I hold a Diploma in Psychology (German equivalent to an integrated BSc and MSc) from the University of Mainz, Germany and a PhD in Management (Work and Organisational Psychology) from Aston Business School. I have early in my academic career focused on leadership, well-being and teamwork and worked on research projects at Aston Business School and the University of Cambridge. I have vast teaching experience due to my roles as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (scholarship, Aston University) and Lecturer in Leadership and Management at Coventry University College. I joined the University of Sheffield, Institute for Work Psychology, in September 2016 and have since then been involved UG, PG and MBA teaching and various research projects. I serve as a reviewer for the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Health Psychology and the BAM and AOM conferences.
I am currently teaching various courses in the area of Organisational Behaviour and HRM, such as Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork (MGMT6230) and Leader and Leadership Development (MGMT6177). I am an enthusiastic Lecturer who has a strong commitment to fascinating students for the content that is being taught and to providing students with the best possible skill set for entering the world of work. To do so, I draw on an array of teaching methods such as teamwork, peer-to-peer tutoring, case studies and guest speakers and highlight the importance of the lecture content through emphasising its practical applicability and through linking it with my own research. I value critical thinking and encourage students to think outside of the box. I am very approachable and offer, beyond my regular office hours, meetings for students if needed. I serve as a personal tutor for UG and PG students and am keen on supervising PhD students.;
I conduct research on the link between leader behaviours and employee well-being and work-life balance. Specifically, I am interested in the interplay of organisational policies, organisational context, employee characteristics and leadership on employee mental and physical health and work-life balance. I am also interested in evaluating the organisational benefits of organisational initiatives to increase well-being and work-life balance and in team characteristics that foster well-being and work-life balance. Enabling women to become successful leaders and to have a work-life balance is particularly close to my heart. I conduct my research at multiple levels of analysis.
I offer supervision for new PhD students in the areas of leadership, well-being, work-life balance, emotional contagion and teamwork