Dr. Laura M. König

Postdoc

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

Office: G523
Office hours: upon arrangement
Phone: +49 (0) 7531 88 5319

Fax: +49 (0) 7531 88 5226
Email: laura.koenig [at] uni-konstanz.de

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Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

since 04/2019
Associated researcher, Gamelab , University of Konstanz
since 04/2014
Research scientist, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology
Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
10 - 12/2018 Visiting researcher, Behaviour and Health Research Unit/ Behaviour Change by Design, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
supervised by Prof. Dame Theresa Marteau and Dr. Gareth Hollands
10/2015 Visiting researcher, University of Essex, United Kingdom
supervised by Dr. Tom Foulsham
09/2012 - 02/2013 Intern, research project EATMOTIVE: Why we eat, what we eat. Motives, social context, and implications (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Dr. Gudrun Sproesser
10/2011 - 02/2012 Student tutor, General and Biological Psychology
Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
08/2011 - 03/2014 Student assistant, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology
Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz

Education

02/2018
PhD in Psychology
University of Konstanz
Title: "Healthy Pleasures: Integrating Food Well-Being and Simple Eating Behaviour Interventions" (summa cum laude)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, Prof. Dr. Harald Schupp
12/2014
M.Sc. in Psychology (with honors)
University of Konstanz
03/2014
B.Sc. in Psychology (with honors; minor subject: computer science)
University of Konstanz
06/2010 A-levels, Droste Hülshoff Gymnasium Meersburg

Awards

2019
Selected participant, symposium “City Sounds – City Athmospheres“ and workshop “Sonic Survey Berlin: The auditory legibility of urban habitats and their atmospheres”, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2018 Stiftung-Schmieder-Preis 2018 of the Stiftung Schmieder für Wissenschaft und Forschung for the dissertation
2016 Selected participant of the 'Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality', organized by the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, directed by Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer and Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig, funded by the Joachim Herz Stiftung
2015 Award for the best MSc Psychology graduate, awarded by the Alumni Association of the University of Konstanz (VEUK e.V.)

Funding

09/2019 Conference grant, 33rd Conference of the EHPS in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
2019 Project "To use or not to use? Motivationen und Barrieren der Nutzung von digitalen Technologien zur Gesundheitsförderung [To use or not to use? Motivations and barriers of using digital technologies for health promotion]". Peer-Mentoring Team-Programme, funded by the Subdivision Health Psychology of the German Psychological Association. Principal Investigators: Dr. Laura M. König (University of Konstanz), Christiane Attig (Chemnitz University of Technology)
12/2018 Registration bursary, UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Funded by the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
08/2018 Conference grant, 32nd Conference of the EHPS in Galway, Ireland. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
2018 - 2021
Project "SMARTACT: Individual and context-based real-time interventions promoting normal eating and physical activity through mobile technology“. Funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). Contribution to the application process.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner
08/2017 Conference grant, 31st Conference of the EHPS in Padua, Italy. Funded by the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
09/2015 Conference grant, 29th Conference of the EHPS in Limassol, Cyprus. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service
08/2014 Conference grant, 28th Conference of the EHPS in Innsbruck, Austria. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service

Membership in Editorial Boards

  • European Health Psychologist
  • European Journal of Health Communication

Peer-Reviewing Activities

Journals: Appetite, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, BMC Obesity, European Journal of Health Psychology, Food Quality and Preference, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, JMIR mHealth & uHealth, JMIR Research Protocols; Journal of Medical Internet Research, Nutrients, Psychology & Health, Public Health Nutrition, Systematic Reviews, Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie
Grants: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
Conferences: ACM Digital Health 2017, 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Conference

Membership in Professional Organizations

since 2014 European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
since 2015 German Psychological Association (DGPs), Subdivision Health Psychology
since 2018 German Nutrition Society
since 2018 UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)
since 2019 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

Positions in Professional Organizations and Service to Profession

09/2019 - 09/2021 Representative of Early Career Researchers of the Subdivision Health Psychology in the German Psychological Association
since 2019 Co-chair and social media officer, Special Interest Group "Digital Health & Computer-tailoring" in the EHPS
since 2019 Secretary, Early Career Scientists Group in the German Nutrition Society (DGE e.V.)
since 2019 Member of the social media team (Twitter), The Inquisitive Mind Germany
since 2018 German National Delegate in the EHPS (http://ehps.net/national-delegates)
since 2018 Coordinator of translations, The Inquisitive Mind Germany
2017 - 2019 Chairperson of CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training in the EHPS; http://www.ehps.net/create)
2015 - 2017 Secretary of CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training in the EHPS; http://www.ehps.net/create)

Research

Research interests

  • Primary prevention of obesity and related diseases
  • Mobile applications for health behaviour change (mHealth)
  • Methodological aspects of eating behaviour assessment using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA)
  • Influences of the physical and social environment on eating behaviour
  • Interplay of explicit and implicit attitudes in food choice

