"Babeș-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Research domains:

  • Typical and atypical development
  • Early mental health

Research interests:

  • Cognitive and emotional self-regulation in early childhood: internal (temperament, attentional processing) and external (parenting, parental self-regulation, socialization of emotions) mechanisms
  • Individual differences and early predictors of psychopathology
  • Neural correlates of atypical development

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Professor of Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine & Psychosomatic, and Qualitative Research Methods. Her research interests include health behaviours, abuse and trauma, vaccination, screening, reproductive health, quality of care and patient’ satisfaction. She has published more than 160 papers, books, chapters in international and national journals. She is the coordinator of Health Psychology Research Lab, and has been director and researcher for more than 40 international and national research grants on the health topics. In 2014 she was awarded with the title of Fellow of European Society of Health Psychology for outstadning contributions to the development of health psychology in Europe.

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Research interests: Cognitive Flexibility – development and mechanisms; Development of Categorization; Conceptual Development; Embodied/Grounded Cognition – implications for development and education; Giftedness; Insight in creative problem solving; Early education

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Conf. dr. Mih Viorel Beniamin este titular la Catedra de Psihologie din cadrul Universitatii Babes Bolyai. Domeniile sale de competenţă sunt: psihologia şcolară şi educaţională (teorie, cercetare, diagnoză şi intervenţie), consiliere şcolară (cercetare fundamentală şi aplicată), intervenţii în situaţii de criză educaţională, aplicaţii ale ştiinţelor cognitive în educaţie. Mih Viorel a publicat ca autor sau coautor peste 25 de studii ştiinţifice in reviste de specialitate recunoscute CNCSIS; a publicat trei cărţi ca unic / prim autor (in domeniile aplicaţiilor educaţionale ale înţelegerii textelor şi ale psihologiei educaţionale), 5 cărţi in calitate de coautor şi 19 capitole în calitate de autor sau coautor.

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My research focuses on structures and processes involved in the development of intentionality and agency in adolescence and emerging adulthood, from the perspective of identity formation, motivation, and goals. RESEARCH DOMAINS: Identity development, Goal structures and processes in human self-regulation, Motivation and performance, Emerging adulthood, Developmental approaches to career interventions

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Associate Professor Laura Visu-Petra is a principal investigator in the Developmental Psychology Lab, her main areas of interest being the typical and atypical development of executive functions, relevant for developing training programs and for improving academic performance. Her current research interests target emotion-cognition interactions in high- anxious children (from early preschoolers until adolescence, with a focus on working memory and cognitive-affective flexibility). Another current research interest relates to the emergence and development of deceptive behavior in relation to the child's socio-cognitive (theory of mind, executive functions) and problematic behavior.

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Lavinia Cheie is a researcher at the Developmental Psychology Lab and a lecturer in typical and atypical developmental psychology, and legal psychology, respectively. Her main research interest regards the way memory and executive functioning are related to nonclinical and clinical anxiety during childhood. Most of her studies so far focused on the relationship between childhood anxiety and retrospective memory (working memory, long term memory, memory biases), the relationship between anxiety and executive functioning and its impact upon children’s academic performance, as well as on the associations between childhood anxiety and prospective memory. Domains of interest: typical and atypical developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, legal psychology

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Lavinia E. Damian, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, Babes- Bolyai University, teaching school psychology and vocational counseling seminars at undergraduate level and mental health promotion in children and adolescents at masters level. Her research focuses on personal and contextual antecedents and outcomes of perfectionism in adolescents, emerging adults, and employees. She is also interested in the role of parental behaviors in the development of perfectionism, as well as motivation and performance development.

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Oana Fodor is a member of Work and Organizational Psychology Research Centre (WOPRC), Department of Psychology, FPSE, Babeş-Bolyai University. Her research interests are focused on topics such as the dynamics and performance of organizational teams and multi-team systems, exploring the implications of multiple team membership on individual and team performance, exploring the interplay of cognitive and affective factors in individual and group level decision making processes. Her academic activity is paralleled with ongoing consultancy projects in the HR field that aim to diagnose and improve individual and team performance in organizational settings. Some of the organizations she worked with are: Takata Romania, Continental Automotive Systems, Star Transmission, Bosch Rexroth, Emerson, Honeywell Turbo Technologies.

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My research interests are focused on the influence of individual differences (e.g.: emotions and emotion regulation strategies, personality traits and cognitive factors) on various aspects of decision making. These research interests are subordinated to the more general fields of economic psychology and cognitive psychology. Facets of the decision-making process that I have investigated in recent years include situations that involve risk and ambiguity in decision-making, gambling and bargaining tasks, as well as susceptibility to framing and other cognitive distortions involved in the decisions. The investigations undertaken have a common goal of better understanding and more accurate prediction of human decision-making behavior. Research domains: Economic Psychology, Cognitive Psychology.

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Domenii si interese de cercetare:

  • Sănătate emoţională
  • Inteligenta emoţională
  • Trauma şi dezvoltarea posttraumatică
  • Construcţia sensului
  • Coaching
  • Psihologie Educaţională
  • Promovarea sănătăţii în şcoli
  • Dezvoltarea abilităţilor emoţionale şi sociale la copii şi adolescenţi

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Dana Opre, PhD, earned her PhD in Psychology at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj- Napoca in 2006 and she has been working as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, at Babeș-Bolyai University since 2014. She is titular of courses Introduction to Psychology and Organizational Training. She has specialised in developing assessment tools, validating her expertise in devising and testing a system of assessing the complex (cognitive, emotional and behavioural) profile of university teachers. Dana Opre has authored or co-authored 3 specialized books and she has published over 20 scientific articles in national and international journals.

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Sebastian Pintea is senior assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, BBU, with a license degree in Sociology (Babes-Bolyai University) and one in Psychology (Western University of Timisoara). He also has a master degree in Social Communication and Public Relations and a PhD in Psychology. He is a member of the guiding committees for PhD students in the doctoral school called Applied Cognitive Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University. His domains of interest are entrepreneurial psychology, research methods and data analysis.

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Lucia Ratiu is currently lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca and member of the research group in the Work and Organizational Psychology. Her main research interests include the psychological determinants of performance in organizations, interventions for performance with particular interest in understanding the complex interface between individuals and the social organizational context and the role of coaching in promoting work and organizational health and performance at an individual and collective (group) level. She was member of several international project teams gaining a long research experience, having the possibility to experience the academic life in foreign universities which definitely contributed to the overall objective of meeting international standards in her academic work.

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Claudia L. Rus is member of the Work and Organizational Psychology Research Center. Her teaching interests cover courses on Work and Personnel Psychology, Psychological Testing and Assessment in Organization, and Human Resources Management. Her main research interests include performance and learning in organizations, positive psychological capital. The interest for applied psychology in the field of work and organizations is reflected in her membership at prestigious national and international associations, such as Association of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (APIO), European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), and International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

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My research interests stand at the intersection of educational psychology, developmental psychology and health psychology. I am mainly interested in investigating the relationship between social-emotional competencies, attachment and children’s risk for psychopathology. Furthermore, I am focused on applied research activities from developing assessment measures for evaluating children’s mental health status to designing and evaluating the effectiveness of prevention programs intended to reduce risk for emotional and behavioral problems in children and young adults. Also, my current interests are associated with health promotion activities and designing interventions for improving children’s coping with chronic illness. Contact address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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