Dr Anna Praskova

Dr Anna Praskova

Senior Lecturer, Psychological Sciences


BPsych (Hons) Griffith University
PhD in Psychology Griffith University


Anna joined ACAP in 2022 is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and a Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling (BPsySciCou).

Anna completed her PhD with Vice Chancellor’s Medal for PhD excellence (2014, Griffith University) and Graduate Student Research Award (2015, Society for Vocational Psychology, div17 of the APA). With more than a decade teaching in a tertiary sector, most recently Anna worked at Southern Cross University (SCU Gold Coast) as a Lecturer, Unit Assessor, HDR supervisor, and Gold Coast Campus Lead. She also worked previously as a career development practitioner (University of Southern Queensland and SCU) and a researcher (Metro North Mental Health and Griffith University). She is a consulting editor for the Journal of Career Assessment and registered PhD supervisor (SCU).

Anna is a dedicated, student-focused educator teaching across the broad spectrum of psychology, although has developed expertise in teaching quantitative research methods and statistics, scale development and psychometrics, and career development. She is also a passionate researcher and loves to spread her applied knowledge and enthusiasm through her teaching and research supervision.


Anna’s research focuses on career development and, specifically, optimising career journeys and outcomes for people of all ages. She is especially interested in knowing what makes one’s work meaningful and purposeful, and how human and environmental factors influence people’s career progress and outcomes. She is also interested in scale development and psychometrics.

Expert Comment Topics
Meaningful work and career calling
Career goal setting and pursuit
Career management and adjustment
Psychometric scale development and validation

Research and scholarship

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

Samios, C, Praskova, A., & Radlinska, B. (2022). The relationship between COVID-19 pandemic-related stress and meaning in life: Testing the moderating effects of self-compassion and savoring. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. 35(1), 9-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2021.1974408

Praskova, A., & McPeake, L. (2021). Career goal discrepancy, career distress, and goal adjustment: Testing a dual moderated process model in young adults. Journal of Career Assessment, 0(0), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/10690727211063372

Asghari, E., Rahmani, F., Hosseinzadeh, M., Mahdavi, N., Praskova, A., Targhaq, S. et al. (2021). The clinical characteristics of early cases with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease in Tabriz, Iran. Iranian Journal of Health Science, 9(1), 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.18502/jhs.v9i1.5968

Praskova, A., & Johnston, L. (2021). The role of future orientation and negative career feedback in career agency and career success in Australian adults. Journal of Career Assessment, 29(3), 463–485. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072720980174

Asghari, E., Zamanzadeh, Valizadeh, L., Ghahramanian, A, Rassouli, M., & Praskova, A. (2021). Development and psychometric testing of the Career Success in Nursing Scale. International Nursing Review, 68(1), 41-48. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12631

Zamanzadeh, V., Valizadeh, L., Praskova, A., Ghahramania, A., Rassouli, M., & Asghari, E. (2019). Reaching for the stars: Iranian nurses’ perceptions of career success. International Nursing Review, 66, 78-86. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12460

Praskova, A., Erskinne, D., Baumgartner, B., & Patterson, S. (2018). Metabolic monitoring of people with severe mental illness who are homeless: A successful quality improvement initiative. Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 3, 1011.

Rogers, M., Creed, P. & Praskova, A. (2018). Parent and adolescent perceptions of adolescent career development tasks and vocational identity. Journal of Career Development, 45, 34-49. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845316667483

Emmerson, B., Praskova, A., Fawcett, L., Crompton, D., & Heffernan, E. (2017). Mental health services planning for G20 Summit in Brisbane and assessment of impact. Australasian Psychiatry, 25, 60-65. https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856216671653

Young, S., Praskova, A., Hayward, N., & Patterson, S. (2017). Attending to physical health in mental health services in Australia: A qualitative study of service users’ experiences and expectations. Health and Social Care in the Community. 25, 602-611. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12349

Kim, H.R.J., Praskova, A., & Lee, K-H. (2017). Cross-cultural validation of the Career Calling Scale for Korean emerging adults. Journal of Career Assessment, 25, 434-449. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072716639852

Praskova, A., Creed, P. A., & Hood, M. (2015). Career identity and the complex mediating relationships between career preparatory actions and career progress markers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 87, 145-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2015.01.001

Creed, P. A., Hood, M., Praskova, A., & Makransky, G. (2015). The Career Distress Scale: Using Rasch Measurement Theory to Evaluate a Brief Measure of Career Distress. Journal of Career Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072715616126

Praskova, A., Creed, P. A., & Hood M. (2015). Self-regulatory processes mediating between career calling and perceived employability and life satisfaction in Australian emerging adults. Journal of Career Development, 42, 86-101. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845314541517

Praskova, A., Creed, P. A., & Hood M. (2015). The development and initial validation of a career calling scale for emerging adults. Journal of Career Assessment, 23, 91-106. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072714523089

Creed, P. A., Rogers, M. E., Praskova, A., & Searle, J. (2014). Career calling as a personal resource moderator between environmental demands and burnout in Australian junior doctors. Journal of Career Development. 41, 547-561. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845313520493

Praskova, A., Hood M., & Creed, P. A. (2014). Testing a calling model of psychological career success in Australian young adults: A longitudinal study. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 125-135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2014.04.004

Praskova, A., Creed, P. A., & Hood M. (2013). Facilitating engagement in new career goals: The moderating effects of personal resources and career actions. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 13, 115-134. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-013-9242-2


Creed, P. A., Tilbury, C., Crawford, M., & Praskova, A. (2012). Out of care and onto further education, training, and work: Career and life planning for young people in-care. Griffith University, Australia.

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Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Member (MAPS)

National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services (NAGCAS) – Professional (CICA) Member

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