Dr. Gudrun Sproesser

Postdoc

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

 

Office: G527
Office hours: upon arrangement
Phone: +49 (0) 7531 88 2623
Email: gudrun.sproesser [at] uni-konstanz.de

Professional experience

02/2016 & 04/2014
Visiting scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
11/2013 - 12/2014
Associated Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz
since 03/2012
Post doc, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
05/2008 - 02/2012
Ph.D. student, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz

Education

10/2012
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
02/2012
Ph.D. in psychology (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Konstanz
09/2007
Diploma in psychology (Dipl.-Psych.), University of Tübingen

Awards

2019
Distinguished Reviewer Award, European Journal of Health Psychology
2018
Poster award, German Society for Internal Medicine, poster Rempe, H. M., Kiesswetter, E., Volkert, D., Sproesser, G., Sieber, C. C., & Freiberger, E.: „Die Rolle von Gesundheitsaspekten in der Essenswahl selbstständig lebender SeniorenInnen mit funktionellen Einschränkungen“ [„The role of health aspects in food choice of independently living older people with functional impairments”]
2017
Poster award, European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), poster Wahl, D. R., Villinger, K., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B.: "The behavioral signature of snacking – a visual analysis"
2016
Early Career Award, European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
2015
Poster award, subdivision Health Psychology in the German Psychological Association (DGPs), 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 [Schmieder Foundation for Science and Research] for the dissertation

Memberships 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; International Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Journal of European Psychology Students; Nutrition Journal; Obesity Reviews; 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)

Memberships and Positions in Professional Organizations

2022
Member of the Scientific Committee of the 36th Conference of the EHPS
since 2021
Co-chair of the Special Interest Group Equity, Global Health and Sustainability of the EHPS
since 2021
Member of the German Nutrition Society
2021
Member of the Scientific Committee of the 15th Conference of the Subdivision Health Psychology in the German Psychological Association (DGPs)
since 2020
Member of the working group "Sustainable Development" of the University of Konstanz
2020
Representative of the Equal Opportunity Council in the appointment procedure for the Professorship for General Psychology, University of Konstanz
2017 - 2021
Member of the Executive Committee of the Subdivision Health Psychology in the German Psychological Association (DGPs)
2017 - 2018
Representative of the non-tenured academic staff in the appointment procedure for the Professorship for Developmental Psychology, University of Konstanz
2016
Member of the Scientific Committee of the 30th Conference of the EHPS
2014 - 2020
Member of the Executive Committee 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 2013
Member of the German Psychological Association (DGPs), Subdivision Health Psychology
2011 - 2016
Member of the working group "Healthy University" of the University of Konstanz
2009 - 2013
Member of the Executive Committee of CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training in the European Health Psychology Society, EHPS)
since 2008

Member of the EHPS

Research

Research interests

  • Psychological influences on health behavior and health
  • Cross-cultural health psychology
  • Motives for normal eating behavior
  • Traditional and modern eating behavior

Current projects

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SMARTACT: Individual and context-based real-time interventions promoting normal eating and physical activity through mobile technology
(funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
Past projects
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Why people eat in a traditional or modern way: A cross-country study. (PI: Dr. Gudrun Sproesser; funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG)
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Mensa survey 2020: Scientific evaluation of the cafeteria of the University of Konstanz in cooperation with the SEEZEIT Studierendenwerk Bodensee (PI: Prof. Britta Renner)
DIE KONSTANZER LIFE-STUDIE: A longitudinal study to assess how healthy the citizens of Konstanz are.
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EATMOTIVE - Why we eat what we eat: Motives, social context and economic impact (PI: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner; funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)

Teaching

Current Teaching Activities

WS 2021/22
Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness
Wed 13:30 - 16:45, G421
WS 2021/22
Why Good Intentions Are not Enough: Models of Health Behavior
Mon 13:30 - 16:45, C424

Past Teaching Activities

SS 2021
Gender research and health psychology
Wed 13:30 - 15:00
SS 2021
Psychosocial factors in work and health psychology
Wed 15:15 - 16:45
WS 2020/21
Cross-cultural psychology of health and illness
Wed 15:15 - 16:45
Teaching evaluation: 1,5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2020
Selected topics in health psychology
Wed 13:30 - 15:00
Teaching evaluation: 1,4 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2020
Cross-cultural psychology: Processes, methods, and perspectives
Wed 15:15 - 16:45
WS 2019/2020
Cross-cultural psychology of health and illness
Wed 11:45 - 13:15, E402
Teaching evaluation: 1,2 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2019/2020
Socio-cultural factors in health
Wed 15:15 - 16:45, E402
Teaching evaluation: 1,3 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2019
Cross-cultural psychology of health and illness
Wed 11:45 - 13:15, E402
WS 2018/19
Socio-cultural factors in health
Wed 15:15 - 16:45, G420
Teaching evaluation: 1,5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2017/18
Concepts of health and illness
Wed 15:15 - 16:45, G420
Teaching evaluation: 1,3 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2017/18
Socio-cultural factors in health
Wed 17:00 - 18:30, G420
Teaching evaluation: 1,5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 2017 Cross-cultural methods in health psychology
SS 2016
Cross-cultural methods in health psychology
Teaching evaluation: 1,5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 2015/16
Concepts of health and illness
Teaching evaluation: 1,6 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
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)

