Prof. Dr. Alex Bertrams


Full professor, head of the Division of Educational Psychology

+41 31 684 45 88
A 245
Postal address:
Universität Bern
Abteilung Pädagogische Psychologie
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern


  • Since 02/2015: Full professor of educational psychology (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Offers of professorships: Leipzig University (01/2015, associate professorship), University of Rostock (10/2014, associate professorship), University of Bern (03/2014, full professorship, primo loco), University of Mannheim (04/2010, assistant professorship), and University of Koblenz-Landau (10/2009, assistant professorship)
  • 08/2009: Doctorate in psychology (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • 09/2006: Diploma in psychology (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • 07/2001: Intermediate diploma in social work (Georg-Simon-Ohm Fachhochschule Nürnberg, Germany)
  • Trained as parenting counselor: Triple P Brief Consultation, Triple P Brief Consultation Stepping Stones, Group Triple P Provider Training Course including Baby Triple P, Triple P Lecture Series
  • Reviewer for: German Science Foundation; GESIS Panel; Israel Science Foundation; Swiss National Science Foundation; American Educational Research Journal; Anxiety, Stress & Coping; Appetite; Autism Research; Basic and Applied Social Psychology; Cognition and Emotion; Current Psychology; Diagnostica; Educational Psychology–An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology; Educational Research Journal; European Journal of Engineering Education; European Journal of Psychological Assessment; European Journal of Psychology of Education; Experimental Psychology; Experimental Results; Frontiers in Psychology (specialty sections: Personality and Social Psychology, Psychology for Clinical Settings); Frontiers in Sports and Active Living (specialty section: Movement Science and Sport Psychology); International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice; Journal of Clinical Medicine; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Journal of Individual Differences; Journal of Personality Assessment; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal of Research in Personality; Journal of Social Psychology; Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology; Learning and Individual Differences; Learning and Instruction; Motivation and Emotion; Motivation Science; Neuropsychologia; Performance Enhancement & Health; Personality and Individual Differences; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; PLOS ONE; PsyCh Journal; Psychological Reports; Psychological Science; Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht; Psychology of Sport and Exercise; Social Cognition; Social Psychology; Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology; Sportwissenschaft; The Journal of Experimental Education; Thinking Skills and Creativity; TPM – Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology; Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie; Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung; Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie

Primary research interests

  • Dark personality, authoritarian personality, and indoctrination in education (Dark-Ego-Vehicle Principle)
  • Role of self-control in cognitive and perceptual-motor performance (Schema Model of Self-Control)
  • Self-regulation in individuals with pronounced autistic traits

Selected publications