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Dr. Julia Tetzner

  Tetzner Assoziierte Wissenschaftlerin

Associated Researcher

Educational Trajectories

Educational Governance

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Curriculum Vitae

Doctorate in Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Potsdam
(Subject: Stability and Change in Academic, Social, and Emotional Development from Early Adolescence to Young Adulthood: The Interplay with Negative Life Events and Protective Factors)
Diploma in Psychology, University of Leipzig
Abitur, Friedrichgymnasium Altenburg (higher education entry qualification)

Professional activities

Since 2015
Academic staff member (PostDoc) at DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education in the research group "Individual educational trajectories and Institutional contexts across the lifespan”
2014 – 2015
Academic staff member (PostDoc) at the University of Potsdam in the Research Training Group 1668, "Intrapersonale Entwicklungsrisiken des Kindes- und Jugendalters in längsschnittlicher Sicht" [intrapersonal  developmental risks in childhood and adolescence from a longitudinal perspective], excellence cluster for cognitive science (spokesperson: Professor Birgit Elsner)
Academic staff member (doctoral student) at DIPF in the Department for Educational Structure and Governance
2010 – 2013
Academic staff member (doctoral student) at the University of Potsdam in the Faculty for Quantitative Methods in Educational Science, profile area “Empirical Educational Science” (Professor Kai Maaz)
2009 – 2010
Student assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin, in the Department for Educational Science and Educational Systems (Professor Jürgen Baumert)
2006 – 2009
Student assistant at the University of Leipzig in the Faculty for Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics (Professor Boris Egloff)

Current work and research priorities

  • Trajectories, patterns and influential factors in psychosocial and academic development in adolescence and early adulthood
  • Interplay of risk factors and protective factors
  • Resilience in developmental processes


Selected Publications

  • Tetzner, J., & Becker, M. (2018). Think Positive? Examining the Impact of Optimism on Academic Achievement in Early Adolescents. Journal of Personality, 86, 283-295. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12312
  • Tetzner, J., Becker, M. & Maaz, K. (2017). Development in Multiple Areas of Life in Adolescence: Interrelations between Academic Achievement, Perceived Peer Acceptance, and Self-Esteem. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 704-713. doi: 10.1177/0165025416664432
  • Tetzner, J., Becker, M., & Baumert, J. (2016). Still Doing Fine? The Interplay of Negative Life Events and Self-Esteem During Young Adulthood. European Journal of Personality, 30, 358-373. doi: 10.1002/per.2066
  • Tetzner, J., & Schuth, M. (2016). Anxiety in Late Adulthood: Associations with Gender, Education, and Physical and Cognitive Functioning. Psychology and Aging, 31, 532-544. doi: 10.1037/pag0000108
  • Tetzner, J., & Becker, M. (2015). How Being an Optimist Makes a Difference: The Protective Role of Optimism in Adolescent‘s Adjustment to Parental Separation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 325-333. doi: 10.1177/1948550614559605
last modified Apr 17, 2021