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Research and teaching

Since 2007, I am full professor (part-time) at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Psychology School, and enjoy teaching students of our practically oriented bachelor and master programs (e.g. in Social Psychology, Management of Group Processes, Systemic Psychotherapy, Research Methodology, and others), and supervising empirical theses and research interships as well as offering extracurricular workshops on a regular basis.

Please find here an overview of my scientific publications as well as an overview of conference contributions and invited talks and some links to a selection of popular scientific media contributions (mostly in German). My current research interests include:

  • Stress and stress management, coping and ressource activation during change, psychological strain in different branches and contexts (currently in particular in the music and event industry in cooperation with YOUROPE), presenteeism
  • Applied social and communication psychology (e.g., social identity and team-building, context-sensitivity of self-concept and person perception, communication, prejudice and discriminatory behaviour, diversity)
  • Enhancement of social skills, flow, self-efficacy, innovation and creativity

At Hochschule Fresenius Cologne, I also provide neutral and confidential counselling for our student project teams and their mentors (all faculties incl. International Business School) in case of difficulties or conflict, and serve as liaison teacher for the Business and Media Faculty.

I am member of several professional associations (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie DGPs Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Positiv-Psychologische Forschung DGPPF, European Association of Social Psychology EASP, Systemische Gesellschaft SG), scientific advisory board member of Institut für Diversity- und Antidiskriminierungsforschung IDA, and provide peer review for various scientific journals.