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Mrs Lenka Janik-Blaskova

Mrs Lenka Janik-Blaskova

Lecturer in Education Psychology

 North Cloisters 118


North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK



(nearing completion) PhD in Education (Psychology of Education), University of Cambridge

MPhil Education (Psychology of Education), University of Cambridge, Distinction

British Psychological Society graduate conversion course, University of Cambridge

MA Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling), University College Cork, Ireland, First Class Honours

Diploma in Social and Psychological Health Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, First Class Honours


Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy



2017 - 2020       Research Assistant, University of Cambridge, joined Faculty of Education & NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough project

2019 - 2019       Consultant, Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge-Malaysia Collaboration, Educational Reform

‚Äč2016 - 2018       Research Assistant, University of Cambridge, Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Research Centre


2018 - 2021       Teaching Assistant, University of Cambridge


Research interests

I am particularly interested in researching:

- Peer relationships

- Mental health & wellbeing

- Social cognitive development

- Inclusive education

- Playful learning

- Childhood & adolescence

- Social and emotional experiences

- Positive psychology


My methodological expertise includes:

- Qualitative research

- Interviews and focus group

- Participatory research with children and young people

- Art-based / visual methods

- Classroom and playground observations

- Psycholinguistic assessment

- Sociometric methods

- Phenomenological qualitative analysis

- Thematic / framework qualitative analysis



Janik Blaskova, L., & Gibson, J.L. (under review) Friendship is.... "When we all play together." Exploring concepts of friendship formation in children with Developmental Language Disorder. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Janik Blaskova, L., & Gibson, J.L. (2021). Reviewing the link between and language abilities and peer relations in children with Developmental Language Disorder: The importance of children’s own perspectives. Autism & Dev Lang Impairments.

Hofmann, R., Arenge, G., Dickson, S., Marfan-Sanchez, J., Ryan, M., Tiong, N.D., Radia, B.K., & Janik Blaskova, L. (under review) The COVID-19 learning crisis as a challenge and an opportunity for schools: an evidence review and conceptual synthesis of research-based tools for sustainable change. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal.

Janik Blaskova, L., Le Courtois, S., Baker, S.T., Gibson, J.L., Ramchandani, P.G., O’Farrelly, CH., & Fink, E. (2020). Participant engagement with play research - examples and lessons learned from the Centre for Play in Education, Development and Learning. International Journal of Play, 9(4), 365-381.

Kittredge, A. K., Day, N., Janik Blaskova, L., Zhang, H., & Baker, S. T. (2018). Teachers’  views on supporting self-regulated learning in early childhood science education. 13th International Conferences of the Learning Sciences (ICLS). Conference proceedings.

Janik Blaskova, L., & McLellan, R.W. (2017). Young people’s perceptions of wellbeing: The importance of peer relationships in Slovak schools. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology.

Research projects

Impact change to clinical practice through continuous professional development (2017, 2019-2020), Joined project of Faculty of Education (University of Cambridge) and Papworth FICE (NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough)

Educational Reform: Cambridge-Malaysia Collaboration (2019), Cambridge Assessment 

Social Play, Social Lives: Children relationships through play project (2018), Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Research Centre, University of Cambridge

Stepping Stones in Science: Child-led pedagogy for teaching science with teachers as co-researchers (2016-2017), Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Research Centre, University of Cambridge

Research networks

Wellbeing & Inclusion Special Interest Group, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Cambridge Neuroscience 

Psychology, Education and Learning Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Emerging Minds


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