The DFG Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology” (SMiP) is a transregional collaboration of twelve renowned behavioral researchers from five German universities: University of Mannheim (Arndt Bröder, Edgar Erdfelder, Beatrice G. Kuhlmann, Thorsten Meiser, Sabine Sonnentag), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Andrea Kiesel, Karl Christoph Klauer), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (Andreas Voss), University of Koblenz-Landau at Landau (Benjamin E. Hilbig, Tanja Lischetzke), and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (Mandy Hütter, Rolf Ulrich).

The coordinating university of the RTG SMiP is the University of Mannheim. Here, the spokesperson, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser, the group's postdoc, Dr. Martin Schnuerch, and the coordinating center are affiliated.

Each year in October, a new cohort of PhD Candidates starts with the group's doctoral program. The first cohort started in October 2017.


The SMiP group is a collaboration of 5 universities, located in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Landau, Mannheim, and Tübingen.


The coordination center of the SMiP group is located in Mannheim.


Twelve senior researchers collaborate in the SMiP group.


The SMiP group has cooperations with the GESS (Mannheim) and IOPS (Belgium & Netherlands).

PhD Candidates

The newest cohort of PhD Candidates started in October 2020.