Dr. Gudrun Sproesser

Post doc

Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Konstanz
P.O. Box 47
D-78457 Konstanz

Office: G527
Office hours: Thur 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Phone: +49 (0) 7531 88 2623
Fax: +49 (0) 7531 88 5226
Email: gudrun.sproesser [at] uni-konstanz.de


Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

since 01/2017 Research scientist and principal investigator, research project "Why people eat in a traditional or modern way: A cross-country study" (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG), Universiy of Konstanz
04/2016 - 12/2016 Research scientist, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology (Prof. Dr. Britta Renner), Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
02/2016 Visiting scientist in Prof. Dr. Paul Rozin's research group, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
04/2015 - 03/2016 Interim lecturer (50%), Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology (Prof. Dr. Britta Renner), Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
04/2014 - 03/2015 Research scientist, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology (Prof. Dr. Britta Renner), Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
04/2014 Visiting scientist in Prof. Dr. Paul Rozin's research group, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
11/2013 - 12/2014 Associated Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz
04/2013 - 03/2014 Interim lecturer (50%), Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology (Prof. Dr. Britta Renner), Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
since 03/2012 Post doc, Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
10/2010 - 03/2013 Research scientist, research project "EATMOTIVE: Why we eat, what we eat. Motives, social context, and economic impact" (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
10/2008 - 09/2010 Research scientist, Research Center “Health behaviors: Incentives and effects”
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
05/2008 - 02/2012 Research scientist, Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
10/2007 - 04/2008 Working on a study concerning chronic back pain, Filderklinik, Stuttgart
Principal investigators: Dr. Jan Vagedes and Christopher Gordon
04/2007 - 12/2007 Student assistant, Prof. Dr. Andreas Stevens, General Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital of Tübingen

Education

02/2012 Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Konstanz, Department of Psychology,
titel of the dissertation: „Why we eat what we eat: Psychological influences on eating behavior“ (summa cum laude)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Prof. Dr. Harald Schupp
09/2007 Diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.), University of Tübingen, Department of Psychology (final grade: 1,2=excellent)
10/2005-04/2006 Internship, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Miller
06/2001 A-Levels, Helene-Lange-Gymnasium, Markgröningen (final grade: 1,0=excellent)

Awards

2017

Poster award at the 31st EHPS conference for the poster Wahl, D.R., Villinger, K., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H.T., & Renner, B. (2017). The behavioral signature of snacking - a visual analysis

2016 Early Career Award of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
2015 Poster Award of the Division of Health Psychology of the German Psychological Society for the poster Musculus, L., Klusmann, V., Sproesser, G., & Renner, B.: "Mit erfüllten Erwartungen zu vermehrter körperlicher Aktivität und erhöhter Fitness: Ergebnisse aus der Konstanzer Life-Studie"
2012 Stiftung-Schmieder-Preis 2012 of the Stiftung Schmieder für Wissenschaft und Forschung for the dissertation

Funding

2017 - 2019 Project: "Why people eat in a traditional or modern way: A cross-country study”. Funded by the German Research Foundation
07/2016 Funding of the international congress „Eating Psychology in a Cross-Cultural Context“ by the International Office of the University of Konstanz
09/2015 Conference grant, 29th Conference of the EHPS in Limassol, Cyprus. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
07/2015 Funding of an international project meeting by the International Office of the University of Konstanz
2013 - 2014 Project: "The dynamics of normal eating behavior". Funded by the Zukunftskolleg within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the University of Konstanz
08/2014 Conference grant, 28th Conference of the EHPS in Innsbruck, Austria. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
07/2013 Conference grant, 27th Conference of the EHPS in Bordeaux, France. Funded by the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
08/2012 Conference grant, 12th Congress of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine in Budapest, Hungary. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
09/2011 Conference grant, 25th Conference of the EHPS in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece. Funded by the Academic Staff Development of the University of Konstanz
2008-2010 Research grant, Research Center „Health behaviors: Incentives and effects“, University of Konstanz
2010-2014 Project: „EATMOTIVE: Why we eat what we eat: Motives, social context and economic impact“. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF.
Contribution in the application process
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
09/2010 Conference grant, 47th Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bremen. Funded by the Academic Staff Development of the University of Konstanz
09/2010 Conference grant, 24th Conference of the EHPS in Cluj, Romania. Funded by the Academic Staff Development of the University of Konstanz
09/2009 Conference grant, 23rd Conference of the EHPS in Pisa, Italy. Funded by the EHPS
09/2008 Conference grant, 22nd Conference of the EHPS in Bath, UK. Funded by Office for Equal Opportunity and Family Affairs of the University of Konstanz

