Applied Psychology Research Laboratory - MRU

Applied Psychology Research Laboratory


The Applied Psychological Research Laboratory (APRL) specializes in applied psychological research, which contributes to the development of new knowledge for the development of science, as well as the development of knowledge relevant to society, practitioners, policymakers, and the wider community. APRL activities aim to bridge the gap between theoretical research and applied practice by providing evidence-based solutions to real problems.


To become a comprehensive center for national and international research and services to the society for psychological well-being, serving the creation of an innovative, secure, inclusive, sustainable and compassionate society.


  1. To investigate the prevalence of environmentally friendly behavior in the Lithuanian population; explore the relationships between environmentally friendly behavior and contextual, moral, personal factors, habits, and intentions (e.g. beliefs, values, norms, identity, etc.), in the Lithuanian population, develop and implement intervention programs aimed at enhancing environmentally friendly behavior;
  2. To investigate the prevalence of sexual abuse experienced in childhood in the Lithuanian population, develop instruments to improve the quality of child surveys, to provide training for practitioners working with children who are victims of violence;
  3. Analyze the post-traumatic growth of women who have experienced domestic violence and related factors and make recommendations to practitioners advising women experiencing violence;
  4. Analyze the individual differences between the risks and consequences of friendship instability among students who have transitioned from elementary to secondary school in order to reveal the factors associated with the breakdown of friendships and how they affect the child’s social and academic success;
  5. To organize seminars and discussion groups aimed at the dissemination of scientific knowledge to the scientific community and practitioners to prepare scientific publications by publishing them in high-level international publications. To cooperate with other research centers in Lithuania and abroad dealing with issues close to the interests of the laboratory. To prepare and implement programs and projects in line with the objectives of the APRL activities together with the cooperating institutions.

Priority research areas

  1. Analysis of factors related to environmentally friendly behavior and development and implementation of interventions to strengthen such behavior;
  2. Knowledge/prevention of psychological factors related to various types of violence;
  3. Knowledge of the interactions between adaptation, positive development, and parenting practices of children of all ages.

Laboratory project activities

Name: Psychosocial development of a child after entering high school: the role of friends and parents (NAVIGATE).

Project No.  09.3.3-LMT-K-712-17-0009.

Project implementation period: 2020-05-01 – 2023-04-30.

Source of funding: EU investment funds.

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Name: Disclosure of sexual abuse experienced in childhood: assessment of prevalence and development of a Lithuanian simulated version of the interview platform (EIT) (UNCOVABUSE).

Project No.  01.2.2-LMT-K-718-03-0067.

Project implementation period: 2020-07-15-2023-08-15.

Source of funding: EU investment funds.

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Name: The relationship between adolescent sexual identity and psychosocial functioning over a one-year period.

Project No.  09.3.3-LMT-K-712-23-0210.

Project implementation period: 2021-06-22 2023-06-21.

Source of funding: EU investment funds.


Name: Act Sustainably: Psychological Mechanisms for Environmentally Friendly Behavior.

Project No.  09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-0017.

Project implementation period:  2017-12-27 – 2021-06-26.

Source of funding: EU investment funds.

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Name: Identity and post-traumatic growth of women who have experienced violence in close relationships: the role of resilience, coping and social support.

Project No.  S-MIP-17-132.

Project implementation period: 2017-10-12 – 2019-09-30.

Source of funding: LMT, Research Groups.


Name: Development of identity of Lithuanian and Japanese adolescents and young adults.

Project No.  LJB-5/2015 LJB-15-001.

Project implementation period: 2015-10-01- 2017-09-31.

Source of funding: LMT, Lithuanian-Japanese program.


Name: Executive self-development in the context of organisational change: transformative learning experiences and intentional personal and professional growth.

Project No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-19-0217.

Project coordinators: dr. Aušra Kolbergytė and prof. dr. Valdonė Indrašienė.


Name: Psychological features of contact in interviews with criminal suspects.

Project No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-19-0216.

Project coordinators: dr. Aleksandras Izotovas and prof. dr. Rita Bandzevičienė.


Name: The search for effective teaching: Assessing the circular profile and consequences of teachers (un)motivating behaviour.

Project No. S-GEV-21-2.

Project coordinator: Ingrida Gabrialavičiūtė.


Name: Psychological mechanisms of environmental citizenship education.

Project No. S-MIP-21-60.

Project coordinator: Mykolas Simas Poškus.


Head of Applied Psychology Research Laboratory
Prof. dr. Rita Žukauskienė

Head of Environmental Psychology Research Centre (EPRC)

Dr. Audra Balundė