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Jana Uher

Jana Uher PhD, DiplPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS, PgCertHE, AFHEA

Jana Uher

Jana Uher
PhD, DiplPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS, PgCertHE, AFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Jana Uher joined the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in September 2017. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Higher Education Academy.

Jana's line of research focuses on individuals, their behaviour, personality and social relationships. She develops and applies transdisciplinary approaches that cut across several fields of psychology, biology, social sciences and philosophy of science.

In her current research, Jana explores the mental processes by which people judge others' personality and generate assessments on questionnaire scales. She critically analyses the role of standardised survey tools in the manifestation of implicit biases in enquiries.

With international colleagues, Jana is also working towards integrated taxonomies of individual differences, their neurobiological underpinnings and expression in psychopathology. They are currently editing a Theme issue in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Science.

Jana leads the course for Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology (term 2) and also teaches Social Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Applied Psychology and Research Methods at various BSc levels.

Jana's research has received several awards and prizes for its originality and intellectual rigor, for addressing fundamental research problems, and for promoting and enabling interdisciplinary collaborative research.

Since 2004, more than 60 reports and interviews about her research have appeared in the public media in various formats including TV.

More information at janauher.com

Posts held previously:

  • Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Department of Social Psychology (2015-2017)
  • Head of Research Group 'Comparative Differential and Personality Psychology' and Principal Investigator, Free University Berlin (2010-2014)
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy (ISTC-CNR) in Rome (2011-2013)
  • Lecturer in Psychology, Free University Berlin, Department of Psychological Assessment, Differential and Personality Psychology, and Psychological Intervention (2011-2012)
  • Principal Investigator, Free University Berlin (2009-2010)
  • Lecturer and Researcher at Humboldt-University of Berlin, Department of Personality Psychology (2006-2008)
  • Project Leader in Management Development in the U.K. headquarters and plants of an international steel-working company (2005)
  • Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVAN), Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, and the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center (WKPRC) in Leipzig (2003-2005)
  • Researcher in Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Department of Engineering Psychology, Humboldt-University of Berlin and Daimler Chrysler AG (2002).
* Senior Lecturer in Psychology
* Course leader (Term 2), Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology (BSc Hons) 
* Course instructor, Introduction to Applied Psychology (BSc Hons)
* Course instructor, Research Methods (BSc Hons)
* Course instructor, Introduction to Psychology (BSc Hons) 
* Course instructor, Introduction to Psychology (BSc Speech and Language Therapy)
* Supervisor of BSc, MSc and PhD research projects 
* Academic tutor
* Research Mentor Lead

External examination of dissertations and theses 

  •  Social Psychology, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Languages of Emotion, Cluster of Excellence, Free University Berlin
  • Neurobiology and Behaviour, Free University Berlin
  • Development and Culture, Psychology Department, University Osnabrück 
  • General Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Research leadership 

  • Selected participant of the ProFiL-Program for the Advancement of Junior Leaders in Science, funded by the Berlin Universities and the European Social Fund (2009-2010)

Editorship 

  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (Guest-Editor)

Scientific reviewing   

Journals   

Acta Psychopathologica; Annals of Behavioural Science; Animal Behaviour; American Institute of Mathematical Sciences: Neuroscience; American Journal of Primatology; Behavioral Ecology; Behavioral Sciences; Biology Letters; Biology Reviews; Culture and Psychology; Current Issues in Personality Psychology; Diagnostica; European Journal of Personality; Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science; International Journal of Primatology; Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour; Journal of Comparative Psychology; Journal of Ethology; Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research; Nature; Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature; Oikos - Synthesising Ecology; Personality and Individual Differences; PLoS ONE; Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences; Royal Society - Open Science; Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Journal; Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung

Funding agencies 

Research Councils UK (RCUK): Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Swiss National Science Froundation (SNF); The Leakey Foundation; Christian-Vogel-Fund

Book editors  

Social Science Books, Emerald Group Publishing

Professional memberships 

  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences (BSPID)
  • Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB)
  • Society for Ambulatory Assessment (SAA)
  • Société Française de Psychologie (SFP)
  • Social Psychology Network (SPN)

