Short CV/Education and training

  • 1968 – 1973
    Studied psychology, sociology and history at the University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 1976
    Doctorate (summa cum laude) at the University of Konstanz

    Travelled abroad to the USA and Great Britain

  • 1976 – 1982
    Research associate at Bielefeld University, Germany

  • 1982
    Professorship at Bielefeld University

  • 1985
    Professorship at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

    Offers of professorships or shortlisted at universities in Hamburg, Bochum, and Wuppertal, Germany

Selected publications

  • Abele, A.E. & Wojciszke, B. (2014). Communal and agentic content. A dual perspective model. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 198-255.

  • Abele, A. E. (2003). The Dynamics of Masculine-Agentic and Feminine-Communal Traits. Findings from a Prospective Study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 768-776.

  • Abele, A.E. & Wojciszke, B. (2007). Agency and communion from the perspective of self versus. others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 751-763.

  • Abele, A.E., Bruckmüller, S. (2011). The Bigger one of the "Big Two": Preferential Processing of Communal Information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 935-948.

  • Abele, A. E., & Spurk, D. (2011). The dual impact of gender and the influence of timing of parenthood on men's and women's career development. Longitudinal findings. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35, 225-232.

  • Abele, A.E. & Spurk, D. (2009b). How do objective and subjective career success interrelate over time? Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 82, 803-824.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Success in one's career and satisfaction with one's life (German Research Foundation (DFG) Individual Grant)

  • Agency and communion from the perspective of actors and observers (DFG Individual Grant; second phase of the project)

  • Humboldt Foundation Research Group Linkage Programme with the Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland

  • Diversity in an industrial corporation (joint project with a large industrial corporation)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President of the German Psychological Society (DGPs; president elect), since 2014

  • President of the german federation of psychological associations

  • Review board in the field of psychology for the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Scientific advisory committee to the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare

  • Scientific advisory committees to the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning

  • Student liaison for the German National Academic Foundation, until 2002

  • Editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 2000 – 2004

  • Member of several international editorial boards

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Trainer in role-playing and psychodrama

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children


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