Judith Lang (2021). Der Zusammenhang zwischen Body Mass Index, wahrgenommener Gesundheit und der Akzeptanz ernährungspolitischer Maßnahmen: Ergebnisse aus der Konstanzer Life-Studie. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Isabella Sharvadze (2021). The relationship between assimilation and difference motives with health and well-being in Japan. Master thesis. University of Konstanz

Antonia Floss (2021). Traditional and modern eating in India: A comparison between younger urban and older rural adults. Master thesis. University of Konstanz

Jacqueline Peterka (2021). Is subjective shortage of time related to the choice and perception of dishes? Results from a university canteen setting. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Franziska Biekert (2020). Einfluss von traditionellem und modernem Essverhalten auf Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden: Ein Literatur-Review. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Lisa Fleuchaus (2020). The Psychology of Food Avoidances in Samples from Germany, India, and the USA. Bachelor thesis. University of Konstanz

Bianca Wassmann (2019). The Perceived Healthiness, Taste and Safety of Modern Foods - A Comparison between Germany, the USA and Ghana. Master thesis. University of Konstanz

Desirée Katzenberger (2018). Traditionelles und modernes Essverhalten: Ein Ländervergleich. Master thesis. University of Konstanz.

Lotte Roessler (2018). Traditionelles und modernes Essverhalten: Ergebnisse aus der Konstanzer Life-Studie. Master thesis. University of Konstanz.

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 supervisor)

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.

Citable Abstracts & Talks

2016
Symposium

Sproesser, G. & Meule, A. (2016). Aktuelle Themen der Ernährungspsychologie: Individuelle und umweltbedingte Einflussfaktoren. Symposium at the 50th Congress of the DGPs, Leipzig.

2016
Citable abstract

Sproesser, G., Ruby, M., Arbit, N., Rozin, P., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2016). The eating motivation survey in three countries: results from the USA, India, and Germany. European Health Psychologist, 18(S), 340.

2016
Citable abstract

Sproesser, G., Ruby, M., Arbit, N., Rozin, P., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2016). The eating motivation survey in three countries: results from the USA, India, and Germany. In: I. Fritsche (Hg.). 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

2015
Talk

Döring, T., Sproesser, G., & Renner, B. (2015). Salat oder Eiscreme? Stereotype Wahrnehmung von Speisen und deren Zusammenhang mit Ernährungsmotiven. Presentation, 52. Congress of the German Nutrition Society, Halle.

2015
Talk

Giese, H., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2015). Motive des gesunden Essens: Eine ambulante Assessmentstudie mit Smartphones. Presentation, 12. Conference of the Division of Health Psychology of the German Psychological Association (DGPs), Graz, Austria.

2015
Talk

Klusmann, V., Sproesser, G., & Renner, B. (2015). Wenn ich mit meiner Frau esse, dann esse ich gesund: Ergebnisse aus der Konstanzer Life-Studie. [I eat healthily if I eat with my wife: Results from the Konstanz Life Study] Paper presented at the 12th Congress of the Division of Health Psychology of the German Psychological Association (DGPs) 2015, Graz, Austria.

2015
Talk

Sproesser, G. (2015). Warum man isst, was man isst: Psychologische Einflussfaktoren auf das normale Essverhalten. Presentation, Luisenklinik, Bad Dürrheim.

2015
Symposium

Sproesser, G. & Klusmann, V. (2015). Peers & Partner: Gesundheitsverhalten im sozialen Kontext. [Peers & Partner: Health Behavior in the Social Context]. Chair of a Symposium at the 12th Congress of the Division of Health Psychology of the German Psychological Association (DGPs) 2015, Graz.

2015
Symposium

Sproesser, G. & Stok, M. (2015). Innovative ways of understanding and measuring eating behavior. Symposium at the 29th Conference of the EHPS, Limassol, Cyprus.

2015
Citable abstract

Sproesser, G., Kohlbrenner, V., Schupp, H. & Renner, B. (2015). I eat more healthily than you: Food choices for the self and for others. The European Health Psychologist, 17 Supp., 362.

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