Dr. Sarina Schäfer

FernUniversität in Hagen
Faculty of Psychology

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I’m a lecturer at the department for psychological methods and evaluation at the FernUniversität in Hagen, where I’ve been working in different roles before. Previously, I’ve worked in Social Psychology at Marburg University, where I also received my Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict studies. My Bachelor studies in Psychology were based at the University of Hildesheim.

Description of research

My research interests include the effects of valence intergroup contact and perceived contact quality, as well as the relationship between social psychological factors and (minority) health. I thereby combine basic and applied research. My core focus is on the utilization of new paradigms to address these research questions.

Selection of relevant publications

*Schäfer, S.J., Simsek, M., Jaspers, E., Kros, M., Hewstone, M., Schmid, K., Fell, B.F., Dorrough, A.R., Glöckner, A., & Christ. O. (2022). Dynamic Contact Effects: Individuals’ positive and negative contact history influences intergroup contact effects in a behavioral game. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 123(1), 107–122. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000374

*Prati, F., Schäfer, S.J., Hewstone, M., & Christ, C. (2022). Antecedents of positive and negative intergroup contact: Evidence from a diary study. International Journal of Psychology, 57(4), 524-534. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12841

*Schäfer, S.J., Kauff, M., Prati, F., Kros, M., Lang, T., & Christ, O. (2021). Does negative contact undermine attempts to improve intergroup relations? Deepening the understanding of negative contact and its consequences for intergroup contact research and interventions. Journal of Social Issues, 77, 197–216. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12422

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