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Claudia Harzer

Technical University Darmstadt, University of Greifswald, Germany

Dr Claudia Harzer is Visiting Professor for Positive Psychology at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and Visiting Professor for Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment at the University of Greifswald, Germany. Dr Harzer received her master’s degree in psychology from the University Bielefeld, Germany, and her PhD in psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2012 she worked as visiting professor at several universities in Germany and taught courses on positive psychology, health promotion, psychological assessment, and test development. Her research is mainly focused on the role of character strengths and strengths-related person-job fit for various indicators of optimal functioning at work (e.g., well-being, performance). In 2013, she has been awarded the Dissertation Award by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). She actively contributes to the dissemination of positive psychology by (a) publishing in scientific journals (e.g., Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of Positive Psychology, Human Performance), (b) delivering talks at academic conferences, different universities, and companies, (c) teaching courses on positive psychology and supervising theses of bachelor, master, and doctoral students with topics linked to positive psychology, and (d) disseminating her findings to the broader public via press releases and interviews in public media.