Membership in Editorial Boards

  • Frontiers in Eating Behavior
  • Health Psychology Bulletin

Peer-Reviewing Activities

Journals: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Appetite, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, British Journal of Health Psychology, Eating and Weight Disorders, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Frontiers in Eating Behavior, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: an Open Access Journal, Journal of European Psychology Students, PLOS ONE, Preventive Medicine, Psychology and Health, Public Health Nutrition, Trends in Food Science & Technology, Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie
Grants: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), Austria; Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO); Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Membership in Professional Organizations

since 2013 German Psychological Society (DGPs), Subdivision Health Psychology
since 2008 European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

Positions in Professional Organizations

2017 Representative of the Ph.D. students and Postdocs in the appointment procedure for the professorship in Developmental Psychology, University of Konstanz
2016 & 2017 Member of the Scientific Committee for the European Health Psychology Conference 2016 and 2017
2014 - 2018 Treasurer of the European Health Psychology Society
2013 - 2014 Representative of the Equal Opportunity Council in the appointment procedure for the professorship in Developmental Psychology, University of Konstanz
since 2011 Member of the working group "Healthy University" of the University of Konstanz
2009 - 2013 Treasurer of CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training in the EHPS, http://www.ehps.net/create)

Research

Research interests

  • Psychological influences on eating behavior as well as their impact on health
  • Motives underlying normal, traditional, and modern eating behavior
  • Dynamics and compensatory patterns in eating behavior
  • Interplay between person and situation

Projects

Current projects:

DFG-Project: "Why people eat in a traditional or modern way: A cross-country study”.
Funded by the German Research Foundation
DIE KONSTANZER LIFE-STUDIE: A longitudinal study to assess how healthy the citizens of Konstanz are.
 

Finished projects:

Mentorship-Project "The dynamics of normal eating behavior". Mentor: Prof. Dr. Paul Rozin (University of Pennsylvania, USA). Funded by the Zukunftskolleg within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the University of Konstanz
EATMOTIVE: Why we eat, what we eat. Motives, social context, and economic impact
(funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)

Teaching

Current Teaching Activities

SS 2017 Cross-cultural methods in health psychology

Past Teaching Activities

SS 2016 Cross-cultural methods in health psychology
WS 2015/16 Concepts of health and illness
WS 2015/16 Why good intentions are not enough - Models of health behavior
SS 2015 Why the world eats: Eating psychology in sociocultural context
Teaching evaluation: 1,3 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2014/15 Selected topics of Health Psychology
Teaching evaluation: 1,6 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2014/15 The psychology of eating
Teaching evaluation: 1,5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2014 Concepts of health and illness
Teaching evaluation: 1,6 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2014 Psychosocial factors in health and disease: Current research topics
Teaching evaluation: 1,3 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2013/2014 Selected topics in Health Psychology
Teaching evaluation: 1,1 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2013/2014 The psychology of eating
Teaching evaluation: 1,2 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2013 Subjective illness representations
SS 2013 The psychology of eating
WS 2011/2012 Subjective illness representations
SS 2011 How stress affects eating behavior
WS 2010/2011 Subjective illness representations
SS 2010 Why we eat what we eat: Psychology of eating behavior
WS 2009/2010 Why we eat what we eat: Psychology of eating behavior
SS 2009 Why we eat what we eat: Psychology of eating behavior

Supervision

Supervision of Bachelor and Master thesis (first supervisor)

Lisann Appelius (2017). Preference for Intuition and Deliberation in eating decision making: Scale validation and associtation with health. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Sina Oldenbürger (2017). Was beinhaltet traditionelles und modernes Essverhalten in Deutschland? Bachelor thesis. Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd

Anne Kaufmann (2016). Essverhalten im Wandel: Entwicklung einer Taxonomie und eines Fragebogens zur Erfassung von traditionellem und modernem Essverhalten. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Alexander Rein (2016). Süße Sünde oder Sensi-Light: Untersuchung des Effekts von Kalorien-Informationen auf Verzehr und Geschmacksbewertung. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Kienzle, Leonie (2015). Abendessen - eine ausgewogene Sache? Wie Ernährungsmotive beinflussen, was und wo wir essen. Bachelorarbeit. University of Konstanz

