Research Team Members

Dr. Rákosy-Vokó Zsuzsa

Molecular biologist and public health expert, the leader of the research team. Graduating as a molecular biologist in 2003 from the University of Debrecen, they earned a Ph.D. degree from the Doctoral School of Health Sciences at the same university in 2008. They were a postdoctoral fellow from 2008 to 2011 at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Florida. Since 2013, they have been an assistant professor at the Medical Public Health Institute of the University of Pécs and have been a scientific advisor to the National Korányi Pulmonology Institute since 2017.

Their main research areas include molecular biological research supporting the development of personalized medicine, as well as national and international public health research providing evidence for the development of health support programs for vulnerable social groups, with particular attention to the health of school-age children and the homeless. They were the scientific leader and coordinator of the Budakörnyék Health Program from 2018 to 2021, with which they won the Health Award of the European Commission in 2021.

They are a member of numerous national and international scientific societies. At the University of Pécs, they teach public health and molecular epidemiology and mentor Ph.D. and university students.

Sápi Mária

Mária Sápi, a 52-year-old master teacher, I am a member of the Reformed Pedagogical Institute. As a part-time instructor, I am a specialist advisor in biology, health education, and natural science. I participate in Reformed curriculum development and teacher training at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church’s Nagykőrös campus. My daily work focuses on experience-based, direct experiential learning and teaching methods. As a mentor, I pay great attention to the tracking and support of beginning teachers.

Dr. Sebestyén Nóra

I graduated from Eötvös Loránd University as a psychologist and teacher with a specialization in psychology. After obtaining my diploma, I worked as a researcher at the MTA Research Center for Natural Sciences, where I studied motivation and competition. Currently, I am a university lecturer at the ELTE Counseling and School Psychology Department and work as a school psychologist in a sports school. In my work, I have always considered it important to link theory and practice and to exploit their supportive roles. My areas of interest and research include positive psychology in schools and the design and implementation of interventions to support mental health.

My main areas of research include molecular biological research supporting the development of personalized medicine, as well as domestic and international public health research, providing evidence for the development of health programs to support the health of vulnerable social groups, particularly school-aged children and the homeless. From 2018 to 2021, I was the scientific leader and coordinator of the Budakörnyéki Health Program, with which I won the European Commission’s Health Award in 2021.

I am a member of numerous domestic and international scientific societies. At the University of Pécs, I teach public health and molecular epidemiology, and mentor PhD and university students.

Dr. Juhász Ágnes

My name is Ágnes Juhász, I am a psychologist, and an adjunct at the ELTE PPK Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology. My research areas include workplace stress, workplace health promotion, burnout prevention, collective coping with stress, and the effectiveness of school stress management programs. Among other subjects, I participate in the teaching of subjects in BA, MA, and postgraduate training, such as Work and Organizational Psychology, Workplace Health Psychology, Psychosocial Risk Analysis and Management, and Wellbeing and Health Promotion at the Workplace. The topic of my doctoral dissertation was Individual and Organizational focused workplace health development, which I defended in 2008. In recent years, I have also participated in various professional training programs: I qualified as a coaching psychologist in 2017, as a cognitive-behavioral therapy consultant in 2016, as an autogenic training consultant in 2007, and as a training group leader in 1999. In addition to my university work, I am also active as a volunteer and external associate for the Foundation for Health with Soul.

Dr. Rádi Orsolya

I have been working at the ELTE Teacher and Kindergarten Teacher Training Faculty since the fall of 2014 as an instructor of pedagogical subjects. In 2018, I defended my PhD thesis at the ELTE PPK Doctoral School of Education. Among other things, curriculum and document analysis were conducted as research methodologies in my dissertation. I have participated – and continue to participate – in developments and educational innovations. Having taught in both alternative and non-alternative schools, I am seeking effective ways for learning and teaching.

Kerekes Valéria

She has been working as a lecturer at ELTE for almost two decades. From 2005-2015, she taught at the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education, and since 2015, she has been teaching mainly game pedagogy and various methodological subjects to students at the Teacher and Kindergarten Teacher Training Faculty. Since 2016, she has been leading the ELTE TÓK Game Mentor Specialized Training. Her research topics mainly focus on exploring the connection points of games and tales, and on creating and testing various methodological innovations. She is working on the development of mental health, covering both its theoretical and practical aspects.

