Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Professor Dr Reinhard Pekrun

Professorial Fellow

MSc (Psych), PhD (Psych)

Professor Dr Reinhard Pekrun holds the Chair for Personality and Educational Psychology at the University of Munich and an Honorary Professorship at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University. His research areas include achievement emotion and motivation, personality development, and educational assessment. He pioneered research on emotions in education and originated the Control-Value Theory of Achievement Emotions.

He is a highly cited researcher who has authored 21 books and more than 200 articles and chapters, including numerous publications in leading journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Educational Psychology, Child Development, and Emotion. Professor Dr Pekrun is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the International Academy of Education, and the Association for Psychological Science. He is a member of the editorial boards of journals such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, and Contemporary Educational Psychology. He also served as President of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Dean of the Faculty for Psychology and Education at the University of Regensburg, and Vice-President for Research at the University of Munich.

In an advisory capacity, Professor Dr Pekrun is active in policy development and implementation in education. In 2015, he received the John G. Diefenbaker Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, which acknowledges outstanding research accomplishments across fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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