Müller, Juliane (2015). Crosscultural Validation of The Eating Motivation Survey. Bachelorarbeit. University of Konstanz

Wahl, Deborah (2015). Warum wir snacken, was wir snacken. Motive für den Konsum gesunder und ungesunder Snacks in einer smartphonebasierten Ecological Momentary Assessment Studie. Bachelorarbeit. University of Konstanz

Brazdrum, Rosemarie (2014). It´s your choice: The influence of positive eating style in a food buffet situation. Masterarbeit (Erstgutachten). Universität Konstanz.

Liguori, Nicola (2014). Das „blinde“ Auge isst mit: Wie fehlende visuelle Informationen die Wahrnehmung und das Essverhalten von gezügelten und ungezügelten Essern beeinflussen. Bachelorarbeit. Universität Konstanz

Mauro, Isabella (2014). Kann man soziale Zugehörigkeit essen? Der Einfluss sozialer Situationen auf das Essverhalten einsamer Personen. Bachelorarbeit. Universität Konstanz.

Schwartz, Sarah. Wenn das Auge nicht mit isst: der Einfluss sozialer Exklusion und Inklusion auf das Essverhalten emotionaler Esser. Masterarbeit (Erstgutachten). Universität Konstanz.

Supervision of Bachelor and Master theses (second sueprvisor)

Halbgebauer, Kerstin (2016). Communicating eating-related rules: The influence of framing and forcefulness on reactance. Master thesis. University of Konstanz

Kalisch, Lisa-Maria (2016). Reactance to Health Messages – a Matter of Forcefulness and Message Source? Master thesis. University of Konstanz

Jäger, Ramona (2015) Embodied eating behavior: Temperature perception and food intake. Master thesis . University of Konstanz

Hong, Shan (2014). Social and economic status: The impact of actual and perceived status on subjective well-being. Master thesis . University of Konstanz.

Kohlbrenner, Verena (2014). Self and Other Related Choices from a Fake Food Buffet. Master thesis . University of Konstanz.

Gerdes, Esther (2013). Soziale Ungleichheit im Essverhalten am Beispiel der Konstanzer-Life. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz.

Schnare, Sophia (2011). Essen als soziales Verhalten – wie soziale Essmotive und das Bedürfnis nach Zugehörigkeit die Ernährung von Frauen und Männern beeinflussen. Master thesis. University of Konstanz.

Publications

in press
Paper

Klusmann, V., Sproesser, G., Wolff, J., & Renner, B. (in press). Positive self-perceptions of aging promote healthy eating behavior across the lifespan via social-cognitive processes. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx139

2017
Paper

Arbit, N., Ruby, M., Sproesser, G., Renner, B., Schupp, H., & Rozin, P. (2017). Spheres of moral concern, moral engagement, and food choice in the USA and Germany. Food Quality and Preference 62, 38-45.

2017
Paper

Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., Ruby, M. B., Arbit, N., Rozin, P., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2017). The Positive Eating Scale: Relationship with objective health parameters and validity in Germany, the USA, and India. Psychology & Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1336239

2017
Paper

Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2017). Self-other differences in perceiving why people eat what they eat. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:209. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00209

2017
Paper

Wahl, D. R., Villinger, K., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2017). The behavioral signature of snacking – a visual analysis. European Health Psychologist, 19(5), 355-356.

2016
Conference Paper

Butscher, S., Wang, Y., Mueller, J., Ziesemer, K., Villinger, K., Wahl, D., König, L., Sproesser, G., Renner, B., Schupp, H. T., & Reiterer, H. (2016). Lightweight Visual Data Analysis on Mobile Devices - Providing Self-Monitoring Feedback. Paper presented at VVH 2016 - 1st International Workshop on "Valuable visualization of healthcare information": from the quantified self data to conversations (in conjunction with AVI '16), Bari, Italien.

