Jennifer Ulrich, M.Sc.


Jennifer Ulrich is doing her PhD under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jörg Felfe (Helmut Schmidt University) and Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke (Kühne Logistics University). In her research, she investigates how leaders handle their first adoption of a leading position and how this role adoption should be organized so that negative effects on the leaders’ feelings and behavior can be prevented.

Jennifer Ulrich completed her Bachelor program in Psychology at the University of Trier in 2011 and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hamburg since 2014. In her master thesis, she investigated which specific mental strains leaders of different hierarchical levels are confronted with. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke.

Since 2011 she deals with topics in the field of work and organizational Psychology as a student/graduate assistant at the Kühne Logistics University. As a student assistant she also supported a project of the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf for three months.
Further, in 2015 she investigated leadership performance at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg for three months as a graduate assistant of the Department of Performance Management.

To date, the interface of clinical psychology and work & organizational psychology forms Jennifer Ulrich’s research focus.

In 2010 she graduated a research internship at the RespectResearchGroup as part of her bachelor’s program. Since then she remained closely connected with the group.

In the summer of 2011 and in early 2012 Jennifer Ulrich did an internship at the Schön Klinik Bad Bramstedt, Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy.

With an internship at “REBUS Nord” she gained experience in the field of school psychology in 2012. In Trier, she headed a project of the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. as a volunteer. In this project pupils were given the opportunity to improve their skills in German language with the help of a mentor.

In spring of 2014 she interned in the psycho-diagnostic counseling practice Hamburg-Wandsbek. The practice offered counseling, mediations and attestations for the topics profession, family, partnership, separation and life changes.

In the end of 2014, she completed a one-year basic course in rational-emotive behavior therapy at the German Institute for rational-emotive and cognitive-behavioral therapy e.V.

Articles in professional journals:

Ulrich, J., Van Quaquebeke, N., Moritz, S. (in preparation). The effect of leaders’ hierarchy level on leader anxiety and depression: A control perspective.

German National Academic Foundation – Ph.D. Fellowship (2015)
Research fellowship of the Kühne Logistics University (2015)
Apollinaire-award of the Robert Bosch Foundation (2008)
In my point of view, people will only be able to reflect their own behavior and the behavior of others in a constructive-critical manner if they do not make the mistake of confusing the acceptance of a human being and its dignity with the acceptance of its actions. Even if they criticize or disapprove certain behaviors and actions with good cause, they should not make their respectful attitude dependent on this.
With my job as a psychologist and my activities at the Respect Research Group I hope to carry on this idea and to make a contribution to the ideal that people always act respectfully towards themselves and others.
If someone achieves a good working result without having behaved respectfully neither towards herself/himself (mental health) nor towards others (social behavior), this kind of behavior will – in my point of view – be less lasting than a behavior that is committed to serenity, care and the continuous respect towards the fellow human beings.
glaeserJennifer Ulrich