Hermann Szymczak, M.Sc.

PhD student

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

Office: G522
Ofiice hours: upon arrangement
Phone: +49 (0) 7531 88 3182
Fax: +49 (0) 7531 88 5226
Email: hermann.szymczak [at] uni-konstanz.de

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Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

Since 03/2017 Research Assistant, Department of Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology, University of Konstanz
08/2014-02/2017 Reserach Assistant, Department of Health and Prevention / Social Psychology, University of Greifswald
11/2013--7/2014 Research Assistant, Omnitrend, Leipzig (Market Research)


09/2012-10/2013 M.Sc. Applied Social Psychology (Masters thesis: “Social Life 2.0 – Self and Others in Cyberspace: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis”), Royal Holloway, University of London
08/10-05/11 Exchange student, Bellarmine Universtiy, USA (ISEP - International Student Exchange Program, and DAAD partial scholarship)
09/08-08/12 B.Sc. Psychology, University of Trier

Peer-Reviewing Activities

Journals: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking


Research Interests

  • Compensatory Health Behaviors
  • Physical Activity
  • Risk perception


Current projects:

DIE KONSTANZER LIFE-STUDIE: A longitudinal study to assess how healthy the citizens of Konstanz are.
​​ ​​Risk Dynamics
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)

Finished projects:


SOTERIA - Online and Mobile Communications for Emergencies (Funded by the European Union, FP-7 Project)


iSAR+ - Online and Mobile Communications for Crisis Response and Search and Rescue (Funded by the European Union, FP-7 Project)


Current Teaching Activities

SS 18
Warum gute Intentionen nicht ausreichen: Modelle des Gesundheitsverhaltens
Tue, 13:30-15:00, G421

Past Teaching Activities

WS 2017/18
Sekt oder Selters? Modelle des Gesundheitsverhaltens
SS 17
Online Communication (German, University Greifswald)
WS 15/16
Online Communication (German, University Greifswald)
Project Management (German, University Greifswald)


Roggelin, A. (2016). Vor- und Nachteile sozialer Medien in Notfallsituationen basierend auf subjektiven Berichten von haupt- und ehrenamtlichen Einsatzkräften des Bevölkerungsschutzes. [Advantages and Disadvantages of social media use in Emergencies: A subjective view of German PSOs] Diploma thesis.


Conference Paper

Knuth, D., Szymczak, H., Kuecuekbalaban P., & Schmidt S. (2016). Social media in emergencies. How useful can they be? IEEE Conference Publications (1-7). Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Information and Communicational Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM), Vienna, Austria. DOI: 10.1109/ICT-DM.2016.7857226.


Szymczak, H., Kücükbalaban, P., Lemanski, S., Knuth, D. & Schmidt, S. (2016). Trusting Facebook in Crisis Situations: The Role of General Use and General Trust Toward Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 19, 23–27. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0450.

Book chapter

Kuecuekbalaban, P., Knuth, D., Szymczak, H., Lemanski, S., Lück, A., Schmidt, S. (2015). Citizen View on New Media in Crisis. In S. Schmidt & D. Knuth (Eds.). iSAR+New Media in Crisis Situations. Pabst Science Publishers: Lengerich, Germany.

Citable Abstracts & Talks


Szymczak, H. (2015, March 27th to 29th). SOTERIA project Presentation at the Akademie für Krisenmanagement, Notfallplanung und Zivilschutz (AKNZ) of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe), Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. [Invited Talk]

Citable abstract

Szymczak, H., Kuecuekbalaban, P., Knuth, D. & Schmidt, S. (2015). Trust Towards Social Media in Emergencies: A Perspective of Professional Emergency Personnel in Europe. In C. Stephanidis (Ed.). HCI International 2015 (Los Angeles, USA) - Posters’ Extended Abstracts (123–130). Springer International Publishing.