Dr. Stevanovic Dejan

Dr. Stevanovic Dejan

Researcher/Clinician

Department of Psychiatry, Clinic for Neurology and Psychiatry for Children and Youth
, Belgrade, Serbia, 11000

plus Speciality

PSYCHIATRY

Biography:

Initially as a graduate, than as a general practitioner, and now as a child psychiatry trainee, I have organized several projects with the objectives to research quality of life in different pediatric populations in Serbia. From 2004, my research was directed towards more structural assessments, providing clearer definitions for procedures and the concept itself. The most important issues emphasized are the cross-cultural settings of quality of life.

I have set aside quality of life concept for pediatric population, methodological procedures, and evolutional strategies. Working on the concept, I have developed strategies for all potential researchers and clinicians, how to connect quality of life with a given health topic and what dimensions shall be evaluated. Additionally, they are instructed how to select appropriate measurement procedures, how to collect quality of life data, and how to report them. A particular emphasis is given on culturally sensitive quality of life observations. My work is published in several international and national journals.

Academic positions:

Researcher

Research interests:

Child psychiatry (anxiety and depression disorders), neuropsychology (ADHD and epilepsy) and cognitive pediatric neurology, psychometrics (instrument development)

Patient-reported outcome, clinical trials, and pharmacoepidemiology.

Any other information:

