Prof. Dr. Alexander Grob

Division of Developmental and Personality Psychology

University of Basel
Missionsstrasse 60/62
CH - 4055 Basel
Telefon: (+41) 061 267 05 71; (+41) 061 267 05 70
Fax:       (+41) 061 267 06 28

  • FullProfessor and Head of Division Personality and Developmental Psychology, U of Basel
  • Founding Director Graduate Program Schoolpsychology, Developmental Diagnostics and Educational Counseling SEED, Department of Psychology, U of Basel
  • Director Master of Advanced Studies Child and Adolescent Psychology, U of Basel
  • Research Councillor of the Swiss National Science Foundation (Division IV: Programmes)
  • President of the Steering Committee of the National Research Program 76 Welfare and Coercion
  • 2012-2014: Dean, Department of Psychology, U of Basel
  • 2001-2005: Full Professor and Head of Division Personality, Individual Differences & Diagnostics, U of Bern
  • 1999-2001: Associate Professor for Developmental and Educational Psychology, U of Bonn, Germany
  • 1998-1999: Assistant Professor for Developmental and Educational Psychology, U of Basel
  • 1997-1998: Senior Fellow, Department of Psychology, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Il
  • 1991-1997: Senior Researcher in Child and Adolescent Psychology, U of Bern
  • 1997:  Habilitation ofthe Philosophical-Historical Faculty of the University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 1990:  Doctorate ofthe Philosophical-Historical Faculty of the University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 1984:  Master of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
              Major: General, Developmental and Educational Psychology; Minors: Clinical Psychology
              and Philosphy
  • Moritz Lazarus Prize of the Philosophical-Historical Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland for the best die dissertation in the Social Sciences (1991)
  • Athena Grant Young Investigator Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (three year post-doc research grant; 1997-1999)
  • Numerous invited keynote talks at various international conferences 
  • 2003-2008: Swiss Association of Psychology 
  • 2010-2015: Editor-in-Chief European Psychologist 
  • Early intervention and later achievement of disadvantaged children and ddolescents
  • Assessment of intelligence and developmental status across childhood and adolescence
  • Cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional development in the first two decades of life
  • Co-Development in personality in close relationships
  • Personality development across the life span
  • 1991 - 1999   Coordinator «Euronet on Adolescence», Comparative Study on Context and Development of Adolescents in 11 European Nations (Swiss National Science Foundation SNF and Swiss academy of Humanities and Social Sciences; CHF 30.000)
  • 1992 - 1995   Co-PI «Veränderung von Kontrollmeinungen» (SNF; CHF 190.000)
  • 1993 - 1995   PI «The Berne Youth Study» (SNF; CHF 63.000
  • 1993 - 1996   Co-PI NFP33 «Schulalltag und Belastung von Schülerinnen und Schülern in der Schweiz und in Norwegen» (SNF; CHF 520.000)
  • 1996 - 2003   PI «Development of Regulation of Well-Being» (SNF Athena-Program; CHF 367.000)
  • 1997 - 2000   PI «Selbstverwirklichung als postmoderne Entwicklungsaufgabe: Konsequenzen für Lebenslauf und Lebensentwurf» (SNF SPP «Zukunft Schweiz»; sfr. 323.000)
  • 1997 - 2000   Coordinator joint project «Freiheit und Zwang zur Individualisierung» (SPP «Zukunft Schweiz»; SNF CHF 1.105.000)
  • 2000 - 2002   PI «Improving Learning and Professional Perspectives of Disadvantaged Adolescents by Peer Tutoring» (Jacobs  Foundation; CHF 220.000)
  • 2003              PI Viability Study „Paths into Life“ (Federal Office of Public Health; CHF 50.000)
  • 2003 - 2006   PI „Improving Learning and Professional Perspectives of Siberian Disadvanted Adolescents by Peer Tutoring“ (Jacobs Foundation, Zurich; CHF 260.000)
  • 2003 - 2004   PI „Collective Expertise on secondary prevention during pregnany and early childhood“; Federal Office of Public Health;  CHF 27.000)
  • 2003 - 2007   Co-PI „Anforderungen und Ressourcen im Berufszyklus von Lehrerinnen und Lehrern“  (Teacher College Bern and Zurich; CHF 640.000)
  • 2004              PI „Alcohol Consumption in Young Families“ (Federal Office of Public Health; CHF 70.000)
  • 2006 - 2007   PI “Evaluation Passerelle Berufsmaturität - Universitäre Hochschulen“ (Federal Office of Professional Education and Technology; CHF 227.000)
  • 2007 - 2008   PI „Substanzkonsumscreening in der Schwangerschaftsvorsorge“ (FOPH; CHF 75.000)
  • 2007 - 2008   Co-PI „Jugendsexualität“ (Federal Commission for Children and Adolescents; CHF 10.000)
  • 2005 - 2010   Deputy Director National Center of Competence in Research Swiss Etiological Study of Adjustment and Mental Health sesam (SNF NCCR, University of Basel, Hoffman-La Roche, FAG, Lichtenstein Foundation; Total Grant Amount CHF 18.500.000) 
  • 2005 - 2010   Co-PI „Triadic family functioning“ (PI Dr. Stadlmayr; Individual Project within NCCR sesam)
  • 2005 - 2010   Co-PI „Social determinants of family environments and children’s health“ (PI Prof. Siegrist; Individual Project within NCCR sesam)
  • 2007 - 2011    PI „ Improving Learning and Professional Perspectives of Disadvanted Adolescents by Peer Tutoring — pc4youth (Project in Basel: Biäsch Foundation Zurich CHF 50.000; Project Minsk, Belarus: Jacobs Foundation CHF 25.000)
  • 2008 - 2009   PI „Co-Development in Personality across the Life-Span“ (Research Foundations of the University of Basel; CHF 50.000)
  • 2008 - 2009   PI „Psychology in Switzerland: Basic Information for the Federal Parliaments to Prepare the Federal Act on Psychological Profession“ (FOPH; CHF 35.000)
  • 2010 - 2013    PI „Co-Development in Personality: Longitudinal Approaches to Personality Development in Dyads across the Life Span“ (SNF Sinergia Project CRSI11_130432; Co-PIs: Proff. Martin (Zurich), Krings (Lausanne), Wiese (Basel); CHF 1.125.500)
  • 2011 - 2013    PI „Emotion regulation during adulthoodim“ (Matching Funds U of Basel-SNF; 100.000 CHF)
  • 2013 - 2014    PI „Co-Development in Personality II: Longitudinal  Approaches to Personality Development in Close Inte- rand Intragenerational Relationships Across the Life“ (SNF Sinergia Project CRSI11_147614; Co-PIs: Proff. Martin (Zurich), Krings (Lausanne); CHF 256.564)2012-2015       Co-PI „Sleep, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in preterm children during middle and late childhood“ (SNF Project 100014_143962; PI Dr. S. Lemola; 193.337 CHF)

