Tena Vukasović Hlupić, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Tena Vukasović Hlupić was born in 1984 in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated psychology from the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 2008, with the graduation paper titled Family study: the level of measuring personality and the familial aggregation estimates. She completed her PhD studies at the same institution in 2013, with the doctoral thesis entitled Genetic and environmental influences on personality: a meta-analysis of behavior genetic studies.

She started working at the Department of Psychology as a research assistant in 2008, continued her work as a senior research assistant from 2014, and as an assistant professor from 2017. Her scientific work has resulted in 10 published articles, and active participation in more than 20 international scientific conferences with more than 30 presentations/posters. Apart from her work as a research assistant, she has also been an active lecturer for different courses in undergraduate (Emotion and motivation, Personality psychology), graduate (Behavior genetics) and doctoral (Meta-analysis) psychology programs.

As a member of the Program and Organizing Committee, she helped organize three international scientific conferences (Ramiro and Zoran Bujas’ Days) and two projects focused on popularization of psychology (PsihoFest). She also participated in three summer schools and was a co-organizer for one summer school. From 2009, she has also been working as a counselor at the Student Counseling Center of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The main research areas of Tena Vukasović Hlupić are the field of personality psychology and behaviour genetics. In her research she has used specific behavioural genetic methodology (family studies, twin studies) and statistical procedures developed for analysing data of genetically related participants, with phenotype dominantly being personality. Also, she has conducted meta-analyses in the field of personality psychology and behaviour genetics.

Selected publications

  • Vukasović, T. & Bratko, D. (2015). Heritability of Personality: A Meta-Analysis of Behavior Genetic Studies. Psychological Bulletin, 141(4), 769-785. doi: 10.1037/bul0000017
  • Butković, A., Vukasović, T. & Bratko D. (2014). Sleep duration and personality in Croatian twins. Journal of Sleep Research, 23(2), 153-158. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12101
  • Bratko D., Butković, A., Vukasović, T., Keresteš, G. & Brković, I. (2014). Personality resemblance between parents and offspring: study of five factors across four samples and questionnaires. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(1), 95-104. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9695-9 
  • Bratko D., Butković, A., Vukasović, T., Chamorro-Premuzic, T. & von Stumm, S. (2012). Cognitive ability, self-assessed intelligence and personality: Common genetic but independent environmental aetiologies. Intelligence, 40(2), 91-99. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2012.02.001 
  • Vukasović, T., Bratko D. & Butković, A. (2012). Genetski doprinos individualnim razlikama u subjektivnoj dobrobiti: meta-analiza. Društvena istraživanja, 21(1), 1-17. doi:10.5559/di.21.1.01



Undergraduate study programme in psychology

Graduate study programme in psychology

Postgraduate doctoral study programme

  • Meta-analysis

Tena Vukasović Hlupić, Ph.D.
Senior Research Assistant
Room: C-311, Tel. 4092-194

From 2009 Tena Vukasović Hlupić has been working as a counselor at the Student Counseling Center, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zagreb, where she does individual counseling and psycho-educative groups, and also participates in regular supervisions. In order to give the best possible care to her clients, she continually participates in educations, work shops and expert lectures:

  • Psychotherapy and Treatment of Eating Disorders, Centre for Eating Disorders BEA, Zagreb, 2013, expert lecture
  • The Use of Associative Cards in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Tanja Radionov, Counseling Center «Svjetlost» and  Irena Bezic, PhD, Counseling Center «Idemo dalje», Zagreb, 2012, work shop
  • Psychological Counseling and Expert Support in the Process of Grieving, Lidija Arambasic, PhD, Zagreb, 2010, education
  • Peer Support and Helping Students with Academic Problems, Student Counseling Center University of Zadar and Tempus JEP 41060-2006 Developing University Counseling and Advisory Services, Zadar, 2009, work shop
  • Dramatic Approach in Working with Groups, Center for children, adolescents, and family Modus, Zagreb, 2007, education.