School of Psychology and Psychotherapy

    Professorship of Health, Work and Organizational Psychology


    The Professorship of Health, Work and Organizational Psychology represents the three areas of health, work and organizational psychology at the School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Witten/Herdecke University.

    Our research focuses on health psychology by addressing questions concerning health behavior change (e.g., initiation and maintenance of health-related physical activity; competent media consumption), as well as questions regarding protective and risk factors underlying health behaviors (e.g., compensatory health beliefs). In this context, the investigation of individual self-regulation is just as important as the exploration of social exchange processes (e.g., the influence of important others on one’s own physical activity). The research methods applied include ecological momentary assessments in everyday contexts as well as analyses of dyads (e.g., friendships) integrating subjective self-report measures and objective data derived from advanced technologies (e.g., accelerometers, mobile tracking applications).


    The Professorship of Health, Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on the following main research areas:

    • Description, classification and change of health behaviors through modern technologies (e.g., actigraphs, mobile applications)
    • Investigation of protective and risk factors underlying different health behaviors (e.g., media consumption, smartphone use, physical activity, nutrition)
    • Development, implementation and evaluation of theory-based interventions (e.g., breaks from smartphone use, social competence trainings for children and trainees, planning interventions to enhance physical activity)
    • Compensatory and transfer effects in health behaviors
    Digital media use in students’ everyday life
    TWOgether – A planning intervention to promote physical activity in adolescence
    What`s up with families’ media consumption?
    Without smartphone – digital detox as a solution?

    Associated team members

    Konstantin Schenkel, Associated Researcher, PhD candidate at the University of Zurich

    Die Universität Witten/Herdecke ist durch das NRW-Wissenschaftsministerium staatlich anerkannt und wird – sowohl als Institution wie auch für ihre einzelnen Studiengänge – regelmäßig akkreditiert durch: