Mirna Sumatic is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis is focused on student-teacher interactions and the changes in relationship quality between students and teachers across the primary school years, and the factors that influence these changes over time.

Her research interests lie particularly in secondary data analysis and applying quantitative methods to longitudinal data. Theoretically, Mirna is interested in applying and integrating attachment and motivation theories to her research.

Prior to starting her DPhil, Mirna completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath. She subsequently went on to complete her MSc in Child Development and Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.

Mirna is currently a Doctoral Teaching Fellow for the MSc Child Development and Education programme, where she teaches on the Foundations of Educational Research course.



Šumatić, M., Malmberg, L.-E., Grigoriadis, A., Grammatikopoulos, V., Zachopoulou, E. (2023). Child, teacher and preschool characteristics and child-teacher relationships in Greek preschools. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 63, 355-367. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2023.04.008

Heemskerk, C., Šumatić, M., Strand, S., & Malmberg, L.-E. (2022). Individual differences in the effects of physical activity on classroom behaviour. Frontiers in Education, section Educational Psychology, 6, Article 812801. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.812801



Lrs-Erik Malmberg and Steve Strand