Dissertation Award

Award Winners

Both of these dissertations tackle problems that have existed in psychology for a long time. Yet, they address them anew in rigorous ways, by applying refined statistical modeling to multiple rich datasets, which maximizes chances of obtaining conclusive answers to fundamental psychological questions regarding bases and importance of self-esteem for various life outcomes (in the case of Samantha Krauss’ dissertation) and the relationship between transitions and life events and individual identity (in the case of Elisabeth L. de Moor’s dissertation). Both dissertations have led to excellent high-tier publications.


Elisabeth L. de Moor
Tilburg University, Netherlands


Samantha Krauss
University of Berne, Switzerland




Tobias Ebert
University of Mannheim, Germany



Sarah Humberg
Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany