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Dipl.-Psych. Judith Mangelsdorf


Arbeitsbereich Methoden und Evaluation

PhD Candidate

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 27/202
14195 Berlin

Office hours

on appointment

Judith Mangelsdorf

Dipl.- Psych.


Curriculum Vitae


Since 2013

Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin 

Since 2013

PhD Candidate, Free University of Berlin, Prof. Dr. Eid

Since 2013

PhD Scholarship of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development


Master of Applied Positive Psychology, Thesis: “Comprehensive Growth Ability: Thriving after Traumatic and Ecstatic Life Events”, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Master of Arts (Dipl. Psych.), Thesis: “Evaluation of Parent’s Competence Development and Performance Improvement of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through an ABA based Parent Training”

2011 - 20012

Studies of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA

2011 - 2012

Fulbright scholarship, U.S. Department of State, German Department of State


Master of Education: Thesis: “The Influence of Family and School Factors on the Socio-emotional Well-being of Students”

Since 2010

Trainer for communication, conflict resolution and positive psychology based burnout prevention, University of Potsdam

2008 - 2011

Research associate and trainer in the PEFA research project (EIBI program for parents of autistic children), Aktion Mensch, Oberlinhaus Potsdam

2008 - 2009

Training in Mediation, Specialization: Family and school mediation 

2006 - 2012

Studies of Psychology, University of Potsdam, Germany

2004 - 2009

Studies of Mathematics and Music (M.Ed.), University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Post-traumatic growth

  • Post-ecstatic growth

  • Burnout prevention

  • Positive psychotherapy

  • Positive psychology based trainings


  1. Mangelsdorf (September 2016). Posttraumatic growth, 1rd Congress of the German Speaking Association of Positive Psychology, Berlin, Germany
  2. Mangelsdorf, J. & Eid, M. (September 2014). Von Schicksalsschlägen und glücklichen Fügungen - Psychosoziales Wachstum durch einschneidende Lebensereignisse mit hoher emotionaler Valenz, 49th Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), Bochum, Germany.
  3. Mangelsdorf, J. & Eid, M. (June 2014). Is bad really stronger than good? Cross-cultural comparison of major life changes, 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. Mangelsdorf, J. & Eid (June 2013). Being a thriver: Unifying the concepts of post-traumatic and post-ecstatic growth, 3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology, Los Angeles, USA
  5. Mangelsdorf. J. (October 2012). What makes a “thriver”? – Psychological growth processes following major life events, Master of Applied Positive Psychology Summit, Philadelphia, USA.
  6. Mangelsdorf. J., Eichstaedt J. & Kern, M. L. (June 2012). Comprehensive growth ability: Thriving through positive and negative life events, 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Moscow, Russia.


  1. Mangelsdorf, J., & Eid, M. (2015). What makes a thriver? Unifying the concepts of posttraumatic and postecstatic growth. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1–17.
  2. Mangelsdorf, J. (2014). Posttraumatic and Postecstatic Growth in Medicine. In M. W. Snyder (Ed.), Positive Health (pp. 208-222). Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press.