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Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner - Biography

Curriculum vitae

since 2008

Full Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Potsdam, Germany.

2007-2008

Interim Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Potsdam, Germany.

2002-2007

Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental Psychology and Biopsychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2000-2002

Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research, Unit: Infant Cognition and Action, Munich, Germany

1996-2000

Ph.D. Student, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychological Research, Unit: Cognition and Action, Munich, Germany.

1990-1996

Student of Psychology, University of Göttingen, Germany.

Born and raised near Hameln, Germany.

 Academic Degrees

  • 2007 Habilitation in Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2000 Dr. phil. in Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
  • 1996 Diploma in Psychology, University of Göttingen, Germany

Administrative Positions

since 04/2017

Member of the Potsdam Research Institute for Early Learning and Educational Action (PINA)

since 01/2017

Member of the Committee for Study and Teaching of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs)

since 2016

Member of the Senate of the University of Potsdam

since 2015

Deputy Spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit FOR 2253

since 2014

Member of the Executive Committee of the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences of the University of Potsdam

2011-2016

Spokesperson of the DFG Research Training Group GRK1668 and the PIER study

since 2011

Chairperson of the Study Commission and deputy chairperson of the Examining Board for ‘Educational Sciences for Teaching Degree Programs’, University of Potsdam

since 2008

Head of the BabyLAB of the University of Potsdam (together with Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle)

2010-2016

Member of the Faculty Council of Humanities Sciences, University of Potsdam

2012-2013

Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam

2010-2012

Spokesperson of the Research Cluster ‘Action and Behavior’ and member of the Executive Committee of the ‘Area of Excellence: Cognitive Sciences’, Faculty of Humanities Sciences, University of Potsdam