Projects

Current projects:

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)
DIE KONSTANZER LIFE-STUDIE: A longitudinal study to assess how healthy the citizens of Konstanz are.
Position: Study Coordinator

Finished projects:

EATMOTIVE: Why we eat, what we eat. Motives, social context, and implications
(funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
TEMPEST: Temptations to Eat Moderated by Personal and Environmental Self-regulatory Tools
(funded by the  EU, FP7)

Teaching

Current Teaching Activities

WS 19/20
The Impact of the Physical Environment on Health Behaviours (language of instruction: English)
Wed 13:30 - 15:00, D 431
WS 19/20
Rauchen tötet. Rotes Fleisch auch? Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse kommunizieren [Smoking kills. Does red meat, too? Communicating scientific results] (language of instruction: German)
Wed 17:00 - 18:30, D 431

Past Teaching Activities

SS 19
Games for Health (seminar for Psychology and Literature-Art-Media undergraduate students; language of instruction: German)
Wed 10:00 - 11:30, F 424
together with Benjamin Schäfer, Department of Literature
in cooperation with the Uni Konstanz Gamelab
Teaching evaluation: 2.0 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
As part of this class, students developed concepts for a game for health. They describe their projects on the Gamelab blog: FOODRUN (Milena Becker, Anna Knoop, Maren Kraemer, Jana Westerhoff ), El Dorado (Friederike Roelcke, Jana Komor, Camila Stump und Elena Casacchia), 0 Promille (Melanie Ruhe, David Michalik, Pierre Gries und Zoran Kovacevic)
SS 19
Rauchen tötet. Rotes Fleisch auch? Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse kommunizieren [Smoking kills. Does red meat, too? Communicating scientific results] (language of instruction: German)
Wed 13:30 - 15:00, C 424
Teaching evaluation: 1.4 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 18/19
Changing environments to change population health
Block seminar, 11.01.2019, 13:30 - 18:30; 12. and 13.01.2019, 9:00 - 18:00, G 530
Teaching evaluation: 1.5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 18
Rauchen tötet. Rotes Fleisch auch? Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse kommunizieren [Smoking kills. Does red meat, too? Communicating scientific results] (language of instruction: German)
Wed 10:00 - 11:30, C 358
Teaching evaluation: 1.4 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
As part of the seminar, students wrote blog posts which can be accessed here.
Furthermore, two blog posts co-authored by students of this class have been published in the German In Mind Blog: Busam & König (2018), Wetzel & König (2019)
SS 18
#foodporn: How food and eating are represented in social media (language of instruction: English)
Wed 13:30 - 15:00, D 433
Teaching evaluation: 1.5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 18
Vorlesung "Einführung in die Gesundheitspsychologie" [Lecture "Introduction to health psychology] (language of instruction: German)
Thu 10:00 - 11:30, A 701
Teaching evaluation: 1.8 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 17/18
#foodporn: How food and eating are represented in social media (language of instruction: English)
Teaching evaluation: 1.4 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 17/18
Gesundheit planen - Auswirkungen von Architektur und Stadtplanung auf Gesundheitsverhalten [Designing health: Impact of architecture and urban planning on health behaviour] (language of instruction: German)
Teaching evaluation: 1.5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 17 Innovative Methods for Assessing Health Behaviours (language of instruction: English)
WS 16/17
Gesundheit planen: Auswirkung von Architektur und Stadtplanung auf Gesundheitsverhalten [Designing health: Impact of architecture and urban planning on health behaviour] (Seminar for Psychology undergraduate students and Architecture undergraduate and graduate students; language of instruction: German)
Teaching evaluation: 1.3 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 16
Innovative Methods for the Assessment of Health Behaviors (language of instruction: English)
Teaching evaluation: 1.5 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 15/16
Health beliefs or habits? A dual process perspective on eating behavior (language of instruction: English)
Teaching evaluation: 1.9 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
SS 15
Innovative Methoden der Gesundheitsverhaltensmessung [Innovative methods for the assessment of health behaviours] (language of instruction: German)
Teaching evaluation: 1.6 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)
WS 14/15
Ernährungsverhalten: Sozial-kognitive Determinanten und Interventionen [Eating behaviour: social-cognitive determinants and interventions] (language of instruction: German)
Teaching evaluation: 1.3 (rating scale from 1=very good until 5=deficient)

Supervision (together with Prof. Dr. Britta Renner)

