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Katja Pollak

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Psychologie
Engelbergerstraße 41
D-79085 Freiburg
Abteilung: Allgemeine Psychologie

Raum 3014
Tel. 0761 203 2497



Research Interests

Being a PhD Candidate in the Research Training Group "Statistical Modeling in Psychology", I am eager to answer substantive research questions by means of cognitive modeling. The main focus of my PhD therefore lies on diffusion model analyses, especially on applying this model within the context of sport psychology. 



2021 – present

PhD Candidate in the DFG Research Training Group "Statistical Modeling in Psychology"
   Advisors: Andrea Kiesel, Veronika Lerche, Andreas Voss

2019 – 2021

Master of Science in Psychology at Ulm University
   Thesis: Motivational regulations of physical activity: An examination of age- and COVID-19 pandemic-related differences using measurement invariance testing
   Advisors: Verena Marschin, Cornelia Herbert

2015 – 2019

Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
   Thesis: Predictors of Sport Injury-Related Growth in severely injured athletes
   Advisors: David Loschelder, Lea Boecker









Awards and Scholarships

Deutschlandstipendium (Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2021). Awarded by Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weber, President of Ulm University.

Award for outstanding academic achievement at the Leuphana University Lüneburg (2019). Awarded by Prof. Dr. Spoun, President of Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Scholarship for a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Nottingham, United Kingdom (2019). Awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

Scholarship for a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Vancouver, Canada (2018). Awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Richard, M. E., Gerhardt, E., Pollak, K. M., Duan, T., Knutson, J. M., Dmytro, D., & Cameron, C. A. (2023). Gender Norms and Culture in Asian-Canadian Adolescent Boys’ Anticipating Dating Relationships. Journal of Adolescent Research, 074355842311662.

Olderbak, S., Uusberg, A., MacCann, C., Pollak, K. M., & Gross, J. J. (2022). The Process Model of Emotion Regulation Questionnaire: Assessing Individual Differences in Strategy Stage and Orientation. Assessment, 0(0).

Olderbak, S., Pollak, K. M., Sanchez, J. F., & Hildebrandt, A. (2022). Assessing individual differences in face recognition: No impact of task design features on the structure of this ability. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication.

Pollak, K. M., Boecker, L., Englert, C., & Loschelder, D. D. (2022). How much do severely injured athletes experience Sport Injury-Related Growth? Contrasting psychological, situational, and demographic predictors. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 44, 295-311.

Frenkel, M. O., Pollak, K. M., Schilling, O., Voigt, L., Fritzsching, B., Wrzus, C., Egger-Lampl, S., Merle, U., Weigand, M. A., & Mohr, S. (2022). Stressors faced by healthcare professionals and coping strategies during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. PloS One, 17(1), e0261502.

Pollak, K. M., Olderbak, S. G., Randall, A. K., Lau, K. K., & Duran, N. D. (2022). Comparing self-reported emotions and facial expressions of joy in heterosexual romantic couples. Personality and Individual Differences, 184, 111182.

Pollak, K. M., Shao, S., Knutson, J. M., Gill, H., Lee, Y.‑V., McKay, S. L., & Cameron, C. A. (2022). Adolescent psychological and physiological responses to frustration- and anxiety-provoking stressors. Current Psychology, 41(1), 395–405.

Vohs, K. D., Schmeichel, B. J., Lohmann, S., Gronau, Q., Finley, A. J., … , Pollak, K. M., …, Wagenmakers, E.-J., & Albarracín, D. (2021). A multi-site preregistered paradigmatic test of the ego depletion effect. Psychological Science, 32(10), 1566-1581.


Reviewing Activities

Ad-hoc reviewer: Current Psychology



Wintersemester 2022/23          Seminar "Wissenschaftliche Konzepte und Methoden, Ethik und Berufsrecht" (German)


Thesis Supervision

If you are interested in writing your thesis on one of the above mentioned research areas, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail.

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