"Alongside a focus on behavioural studies in real-life settings, my line of research is centrally concerned with restoring the match between psychical phenomena and the methods used for their investigation as this match was lost in the last half-century in which assessments and questionnaire tools became established as standard methods in many areas of psychology, the social sciences and applied contexts. "

Over the last decade, Jana has been developing a line of transdisciplinary research that cuts across several fields of psychology, biology and social sciences. It focuses on the philosophical, metatheoretical and methodological foundations of research on individuals, their personality, behaviour and social relationships. A central concern is to critically analyse, improve and redevelop research tools for better understanding and help finding solutions for real-world problems. 

In her current research, Jana applies evidence-based approaches to explore how people actually interpret and use standardised questionnaires and how they form their judgements of others' personality. She investigates implicit biases derived from stereotypical beliefs about gender and ethnicity, and the role that standardised survey scales may play in their manifestation in enquiries.

Jana is also working towards integrated taxonomies of individual differences, their neurobiological underpinnings and expression in psychopathology together with international colleagues from Cambridge University (UK) and McMaster University (Canada). In their Theme Issue, they bring together leading scholars from experimental neurophysiology, psychiatry, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, psychogenetics, developmental, differential, personality, clinical and comparative psychology, nonlinear dynamics modelling and evolutionary theory. The Theme issue will appear in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences.

Jana employs a broad portfolio of methods, including behavioural tests and observations, audio-visual and computerised methods for the detailed analysis of individual behaviours, standardised and open-ended surveys as well as in-depth interviews involving first-person videos. 

Her empirical studies involve children and adults of different ages and sociocultural backgrounds as well as various species of primates. 
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Funded research projects

Research funding
* European Commission, Marie Curie Research Fellowship, Principal Investigator (2015- 2017, awarded 2013)
* German Science Foundation (DFG), Research Grant (incl. P.I. and RA positions), Principal Investigator (2010-2013)
* Free University Berlin, Post-doctoral Research Grant, Principal Investigator (2009-2010)
* Humboldt University Berlin, Research Scholarship (2007) 
* European Association of Personality Psychology EAPP, Travel grants (2008, 2010)
* Humboldt University Berlin, Travel grants (2006, 2007)

() . European Journal of Personality. Wiley. pp. 572-573. ISSN 0890-2070 ISSN 0890-2070

() . Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. Wiley. pp. 475-501. ISSN 0021-8308 ISSN 0021-8308

and () . Journal of Research in Personality. Elsevier. pp. 61-79. ISSN 0092-6566 ISSN 0092-6566

() . Physics of Life Reviews. Elsevier. pp. 695-696. ISSN 1571-0645 ISSN 1571-0645

() . Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. Springer US. pp. 600-655. ISSN 1932-4502 ISSN 1932-4502

() . Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. Springer US. pp. 398-458. ISSN 1932-4502 ISSN 1932-4502

() . Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. Springer US. pp. 531-589. ISSN 1932-4502 ISSN 1932-4502

, and () . Journal of Research in Personality. Elsevier. pp. 647-667. ISSN 0092-6566 ISSN 0092-6566

, and () . Journal of Research in Personality. Elsevier. pp. 427-444. ISSN 0092-6566 ISSN 0092-6566

() . Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. Springer Verlag. pp. 1-55. ISSN 1932-4502 ISSN 1932-4502

() . Developmental Psychobiology. Wiley. pp. 521-548. ISSN 0012-1630 ISSN 0012-1630

Browse our research at GALA

() . In: Psychology as the Science of Human Being: The Yokohama Manifesto. Springer International Publishing, New York. pp. 299-324. ISBN 978-3319210933

() . Journal of Research in Personality. In: Comparative Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging. Lit Verlag, Berlin. pp. 223-284. ISSN 00926566 ISBN 978-3643906533 ISSN 00926566

() . In: Constraints of Agency: Explorations of Theory in Everyday Life. Springer, New York. pp. 177-228. ISBN 978-3-319-10129-3

() . In: Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates. Springer, New York. pp. 41-76. ISBN 978-1461401759

Browse our research at GALA