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EAPA PhD Awards 2019

The EAPA PhD Award Committee has decided to award the 2019 price to ...

On behalf of the EAPA PhD Award Committee it is my great pleasure to announce the winner of the 2019 award. First, I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the award committee (Aristides Ferreira, Johnny Fontaine, and José Piqueras) for their expertise and time in evaluating the applications. We had a particular strong set of applications this year, which made the task even more challenging.

The committee has decided to award the 2019 price to Dr. Kai Horstmann (Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany) for his thesis entitled: “The Interplay of Personality, Situations, Affect, and Behavior.” Among other reasons, the committee has appreciated the important contribution toward a better understanding of situation perception (and its measurement), affect, and behavior in personality assessment. The committee has also noted the candidates’ commitment to open science practices. Congratulations to Dr. Horstmann on behalf of the committee! Below is a summary of the main findings of his work by the candidate himself.

As mentioned, we have had a strong set of submissions and the committee has selected two dissertations deserving honorable mention status. In doing so, we wanted to highlight their contribution to the field and strength of the application. In alphabetical order, the committee awards honorable mentions to

  • Dr. Björn Persson [https://www.utu.fi/en/people/bjorn-persson] (University of Turku, Finland) for his thesis entitled “The Latent Structure of the Dark Triad: A Case for Construct Unification” and
  • Dr. Philipp Schäpers [https://www.philippschaepers.com] (Free University Berlin, Germany) for his thesis entitled “Situational Perception in Situational Judgment Tests: The Role of the Situation Description in Situational Judgment Tests”

Both have also provided a short video describing their work; click here for Persson and here for Schäpers.

Again, congratulations to all!


René Proyer
Head of the PhD Award Committee