Anja Podlesek
Associate Professor in Psychological Methodology
4th September 1973, Ljubljana



1992 International Baccalaureate (Gymnasium Bežigrad, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
1996 B. A. in Psychology, University of Ljubljana
1998 M. Sc., University of Ljubljana 2001 Ph. D., University of Ljubljana

1998-2005 Assistant Lecturer at University of Ljubljana, Department of Psychology
2005-2011 Docent
2011 Associate Professor, Lecturer

Awards and Honors

  • Zois stipendium, 1988-1996
  • Gibanje znanost mladini (“Science to youth”) award for research project in psychology, 1990
  • scholarship for Advanced Research Training Seminar in Brain Imaging Techniques, 2000
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts Award for teaching, research and professional work, 2008
  • University of Ljubljana Golden Plaque, awarded to individuals for exceptional merits in developing scientific, teaching or artistic creations and for strengthening the university’s reputation, 2017


1996-2011: Assistant at University of Ljubljana, Department of Psychology 2011: Lecturer at University of Ljubljana, Department of Psychology

Organization activities:
* National congresses: General Secretary of the 3rd Slovenian Congress of Psychology (Portorož, Slovenia, 1999), Member of Scientific Committee in the 4th and 5th Slovenian Congress of Psychology (Radenci, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002, 2006)
* International conferences: Member of Organisation Committee of the 8th Facet Theory Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2003), organizer of the 2nd Balkan Vision Science Meeting (Brdo pri Lukovici, Slovenia, 2008), Executive Head of the Organising Committee of the 8th Alps-Adria Psychology Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008), Organizer of Context in Psychology V Symposium (Olimje, Slovenia, 2011), Organizer of 2nd Rostohar Days (Ljubljana, 2014), Organizer of the 1st Conference on Supervised Practice of Psychologists (Ljubljana, 2017), Chair of the Organizing and Programme Committee of the 13th Alps-Adria Psychology Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2018).

From 2017: member of the Senate of Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana


  • Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics (undergraduate program in Psychology, lectures)
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Measurement (undergraduate program in Psychology, lectures)
  • Qualitative Psychological Research (undergraduate program in Psychology, elective course)
  • Applied Psychometrics (seminar, postgraduate program in Psychology)
  • Introduction to statistics (graduate program in Cognitive Science at University of Ljubljana, lectures)
  • Research methods in psychology (doctoral studies in psychology, lectures)
  • Theory and Approaches in Experimental Psychology (doctoral studies in experimental psychology)
  • Interdisciplinary scientific research work (doctoral studies in Environmental protection)
  • Selected topics in psychological statistics (doctoral studies in Statistics)


Research interests:
* cognitive psychology (cognitive load, cognitive control, visual attention, visual perception)
* psychophysics, analysis and comparison of psychophysical methods, context effects in psychophysics, psychophysiological measurements in psychology
* development of psychological tests, measurement of different psychological phenomena

Participation in research projects

Current projects:
- Psychological and neuroscientific aspects of cognition (leader A. Podlesek, 2019-2025)

Past projects:
- leader of the research programme Psychological and neuroscientific aspects of cognitive control, personality, and subjective well-being (2015-2018)
- Supervised practice of psychologists: Development of a training programme for mentors and a model of supervised practice - SUPER PSIHOLOG (leader A. Podlesek, 5.2.2015-31.10.2016)
- Explaining Effective and Efficient Problem Solving of the Triplet Relationship in Science Concepts Representations (leader A. Glažar, 2014-2017)
- Measuring psychophysiological parameters as input data for computerized adaptive testing (leader J. Drnovšek, 2013-2016)
- The International Psychiatry Resident/Trainee Burnout Study: Europe BOSS 2008 (Study coordinators: J. Beezhold, N. Jovanović)
- PESCA - a project on healthy food consumption, a project within the cross-border cooperation program Slovenia-Italy 2007-2013 (coordinator at UL A. Podlesek, 2011-2014)
- Applied developmental psychology (leader M. Zupančič, 2004-2014)
- »RAZKORAK« Longitudinal study in competence potential of university graduates and a gap between graduates’ competences and labour market requirements in technology, education and health (leader A. Istenič Starčič, 2011-2013)
- SARTRE 4 study: Social Attitudes to Road Traffic Risk in Europe (coordinator M. Polič, 2011-2013)
- Evaluation of Slovenian high-school final exam (1997-1999, leader V. Bucik)
- Supervision of media research Mediana BGP, 1997-1999
- Self-evaluation of preschool education (2002-2005, leader L. Marjanovič Umek)
- The effect of preschool education on child’s development and his school achievements (2002-2006, leader M. Zupančič)
- The effect of psychological and family factors in pupils’ academic achievements (2004-2006, leader M. Zupančič)
- Cross-cultural comparison of personality dimensions in childhood (2004-2007, leader M. Zupančič)
- Development of tests for speech processing: cognitive psychological and audiological aspects (2004-2007, leader V. Bucik)
- Secondary analysis of PISA and TIMMS data (ESS project, 2008)
- AvID: Audio-visual identification and verification of speaker’s authenticity for safe communication (2007-2009, leader F. Mihelič)
- Language development and development of reading literacy in preschool and primary education, 2003-2006, 2009-2011, leader L. Marjanovič Umek)
- co-leader of the ESS project “Establishing a Network of Mentors and Training for the Supervised Practice of Psychologists” (2009–10)
- Evaluation of education based on international methodologies, ESS08-13 (2011, leader M. Puklek Levpušček)
- The role of personality in psychosocial adjustment (2009-2012, leader M. Zupančič)


Slovene Psychologists’ Association

She is the Chair of the Slovenian National Awarding Committee for EuroPsy - European certificate in psychology. She participates in the development of the national Psychological Practice Act.

Selected publications


Contact information

Office hours   Tuesday, 10:30-12:00
Room   129b
Telephone   + 386 1 42 13 590