Publications

1. Knez R, Stevanovic D, Vuli?-Prtori? A, Vlaši?-Cicvari? I, Perši? M. A psychometric study of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) Family Impact Module among Croatian youth, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-013-9844-9.
2. Stevanovic D, Tadic I, Knez R. Are antidepressants effective in quality of life improvement among children and adolescents? A systematic review. CNS Spectrums, 2013. doi:10.1017/S1092852913000576.
3.Jovanovic M, Stevanovic D, Jocic-Jakubi B. The relative impact of adverse antiepileptic drugs’ events on health-related quality of life among children with epilepsy in Serbia. Applied Quality of Life, in press.
4. Atilola O, Stevanovic D, Pal Singh Balhara Y, Avicenna M, Kandemir H, Knez R, Petrov P, Vostanis P. Role of Personal and Family factors in Substance Use among Adolescents: An international study with focus on undeveloped and developing countries. Journal of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, in press.
5. Stevanovic D, Atilola O, Singh Balhara YP, Avicenna M, Kandemir H, Vostanis P, Knez R, Petrov P. The relationships between alcohol/drugs use and quality of life among adolescents: An international, cross-sectional study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 2013, in press.
6. Stevanovic D, Silverman W, Nichols-Lopez K, Popovic-Deusic S, Pejovic-Milovancevic M. Facets of the Childhood Anxiety Sensitivity Index among Serbian Youth. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 2013, DOI: 10.1080/16506073.2013.773060.
7. Atilola O, Stevanovic D. PedsQLTM 4.0 Generic Core Scales for adolescents in the Yoruba Language: Translation and general psychometric properties. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2013, DOI: 10.1177/1359104513488375
8. Atilola O, Singh Balhara YP, Stevanovic D, Avicenna M, Kandemir H, Vostanis P. Self-reported Mental Health Problems among Adolescents in Developing Countries: Results from an International Pilot Sample. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2013, 34: 129–137.
9. Stevanovic D, Tadic I, Novakovic T, Kisic-Tepavcevic D, Ravens-Sieberer U. Evaluating the Serbian version of the KIDSCREEN quality of life questionnaires: Reliability, validity and agreement between children’s and parent’s ratings. Quality of life Research, 2013, 22:1729–1737.
10. Stevanovic D, Jancic J, Topalovic M, Tadic T. Agreement between children and parents when reporting anxiety and depressive symptoms in pediatric epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 2012, 25:141–144.
11. Stevanovic D, Laurent J, Lakic A. Measuring Positive and Negative Affect and Physiological Hyperarousal Among Serbian Youth. Journal of Personality Assessment 2013 95:107-117.  
12. Tadic I, Vujasinovic-Stupar N, Tasic Lj, Stevanovic D, Dimic A, Stamenkovic B, Stojanovic S, Milenkovic S. Validation of the Osteoporosis Quality of Life Questionnaire QUALEFFO-41 for the Serbian population. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2012, 10:24; doi:10.1186/1477-7525-10-74.
13. Stevanovic, D, Susic, G. Health-related quality of life and emotional problems in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Quality of life Research 2013, 22:607–612.
14. Stevanovic, D. Impact of emotional and behavioral symptoms on quality of life in children and adolescents. Quality of life Research 2013, 22:333–337.  
15. Jovanovi? M, Laki?evi? M, Stevanovi? D, Mili?-Rasi? V, Slavni? S. Community-based study of health-related quality of life in spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. Disability and Rehabilitation 2012, 34, 1284-1290.
16. Tadic I, Stevanovic D, Tasic Lj, Stupar N. Development of a Short Version of the Osteoporosis Knowledge Assessment Tool. Women & Health 2012, 52, 18-31.
17. Stevanovic D. Childhood depression and anxiety disorders in Serbia: A psychometric study of four screening questionnaires. Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences 2012, 21, 111–116.
18. Stevanovic D (Ed.). Epilepsy: Histological, electroencephalographic,and psychological aspects. 2012, ISBN 978-953-51-0082-9, InTech. DOI: 10.5772/1194
19. Stevanovic D, Tadic I, Novakovic T. Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy: A Systematic Review, Epilepsy in Children - Clinical and Social Aspects, Z?eljka Petelin Gadz?e (Ed.), 2011, ISBN: 978-953-307-681-2, InTech, DOI: 10.5772/17558
20. Stevanovic D. Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire-short form for quality of life assessments in clinical practice: a psychometric study. Journal of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing 2011, 18:744-50.
21. Damnjanovic M, Lakic A, Stevanovic D, Jovanovic A. Effects of mental health on quality of life in children and adolescents living in residential and foster care: A cross-sectional study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 2011, 20: 257-262.
22. Stevanovic D, Jancic J, Lakic A. The impact of depression and anxiety disorders symptoms on the health-related quality of life of children and adolescents with epilepsy. Epilepsia 2011, 52 (8), e75-e78.
23. Stevanovic D, Lakic A, Damnjanovic M. Some psychometric properties of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ Version 4.0 Generic Core Scales (PedsQLTM) in the general Serbian population. Quality of life Research 2011, 20:945-949.
24. Stevanovic D, Tepavcevic DK, Jocic-Jakubi B, Jovanovic M, Pekmezovic T, Lakic A, Ronen GM. Health-Related Quality of Life Measure for Children with Epilepsy (CHEQOL-25): Preliminary data for the Serbian version. Epilepsy & Behavior 2009, 16: 599-602.
25. Stevanovic D. Serbian KINDL questionnaire for quality of life assessments in healthy children and adolescents: reproducibility and construct validity. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2009, 7:79.
26. Stevanovi? D, Lakic A, Vilotic J. The psychometric study of the Serbian KINDL questionnaire for health-related quality of life assessment in children and adolescents. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science 2009, 23; 361–368.
27. Stevanovic D. Health-related quality of life in adolescents with well-controlled epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior 2007, 10: 571-575.
28. Stevanovic D,  Lozanovic-Miladinovic D, Jovic N, Sarenac M. The Serbian QOLIE-AD-48: Translation, Cultural Adaptation, and Preliminary Psychometric Evaluation. Epilepsy & Behavior 2005, 7:240-5.
29. Stevanovic D, Atilola O, Singh Balhara YP, et al. Relationships between psychopathology and quality of life among adolescents: a structural equation modeling approach. European Neuropsychopharmacology, Volume 23, Supplement 2, October 2013, Page S614
