Habilitation, venia legendi: Psychology, University of Freiburg
Title of thesis: Cognitive modeling: Use of knowledge-based systems in psychological theory building (published by Huber-Verlag, Bern, 1992).
Doctoral Degree (Dr. phil.) in Psychology, by University of Freiburg
Title of thesis: Mental models of dynamical systems (in german)
Diploma in Psychology , University of Heidelberg
Full Professor for Cognitive Psychology and Psychological Methodology, Department of Psychology, University of Basel
2/92 - 9/97
Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (Heisenbergstipendium)
4/87 - 2/92
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg
10/82 - 3/87
Postgraduate Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg
CHI Honorable Mention Award 2017: A good reason to die: How avatar death and high challenges enable positive experiences? by Serge Petralito, Florian Brühlmann, Glena Iten, Elisa D. Mekler and Klaus Opwis.
CHI Honorable Mention Award 2016: Negative emotion, positive experience? by Julia A. Bopp, Elisa D. Mekler and Klaus Opwis.
Best Paper Award CHI Play 2015: Increasing donating behavior through a game for Change: The role of interactivity and apreciation by Sharon Steinemann, Elisa D. Mekler and Klaus Opwis.
Teaching award of Baden-Württemberg for the conception, application, and evaluation of innovative university lectures in the field of general psychology)
Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Award (German minister of Science) in the field of cognitive psychology for the journal publication Self-referential knowledge-based systems (Selbstreferentielle wissensbasierte Systeme)
Young Scientist Award of the German Society of Psychology for the dissertation thesis Mental models of dynamical systems (Mentale Modelle dynamischer Systeme)