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Scientific and other activities at Hochschule Fresenius

Since 2007, I am full professor (part-time) at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Psychology School, teaching students of our practically oriented study programs (currently in Social Psychology (B. Sc. Business Psychology), Management of Group Processes (M. Sc. Business Psychology), Methods of Professional Counselling (M. Sc. Psychology)), and supervising empirical research projects and theses. Some applied studies from the field of work and organizational psychology have been realized successfully thanks to a good cooperation with manager-berater consultancy.

My current research interests include:

  • Enhancement of social skills, flow, self-efficacy, and creativity
  • Applied social and communication psychology (e.g., social identity and team-building; context-sensitivity of self-concept and person perception; authentic and efficient (leadership) communication in organizational change or conflict; providing feedback; social categorization, impression formation, prejudice and discriminatory behaviour; interplay of language, metaphors and experience, embodied social cognition; misattribution of time- and self-perception)
  • Diversity management, value-driven organizational and corporate culture, employer branding, personnel recruitment and retention management
  • Stress and stress management, psychological strain, presenteeism, industry 4.0

I since a couple of years, I provide neutral and confidential counselling for our student project teams and their mentors on task-oriented teambuilding, good internal and external communication, and successful self- and conflict-management.

Please find here an overview of my scientific publications, and an overview of conference contributions and invited talks. I am full 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), Gesellschaft für angewandte Wirtschaftspsychologie (GWPs)), member of the scientific advisory board of Institut für Diversity- und Antidiskriminierungsforschung, and provide peer review for various scientific journals.