Bc. Lucie Zernerová, Ph.D., MSc.

 Bc. Lucie Zernerová, Ph.D., MSc.

Institute of Psychology
The Czech Academy of Sciences
Pod Vodárenskou věží 1143/4, 182 00 Prague 8
Phone: +420 266 053 844
Email: Zernerova@praha.psu.cas.cz


My research interests are mainly in the field of occupational health psychology and contextual behavioural science:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) and other mindfulness- and compassion-based approaches for health and well-being of various populations
  • Theories of work-related stress, well-being, work engagement and motivation
  • Mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions to foster well-being and prevent stress and burnout at work
  • Psychological flexibility, mindfulness, self-compassion and perfectionism
  • Research methodology and advanced statistical methods


Employment History

September 2021 – ongoing            
Researcher, Institute of Psychology at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic -

Research projects exploring the psychosocial work characteristics, health, wellbeing and personal resources of employees in a variety of sectors in the Czech Republic.

September 2022 – ongoing (p/t)   
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University -

Delivering lectures in research methods and statistics, work psychology and mindfulness-based interventions.

September 2020 – ongoing            
Co-founder and Trainer at Institut ACT+, Czech Republic

Institut ACT+ is an educational project dedicated to training and supervision of ACT and other evidence-based mindfulness approaches within the 3rd wave CBT in the Czech Republic.

March 2020 – ongoing    
Research Associate, Department of Psychology, City, University of London, UK

Research Project – An RCT to evaluate effectiveness a novel 8-week mindfulness-based intervention to develop resilience, self-care and mindfulness skills with respect to unique mental health needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. In collaboration with Mind in CHWF and Mind in Salford. Journal manuscript in preparation.

January 2015 – November 2021  
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City, University of London
; UK – www.city.ac.uk

Delivered/supported the Research design and statistics module on MSc Organisational Psychology, lectures in Employee Well-being module; supervised MSc dissertations, essay and coursework marking.

February 2018 – June 2018          
Visiting Lecturer, Kingston Business School, London, UK
– www.kingston.ac.uk

Advanced Statistics and Academic Writing lectures on the Occupational and Business Psychology Professional Doctorate programme.  

June 2012 – October 2013            
Researcher, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation (part of Lancaster University)
; London, UK - www.theworkfoundation.com

I worked on a number of research projects for UK Government’s Department of Health, EDF Energy and The Teacher Support Network.   

February 2011 – May 2012          
Well-being Project Advisor, Occupational Health & Safety Dept, Black & Veatch Ltd
; Redhill, Surrey, UK – www.bv.com

The B&V’s Well-being Project implemented the HSE Management Standards for work-related stress in a large engineering organisation. Steps involved risk assessment, focus groups to communicate findings, development of practical improvements, workshops on stress prevention and management.

February 2006 – September 2011
Marketing & Communications Specialist, Black & Veatch Ltd; Redhill, Surrey, UK – www.bv.com



2013 – 2021                            
PhD in Psychology,
Department of Psychology, City, University of London, UK. PhD Thesis title: “Trait mindfulness and its dimensions as personal resources in the Job Demands-Resource Theory of work-related stress and motivation”; supervisor: Dr Paul Flaxman

2009 – 2011 (p-t)                   
MSc in Organisational Psychology (Distinction),
City, University of London.

BPS accredited course; core modules in Organizational Development and Change, Employee Well-being, Employee Relations and Motivation, Recruitment and Selection, Training (identification of needs, training design and evaluation), Performance Appraisal, Health and Safety, Ergonomics, Job Design, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.

2007 – 2009 (p-t)                    
Graduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology (Distinction),
London Metropolitan University, UK, Diploma Dissertation: Flow as a mediator of the relationship between attentional control and approaches to studying during academic exams preparation

2006 – 2007 (p-t)                    
Graduate Conversion Certificate in Psychology,
London Metropolitan University, UK

2002 – 2005                            
Bc (equivalent to BA) in Humanities (Distinction) + Certificate in Health Psychology,
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Bc Dissertation title: Motivation and well-being of Czech migrants to the UK


Other Relevant Professional Training

2020 – ongoing                      
Mindfulness Teacher Training with Breathworks, Manchester, UK
– training program accredited by BAMBA, the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (online; expected completion in December 2021).