30. Atilola O, Stevanovic D, Balhara Y, et al. Bridging the gap: prevalence & social determinants of alcohol and substance use/abuse among adolescents sampled from seven developing countries. Proceedings of the 21st World Congress for Social Psychiatry, 29 Jun – 3 July 2013, Lisabon, Portugal.
31. Tadic I, Vujasinovic Stupar N, Tasic L, Stevanovic D, et al. Can we use the EQ-5D only for assessing the quality of life of patients with osteoporosis?
32. Jakovljevic M, Stevanovic D, Jovanovic M, et al. Cost – consequence analysis of ssri, snri and atypical antidepressants depression treatment. Proceedings of the 11th EACPT congress, 28 -31 Aug 2013, Geneva, Swiss.
33. Tadic I, Vujasinovic Stupar N, Tasic L, Stevanovic D, et al. Sensitivity and specificity of a quality of life questionnaire QUALEFFO-41. Value in Health 2013, 16:A228.
34. Stevanovic D, Jancic J. Associations of antiepileptic drugs with anxiety and depressive symptoms in pediatric epilepsy: A pilot study. European Neuropsychopharmacology 2013, 23:S73.
35. Stevanovic D. Discriminative ability of a health-related quality of life questionnaire among referred adolescents. European Neuropsychopharmacology 2012, 22:S434.
36. Stevanovic D, Lakic A. Screening for depression in adolescence: Who is positive? Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence 2012, 60: S167.
37. Stevanovi? D, Laki? A, Ku?erova skala depresije za adolescente – kratka verzija. XIV Nacionalni kongres Udruženja psihijatara Srbije, 18-21. April 2012, Beograd, Srbija.
38. Tadic I, Stevanovic D, Tasic Lj, et al. Primena srpske verzije upitnika za procenu znanja o osteoporozi. Zbornik radova simpozijuma “Zdravstveni ishodi u farmaciji”, 14 Sept 2012, Beograd, Srbija.
39. Tadic I, Vujasinovic-Stupar N, Stevanovic D, Tasic L. Vertebral fractures and quality of life in osteoporotic patients. Osteoporosis international 2012, 23: S279.
40. Damnjanovic M, Lakic A, Stevanovic D, et al. Self-assessment of the quality of life of children and adolescents in the child welfare system of Serbia. Vojnosanit Pregl 2012; 69: 469–474.
41. Stevanovic D. Pre-Publication Peer Review - My confession about being reviewed and reviewing others. WebmedCentral MISCELLANEOUS 2011;2(8):WMC002056
42. Stevanovic D, Tadic I, Novakovic T. The predictors of health-related quality of life in pediatric epilepsy: a systematic review. Value in Health 2011; 14: A327.
43. Stevanovic D, Lakic A. The tripartite model and dimensions of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents: Preliminary data from Serbia. European Psychiatry 2011; 26: 357.
44. Stevanovic D, Lakic A. Pediatric Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (PQ-LES-Q): a psychometric study form Serbia. 19th World Congress of IACAPAP 2010.
45. Novakovic T, Stevanovic D, Lakic A, Kisic Tepavcevic D. The KIDSCREEN-52 Quality of Life Measure for Children and Adolescents: The first Psychometric Results from Serbian version. Fifth Congress of pharmacist of Serbia with international participation in Belgrade, 13-16 Oct 2010
46. Stevanovic D. KINDL Quality Of Life Questionnaire In Serbia: Referent Values For
47. Healthy Children And Adolescents. WebmedCentral PAEDIATRICS 2010;1(12):WMC001342
48. Stevanovic D, Jovic N. Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy. Epilepsia 2005, 46 (s6), 349-350. 26th International Epilepsy Congress.
49. Stevanovic D. Pediatric health-related quality of life instrument. Part I: general guidelines for selection. Vojnosanitetski pregled 2008, 65; 469-72.
50. Stevanovi? D. Pediatric health-related quality of life instrument. Part II: General guidelines for translation and cultural adaptation. Vojnosanitetski pregled 2008;65:559-64.
51. Stevanovic D. General characteristics of health-related quality of life among children and adolescents with epilepsy. Current Topics in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Borderline Disciplines 2006;3-4:30-42.
52. Stevanovic D. Comments on Health-Related Quality of Life Measures for Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy. Value in Health 2008; 11: 788.
53. Stevanovic D. Impact of the pediatric epilepsy scale and its responsiveness. Epilepsy & Behavior 2008; 13:714
54. Stevanovic D. Quality of life in adolescents with epilepsy assessed with a measure for adults. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 2008;118:343
55. Stevanovic D. Choosing the appropriate quality-of-life measurement. Epilepsy & Behavior 2008;13:416.
56. Stevanovic D. Is use of the QOLIE-31 in nonadult populations appropriate? Epilepsy & Behavior 2007;10:511.
57. Stevanovi? D. Koncept i definicija kvaliteta života povezanog sa zdravljem u pedijatriji u Srbiji. Zbornik radova, IV Kongres pedijatara Srbije i Crne Gore, sa me?unarodnim u?eš?em, 1-4 Oktobar 2006; Beograd, Srbija.
58. Stevanovi? D, Jovi? N. U?eš?e dece i adolescenata sa epilepsijom u fizi?kim aktivnostima. 2. Kongrs epileptologa Srbije i Crne Gore, VMA, Beograd, SCG. Zbornik radova mladih epileptologa 2004.
59. Stevanovic D, Sarenac M, Jovic N.  Factors related to physical activity in children and adolescents with epilepsy: sociodemographic and clinical characteristics.  The 8th Mediterranean epilepsy conference, Marrakech, Marocco. Final program and abstract book 2004; 67-68.
60. Stevanovi? D, Šarenac M. Faktori povezani sa fizi?kom aktivnoš?u dece i maladih sa epilepsijom: Sociodemografske karakteristika i odlike bolesti. II Kongres epileptologa Srbije i Crne Gore, VMA, Beograd, SCG. Zbornik radova 2004; 148
61. Stevanovi? D, Šarenac M. Faktori povezani sa fizi?kom aktivnoš?u dece i maladih sa epilepsijom: Nivo i kvalitet psihosocijalnog funkcionisanja. II Kongres epileptologa Srbije i Crne Gore, VMA, Beograd, SCG. Zbornik radova 2004; 149.

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When I received an advertisement about WebMedCentral, I was very happy that such a “thing” is invented finally. Working in a developing country and heavily trying to publish in international journals is challenging for me. Quite often, I felt that my article is just rejected because I am from Serbia or there was no enough transparency in reviewing processes. Moreover, some editors even did not want to consider seeing rejected articles again, if I asked for. As a young researcher, I was asking for more transparency in publishing and more “place” for us who see more than currently needed or expected in science. WebMedCentral offers transparency in publishing, while post-publication reviews will “judge” about the quality of a publication.