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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 bachelor and master programs (e.g. in Social Psychology, Management of Group Processes, Methods of Professional Counselling, or Research Methodology), 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.

Please find here an overview of my scientific publications, and an overview of conference contributions and invited talks. My current research interests include:

  • Enhancement of social skills, flow, self-efficacy, and creativity
  • Applied social psychology (e.g., social identity and team-building; context-sensitivity of self-concept and person perception; authentic and efficient communication, in particular during change processes or conflict in organizations; social categorization, impression formation, prejudice and discriminatory behaviour; interplay of language, metaphors and experience; misattribution of time- and self-perception)
  • Diversity management, value-driven organizational and corporate culture; employer branding, personnel acquisition and retention management
  • Stress and stress management, psychological strain in different branches and achievement contexts

Since a couple of years, I provide neutral and confidential counselling for our student project teams and their mentors (all faculties) on teambuilding, good internal and external communication, and successful self- and conflict-management.

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, Gesellschaft für angewandte Wirtschaftspsychologie GWPs, scientific advisory board of Institut für Diversity- und Antidiskriminierungsforschung IDA), and provide peer review for several scientific journals.