Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999 – 2002
    Postdoc at Northeastern University (social psychology and personality psychology), Boston, USA

  • 2002 – 2006
    Senior assistant in psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland (social psychology and health psychology)

  • 2006
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship at the University of Fribourg (social psychology)

  • Since 2006
    Full professor of psychology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (chair of personnel psychology)

Selected publications

Power and interaction between superior and employee

  • Schmid Mast, M., Jonas, K., Klöckner Cronauer, C., & Darioly, A. (2012). On the importance of the superior's interpersonal sensitivity for good leadership. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 1043-1068.

  • Darioly, A., & Schmid Mast, M. (2011). Facing an incompetent leader: The effects of a non-expert leader on subordinates' perception and behavior. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 20, 239-265.

  • Schmid Mast, M. (2010). Interpersonal behavior and social perception in a hierarchy: The Interpersonal Power and Behaviour Model. European Review of Social Psychology, 21, 1-33.

  • Schmid Mast, M., Jonas K., & Hall, J. A. (2009). Give a person power and he or she will show interpersonal sensitivity: The phenomenon and its why and when. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 835-850.

Physician–patient communication

  • Schmid Mast, M., Hall, J. A., Klöckner Cronauer, C., & Cousin, G. (2011). Perceived dominance in physicians: Are female physicians under scrutiny? Patient Education and Counseling, 83, 174-179.

  • Schmid Mast, M., Hall, J. A., Klöckner, C., & Choi, E. (2008). Physician gender affects how physician nonverbal behavior is related to patient satisfaction. Medical Care, 46, 1212-1218.

  • Schmid Mast, M., Hall, J. A., & Roter, D. L. (2008). Caring and dominance affect participants' perceptions and behaviors during a virtual medical visit. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23, 523-527.

  • Schmid Mast, M., Hall, J. A., & Roter, D. L. (2007). Disentangling physician gender and physician communication style: Their effects on patient satisfaction in a virtual medical visit. Patient Education and Counseling, 68, 16-22.

  • Schmid Mast, M. (2007). On the importance of nonverbal communication in the physician-patient interaction. Patient Education and Counseling, 67, 315-318.

Nonverbal behaviour and the job interview

  • Schmid Mast, M., Bangerter, A., Bulliard, C., & André, G. (2011). How accurate are recruiters' first impressions of applicants in employment interviews? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19, 198-208.

  • Schmid Mast, M., Frauendorfer, D., & Popovic, L. (2011). Self-promoting and modest job applicants in different cultures. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10, 70-77.


Selected projects

  • Adaptivity in physician–patient communication

  • Sensing and analysing organisational nonverbal behavior

  • Pregraduate training for medical students on breaking bad news in oncology

  • Emotion and gender from a power perspective

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

  • Member of the Steering Board of the NCCR "Affective Science"

  • Member of the Steering Board of the Pro*Doc graduate school "Health Communication"

  • President of the equal opportunity commission of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  • Former member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

  • Former president of the Swiss Psychological Society

  • Former member of the expert body on interdisciplinarity of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

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