Prof. Dr. Christian Kandler is the head of the SPeADy project. He has been the professor of Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment at the University of Bremen since October 2018. His research has long been directed towards the development of personality and his work has been published in high-ranking national and international journals. The studies themselves are coordinated by Yannik Wiechers, M. Sc. and Dr. Alexandra Zapko-Willmes. They can be contacted via the studies’ email addresses. Additionally, the projects’ staff is supported by the student research assistant Annika Tave Overlander.
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Prof. Dr. Christian Kandler

Christian Kandler received his diploma in psychology in 2007 at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. After his graduation, he conducted research and taught as a research assistant (2007-2012), assistant professor (2012-2016) and interim professor (2016-2017) at the Bielefeld University. There, he completed his doctorate thesis in 2010, entitled “The Nature of Personality: Validity, Continuity and Interaction of the Genetic Make-up and Environment”, and received the venia legendi in psychology in 2017; his habilitation thesis was entitled “Genotype-Environment Interplay of Personality Development”. He was a professor at the MSB Medical School Berlin (2017-2018) and is now professor of Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment at the University of Bremen.
Since October 2015, he has been supervising the SPeADy research project. Moreover, as of October 2016, he is associate editor of the European Journal of Personality. His research on the patterns and sources of personality differences and development has been honored multiple times. Most recently, he won the EAPP early achievement award in 2018.

Yannik Wiechers, M. Sc.

Yannik Wiechers completed his Bachelor of Science in 2017 and in 2018 his Master of Science at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He ran a validation study of the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire as part of his Master’s Thesis with Dutch patients of a forensic institution as participants.

Since March 2019, Yannik Wiechers has been working as a research assistant in the work group on Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment at the University of Bremen. He is collaborating in the SPeADy research project, coordinating the Age Groups Study.

Dr. Alexandra Zapko-Willmes

Alexandra Zapko-Willmes received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Trier University in 2011 and her master’s degree in psychology from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in 2014. Since 2015, she has been coordinating the longitudinal DFG project SPeADy. She worked as a research assistant at Bielefeld University from 2015 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018 at MSB Medical School Berlin. In 2018, she received her Ph.D. degree in psychology for her thesis entitled “Sources of individual differences in sociopolitical orientations: Findings from combining behavior genetic with multi-rater approaches”. Since January 2019, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen.

Former Team Members

Fynn Plugge (Universität Bremen)

Jantje Bollmann (Universität Bremen)

Jana Instinske (Universität Bremen)

Sophie Walter (Universität Bremen)

Corinna Eickes (Universität Bremen)

Jana Willemsen (Universität Bremen)

Elif Yalcin (Universität Bremen)

Julia Richter (Universität Bielefeld)

Angelika Penner (Universität Bielefeld)

Hannah Sarnizei (Universität Bielefeld)

Paula Wundersee (MSB Medical School Berlin)

Rebecca Gruzman (MSB Medical School Berlin)

Felix Butt (MSB Medical School Berlin)

Pauline Hirche (Universität Bielefeld)

Julia Schneider (Universität Bielefeld)

Michael Papendick (Universität Bielefeld)

Kai Tippelt (Universität Bielefeld)