Genetic Psychology


The Department of Genetic Psychology was established in October 2013. We are interested in how genetic and environmental factors work together to shape the course of human development. Particular focus of our research concerns the long-term consequences of exposures to adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse and neglect or growing up in institutions.

Using a range of methods, including the study of genetic variation, gene expression patterns and epigenetics, as well as the characterization of stress physiology, we are trying to understand how psychosocial experiences become biologically embedded and influence developmental trajectories and outcomes across the life-span.




Genetic Psychology
Universitätsstr. 150
IB 5/115 post-office box 20
Phone: +49 234 32 25299
Fax: +49 234 32 14564



Studentische Hilfskraft gesucht!

Das Labor der Arbeitsgruppe Genetic Psychology sucht zeitnah (ab Febr. 2024) eine studt. Hilfskraft im Bachelorstudium Psychologie (w/m/d) für Routinearbeiten im Labor. Voraussetzung sind Genauigkeit und Zuverlässigkeit. Geboten wird ein spannendes Arbeitsumfeld und die Mithilfe bei Labortätigkeiten wie der Cortisolmessung aus Haaren und Speichel, DNA-Extraktion sowie der Genotypisierung humaner DNA.

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Dear Svenja, congratulations on your successful dissertation - We wish you all the best for your future! Your Genetic Psychology Team

Elisabeth Hummel was honored for her teaching and especially for her support of the students.

Congratulations on this well-deserved award!

As of May 2021 Prof. Dr. Robert Kumsta accepted a position as Full Professor of Biopsychology at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences at the Université du Luxembourg.