Inside this moment: Using mindfulness in ACT to promote radical change;
Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson, 12th – 13th September 2019, London, UK

ACT in the workplace: Improving employees’ psychological wellbeing,
Paul Flaxman & Ross McIntosh, 14th – 15th March 2019, London, UK

Advanced Statistics: Multilevel Modelling, Structural Equation Modelling, Latent Growth Curve Modelling using IBM SPSS and MPlus
, Figure it out consultancy, based at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK).

Intermediate ACT Competency Training
; Mindfulness Training Ltd. (Henry Whitfield, David Gillanders); March 2012, London, UK

ACT Experiential Introduction with Skills Training; Mindfulness Training Ltd. (Henry Whitfield, Martin Wilks); February 2012, London, UK


Publications & Conference Presentations 

Zibarras, L., Yates, J., Horan, S. & Zernerova, L. (2024). Wellbeing and work. In J. Yates, L. Zibarras & L. Mahmood (Eds.), Organisational Psychology: An Essential Guide. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Zernerová, L. & Vontorčíková, H. (2023, November 8th – 11th). ACT (Terapie přijetí a odhodlání) – představení, uplatnění a evidence-base. 34th Česko-Slovenská Psychoterapeutická Konference, Přerov, Czech Republic. https://psychoterapeutickakonference2023.cz/node/26   

Rad, Y., Prudenzi, A., Flaxman, P., Gerson, J. & Zernerova, L. (2023, July 26th – 28th). What are the effects of workplace ACT interventions on the subprocesses of psychological flexibility? [Oral presentation, Symposium 105]. ACBS World Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus. https://contextualscience.org/files/WC2023%20Program_0.pdf

Vontorčíková, H. & Zernerová, L. (2023, May 18th – 20th). ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Terapie přijetí a odhodlání). 9th Slovenská Konferencia KBT, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovak Republic. https://kbt.sk/9-slovenska-konferencia-kbt-v-dnoch-18-05-20-05-2023/   

Pešek, R., Vontorčíková, H., Zernerová, L., Lufferová, M. & Azavedo, K. (2023). Možnosti využití některých prvků ACT při provádění KBT – teorie, zkušenosti z praxe a kazuistika. Psychiatrie Pro Praxi, 24(1), 37-44. https://doi.org/10.36290/psy.2023.004

Flaxman, P. E., Prudenzi, A. & Zernerova, L. (2023). ACT in the workplace. In Twohig, M. P., Levin, M. E., & Petersen, J. M. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197550076.013.19

Calissano, C., Haenschel, C., Flaxman, P. E. & Zernerova, L. (2021). Influence of perfectionism on short-term anxious reactivity to a social-evaluative stressor. Personality and Individual Differences, 173, 110626. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.110626

Zernerova, L. & Flaxman, P. E. (2019, May 29th – June 1st). A daily diary study of within-and between-person effects of trait mindfulness as a personal resource at work: Revealing “hidden” interactions [Oral presentation, 1797]. 19th European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology Congress, Turin, Italy. http://www.eawop.org/ckeditor_assets/attachments/1225/eawop-2019_complete-programme_preliminary.pdf?1571412002

Zernerova, L. & Flaxman, P. E. (2012, Jan 11th – 13th). Mindfulness and psychological flexibility as personal resources. British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Annual Conference 2012: Delivering Excellence: Stimulating, Informing and Engaging our Profession, 2012, Chester, UK

Cermakova (Zernerova), L., Moneta, G. B. & Spada, M. M. (2010). Dispositional flow as a mediator of the relationships between attentional control and approaches to studying during academic examination preparation. Educational Psychology, 30(5), 495–511. https://doi.org/10.1080/01443411003777697



2021      Postdoc PPLZ, Institute of Psychology, The Czech Academy of Sciences

2013      PhD Scholarship, City, University of London, UK


Professional Memberships

Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (since 2011)

British Psychological Society (since 2009) – Division of Occupational Psychology; Special Group in Coaching Psychology

European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (since 2019)