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
  • Congress Ambassador of Slovenia 2019


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, part of lectures)
  • Theory and Approaches in Experimental Psychology (doctoral studies in experimental psychology, part of lectures)
  • Interdisciplinary scientific research work (doctoral studies in Environmental protection, part of lectures)


Research interests:
* cognitive psychology (cognitive training, cognitive control, cognitive load, 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, 2019-2024)
- J5-9437: Efficacy of different scaffolds in self-regulated e-learning (2018―2021, leader: Peklaj Cirila)
- J7-8275: Stable and dynamic patterns of EEG and fMR functional connectivity ad their relations with individual differences (2017―2020, leader: Repovš Grega)

Past projects:
- Supervised practice of psychologists: Development of a training programme for mentors and a model of supervised practice - SUPER PSIHOLOG (Norway Grants, 5.2.2015-31.10.2016, leader: A. Podlesek)
- PESCA - a project on healthy food consumption (the cross-border cooperation program INTERREG IV Slovenia-Italy 2007-2013, 2011-2014, coordinator at UL: A. Podlesek)
- The International Psychiatry Resident/Trainee Burnout Study: Europe BOSS 2008 (Study coordinators: Julian Beezhold, Nikolina Jovanović) - Social Attitudes to Road Traffic Risk in Europe SARTRE 4 (leader: Marko Polič, 2009-2012)
- List of past national projects
- Evaluation study “Motivational factors in youth and adult education” (leader: Melita Puklek Levpušček, 2010-2012)
- ESS project “Development of speech and reading competency in pre-school and school period” (2009-2011, leader: Ljubica Marjanovič Umek)
- ESS project “Development of network of mentors and training for supervised practice of psychologists” (leader: Vlasta Zabukovec, 2009-10)
- ESS project “Evaluation of education in the Republic of Slovenia: The relationship between psychosocial factors and academic achievements of Slovenian primary-school 4 and 8 graders and secondary-school 1st-year students – secondary analysis of TIMSS and PISA data (leader: Maja Zupančič, 2008-2009)


Slovene Psychologists’ Association

In 2012-2020 she has been the Chair of the Slovenian National Awarding Committee for EuroPsy - European Certificate in Psychology. She is a member of the Professional Board of the SPA and participates in the development of the national Psychological Practice Act.

Selected publications


Contact information

Room   129b
Telephone   + 386 1 42 13 590