I work as an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. I graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad in 2008, received my master’s degree in individual differences at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade in 2009, and completed my PhD in personality psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad in 2014.
My research interests include the exploration of the dark side of human personality or socially malevolent traits (e.g., psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, and aggressiveness) and their outcomes (e.g., aggression and violence). Furthermore, my interests include psychometrics and its application, mostly in the domain of personality psychology. With my colleagues, I have developed several measures, such as the Aggressiveness Questionnaire AVDH, and adapted to Serbian language over 50 measures, mostly of aggression and antagonistic personality traits.
Beside psychometric analyses, I apply a wide range of different research methods in my work, including twin design and experimental design, aimed to measure aggression, antisocial punishment, and cognitive biases. I am a member of the research team conducting the first twin study in Serbia, in which my focus is on the examination of contributions of epigenetic, genetic, and environmental factors in aggression and other risky behaviors.
In 2013, I was awarded the Best Young Researcher Award at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad; in 2018, the Early Career Award by the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID); in 2021 for scientific excellence in the field of social-humanistic sciences by the Provincial Secretariat for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Serbia; in 2020 and 2021 for the top result of the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, and in 2023 the Nenad Havelka Lecture of Honor: Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Early Phase of a Scientific Career by the program board of the scientific meeting Empirical Research in Psychology.
I have been a member of the STAR Center of Excellence for Behavioral Research in Psychology since its inception in 2014 and I am a long-time member of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad.