Dissertations can be written in the Department of Work, Organizational and Media Psychology as part of the Doctoral Program in Humanities and Cultural Studies or in Social and Economic Sciences.
The six-semester doctoral program is intended to foster doctoral student’s ability to perform independent research and solve complex scientific problems in the fields of basic and applied research. For details, please refer to the curriculum of the given doctoral program as the online course cataloge KUSSS.


Generally, the dissertations written in our department are based on quantitative-empirical research studies. The dissertation itself is usually written cumulatively, i.e. it is composed of several separate journal articles.


Prospective doctoral students should send their applications to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernad Batinic including an explanation of the topic of interest as well as a short CV including a list of any publications and conference contributions. For a listing of open PhD positions, see the latest news.


Current dissertations

Author Working title
Andreas Winklbauer, MSc Use of digital behavioral data in psychology
Anna Aumüller, MSc Implications of New Work concepts on Work-Life-Balance and Health
Asc. Prof. (FH) Ing. Mag. Kurt Hoffmann Using e-learning in college
Mag. Fabiola Gattringer Digital Communications
Mag. Manuela Schmid Humor at the workplace

Completed dissertations

Author Title Year
Dr. Lennart Freyth de Polo León Examining how (dark) personality traits are associated with objective metrics of social media use and sociosexual outcomes 2023
Dr. Nina Grossi The use of wearable technologies in psychological research 2021
Dr. Susanne Summereder Challenges of Leadership: The Responsibility of the Supervisor in Creating a Beneficial Work Climate 2013
Dr. Barbara Stiglbauer The Meaning of Work and Employee Reactions to the Job Situation 2012
Dr. Timo Gnambs Toward an assessment of generalized opinion leadership: From traditional approaches to computer-adaptive and web-based tests 2010
(c/o Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Dr. Klaus Priller The role of interpersonal influence among the elderly in dealing with information and communication technologies 2009
Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Anja Wiesner Opinion Leadership and Influence in Online Environments 2008
(c/o Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Dr. Tanja Jardin Computer-aided cooperative learning 2007