Alumni and alumnae

The ultimate goal of the RTG SMiP is the success of the doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The immediate success criteria for the RTG include publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, contributions to relevant national and international conferences, and excellent quality of SMiP dissertation projects that are ideally completed within a period of 3 years. Additional long-term success criteria are attractive placements of SMiP alumni and alumnae, significant contributions of SMiP graduates to research and academic teaching on statistical modeling in psychology as well as to society and industry outside academia, fostering international collaboration of structured doctoral programs, and new research perspectives emanating from the SMiP program.

The SMiP postdoc as well as former doctoral researchers with positions or independent projects at one of the SMiP centers can select two SMiP PIs as academic and personal mentors. The mentors hold regular meetings with the early-stage researchers, in which they discuss the scientific progress and the next steps of academic development. The mentors also inform the mentees about funding opportunities and relevant job openings, and they offer coaching and feedback on the young researchers’ projects, manuscripts, grant proposals, presentations and teaching experiences.

Former doctoral researchers:

Cohort 2017

Dr. Franziska Bott   joined the SMiP group in October 2017, graduated in September 2020. She now holds a position as Senior Statistician at a pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Raphael Hartmann   joined the SMiP group in October 2017, graduated in January 2021, and now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Freiburg.

Dr. Martin Schnuerch   joined the SMiP group in October 2017, graduated in February 2020, and now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the RTG SMiP, University of Mannheim.

Dr. Mischa von Krause   joined the SMiP group in October 2017, graduated in April 2021, and now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Anne Voormann   joined the SMiP group in October 2017, graduated in January 2021, and now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Freiburg.

Cohort 2018

Dr. Maike Arnold joined the SMiP group in October 2018 and graduated in January 2024.

Dr. Susanne Frick   joined the SMiP group in October 2018, graduated in December 2021, and now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the TU Dortmund.

Dr. Gloria Grommisch   joined the SMiP group in October 2018, graduated in January 2022, and works now at the University of Rostock.

Dr. Kilian Hasselhorn   joined the SMiP group in October 2018 and graduated in July 2023. He now holds a position at a publishing company.

Dr. Luisa Horsten   joined the SMiP group in October 2018 and graduated in May 2023. She now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau.

Dr. David Izydorczyk   joined the SMiP group in October 2018 and graduated in December 2022. He now holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim.

Dr. Stefan Radev   joined the SMiP group in October 2018, graduated in May 2021, and now holds a position as assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Fabiola Reiber  joined the SMiP group in October 2018, graduated in November 2021, and now holds a position as data scientist at a mobility company.

Dr. Nikoletta Symeonidou   submitted her thesis in May 2022, graduated in August 2022, and currently works as reasearcher at the University of Mannheim.

Dr. Monika Wiegelmann   joined the SMiP group in November 2018 and graduated in June 2023.

Cohort 2019

Dr. Theresa Koch  joined the SMiP group in March 2020 and graduated in December 2023.

Dr. Ruben Laukenmann joined the SMiP group in October 2019 and graduated in December 2023. He currently receives a start-up funding from the RTG SMiP for writing his own third-party funding proposal.

Dr. Maren Mayer  joined the SMiP group in October 2019 and graduated in September 2022. She now holds a position at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), located in Tübingen.

Dr. Marie Hunsmann  joined the SMiP group in October 2019 and graduated in December 2022. She is currently on maternity leave.

Dr. Constantin Meyer-Grant  joined the SMiP group in October 2019, graduated in February 2023 and now works as researcher at the University of Freiburg.

Dr. Marcel Schreiner  joined the SMiP group in October 2019 and successfully defended his dissertation in January 2023. He now holds a postdoctoral position in the group “Cognition and Behavior” at the University of Wuerzburg.

Dr. Annika Stump joined the SMiP group in October 2019, graduated in October 2023 and now works as researcher at the University of Heidelberg.

Cohort 2020

Dr. Julius Fenn   joined the SMiP group in October 2020, graduated in March 2024 and now works as researcher at the University of Freiburg.

Dr. Tobias Rebholz   joined the SMiP group in October 2020 and successfully completed his dissertation project in April 2023. He now works as researcher at the University of Tübingen.

Dr. Lukas Schumacher   joined the SMiP group in October 2020, graduated in April 2024 and now works as researcher at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

Former postdoctoral researcher:

Prof. Dr. Daniel Heck   joined the SMiP group in October 2017 as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim. Since October 2019 he is Professor of Psychological Methods at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.