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PD Dr. Katrin Arens

  Arens Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Academic Staff

Development of Successful Learning

Education and Human Development

Rostocker Straße 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

+49 (0)69-24708-138



Curriculum Vitae

Since 02/2017
Heisenberg fellowship from the German Research Foundation
Habilitation, Venia Legendi for Psychology at Goethe-University Frankfurt
02/2013 – 05/2013
Guest scientist at the Centre for Positive Psychology and Education (CPPE), University of Western Sydney (DAAD Post-Doc scholarship)
08/2011 – 01/2017
Academic staff member at DIPF, Center for Education and Human Development
Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. nat.), Göttingen University
10/2008 – 07/2011
Postgraduate (doctoral) scholarship at the DFG research training group 1195, "Passungsverhältnisse schulischen Lernens" [school learning fit], Göttingen University
Diploma in psychology, Trier University
10/2003 – 06/2008
Studied psychology, Trier University

Research Interests

  • social and dimensional comparisons 
  • multidimensional self-concept
  • motivation in education
  • self-esteem


Selected publications

  • Arens, A.K., Becker, M., & Möller, J. (2017). Social and dimensional comparisons in math and verbal test anxiety: Within- and cross-domain relations with achievement and the mediating role of academic self-concept. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 51, 240–252. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2017.08.005
  • Arens, A.K., & Preckel, F. (2018). Testing the internal/external frame of reference model with elementary school children: Extension to physical ability and intrinsic value. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 54, 199–211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2018.06.003
  • Arens, A.K., Marsh, H.W., Pekrun, R., Lichtenfeld, S., Murayama, K., & vom Hofe, R. (2017). Math self-concept, grades, and achievement test scores: Long-term reciprocal effects across five waves and three achievement tracks. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109, 621–634. http://doi.org/10.1037/edu0000163
  • Arens, A.K., & Morin, A.J.S. (2017). Improved representation of the Self-Perception Profile for Children through bifactor exploratory structural equation modeling. American Educational Research Journal, 54, 59–87. http://doi.org/10.3102/0002831216666490
  • Arens, A.K., & Watermann, R. (2017). Political efficacy in adolescence: Development, gender differences, and outcome relations. Developmental Psychology, 53, 933–948. http://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000300
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