2016
Paper

Klusmann, V., Musculus, L., Sproesser, G. & Renner, B. (2016). Fulfilled emotional outcome expectancies enable successful adoption and maintenance of physical activity. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1990. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01990

2016
Paper

Renner, B., Sproesser, G., Stok, F.M., & Schupp, H. (2016). Eating in the dark: A dissociation between perceived and actual food consumption. Food Quality and Preference. 50, 145–151. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2016.02.010

2015
Paper

Hartung, F.-M., Sproesser, G., & Renner, B. (2015). Being and feeling liked by others: How social inclusion impacts health. Psychology & Health. 30, 1103-1115. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1031134

2015
Book chapter

Renner, B., Klusmann, V. & Sproesser, G. (2015). Assessment of health behaviors. In: J. D. Wright (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd Ed., pp. 588-593). Oxford, England: Elsevier.

2015
Paper

Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., Schupp, H. & Renner, B. (2015). Comparative optimism about healthy eating. Appetite, 90, 212-218. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.03.008

2015
Paper

Sproesser, G., Kohlbrenner, V., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2015). I eat healthier than you: Differences in healthy and unhealthy food choices for oneself and for others. Nutrients, 7, 4638-4660. doi:10.3390/nu7064638

2014
Paper

Sproesser, G., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2014). The bright side of stress induced eating: Eating more when stressed but less when pleased. Psychological Science. 25(1), 58-65. doi:10.1177/0956797613494849

2012
Paper

Renner, B., Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., & Schupp, H. (2012). Die Konstanzer Life-Studie. Adipositas, 6, 123-124.

2012
Paper

Renner, B., Sproesser, G., Strohbach, S., & Schupp, H. (2012). Why we eat what we eat: The Eating Motivation Survey (TEMS). Appetite, 59, 117-128. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.04.004

2012
Dissertation

Sproesser, G. (2012). Why we eat what we eat: Psychological influences on eating behavior. Konstanz: Konstanzer Online-Publikations-System (KOPS).

2011
Paper

Sproesser, G., Strohbach, S., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2011). Candy or apple? How self-control resources and motives impact dietary healthiness in women. Appetite, 56, 784-787. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.01.028

2008
Paper

Miller, J., Sproesser, G., & Ulrich, R. (2008). Constant versus variable response signal delays in speed-accuracy tradeoffs: Effects of advance preparation for processing time. Perception & Psychophysics, 70, 878-886. doi: 10.3758/PP.70.5.878

Citable Abstracts & Talks

2017
Citable abstract

Klusmann, V., Wolff, J., Sproesser, G., Renner, B. (2017). How and for whom do positive views on aging promote healthy eating behavior? Innovation in Aging, 1, Suppl. 1, 938―939. doi:10.1093/geroni/igx009

2017
Talk

König, L. M., Sproesser, G, Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2017). Who is willing to use mHealth apps? A stage model approach. Presentation at the 31st Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Padova, Italy.

2017
Talk

Sproesser, G. (2017). Always look on the bright side of … eating. Presentation, 11. Physiokongress, Stuttgart.

2017
Talk

Sproesser, G. (2017). Gesundheitsziele setzen und verfolgen. Presentation, 11. Physiokongress, Stuttgart.

2017
Symposium

Sproesser, G., & König, L. M. (2017). Eating behavior: New insights into ist assessment, analysis, and relationship with objective health parameters. In A. Schorr (Ed.), Health Psychology 2017: Kurzfassungen, 72-73. Lengerich: Pabst Science.

2017
Talk

Villinger, K., Wahl, D. R., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2017). Visuelle Analyse der Verhaltenssignatur unserer Ernährung: Beispiel Frühstück. In A. Schorr (Ed.), Health Psychology 2017: Kurzfassungen, XX-XX. Lengerich: Pabst Science.

2017
Talk

Villinger, K., Wahl, R. D., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2017). A visual analysis of the bahvioral signature of eating: The case of breakfast. Presentation at the 31st Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Padova, Italy.

2017
Poster

Wahl, D.R., Villinger, K., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H.T., & Renner, B. (2017). The behavioral signature of snacking - a visual analysis. Poster at the 31st Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Padova, Italy. 

2017
Talk

Wahl, D.R., Villinger, K., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H.T., & Renner, B. (2017). Visuelle Analyse der Verhaltens-signatur unserer Ernährung: Beispiel Snacking (The behavioral signature of snacking - a visual analysis). In A. Schorr (Ed.), /Health Psychology 2017: Kurzfassungen/, 77-78. Lengerich: Pabst Science.

2016
Talk

Klusmann, V., Wolff, J., Sproesser, G. & Renner, B. (2016). Positive images of aging promote healthy eating behavior and social-cognitive mechanisms explain why. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, USA.

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