  • 2010:  PI „SecondLanguage: Prekindergarten Language Intervention and Developmental outcomes” (Ministry of Education Basel-Stadt sfr. 180.000; Jacobs Foundation Zurich CHF 255.000)
  • 2011:  Co-PI „Continuity and change: Determinants of prefessional and individual development from adolescence to mid-adulthood“ (Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology; Co-PI Prof. Häfeli, Zurich; 225.000 CHF)
  • 2014:  PI Starting Grant “Graduate School Schoolpsychology, Develepmental Diagnostics and Educational Counseling SEED” (University of Basel CHF 250.000; Jacobs Foundation CHF 300.000)
  • 2015:  Co-PI “Socio-emotional development and mental health of preterm children: The role of HPA-axis function, sleep, neuroplasticity, and physical exercise during the transition to adolescence (PI: Prof. Dr. S. Lemola; SNF Project)
  • 2016:  PI “Processes in Romantic Relationships and their impact on relationship and personal outcomes“ (SNF Project 100019_162697; 500.081 CHF)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (Division I and Division IV), German Research Foundation (DFG ad hoc reviewer excellency initiative), Jacobs Foundation Zürich
  • Swiss Journal of Psychology, International Journal of Behavioral Development (Editorial Board), Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (1997–2001 Consulting Editor at the Editorial Board JPSP:PPID), Psychologische Rundschau, Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, European Psychologist, International Journal of Psychology (editorial board 2005-2007), Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht (scientific board 2007-), Journal of Positive Psychology,
  • Editor in Chief European Psychologist (2010-2015)
  • Chairman Academy of Finland of the Review Panel in Psychology (2015-)
  • 2017              Evaluation panelist of the Eudaimonia institute proejcts, U of Oulu, Finland
  • 2014 - 2016   Chair and member of the Psychology evaluation panel of the Academy of Finland
  • 2007 - 2011   Research Networking Programme „The European Children Cohorts Network EUCCONET“ of the European Science Foundation ESF
  • 2005 - 2013   Member Scientific Board Center of Psychology Information, Leibniz Institute, University of Trier
  • 2002 - 2011   Chairperson of the Jacobs Foundation Programme “Young Scholars Research Grant”