Department of Health Psychology

Address: Tilžės g. 18, Kaunas LT-47181
Phone: +370 37 354 087

Professor Nida Žemaitienė 
Phone: +370 37 242 913

Study administrator of BA studies

Aušra Pauliukienė
Phone: +370 37 370 112 

Study administrator of MA studies
Sandra Bliūmienė
Phone: +370 37 354 087 



Health Psychology is a study program with the aim to educate competent bachelors in psychology with scientific insight, solid base of scientific knowledge in psychology and professional application skills in the field of personal and public health and well-being. This program aims to ensure the necessary universal first stage psychology training and provide thorough knowledge on health care systems, aims and objectives of health maintenance and promotion, system needs and demands and the role of mental health professionals in meeting these needs. Thus, this specialized large-scale program especially meets the needs of students who have interest in the relationship of health, behaviour and diseases, in health promotion, prevention and treatment of health disorders, and is created for the students who associate future studies and profession with the field of health. Successful completion of this program is awarded a qualification degree of Bachelor in Psychology.

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About us

The Department of Health Psychology was established in February 1, 2012 following the reorganization of Department of Preventive Medicine.

The vision of the department is to create – a knowledge- and progress-oriented community of high academic culture, providing the highest quality training of specialists, who have an active contribution to the development of psychology and health research as well as striving to integrate the research and practice.

The mission of the department is to – educate future leaders of health psychology by using progressive education paradigms and the best known traditions of researcher-practitioner training, produce new scientific knowledge, join the promotion efforts for application of scientific knowledge to personal and public health and well-being, ensure the academic environment favourable for individual personal development and self-realization.

The scientists collaborate with the following Lithuanian higher education institutions: Institute of Public Health at Vilnius University, Department of Ergonomics at Kaunas University of Technology, and Continuing Studies Institute at Siauliai University. They also collaborate with Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Health, and institutions of public health. The scientists take part in preparation of laws and projects of hygiene standards, and take part in the Central expert committee of occupational medicine at the Ministry of Health.




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Psychology of Development

Introduction to Psychology

Neurophysiology and biological mental fundamentals

Psychology of Communication

Personality Psychology

Mental Health

Applied Psychology of Health

Fundamentals of Educology

Culture of Organisation

Psychology of Health

Health Promotion

Hazardous Behaviour of Youth


Cognitive Psychology

Quantitative and QualitativeResearch Methods, the Analysis of the Scientific Literature

Course Work: Theoretical Analysis of the Problem

Research work



Fundamentals of Educology

Culture of Organisation

Educology of Family

Philosophy of Education

The psychology and skills of communication

Systems of Health Education


Health Literacy

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

International Health

Health and Risk Behaviour among Children and Youth   

Safety of the Child



Main fields and topics of research in the Department for 2013–2014:

I. Health premises in the development of personality

1. Medical, social and psychological premises of infant emotional and behavioural difficulties.

2. Concept of adolescent happiness and its relationship to health factors.

3. Associations between psychological wellbeing, lifestyle and physical health status in middle-aged and elderly urban population.


II. Family: parenthood experience

1. Pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood experiences.

2. Maternity health care and it's psychosocial aspects.


III. Psychological resources for health

1. The relationship of personality type and health.

2. Psychological aspects of psychoactive substance use and control.


IV. Psychological aspects of chronic non-communicable diseases

1. Breaking bad news to patients: preparedness, responsibility and experience of physicians.

2. Implementation of minimal intervention model in control of risk factors for chronic conditions.

3. Psychosocial determinants of chronic non-communicable diseases.

4. Psychological adaptation of women with breast cancer.


V. Communication and interaction in healthcare

1. Parent and nurse emotional experiences and expectations in perinatal complications.


VI. Trauma and crisis psychology

1.Associations among traumatic experience, health and wellbeing in workers of special services.

2. Psychosocial aspects of crisis and disaster management.


VII. Psychological aspects of health education

1. Psychological literacy and creativity in health training.

2. Psychological adaptation and stress coping in students.