Graduate School of Psychology

The Graduate School of Psychology (GSP) designs and coordinates the educational program for PhD-students at the Department of Psychology. The GSP's main goal is to support and advance the PhD-students’ academic development and their scientific careers. The training program of the GSP is tailored to the academic needs of the PhD-students and is matched with the department’s standards of excellence. 

Organizational structure

The GSP was formally established in 2019. All PhD-students are members of the GSP.

Executive board:
  • Chair (elected for two years; term 08/2021-07/2023: Rainer Greifeneder)
  • Dean of Research (ex officio; term 02/2023-01/2025: Rainer Greifeneder)
  • Chairs of the specialized departmental doctoral programs (currently Jens Gaab, PI; Alexander Grob, SEED; Rainer Greifeneder, SWE)
  • PhD-student (suggested by PhD-students; term 07/2022-06/2023: Sarah Kuhn)
  • Coordination GSP (ex officio; advisory vote only)
  • Coordinator Doctoral progams (ex officio; advisory vote only; currently Dorothée Bentz, PI; Angela Leipold, SWE)
  • Tasks:
    • Supporting the executive board
    • Planning/coordinating/organizing the educational program
    • Administrative support
    • NOT: Administrative tasks associated with individual PhD candidates
  • Team:

Promotionsordnung and educational program

The graduate training is based on the Promotionsordnung. Within the doctoral programs, additional requirements apply (see PISEED and, SWE). The GSP stipulates no further requirements or duties. 

Upcoming Workshops:
Modul Überfachliche Qualifikationen (interdisciplinary skills
  • Create a Strategic Digital Research Space
    • Teacher: Maura Hannon
  • Introduction to formR
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Kai Horstmann
  • Mixed Models for (Longitudinal) Data Analysis
    • Teacher: Dr. Dale Barr (University of Glasgow)
  • Conflict Management
    • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)
Past Workshops:
Modul Forschungsmethoden
  • Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling in R
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Paolo Ghisletta (University of Geneva)
  • Statistical Power Analyses: Basic and Advanced Use of G*Power and multiTree
    • Teacher: Prof. Dr. Edgar Erdfelder (Universität Mannheim)
  • Introduction to the Socioeconomic Panel
    • Teacher: Dr. Theresa Entringer and Laura Buchinger
Modul Überfachliche Qualifikationen (interdisciplinary skills)
  • Writing Research in Psychology
    • Teacher: Stephan Meyer (Universität Basel - Sprachenzentrum)
  • Elevate your LinkedIn Profile
    • Teacher: Maura Hannon
  • Thesis Defense Training
    • Teacher: Dr. Malte Engel (Institut für Argumentationskompetenz)
    • Introduction to Science Communication
      • Teacher: Dr. Tobias Maier (NaWik)
    • Conflict Management
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions)
    • Herausforderungen in der Führung
      • Teacher: Dr. Urs Tschanz (DIACOVA)
    • Writing for Publication in Psychology
      • Teacher: Stephan Meyer
    • Conflict Management
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson
    • Thesis Defense Training
      • Teacher: Malte Engel
    • Coaching für Lehrende in herausfordernden Zeiten
      • Teacher: Eva Buff Keller
    • Writing Productivity: Tools and Techniques
      • Teacher: Philipp Mayer
    • Visualize your Science
      • Teacher: Evelyne Trutmann
    • Introduction to Leadership Skills
      • Teacher: Carl Emerson


    To register for workshops, please go to
    All regular courses offered by the Department of Psychology can be found in the Course directory (Vorlesungsverzeichnis). 


    PhD Statistical counseling sessions (Statistiksprechstunde) offered by Dr. Andrea Meyer

    As part of the GSP’s educational program, Dr. Andrea Meyer offers support concerning statistical problems and questions. The GSP considers this offer as “help for self-help,” that is, Dr. Andrea Meyer provides support and advice, but will not run the data analyses himself. If you need help/advice, please adhere to the following procedure:

    • PhD-students can apply two to three weeks prior to the scheduled appointment via e-mail to Andrea Meyer. Your e-mail should contain some suggestions regarding time/date as well as a short description of your statistical problem (3-4 sentences).
    • PhD-students are expected to be well-prepared for the appointment and postprocessing is done self-reliantly according to the support given by Dr. Andrea Meyer.
    • Counseling sessions will take about 30 minutes.

    Seeking ethical approval for doctoral research

    The GSP strongly recommends that PhD-students seek ethical approval for all the research conducted as part of their dissertation, even if a specific research question does not necessitate such approval by federal law. More information on how to seek ethical approval is provided by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee. PhD-students are encouraged to discuss this matter regularly with their PhD-committee.