH), (research project of Slovak Ministry of education APVV-20-028802)
2002 - 2006 Socio-economic innequalities in health (research project of Slovak Ministry of education APVV-20- 003602)
2013 - present    Member of EUPHA (European Public Health Assotiation)
2013 - present Member  of Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study – HBSC (Country        
zone leader – CZ, SK, HU, PL, SLO, CRO, ROM, ALB, BLG)
2013 - present Member of ISBNPA (International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity)
2009 - present Member of SAVEZ (Slovenská asociácia verejného zdravia)
2010 - present Member of ESSUS (European Symposium on Substance Use among Students)
2008 - 2012 Member of UNIPREV (United prevention, International Association)



Pischke, C. R., Zeeb, H., van Hal, G., Vriesacker, B., McAlaney, J., Bewick, B. M., Salonna, F.,… Mikolajczyk, R. T. (2012). A feasibility trial to examine the social norms approach for the prevention and reduction of licit and illicit drug use in European University and college students. BMC Public Health, 12(1), 882. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-882

Salonna, F., Geckova, A. M., Zezula, I., Sleskova, M., Groothoff, J. W., Reijneveld, S. A., & Van Dijk,J. P. (2011). Does social support mediate or moderate socioeconomic differences in self-rated health among adolescents? International Journal of Public Health, 57(3), 609–617. doi:10.1007/s00038-011- 0300-6

Salonna, F., van Dijk, J. P., Geckova, A. M., Sleskova, M., Groothoff, J. W., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2008). Social inequalities in changes in health-related behaviour among Slovak adolescents aged between 15 and 19: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 8, 57.

Bacikova-Sleskova, M., Dijk, J. P., Geckova, A. M., Nagyova, I., Salonna, F., Reijneveld, S. A., & Groothoff, J. W. (2007). The impact of unemployment on school leavers' perception of health. Mediating effect of financial situation and social contacts? International Journal of Public Health, 52(3), 180–187.

Sleskova, M., Salonna, F., Geckova, A. M., Nagyova, I., Stewart, R. E., van Dijk, J. P., & Groothoff, J.W. (2006). Does parental unemployment affect adolescents' health? Journal of Adolescent Health, 38(5), 527–535. 

Sleskova, M., Tuinstra, J., Madarasova Geckova, A., van Dijk, J. P., Salonna, F., Groothoff, J. W., & Reijneveld, S. A. (2006). Influence of parental employment status on Dutch and Slovak adolescents' health. BMC Public Health, 6, 250.


Sleskova, M., Salonna, F., Madarasova Geckova, A., Van Dijk, J. P., Groothoff, J. W., Madarasova, G. A., … Groothoff, J. W. (2005). Health status among young people in Slovakia: comparisons on the basis of age, gender and education. Soc Sci Med, 61(12), 2521–2527. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.04.039

Orosová, O., & Salonna, F. (2003). The perception of school, learning and drug dependency prevention - An important protective/risk factor in prevention of drug dependencies. Ceskoslovenska Psychologie, 47(2), 157–168.  



Correspondence address:

Mgr. Ferdinand Salonna, PhD.

Center for Kinanthropology Research - Institute of Active Lifestyle

Faculty of Physical Culture of Palacky University in Olomouc

Tr. Miru 115

Olomouc 77111, Czech Republic

phone number: +420 585 636 161

e-mail: ferdinand.salonna@upol.cz