Prof. Dr. Heike Heidemeier

Professor of Work, Organisational and Social Psychology

Prof. Dr. Heike Heidemeier

Prof. Dr. Heike Heidemeier studied psychology at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where she also received her doctorate in 2005 (summa cum laude, awarded the doctorate prize of the faculty). From August 1999 to July 2000, studying abroad funded by the Fulbright Commission and a scholarship from the University of Georgia/USA complemented her academic education.

In research and teaching, she initially worked as a research assistant at the "Jacobs Center for Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development" at Jacobs University Bremen (2006-2011) before taking up a qualification position as an academic councillor at the Institute for Personnel and Organizational Psychology at RWTH Aachen University accepted (2011-2019). During this time, she also taught and researched as a substitute professor for two years at the University of Kassel (2016-2018).

Furthermore, Heidemeier worked as a staff member at the Kiel Institute for Science Education for the "Program for International Student Assessment" (OECD-PISA), where she was involved in reporting on the German results on the educational success of 15-year-olds (2004 - 2006). As a member of the “Aging in Germany” working group at the National Academy Leopoldina, she dealt with questions of lifelong learning (2006 – 2008).

Work and research interests

  • Work motivation
  • The “self” and self-regulation in the work context
  • Performance appraisal: self-assessments and external assessments
  • Entitlement behaviour in the workplace
  • Economic living conditions and life satisfaction
  • Personality and diagnostics in working life


Visions and objectives

  • Competence-oriented and scientifically sound teaching
  • Research on work motivation with a focus on the influence of work context
  • Research on the "self" in organisations (self-assessment, self-concept, psychological entitlement)


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