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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, Methods of Professional Counselling, Systemic Psychotherapy, Research Methodology, or General Psychology), and supervising empirical theses.

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 with change and ressource activation (see project transitarea.org), 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) on teambuilding, good internal and external communication, and successful self- and conflict-management based on the principles of the solution- and resource-oriented systemic approach.

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.