Goutard, Janine (2019). Bitter taste sensitivity in the Konstanz Life Study: Relatonships with food liking, eating behaviour and body mass index (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Rein, Sophie (2019). Der Zuckergehalt von Lebensmitteln: Einfluss der Metrik auf die Schätzgenauigkeit  [The sugar content of foods: Influence of the metric on estimation accuracy] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Zauner, Carmen (2019). Die Wirkung der Umgebungsakustik und individueller Einstellungen auf die Lebensmittelauswahl: Ein Fake Food Experiment [The impact of background noise and individual attitudes on food choice: A Fake Food experiment] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Bösinger, Lukas (2018). Ein Bild sagt mehr als 1000 Worte: Entwicklung eines Codiermanuals für die fotobasierte Erfassung sozialer Esssituationen [A picture is worth a thousand words: Developing a coding manual for the photo-based assessment of social eating situations] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Koller, Julia (2018). Fruits or Fruit loops? Investigating the 'Colorful = Healthy‘ association across meal types in an Ecological Momentary Assessment (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Sroka, Linda (2018). Ein Vergleich von Methoden zur Einschätzung von Lebensmittelmengen [A comparison of methods for estimating the amount of foods] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Volk, Tobias (2018). Time is rare, choices are many: The effect of dual attitudes and time pressure on food choice in different fake food environments (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz.
Tobias received an award for the best M.Sc. thesis in the Department of Psychology in the academic year 2018/ 2019 by the Alumni Association of the University of Konstanz (VEUK e.V.).
 

Allgaier, Tanja (2017). Ist bunt auch gesund? Ein Vergleich von Strategien zur Auswahl gesunder Mittagessen an einem Fake Food Buffet [Is colourful also healthy? A comparison of strategies to select healthy lunch meals using a Fake Food Buffet] (unpublished master thesis). University of Konstanz.

Volk, Tobias (2017). Bigger buffet, different choices? Assortment size, implicit and explicit attitudes as food choice precursors (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Allgaier, Tanja (2016). Eine Usability-Studie zur Wirkung individualisierter, mobiler Rückmeldungen im Kontext valenzbezogener Mahlzeitenbewertungen [A usability study assessing the impact of individual mobile feedback for valence-related meal evaluations] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Neubauer, Judith (2016). Wahrnehmung von Nahrungsmitteln in Abhängigkeit der Anzahl von Wahlalternativen. Eine Eye-Tracking Studie [The visual perception of foods depends on the number of choice alternatives. An eye tracking study] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Stoll, Carolin (2016). Nutzung von Gesundheitsapps: soziodemografische und psychologische Korrelate [Using health apps: sociodemographic and psychological correlates] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Straßheim, Jana (2016). The colour of food: An Ecological Momentary Assessment study examining colour variety in daily eating behaviour (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Villinger, Karoline (2015). Was essen wir zum Frühstück und warum? Ein Smartphone-basiertes Ecological Momentary Assessment der Lebensmittelauswahl und Ernährungsmotive [What do we eat for breakfast and why? A smartphone-based Ecological Momentary Assessment of food choice and eating motives] (unpublished bachelor thesis). University of Konstanz.

Publications

in press
Paper

Wahl, D. R., Villinger, K., Blumenschein, M., König, L. M., Ziesemer, K., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (in press). Why we eat what we eat: Dispositional and in-the-moment eating motives. JMIR mHealth & uHealth.

2019
Preprint

Clarke, N., Pechey, E., Kosīte, D., König, L. M., Mantzari, E., Blackwell, A. K. M., Marteau, T. M., & Hollands, G. J. (2019, June 24). Impact on selection and consumption of image-and-text and text-only health warning labels on food and alcohol products: systematic review with meta-analysis. Retrieved from psyarxiv.com/jt52m

2019
Paper

König, L. M. (2019). Wissenschaftskommunikation in sozialen Medien. DGE Info, 11/2019, 170-175.

2019
Paper

König, L. M. & Renner, B. (2019). Boosting healthy food choices by meal colour variety: Results from two experiments and a just-in-time Ecological Momentary Intervention. BMC Public Health, 19, 975. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7306-z

2019
Paper

König, L. M., Ziesemer, K., & Renner, B. (2019). Quantifying actual and perceived inaccuracy when estimating the sugar, energy content and portion size of foods. Nutrients, 11(10), 2425. doi: 10.3390/nu11102425

2019
Paper

Kosite, D., König, L. M., de-Loyde, K., Lee, I., Pechey, E., Clarke, N., Maynard, O., Morris, R. W., Munafó, M. R., Marteau, T. M., & Hollands, G. J. (2019). Plate size and food consumption: a pre-registered experimental study in a general population sample. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 16, 75. doi: doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0826-1

2019
Preprint

Wang Y., König L. M., & Reiterer H. (2019, July 4). SedVis: Supporting Sedentary Behavior Change by Visualizing Personal Mobility Patterns and Action Planning on Smartphone. JMIR Preprint. Retrived from https://mhealth.jmir.org/preprint/15369.

