Prof. Dr. Alexander Bertrams

Full professor, head of the Educational Psychology Lab, head of the research group Self-Regulation in the network Clinical Neuroscience Bern

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

Primary research interests

  • Role of self-control in cognitive and perceptual-motor performance
  • Performance under difficult conditions
  • Self-regulation in individuals with high autistic traits

Selected publications

Curriculum Vitae

  • 11/2017, 03/2019, 02/2020, and 05/2020 Training 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)
  • Since 02/2015 Full professor (Ordinariat) of educational psychology (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • 01/2015 Offer of an associate professorship (W2-Professur) of psychology in school and teaching (Leipzig University, Germany); declined
  • 10/2014 Offer of an associate professorship (W2-Professur) of educational psychology (University of Rostock, Germany); declined
  • 03/2014 Offer of a full professorship (Ordinariat) of educational psychology, list position primo loco (University of Bern, Switzerland); accepted
  • 05/2013 Positive interim evaluation of the assistant professorship (Juniorprofessur) of eductional psychology with focus on applied volition research (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • 02/2013 List position (secundo loco) for the filling of a full professorship (W3-Professur) of educational psychology (University of Regensburg, Germany)
  • 06/2010-01/2015 Assistant professor (Juniorprofessor) of eductional psychology with focus on applied volition research (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • 04/2010 Offer of an assistant professorship (Juniorprofessur) of eductional psychology with focus on applied volition research (University of Mannheim, Germany); accepted
  • 10/2009 Offer of an assistant professorship (Juniorprofessur) of general psychology with focus on motivation and emotion (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany); declined
  • 08/2009 Doctorate (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • 10/2006-08/2009 Doctoral candidate (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • 09/2006 Diploma in psychology (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • 10/2002-09/2006 Diploma studies in psychology with one semester abroad at Cardiff University (UK), minor subject pedagogy, special subject gerontopsychology (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • 10/2001-09/2002 M.A. studies (Magister Artium) in the major subject philosophy and the minor subjects psychology and pedagogy (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • 07/2001 Intermediate diploma (Vordiplom) in social work (Soziale Arbeit, Georg-Simon-Ohm Fachhochschule Nürnberg, Germany)
  • 10/1998-07/2001 Study of social work (Soziale Arbeit, Georg-Simon-Ohm Fachhochschule Nürnberg, Germany)
  • 10/1997-09/1998 Enrolled at university (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany); however, not actively studying but earning money in various jobs
  • 06/1997 University-entrance diploma (Abitur, Gymnasium Fridericianum Erlangen, Germany)
  • 09/1986-06/1997 Secondary school (Gymnasium Fridericianum Erlangen, Germany); failed and repeated grades 9 and 11
  • 09/1982-07/1986 Elementary school (Carl-Platz-Schule Herzogenaurach, Germany)
  • 09/1979-07/1982 Kindergarten (Kindergarten St. Vinzenz Düsseldorf-Flingern, Germany)
  • 07/1976 Born in Düsseldorf, Germany



  • For foundations/agencies: German Science Foundation; GESIS Panel; Israel Science Foundation; Swiss National Science Foundation
  • For journals: American Educational Research Journal; Anxiety, Stress & Coping; Appetite; Autism Research; Basic and Applied Social Psychology; Cognition and Emotion; 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); International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice; 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 Science; Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht; Psychology of Sport and Exercise; Social Cognition; Social Psychology; Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology; Sportwissenschaft; Thinking Skills and Creativity; TPM – Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology; Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung; Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie