Ana Tokić Milaković has graduated in psychology and obtained her PhD at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She has been employed at the Social Work Study Centre of the Faculty of Law since 2007, where, within the Chair of Psychology, she teaches the courses Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Psychology - Seminar, Social Psychology and Social Psychology – Seminar. She has been a mentor to many students during the preparation of their graduation theses.
As a research team member, she participated in several scientific research projects: Construction, development and standardization of psychological instruments (2006), Children, youth, families and social development in Croatia (2007), Characteristics of the family in Croatia and attitudes towards upbringing and use of repressive methods (2009), Educational paths and work careers of young people who have grown in poverty (2015). Since 2021, she has been the local supervisor of the international ERC project entitled Better safe than sorry? Identifying causes of overprotective parenting in a changing social world, which she carries out in collaboration with the University Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (leader: S. van Petegem).
She has authored many papers in scientific journals (9 of which are cited in the WoS database) and a scientific monograph entitled Parents and children on the threshold of adolescence: a view from three angles, challenges and support. Her dominant research interests include developmental psychology, parenting and close relationships in the family. In accordance with being employed at the Social Work Study Centre, in the last few years her interest has been particularly focused on children and youth of vulnerable groups (young adults in poverty, children with developmental disabilities) and their families, as well as the area of evaluation of intervention support programs.
She has reviewed for prominent international scientific journals (Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Family Social Work, Društvena istraživanja and Ljetopis socijalnog rada). Since 2021, she has been a member of the Review editorial board in the journal Personality and Social Psychology (Frontiers in Psychology).
She has participated in numerous international scientific conferences, as well as in various scientific and professional educations, seminars and gatherings. She actively participated in the summer school, organized by European and world associations of researchers on adolescence, entitled "2010. Summer School of EARA (European Association for Research on Adolescence) and SRA (Society for Research on Adolescence)". During 2015, she successfully completed two methodological summer schools at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) entitled: Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus and Advanced course on using Mplus. She has also been trained in the field of evaluation of parenting support intervention programs, attending the summer school organized by the European family support network EuroFamNet entitled "How do we generate evidence in family/parenting support?" (Tenerife, Spain, 2022). In order to improve her teaching competencies, she successfully completed the seminar Active learning and critical thinking in higher education (Zagreb, Forum for Educational Freedom, 2022).
She is a member of the Croatian Psychological Association and the international Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA). For her scientific achievement in 2011, she obtained the Annual Award for Young Scientists and Artists, which was awarded to her by the Society of University Teachers and Other Scientists in Zagreb.