2021 – 2023: Exploratory Research Project “The relationship between identity and behavior: A longitudinal study and online intervention”

supported by a grant of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, CNCS/CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-0179, within PNCDI III, aprox. 250,000 Euro.

This exploratory research project aims to develop an online school-based intervention to strengthen identity development and prepare the young generation for a future labor market marked by perpetual technological changes.

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Adrian Opre, Oana Benga, Lavinia E. Damian, Eleonora Ioana Pop, Casandra Timar-Anton, Catalina Petrus-Pop, Bianca V. Marinica


2021 – 2022: Turn and Face the Strange Changes: Real-Time Goal Regulation of Worker versus Student Emerging Adults, in the COVID-19 Pandemic

a Small Grant Award financed by the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA).

This project aims to investigate day-to-day personal goal pursuits of emerging adults from two distinct social backgrounds, namely working adults and university students using an experience sampling methodology. 

Team: Casandra Timar-Anton (principal investigator), Oana Negru-Subtirica (supervisor)

2019 – 2022: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project “Promoting social inclusion skills in a post-truth world: A gamified online platform and curriculum” (Acronym: PROMIS)

 an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project no. 2019-1-RO01-KA203-063157 (339,106 Euro), coord. Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.

An international team of university scholars has developed the PROMIS project as a response to the “post truth” world, where youth increasingly rely on information from unverified and often undocumented sources coming from different social media outlets. Disadvantaged and marginalized groups, like immigrants, ethnic minorities, people with low socioeconomic status, women, people with disabilities, etc. are especially affected by online misinformation. Our team includes 7 organizations from 6 European countries which got together to develop evidence-based instruments about social inclusion, using our research expertise on relevant research topics, such as identity, prejudice, and social relationships.

Project partners: Babes-Bolyai University (Romania, coordinator), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Bordeaux (France), Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (Poland), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Utrecht University (Netherlands), and eLearning & Software (Romania).

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Adrian Opre, Lavinia E. Damian, Dana Opre, Bogdan Glavan, Bianca V. Marinica, Casandra Timar-Anton


2018 – 2020: Goal contents and goal regulation strategies in youth identity development: A longitudinal investigation

financed through a Young Research Teams Grant awarded by the National University Research Council (PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2016-0292).

In this research project we aim to investigate the longitudinal relations between goal contents and identity processes in multiple identity domains and to analyze how goal regulation strategies are longitudinally linked to identity processes, especially during developmental transitions.

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Lavinia E. Damian, Eleonora Ioana Pop, Bogdan Glavan, Casandra Timar-Anton

2018 – 2020: Effects of Parenting Perfectionism 

a postdoctoral research grant financed by the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) (PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-1246; no. 86/ 2018).

This three-wave study investigates longitudinal effects of parenting perfectionism on parenting subjective experience, parental behaviors, adolescent perfectionism, adolescent emotional and social development. Adolescents from 6th to 11th grade and one of their parents participate in this study.  

Team: Lavinia E. Damian,  professor Oana Benga (mentor) 


2016 – ongoing: Innovative Curriculum for Strong Identities in Diverse Europe,

an Erasmus+ K2 Strategic Partnership Project (n°2016-1-LT01-KA203-023220), coord. Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania.  

The aim of the project is to build the capacity of university students, teachers, researchers, and youth workers to carry out identity-related applied and research work with youth to facilitate optimal identity development among diverse groups of young people in Europe. The project applies interdisciplinary, transnational and trans-sectoral approach and seeks to integrate research, teaching and innovative practical work with youth. The project is implemented by Mykolas Romeris University (coordinator, Lithuania), University of Bologna (Italy), Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania), University of Bordeaux (France), Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw (Poland), and Tolerant Youth Association (Lithuania).

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Bogdan Glavan, Lavinia E. Damian, Eleonora Ioana Pop, Carina Matei


2015 – 2017: Becoming a positively adjusted adolescent: The longitudinal role of personal and parental dimensions of identity and perfectionism,

financed through a Young Research Teams Grant awarded by the National University Research Council (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-1061).

Positive academic and vocational adjustment in adolescence is a cornerstone in understanding and mapping development in this time-frame. Recent approaches of adolescent development (e.g., Larson, 2000; Lerner, Phelps, Forman, & Bowers, 2009) have underscored the importance of capitalizing on positive dimensions of personal adjustment. Through a three-wave longitudinal study, we investigated how the interplay between adolescent identity and perfectionism development is related to positive academic and vocational adjustment. We analyzed personal and parental dimensions of perfectionism and identity to understand internal and external mechanisms that foster their development.

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Lavinia E. Damian, Eleonora Ioana Pop, Bogdan Glavan, Carina Matei


2014 – 2016: Identity development and positive adaptation in diasporas,

a project financed by ERSTE Foundation (Austria) through a Fellowship for Social Research Grant.

In the context of work migration in the European space, linked to both acculturation and globalization of employability, this project analyzed the norms, beliefs, and practices the Romanian diaspora transports or transforms. I applied an in-depth, mixed-methods investigation of identity in adult migrants, from the perspective of ethnic and personal identity (i.e., work), complemented by operational indicators of positive personal and social adaptation in the new country.

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica

2013 – ongoing: Financial socialization of emerging adults: The roles of parents, work, and personal values,  coordinator Dr. Mihaela Friedlmeier, Grand Valley State University, USA.

This cross-cultural project examines predictors for young adults’ financial knowledge and behaviors, and how these in turn influence financial well-being and overall life satisfaction. We investigate the role of several socialization agents (i.e., parents, school, work experiences, friends) with a focus on parental influences. First-year college students and one of their parents participate in this study.

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Lavinia E. Damian

2011 – 2015: Identity in emerging adulthood: A ten-nation cross-cultural study, coordinator dr. Elisabetta Crocetti, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

This cross-cultural project analyzed the dynamics of identity processes (i.e., commitment, exploration in-depth, reconsideration of commitments) in emerging adults, tapping into personal and cultural variables that may shape identity formation in this developmental period.  

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica (coordinator), Eleonora Ioana Pop

2012 – 2014: International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development-Jacobs Foundation (ISSBD-JF) Mentored Fellowship for Early Career Scholars,

awarded by the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development and Jacobs Foundation, under the mentorship of Prof. dr. Joachim Stoeber (School of Psychology, University of Kent).

The project tapped into the role of parental expectations and criticism in adolescents’ perfectionism development and uncovered how high parental expectations are associated with higher socially prescribed perfectionism. With respect to outcomes of perfectionism, the research looked at how adolescents’ perfectionism relates with their general well-being in terms of positive and negative affect. Also, it enquired into the way adolescents orient their achievement goals and are engaged at school depending on their perfectionism levels. 

Team: Lavinia E. Damian

2010 – 2012: Intentionality, goals, and self-regulation in the development of youth in Romania: Elaboration and implementation of complex methodologies (PN2 PD nr. 412/2010),

a post-doctoral grant awarded by the National University Research Council.

This project focused on constructing and testing complex methodologies to appraise intentionality. in Romanian youth. As constructs like goals and self-regulation are not necessarily intrinsic to the Romanian culture, I wanted to depict if and how these constructs can be integrated in Romanian youth self-development. To this purpose, I employed qualitative, mixed-methods, and survey studies, taking into account the peculiarities of the Romanian culture.

Team: Oana Negru-Subtirica