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

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 at the Universities of Bielefeld, Hildesheim and Dortmund (Germany)
  • 2002-2004: Juniorprofessor for Institutional Research at the University of Dortmund (Germany)
  • since 2004: Professor for Educational Psychology at 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

Current Administrative Functions within Heidelberg University (selected)

  • Elected Member of the Senat (9/2014-)
  • Member of the heiEdcuation Steering Committee for excellence in teacher edcuation (1/2014-)
  • Member of the Frontier Research Grant Committee (10/2012-)
  • Dean of Students of the Fakultät für Verhaltens- und Empirische Kulturwissenschaften (9/2009-)
  • Member of the Committee for Quality Development in Learning and Teaching (3/2009-)

Further Current Administrative Functions (selected)

  • Head of the Committee for Psychology in Teacher Education (within the German Association of Psychology, DGPs) (6/2010-)

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching (1/2013-)
  • Associate Editor of Psychologische Rundschau (1/2013-)
  • Consulting Editor of European Journal of Personality (1/2013-)
  • Editorial Board Member of Learning and Individual Differences (10/2012-)
  • 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 Member of Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht (1/2011-)
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal for Educational Research Online (10/2008-)
  • Editorial Board Member of 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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