Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Educational Psychology

Prof. Dr. Birgit Spinath


Phone: ++49 (0) 6221 / 547355
Fax: ++49 (0) 6221 / 547326
Consultation hours: Monday, 14:00-15:00
Room: 224

Educational Psychology
Department of Psychology - Heidelberg University
Hauptstraße 47-51
69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Career

  • 1995: Psychology Diploma, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 1999: Dr. in Psychology, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 1995-2002: Scientific staff positions with research and teaching obligations, Universities of Bielefeld, Hildesheim and Dortmund, Germany
  • 2002-2004: Juniorprofessor for Institutional Research, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • since 2004: Professor of Educational Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany

Research Interests

  • Learning and teaching in schools and higher education
  • Motivational prerequisites of learning and achievement
  • Self-regulation in educational contexts
  • Teacher education
  • Psychology learning and teaching
  • Institutional research in higher education

Administrative Functions within Heidelberg University (selected)

  • Member of the Heidelberg School of Education Council (3/2016 - )
  • Dean of the Fakultät für Verhaltens- und Empirische Kulturwissenschaften (9/2015)
  • Member of the University Senate (10/2015 -)
  • Elected Member of the University Senate (9/2014 - 9/2015)
  • Member of the heiEducation Steering Committee for excellence in teacher education (1/2014 - 3/2016)
  • Member of the Frontier Research Grant Committee (10/2012 -)
  • Dean of Students of the Fakultät für Verhaltens- und Empirische Kulturwissenschaften (9/2009 - 9/2015)
  • Member of the Committee for Quality Development in Learning and Teaching (3/2009 -)

Further Administrative Functions (selected)

  • 1. Vice President (President Elect) of the German Psychological Society (9/2016-)
  • Member of the Committee for Psychology in Higher Education within the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (1/2013-)
  • Head of the Committee for Psychology in Teacher Education within the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (6/2010-12/2014)
  • Head of the Educational Psychology Section within the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (9/2009 - 9/2011)

Editorships for Journals

  • Associate Editor of European Journal of Psychology of Education (1/2015-)
  • Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching (1/2013-)
  • Associate Editor of Psychologische Rundschau (1/2013-)
  • Associate Editor at Journal of Educational Psychology (7/2012-)
  • Advisory Editor at Oxford Bibliographies Education (6/2012-5/2013)
  • Associate Editor at Psychology Learning and Teaching (10/2010-12/2012)

Editorial Board Memberships for Journals

  • European Journal of Personality (1/2013-)
  • Learning and Individual Differences (10/2012-)
  • Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht (1/2011-)
  • Journal for Educational Research Online (10/2008-)
  • Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie (5/2004-)

Ad-hoc Reviews for Journals

  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, British Journal of Educational Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Child Development, Collegium Antropologicum, Developmental Psychology, Diagnostica, Educational Research, Empirische Pädagogik, European Journal of Personality, European Journal of Psychology of Education, High Ability Studies, International Journal of Psychology, Journal for Educational Research Online, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of the Learning Sciences,Journal of Individual Differences, Learning and Individual Differences, Learning and Instruction, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Personality and Individual Differences, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht, Psychologische Rundschau, Report Psychologie, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Self and Identity, Social Psychology of Education, The Spanish Journal of Psychology, Umweltpsychologie, Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie

Publications and Conference Contributions


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