2018
Dissertation

König, L. M. (2018). Healthy Pleasures: Integrating Food Well-Being and Simple Eating Behaviour Interventions. Konstanz: Konstanzer Online-Publikations-System (KOPS).

2018
Paper

König, L. M. (2018). Networking and more. Reflections on the 31st EHPS Conference. European Health Psychologist, 20(1), 443-444.

2018
Paper

König, L. M., & Renner, B. (2018). Colourful = healthy? Exploring meal colour variety and its relation to food consumption. Food Quality and Preference 64, 66-71. doi: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2017.10.011

2018
Paper

König, L. M., Sproesser, G., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2018). Describing the process of adopting nutrition and fitness apps: Behavior stage model approach . JMIR mHealth & uHealth , 6(3), e55. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.8261

2017
Paper

König, L. M. (2017). Vom Leben im Schlaraffenland: Wie unsere Umwelt unsere Ernährung beeinflusst. Das In-Mind Magazin.

2017
Paper

König, L. M., Giese, H., Stok, F. M., & Renner, B. (2017). The social image of food: Associations between popularity and eating behavior. Appetite 114, 248-258. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.039

2017
Paper

Wahl, D. R.*, Villinger, K.*, König, L. M., Ziesemer, K., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2017). Healthy food choices are happy food choices: Evidence from a real life sample using smartphone based assessments. Scientific Reports, 7, 17069. doi:  10.1038/s41598-017-17262-9 *both authors contributed equally

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

König, L. M., Giese, H., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2016). The Environment Makes a Difference: The Impact of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes as Precursors in Different Food Choice Tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(1301). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01301

2015
Paper

Giese, H., König, L. M., Tăut, D., Ollila, H., Baban, A., Absetz, P., Schupp, H. & Renner, B. (2015). Exploring the Association between Television Advertising of Healthy and Unhealthy Foods, Self-Control, and Food Intake in Three European Countries. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 7(1), 41-62. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12036

2015
Paper

Stok, F. M., König, L. M., Nurmi, J., & Müller, A. N. (2015). Create workshop 2014: Leveraging Mobile Technology and Social Media in Behavioral Research. European Health Psychologist, 16(6), 260-262.

Citable Abstracts & Talks

2019
Talk

König, L. M. (2019). "Essen Sie heute bunt!" Das Potenzial einfacher Strategien in der (digitalen) Gesundheitsförderung. Invited talk, Department of Psychology, Chair for Cognitive and Engineering Psychology (Prof. Krems), TU Chemnitz, Germany.

2019
Blog post

König, L. M. (2019, 20th June). E- and mHealth research at ISBNPA 2019 [blog post]. Retrieved from https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/cbc-digi-hub-blog/2019/06/20/e-and-mhealth-research-at-isbnpa-2019/

2019
Symposium

König, L. M. (2019). Ich denke, also esse ich gesund? Wechselseitige Zusammenhänge von Kognitionen, Emotionen und Essverhalten. Symposium, 14. Congress of the Subdivision Health Psychology in the German Psychological Association, Greifswald, Germany.

2019
Talk

König, L. M. (2019). Stress and recreation in urban environments: A psychological perspective. Presentation at the workshop City Sounds - City Athmospheres, organized by the German Academic Exchange Service, in Berlin, Germany.

2019
Talk

König, L. M. & Renner, B. (2019). Boosting vegetable consumption by meal colour variety in a just-in-time Ecological Momentary Intervention. Presentation at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in Prag, Tschechien.

2019
Blog post

König, L. M., & Hollands, G. J. (2019, 29th October). Can smaller plates help us to eat less? [blog post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-health/2019/10/29/can-smaller-plates-help-us-to-eat-less/

2019
Blog post

König, L. M., & Smit, E. S. (2019, 1st October). Joining forces in research: Introducing the EHPS Special Interest Group on Digital Health and Computer-tailoring [blog post]. Retrieved from https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/cbc-digi-hub-blog/2019/10/01/joining-forces-in-research-introducing-the-ehps-special-interest-group-on-digital-health-and-computer-tailoring/

2019
Symposium

König, L. M., Aulbach, M., van Beurden, S. B., Clarke, N., Reynolds, J., & Sheeran, P. (2019). Targeting automatic processes to change eating behaviour. Symposium, 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

2019
Talk

König, L. M., Volk, T., & Renner, B. (2019) Assortment size and time pressure modulate the link between attitudes and food choice. Presentation at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Health Psychology Society in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

2019
Citable abstract

König, L. M., Ziesemer, K., & Renner, B. (2019). Können Verbraucher/-innen den Zucker- und Energiegehalt von Speisen akkurat einschätzen? In Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung e.V. (DGE) (Ed.), Proceedings of the German Nutrition Society: Abstractband zum 56. Wissenschaftlichen Kongress, 99. Bonn: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung e.V. (DGE).

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