Andrey Podolskiy

Andrey Podolskiy
Head of Department of Educational Psychology, Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University, Russia.

Bio and Research Interest

Place and date of birth: 20.07.1947, Moscow, Russia

Marital status: Married, 2 children.


1970: M.A. (Developmental and Educational Psychology), Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

1973: PhD. (Cognitive Development/Learning), Moscow State University, Russia 1987: Dr.Sc. (Functional Cognitive Development/Mental Activity Formation), Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

Professional Experience

1970 - 1973 - Researcher, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University  (FP MSU)  Moscow, Russia 

1973 - 1977 - Assistant Professor,  FP MSU

1977 - 1981 - Senior Assistant Professor,  FP MSU

1981 - 1989 - Associate Professor,  FP MSU

1989 - 2012  - Professor, Head of Department of Developmental Psychology, FP MSU

2012 – recently - Professor, Head of Department of Educational Psychology, FP MSU

1993 - recently - Docent (Applied Developmental Psychology), Faculty of Behavioral Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.

1998 - recently - Docent (Applied Developmental Psychology), Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Finland

1978 - recently  - Director of 18 National Projects on Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology and Teacher Training.

1980 - recently - Co-director of  12 International Research Projects on Developmental & Educational Psychology

Main Research/Teaching Interests

Developmental, Educational, and Instructional Psychology; 

Post-Vygotskian Developmental and Learning Psychology and its Educational Applications;

Teacher Training; 

Adult education;

Moral Development and Education; 

Adolescent and Adult Psycho-Emotional Wellbeing;

Teachers’ and Parents’ Psychological Competence and its Improvement;

Courses of Lectures, Seminars, Workshops

Educational Psychology

General and Applied Developmental Psychology; 

Formation and Development of Mental Activity; 

Psychological Training of Teachers' Trainers; 

Life-Span Development and Educational Technologies

Functional Development of Mental Activity

Developmental Dimensions in Instructional Design

Post-Vygotskian Developmental and Learning Psychology and its Educational Application 

Invited Addresses and Lectures

During the last years:

Keynote speech at the IX European Congress on Psychology, Prague, 2007

Keynote speech at the 11th Association of Educational and Communicational Technologies Convention, Louisville, USA, 2009

Keynote speech at the XII Conference of the European Association of Teacher Training, Budapest, Hungary, 2010

Keynote speech at the XXI Interamerican Congress, Medellin, Colombia, 2011 

International Working Experience

1977 – 1980 – Teaching different courses in the University of Habana, Cuba

1980 - recently - Co-director of  12 International Research Projects on Developmental &Educational Psychology, including: NWO-funded Dutch-Russian projects “Social-Moral Development of Russian adolescents” (1993 – 1997) and MAMOS (Moral Atmosphere and Moral Orientation (1999 – 2001); EU-funded Dutch-Russia project “Evaluation and re-design of employment education for demobilized officers in Russia” (1993 – 1995);  Research project “RUCHIS (Russian children in schools of Finland” funded by the Helsinki City Board of Education (1996 – 1998); EU-funded INTAS Project “Psychological Resources of Improving Emotional Wellbeing in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan”  (1999 – 2002) (Participating countries The Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Ukraine,  Kyrgyzstan); 

1995 – 1998 – EU Project “Strengthening of Economics and Management Training in Dushanbe” Module 6: Teaching Methodology” – Senior Expert

2001 – 2003 – “Open Society” Project: “Reforming Higher Education on Georgia” – Senior Expert

2005 – recently – Tashkent Branch of Moscow State University , Vice-Chair of the Scientific Board (Uzbekistan) 

2008 – 2012 - EVZ-funded German-Russian-Ukrainian-Belorussian project “Meeting Point – Dialogue”, Project Coordinator for Eastern European countries.

Invited Professorship in the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands(1993). Invited Professorship in the University of Helsinki, Finland (1996-1997), Invited Professorship in Free University Berlin, Germany (10.2004 – 10.2005), Strasburg University, France (2007, 2009), Invited Professorship in Freiburg University, Germany (2008)

In the 80s- 2000s - a variety of invited lectures and lecture courses in the universities of Germany, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Check Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Estonia, France.


Recent Positions and honors

Fellow of International Academy of Education (IAE);

Honorary Professor of Moscow State University

Honorary Doctor of Helsinki University, Finland

Professor of National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Member of Editorial Boards of 7 National journals on psychology and education


Moscow State University, November 16, 1973


Identity Loss and Recovery in the Life Stories of Soviet World War II Veterans. The Gerontologist 47:52-60 (2007)

Bridging a Gap between Psychology and Instructional Practice. In: Ifenthaler, D., Pirnay-Dummer, P., & Spector, J. M. (Eds.). (2008). Understanding models for learning and instruction. Essays in honor of Norbert M. Seel. New York: Springer., pp. 211- 229.

On scientific status and practical significance of one psychological theory. In: Yu.Zinchenko, V. Petrenko (eds) Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, (2009) pp. 187-209. Moscow

Development and Learning. In: N. Seel (Ed.) International Encyclopedia on Sciences of Learning (Springer Publishing House), 2012, pp. 944-950

Russia. Chapter 22.In: R. Arnett (Ed) Adolescent Psychology around the World, Psychology Press, pp. 321- 334


Contact Information

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +7 903 2155995

Mail address: Prof. A. Podolskiy Profsoyuznaya str. 111-1-323 Moscow 117647 Russia


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