Laboratory for Prevention Research (PrevLab)

Head of the Laboratory: Assoc. Prof. Martina Ferić, PhD

Laboratory for Prevention Research (PrevLab) is the legatee to the Centre for Prevention Research (CPI) which was founded by professor Josipa Basic in the year 2005 at the Department of Behavioural Disorders, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia. PrevLab is established in 2017.

The goal of PrevLab is to:

1) contribute to better recognizability and visibility of prevention science in Croatia and the world

  • create a recognizable platform as a source of prevention science and practice information
  • promote the development of science-based and evidence-based preventive practices
  • create partnerships with similar centres in Europe and the world
  • strengthen scientific potential and human resources
  • influence on public policies creation and creation of standards in prevention at the global level

2) developing and implementing effective models for transferring knowledge of prevention science into practice

  • improve currently implemented preventive interventions toward evidence-based intervention by conduction of scientific evaluation
  • promote the development and implementation of sustainable models of multicomponent community-based prevention
  • develop recommendations / standards to promote evidence-based preventive practices


Laboratory for Prevention Research (PrevLab), ie the PrevLab team -  Valentina Kranzelic, PhD; Martina Feric, PhD; Josipa Mihic, PhD and Miranda Novak, PhD received the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) Award "Sloboda Medal" for continuous contribution to the development of prevention science in Europe and International. The award was presented on the closing ceremony of the 9th EUSPR Annual Conference "Prevention Technologies - Improving the Use of Evidence in Prevention Practice" (24th-26th, October, 2018., Lisbon).

Research projects in prevention science (Croatia)

ASAP Training „Building effective drug prevention results across Europe, based on prevention systems analysis and widespread professional training“
ASAP Training (project description)

Positive development of city of Zagreb’s youth: state of the art (PRAG_ZG)
Project leader: Assis. Prof. Miranda Novak, PhD

Enhancing quality of psychoactive substance use prevention interventions in Croatia
Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Valentina Kranželić
Improvement of drug prevention programs in Croatia (poster presentation)

Mindfulness and SEL for teachers
Project leader: Assis. Prof. Josipa Mihić

UPC Adapt -Implementing a prevention training curriculum in Europe: Adaptation and Piloting
Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Valentina Kranželić

Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN)
Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Martina Ferić

The PrevLab members are:

Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb
Department of Behavioural Disorders
Laboratory for Prevention Research (PrevLab)
Campus Borongaj
Borongajska cesta 83f
10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Sub-Department of Rehabilitation, Informatics, Statistics and Technology

Head of the Sub-Department:

The work of the Sub-Department is committed to the design and application of various programmes for statistical data analysis and processing of research results which are used in writing of the scientific papers, thesis, MA and PhD papers, calculation of the norms for measuring instruments within the framework of scientific projects, etc.

Besides the Head of the Sub-Department, Prof. Branko Nikolić, PhD, several external associates are also engaged and they participate in lecturing at undergraduate and graduate levels of the Faculty.

Laboratory for Hearing and Speech Acoustics

Head of the Laboratory: Prof. Mladen Heđever, PhD

The Laboratory's activities are notably focused on the scientific research work on the specialized acoustic analysis of voice and speech, as well as the court expert evaluations in the field of forensic phonetics and acoustics. The Laboratory was founded in 1995. Part of the Laboratory’s activities is also processing data needed for the student work on the thesis and seminary papers, while some of the student exercises within the framework of the Speech and Language Pathology course of study are performed there. If needed, the Laboratory also provides specialist processing and speech-language pathology findings for the Rehabilitation Centre.

A part of the research is conducted in cooperation with researchers from other institutions (School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, SUVAG Polyclinic, Centre Slava Raškaj, etc).

The Laboratory is equipped with modern computer equipment and programmes for sound recording and processing (computer programme Adobe Audition), measuring microphones and instruments (Bruel and Kjaer), and specijalized computer programmes for acoustic voice and speech analysis (Praat, Multi Speech, Multi Dimensinal Voice Program, EZVoice). Furthermore, it is also equipped with the specialized programmes for forensic phonetic and acoustics (DC Live Forensic, Clear Voice Denoiser).

In addition to that, the Laboratory also possesses devices for examining the functions of the vocal and speech tract (Nazometar and Electroglottograph).

The Laboratory’s associates:

Laboratory for Research of Sign Language and Deaf Culture

Head of the Laboratory: Prof. Ljubica Pribanić, PhD

The Laboratory for Research of Sign Language and Deaf Culture (Croatian sign language-CSL lab) was founded in 2004 as a result of the work on the bilateral US-Croatian project "A Basic Grammar of Croatian Sign Language".

The work on the project, which also means the work in the Laboratory, is financed by the US National Science Foundation - Linguistic Program, while a part of the expenses is covered by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sport of the Republic of Croatia. The work in the Laboratory is notably committed to the research of the linguistics of Croatian sign language. The description of the linguistic profession of Croatian sign language will contribute to its recognition and acknowledgement as the complete and natural means of communication for deaf persons in accordance with the Recommendation on Protection of Sign Language of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. The researches will have impact on the development of programmes for: learning CSL as the second language (J2), education of the translators/interpreters and teachers for deaf persons and for education of the parents of deaf children.

The existence of the basic grammar of CSL is a precondition for the development of the programme for bilingual rehabilitation and education of children with hearing impairments and for increasing understanding of the teachers for deaf children that the use of CSL can improve the literacy and educational achievements of deaf children in general. The Laboratory is set up at the Centre "Slava Raškaj”.

The Head of the Project and founder of the Laboratory is Prof. Ljubica Pribanić, PhD, and its US co-founder is Prof. Ronnie Wilbur, PhD (Purdue University, IN, USA), the biggest world authority in the field of research of the linguistics of sign languages.

The Laboratory’s associates:

Child Communication Research Lab

Head of the Maja Cepanec

Child Communication Research Laboratory was founded in 2001 by professor Marta Ljubešić as Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab, based on the agreement between the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences (University of Zagreb) and Croatian Institute for Brain Research. It was grounded on long-lasting cooperation between biomedical and behavioral scientists.


  • To study development and developmental disabilities of communication, language and speech
  • To study the roles and interrelations of higher cognitive functions in the development of communication, language and speech in various clinical populations
  • To study interrelations between neurobiological and behavioral developmental indicators
  • To study the role of environmental factors (e.g. parenting styles, intervention programmes etc.) on developmental outcomes
  • To develop various measuring instruments for the assessement of early child development


  • Analysis of key developmental features in preschool children with autism as prerequisite of developmental profiles quantification (UNIZG)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation with Robot Evaluator (ADORE) (HZZ)
  • From early communication to literacy in children with autism spectrum disorder: the role of executive functions (UNIZG)
  • Implementation of science-based (early) assessment of autism in Croatia (Zaklada Adris, HEP, HT)
  • Cognitive and language development in children at neurodevelopmental risk (MZOŠ)
  • Early communication and language development in children with early brain injury (MZOŠ)

The Laboratory’s associates: