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Chair of Health Psychology

Health Psychology is concerned with maintaining human health, developing and researching measures to promote health, and preventing disease and illness. Special emphasis is placed on psychological and behavioral processes in health, illness, and health care.

Our team at the Chair of Health Psychology, headed by Prof. Jutta Mata, focuses on psychological, social and environmental determinants of health behavior and long-term health behavior change and, in this context, primarily deals with questions of nutrition and physical activity. We examine the mechanisms underlying the relationship between health behavior and psychological health.

Prof. Dr. Jutta Mata

Prof. Dr. Jutta Mata

Prof. Jutta Mata has been Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Mannheim since September 2015.

In addition, she is an associate researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) in Mannheim, and the Centro Interdisciplinar de Estudo da Performance Humana at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. 

Since 2018, she has been engaged in promoting social diversity at the university as equal opportunities commissioner. 

  • Career

    2015 - present Professor (W3) Chair of Health Psychology, School of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim
    2018 - present Associate researcher Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), Mannheim
    2014 - present Associate researcher Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
    2014 - present Associate researcher Centro Interdisciplinar de Estudo da Performance Humana, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    2014-2015 Assistant professor Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel
    2012-2014 Research scientist Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
    2010-2012 Research scientist Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel
    2008-2010 Post-doctoral researcher Department of Psychology, Stanford University, USA
    2008 Post-doctoral researcher Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    2004-2007 Doctoral candidate International Max Planck Research School LIFE, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
    01/2007-03/2007 Research stay Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    10/2006-12/2006 Research stay Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
    2004 Degree in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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