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. 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.
|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|