Jaroslava Kopčáková

Mgr. Jaroslava Kopčáková (1986) received her Master degree in Psychology (Faculty of Arts, PJ Safarik University in Košice). During her university studies she was interested in field of family and developmental psychology, and she worked as a research assistant at KISH, Child Line of trust in Košice and she also participated in several courses in psychology and psychotherapy. At present time, she is PhD student at the University of Groningen and in the position of the researcher at the Department of Health Psychology, Medical Faculty of P.J. Safarik University in Kosice. During her doctoral studies, as well as in her ongoing work at the university, she is focused on research in health psychology and public health with particular focus on physical activity in the context of psychosocial determinants especially in adolescents.

 

She participated and still participates in several projects of national research agencies (APVV), international research projects (VIPPA2) and European projects (SOPHIE, International Visegrad Fund). In addition, she is a member of Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study (HBSC). Since 2012 she is a member of the European Health Psychology Society.

 

 

Skills:

project management, data collection coordination, statistical analysis, methodological and statistical consulting, data presentation, teaching and lecturing, qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, SPSS, research design, scientific writing, university teaching. 

 

Scientific activities and projects:

2015- 2016

Psychosocial development of health disadvantaged school-aged children project is realised as a part of Health of Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study within grant VEGA 1/0895/14 of Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education, science, research and sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Science.

2011 – 2015
                              

Project SOPHIE HEALTH-F3-2011-278173 - Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change is realised within 7th Framework programme, HEALTH.2011.3.3-1 Developing methodologies to reduce inequities in the determinants of health.

2012 – 2015

Health and health-related behaviour within social context in adolescence project is realised as a part of Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study within grant APVV-0032-11 of Slovak Research and Development Agency under contract.

2012 – 2012

International Visegrad Fund: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study: Supporting the Visegrad countries research network, No.21110275

 2012 – 2015

ECOP project Strengthening scientific potential of the research teams in promoting physical activity at Palacky University, No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0171


 

Membership:

2012 – present
                              
Member of  national team within Health Behaviour in School-aged children study
2012 – present Member of European Health Psychology Society
2012 – present Member of Focus Group Physical activity, Focus Group Family Culture, within Health Behaviour in School-aged children study
   

 

Publications

Kopcakova J., Dankulincova Veselska Z., Madarasova Geckova A., Kalman M., van Dijk JP, Reijneveld S.A. (2015): Do Motives to Undertake Physical Activity Relate to Physical Activity in Adolescent Boys and Girls? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 7656-7666. 


Kalman M., Madarasova Geckova A., Hamrik Z., Kopcakova J., Iannotti, R.J.,Dankulincova Veselska Z. (2015): Motives for physical activity among adolescents in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Central European Journal of Public Health, Supplement 2015; 22: S78–S82.


Kopcakova, J. Voľnočasové aktivity. In Národná správa o zdraví a so zdravím súvisiacom správaní 11- , 13- a 15-ročných školákov; Madarasova Geckova, A., Dankulincova, Z.,Eds.; Kancelária svetovej zdravotníckej organizácie na Slovensku: Košice, Equilibria, s.r.o., 2015. ISBN 9788097199708, s. 100- 127.


Kopčáková, J., Brindová, D., Dankulincová Veselská, Z., Madarasová Gecková, A.: Aktuálny pohľad na prebiehajúci zber HBSC dát na Slovensku v oblasti majoritnej, sociálne a zdravotne znevýhodnenej mládeže. Sborník abstrakt sdělení z 21. konference Sekce psychologie zdraví ČMPS Vernířovice 16. 5. - 18. 5. 2014 [elektronický zdroj].-Hradec Králové: LF UK.- ISBN 978-80-7392-232-0.- str. 17.


Kopcakova, J., Dankulincova Veselska, Z.,  Madarasova Geckova, A.,  van Dijk, J.P,  Reijneveld, S.A.(2014): Is Being a Boy and Feeling Fat a Barrier for Physical Activity? The Association between Body Image, Gender and Physical Activity among Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11, 11, 11167-11176.


Sigmundova, D., Sigmund, E., Vokacova, J., Kopcakova, J. (2014): Parent-Child Associations in Pedometer-Determined Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour on Weekdays and Weekends in Random Samples of Families in the Czech Republic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11, 7163-7181.


Kollárová, J., Madarasová Gecková, A., Ronďošová, J.: Školský dotazník. In: Sociálne determinanty zdravia školákov: HBSC- Slovensko- 2009/2010. Košice, Equilibria, s.r.o., 2011. ISBN 9788089284733, s. 91-107.


Kopcakova J., Dankulincova Veselska Z., Kalman, M., Bobakova,D., Sigmundova, D., Madarasova Geckova A., Klein, D., van Dijk JP, Reijneveld S.A.: Test-retest realibility of a questionnaire on motives for physical activity. Submitted in BMC Public Health.


Malinakova K., Kopcakova J., Kolarcik P., Madarasova Geckova A., van Dijk JP, Polackova Solcova I., Husek V., Kluzova Kracmarova L., Dubovska E., Kalman M.,  Puzova Z., Tavel P. :The Spiritual Well-Being Scale: Psychometric evaluation of the shortened version in Czech adolescents. Submitted in The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.


Malinakova K., Kopcakova J., Madarasova Geckova A., Kalman M., van Dijk JP, Tavel P.: “I am spiritual, but not religious.” Does this attitude protect adolescents from health-risk behaviour? Submitted in Social Science & Medicine. 


Belak A., Bosakova L., Dankulincova Veselska Z., Kopcakova J., Konradyova N., Husivargova A., Ghorbani Saeedian A., Madarasova Geckova A., O’Campo P.: Operationalization of expectations from community-based participation (CBP) in health-research engaging migrant and ethnic minority communities: A scoping review. Submitted in International Journal of Public Health.


Kopcakova J., Dankulincova Veselska Z., Madarasova Geckova A., Kalman M., van Dijk JP, Reijneveld S.A. (2013):The association between motives for physical activity and the level of physical activity among adolescents. Psychology & Health, 28, suppl.1, p. 241.  


Kopcakova J., Veselska Z., Madarasova Geckova A., van Dijk JP, Reijneveld S.A. (2012): The association between body image, gender and physical activity among adolescents. Psychology & Health, 27, suppl.1, p. 251.

 

Contact

Correspondence address:

Mgr. Jaroslava Kopčáková

Department of Health Psychology 

Faculty of Medicine  P.J. Safarik University

Trieda SNP 1

040 11 Košice, Slovakia

phone number: +421 55 234 3436

e-mail: jaroslava.kopcakova@upjs.sk