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Associate Professor of Social Psychology
My research combines social and developmental psychology, driven by the motivation to gain a better understanding how social relationships form behaviour and vice versa. In particular, I am interested in examining the social dimension of aggressive behaviour, including ostracism, bullying, and intergroup conflict.
For this purpose, I use a combination of different methodological approaches with a special emphasis on social network analysis.
I studied psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin (2003-2008), followed by a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (2008-2011). Afterwards, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Berlin (2011-2013) and Oxford (2013-2017) including a Junior Research Fellowship at New College (2015-2017), before I started my Associate Professorship at Jesus College.
Impact of Discrimination on Health among Adolescent Immigrant Minorities in Europe: The Role of Perceived Discrimination by Police and Security Personnel
Kauff M. et al, (2017), JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES, 73, 831 - 851
Studying Positive and Negative Direct and Extended Contact: Complementing Self-Reports With Social Network Analysis.
Wölfer R. et al, (2017), Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 43, 1566 - 1581
The "Wallpaper Effect" Revisited: Divergent Findings on the Effects of Intergroup Contact on Attitudes in Diverse Versus Nondiverse Contexts.
Schmid K. et al, (2017), Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 43, 1268 - 1283
Beyond the dyadic perspective: 10 Reasons for using social network analysis in intergroup contact research.
Wölfer R. and Hewstone M., (2017), Br J Soc Psychol, 56, 609 - 617
Different Outcomes Require Different Explanations.
Wölfer R. and Hewstone M., (2017), Psychol Sci, 28, 251 - 252