Professors Associate professors Postdocs Juniors Other members

IRTIS members are researchers at the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Our members' institutional background covers a wide range of workplaces at Masaryk University, namely:

Team management


Team members



David Šmahel

  • online risks and opportunities for children and adolescents
  • online identities
  • virtual relationships
  • online addiction
  • IT security from perspective of users
  • online research methods
  • well-being

Associate professors (docents)

Steriani Elavsky

  • health psychology
  • psychology of physical activity
  • wellbeing/quality of life
  • health behavior change
  • adult development and aging
  • women's health
  • mind-body modalities (e.g., yoga)

Hana Macháčková

  • online aggression
  • cyberbullying 
  • online communities
  • self-disclosure online
  • credibility of online information
  • online civic engagement

Postdoc researchers

Lenka Dědková

  • parental mediation
  • online relationships
  • meeting online strangers offline
  • online research methodology
  • online security

Hayriye Güleç

  • e-mental health
  • psychotherapy research and assessment in eating disorders
  • discrimination, stigma, and representation of disadvantaged groups
  • adolescents' online health information-seeking behaviors

Jaromír Plhák

  • assistive technologies
  • modelling and simulation
  • machine learning

Martina Šmahelová

  • qualitative data analyses
  • online research methodology
  • online risks and opportunities for children and adolescents
  • health psychology
  • user experience (UX)

Michal Tkaczyk

  • politics and current affairs in news media content
  • journalistic role performance
  • computer-assisted text analysis

Junior researchers

Marie Bedrošová

  • cyberhate and online discrimination
  • ICTs and children and adolescents

Jana Blahošová

  • ICTs and body image
  • online risks and opportunities
  • young people and impact of ICTs on their well-being

Jakub Brojáč

  • benefits of using ICTs
  • ICT self-efficacy and well-being
  • eye tracking

Hana Drtilová

  • digital technologies and eating disorders
  • ICTs and psychotherapy

Simona Galbavá

  • ICTs and well-being
  • social media ostracism
  • online social connectedness

Lenka Knapová

  • usable security
  • psychology of physical activity
  • health psychology

Nikol Kvardová

  • social media and body image
  • eating disorders
  • youth's exposure to online harmful content

David Lacko

  • cross-cultural research
  • statistics and psychometrics
  • eye-tracking

Adéla Lokajová

  • ICTs and adolescent well-being
  • literature review and theory synthesis

Vojtěch Mýlek

  • interactions between adolescents and unknown people from the internet
  • ICTs and adolescent well-being

Ondřej Sotolář

  • innovative data collection methods
  • data mining & result aggregation

Natálie Terčová

  • digital skills of children and adolescents
  • sharenting and online privacy
  • risky and addictive behavior

Other members


Jakub Macek

  • new media users and audiences
  • audience ethnography
  • media and technological subcultures
  • media in civic and political participation

Alena Macková

  • political communication
  • activism
  • political participation
  • new media
  • campaigns

Jan Šerek

  • political psychology
  • civic and political socialization in adolescence and young adulthood

Previous irtis members

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