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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ralf Schwarzer

Ralf Schwarzer

Arbeitsbereich Gesundheitspsychologie


Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin


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Professional Experience

2014- current  Professor at Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, ACU

2011- current  em. Professor of Psychology, Freie Universität-Berlin, Germany

2011-current   Professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland

1998-2005      Adjunct Professor, York University, Canada

1994-1995      Visiting Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

1990-1991      Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles

1982-2011      Full Professor of Psychology, Freie Universität-Berlin, Germany

1976-1982      Full Professor of Education and Didactics, Technical University Aachen, Germany


Contributed >500 publications yielding an h-index of 70 and> 20,000 citations according to GoogleScholar.

Congress Organization

Coorganizer of the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) in Berlin, 2008

Other Professional Activities:

Editorial board member of 8 journals.

Editor-in-Chief: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (Wiley)

Founding Editor: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal (Taylor&Francis)

Founding Co-Editor: Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie (German Journal of Health Psychology, Hogrefe)

Past-President: European Health Psychology Society (EHPS).

Past President: Health Psychology Division of International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Past President: Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR).


1996: John F. Diefenbaker Award, Toronto, Canada

2007: Deutscher Psychologiepreis (German National Psychology Award)

2010: Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). 

Bibliography and full CV can be found at the website www.RalfSchwarzer.de.


The main research focus lies on stress, coping, social support, self-efficacy, and health behaviours. More information can be retrieved via