Barta Veronika

I am Veronika Barta, a psychologist. I work at the Organizational and Methodological Department of the National Korányi Institute of Pulmonology, where I primarily participate in the work of the Smoking Cessation Support Methodological Center, contributing to training for cessation support and engaging in local and small-regional health development programs. Related to my psychological studies, I utilize my skills in relaxation and imaginative specific methods.

Dr. Árva Dorka

Preventive medicine and public health resident, PhD student. After obtaining her degrees in psychology and general medicine, she took a position at the Institute of Public Health at Semmelweis University, where she has been involved in school health education and health development projects from the beginning.

Sághy Eszter

Sághy Eszter (MRes) obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Policy from the University of Bath in 2019. She completed her professional practice as a research assistant at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education. She earned her master’s degree in Advanced Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences, also at the University of Bath. She is currently a researcher at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pécs.

Dr. Zemplényi Antal Tamás

Zemplényi Antal (MSc, PhD) is an economist and certified health policy expert. He earned his PhD in health economics in 2016. From 2007 to 2018, he directed the management of the Clinical Center at the University of Pécs. Since 2018, he has been leading the Health Technology Assessment Center at the University of Pécs. In his work, he deals with health economic analyses and the research use of health data.

Bús Borbála

My name is Borbála Bús, a teacher, HR consultant, coach, and trainer. I specialize in communication and supporting relationships, offering techniques to those who seek my help, which assist in win-win problem solving, self-expression, and boundary setting. In my work, I apply the perspective offered by Transactional Analysis (TA), elements of Cooperative Communication (EMK) and other relationship and conflict resolution communication models, as well as methods and tests from the HR field, combined with my more than 20 years of work experience. In the trainings I hold for teachers, we try out playful solutions that can be used in everyday pedagogical practice, focusing on supporting mental health, strengthening relationships, increasing personal efficiency and attitude, and managing stress.

Lukács Anikó

I am Anikó Lukács, a trainer and coach. For me, learning means discovering new things, which is exciting and joyful!
I am fortunate because I inherited the experience of experiential learning and collective thinking from my family. Solving problems and acquiring new knowledge for me has been a journey of discovery and a source of success.
Now, in my diverse work, I strive to give as many children and adults as possible a taste of this special form of learning. I believe that anyone who tries it will get a taste for it and seek further opportunities to learn for the joy of acquiring knowledge, by thinking and living through challenges.
Since 2007, I have been organizing and holding trainings, group sessions, school programs, and individual consultations for children, teachers, and parents.

Fegyverneki Gergő

I am a teacher with a specialization in Hungarian language and media studies, a methodological trainer, and an expert in digital pedagogy. I have taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as in tutoring centers. I contribute to projects as an accredited training and curriculum developer. As a methodological trainer and speaker, I participate in the digital implementation and methodological innovation of educational institutions. I have worked as an expert in the Educational Authority and teach prospective teachers at teacher training universities. I am the author of numerous practical pedagogical books, book sections, and studies. I am passionately devoted to the development of student-centered, modern educational best practices.

Bene Viktória

I am a trainer, labor market advisor, and internet safety educator. My doctoral research topic is internet safety and data protection. I am continuously learning and training at domestic and foreign universities. I participate in the development of numerous courses and educational materials, from theory to best practices. I regularly hold sessions for children, parents, and educators on topics related to the digital world (internet safety, learning techniques, media literacy, future professions, mental health, gaming addiction, data protection, etc.), providing guidelines for navigation. I am the author of several studies and book sections.

Dr. Cselkó Zsuzsa

Preventive Medicine and Public Health Specialist. I am the head of the Organizational and Methodological Department of the National Korányi Institute of Pulmonology and the related National Center for Smoking Cessation Support (DLTK). The DLTK, established in 2012, aims to reduce the proportion of smokers and the frequency of smoking-related diseases by increasing the number of trained professionals participating in the programs, improving access to smoking cessation services, and raising public awareness and health consciousness. As a national institute, OKPI’s mission also includes the nurturing and development of primary prevention of smoking.

