Maria Kazmierczak, Associate Professor in Psychology, Poland

I am the Head of Department of Family Studies and Quality of Life at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Gdansk in Poland. I conduct research on: empathy in the context of family relations, transition to parenthood, parental sensitivity and the quality of intimate relationships. I am the associate editor of Current Issues in Personality Psychology.

Currently, I am the leader of the research project entitled Empathy in couples as a predictor of responsiveness towards infant’s cry in the situation of parental role’s activation – mediational role of oxytocin and vasopressin (HEART model) (2016/22/E/HS6/00237) and I am the member of the NAWA project (Poland-Czech Republic) entitled From the micro- to the macro- level: The link between the microbiota-gut-brain axis and the neuropsychological development of the child.

I served as the member at large in the International Association for Relationship Research and currently I am the management committee member in the Polish Association for Psychology of Close Relationships. I also served as the management committee member in the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, ISCH COST Action IS1405, 2014-2018: Building Intrapartum Research Through Health – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH) and I was the recipient of COST-STSM-IS1405-32834.

I have received several scientific awards and scholarships as: the Teofrast Award for the best scientific psychological book of 2015 (Charaktery magazine); Jacobs Foundation Travel Fellowship (2015); research fellowship from the Foundation for Polish Science (2008, 2009); the Polish Prime Minister’s Award for a distinguished doctoral dissertation (2006), a Witkin-Okonji Memorial Fund Award (from Greece, 2006).

University location University of Gdansk, Poland
Research keywords (maximum 7/8) transition to parenthood, empathy, parental sensitivity, couples, family