Prof. Dr. Kiss István

I graduated in 1986 from the Medical University of Pécs, and although the organizational structure and the name have occasionally changed, my sole workplace since then has been the Institute of Public Health at the PTE Faculty of Medicine, where I have been the leader since 2014. I have dealt with numerous areas of public health/preventive medicine, initially with the experimental examination of nutrition and cancer, and the molecular epidemiology of tumors. In the last one or two decades, I have increasingly participated in human epidemiological examinations and health development projects, and I strive to ensure that our institute is as diverse as possible in this field. I see the beauty of this in that health development programs ultimately translate all the knowledge accumulated during preventive research into practice. Thus, beyond hopefully contributing to improving the health status of the population, they fill researchers with joy and satisfaction, who see the fruit of their labor ripen.

Sólyom Tamás

Application Officer, advocacy expert, and a staff member of the PTE ÁOK Grant and Innovation Office. Her responsibilities include managing applications and handling tasks related to their implementation.

A programunk megvalósításában résztvevő pedagógusok

Blaskó Szilvia

I am Blaskó Szilvia, a primary school teacher and master educator. I am the Principal of the Budajenői Általános Iskola.

From 1999 to 2006, I served as the lead teacher for practical and professional training at the Apor Vilmos Catholic Teacher Training College’s practice primary school.

Since 2006, I have been working in Budajenő, fulfilling various roles as a teacher, class master, and deputy institution leader. As of 2021, I have taken on the role of the school’s Principal. As an innovative master educator, my main research area is the issues and potential solutions related to the transition from kindergarten to school. In collaboration with the Budajenői Kindergarten, we are working on developing good practices. Our mission is to share knowledge within our immediate environment and then share our experiences within professional circles.

Szanyó Gáborné

I received my Teacher and Religious Instructor diploma at the Reformed Teacher Training College in Nagykőrös in 1994. I started my career in a school located in a residential area of Székesfehérvár. After the birth of our two older children, I worked at the Olive Tree Kindergarten, preparing older groups for school.

By the grace of God, I have been able to follow the life of the Reformed Elementary School from the first steps. In my work, I strive to develop children according to their abilities. I find it important to bring success experiences to students with weaker abilities as well. For this reason, I participated in developmental teacher training at the Eötvös József Pedagogical College and took a teacher qualification exam. On August 1, 2011, I was assigned as an institution leader, so I completed educational management training at the Budapest University of Technology.

In my service as a religious instructor, my goal is for the children, and through them, their parents, to get to know the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, the love and proximity of Lord Jesus.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8, KJV)

Varga Imre Istvánné

Lakatos András

My name is András Lakatos, I am 49 years old, married and the father of one son. I have been working at the Nagykőrösi Kolping Catholic Primary School since October 11, 2004. I have been the deputy director since September 1, 2006, and the director since September 22, 2017. My qualifications include being a primary school teacher in humanities and social studies, a public education leader, and a basketball sports coach. Currently, I teach history and homeland and folk knowledge in my school. My goal, keeping the Christian perspective in mind, is not only to impart knowledge and educate students but also to provide a solid foundation for the students so that they can become good professionals.


Literature Review Working Group

The task of the working group is to conduct research into the literary background underpinning the program. This includes the study of international literary data, the comparison and meta-analysis of scientific publications and results of school programs supporting mental health. Additionally, it involves the examination and analysis of the content related to health development in domestic and international regulations defining public education.

Data Analysis Working Group

The task of the working group is the statistical analysis of data from the research. During the analysis, they identify the connections between the examined factors and parameters.

Methodological Working Group

The task of the working group is to develop the methodological material for teacher training. It works on the development of modern pedagogical methods and practices, and games based on information and communication technology, related to the improvement of children’s social skills, support for mental health, and the topic of addiction.

Public Health Working Group

The task of the working group is to plan the research related to the program, interpret research results, and write publications. Creating the health development concept and content of the program

Higher Education Innovation Working Group

The task of the working group is to map out university and college capacities ensuring the sustainability of the program. Where possible, it will establish the conditions necessary for integrating the competencies and knowledge required for health development activities requiring modern pedagogical tools into teacher training.