Jana Uher

Dr Jana Uher PhD, DiplPsych (BSc, MSc, MRes, MRes), CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA

Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Research

Dr Jana Uher is an Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Research working in the School of Human Sciences of the University of Greenwich. She is the Science Dialogue Lead as well as a Founding Member and Co-Leader of the Science Practice Hub (SciPHub). Jana also serves on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL) and as Research Competency and Mentor Lead in the Research Executive Committee of the School of Human Sciences. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jana Uher is an expert in the epistemological and methodological foundations of measurement and quantification across the sciences. Pertinent contemporary research practices are currently at the centre of intense scientific debates about psychology’s crises in replicability, generalisability, validity and confidence. Jana’s transdisciplinary explorations of these problems have opened up fundamentally new perspectives and gained international attention.

Jana serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology, Quality & Quantity. International Journal of Methodology as well as of further journals. With international colleagues, she is currently editing the Research Topic “Critical Debates on Quantitative Psychology and Measurement: Revived and Novel Perspectives on Fundamental Problems” that will appear in the Frontiers of Psychology journal Quantitative Psychology and Measurement. It highlights that questionable research practices (QRPs), currently discussed as the cause for psychology's crises in replicability, validity generalisability and confidence, are just surface symptoms. Experts from many lines of research will discuss fundamental problems still hardly addressed, such as conceptual problems and methodological deficiencies of established psychological methods (e.g., rating scales, psychometrics).  They will critically explore and open up new perspectives on the foundations of quantification and measurement in psychology, including perspectives still hardly considered (e.g., qualitative mathematics, complex dynamic systems, fuzzy systems modelling, machine learning).

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 inter- and transdisciplinary collaborative research. She was shortlisted nominee for the Student Led Teaching Awards in 2021, 2019 and has received a Highly Commended Supervisor of the Year Award from the Students Union (SLTAs) of the University of Greenwich in 2018.

Since 2004, more than 80 reports and interviews about her research have appeared in the public media in various formats including TV.

Personal website: janauher.com

Posts held previously:

  • 2015 - 2017, Department of Social Psychology, Senior Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • 2010 - 2014, Head of Research Group 'Comparative Differential and Personality Psychology and Principal Investigator, Free University Berlin
  • 2011 - 2013, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy (ISTC-CNR) in Rome
  • 2011 - 2012, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychological Assessment, Differential and Personality Psychology, and Psychological Intervention, Free University Berlin
  • 2009 - 2010, Principal Investigator, Free University Berlin
  • 2006 - 2008, Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Personality Psychology at Humboldt-University of Berlin
  • 2005, Project Leader in Management Development in the U.K. headquarters and plants of an international steel-working company (2005)
  • 2003 - 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
  • 2002, Researcher in Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Department of Engineering Psychology at Humboldt-University of Berlin and Daimler Chrysler AG

Responsibilities within the university

  • Science Dialogue Lead, Science Practice Hub (SciPHub)
  • Founding Member and Co-Leader, Science Practice Hub (SciPHub)
  • Steering Committee Member, Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL)
  • Research Competency and Mentor Lead, Research Executive Committee, School of Human Sciences
  • Module Lead, Personality and Individual Differences (for all BSc Psychology programmes, BSc Psychology and Sociology as well as MSc Conversion Psychology)
  • Supervisor of BSc, MSc, MPhil, EdD and PhD research projects


Honours and Prizes
  • 2021 - Inspirational Teaching Award, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs), Nominee, Students Union, University of Greenwich
  • 2019 - Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs), Shortlisted Nominee, Students Union, University of Greenwich
  • 2018 - Highly Commended Supervisor of the Year Award, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs), University of Greenwich
  • 2012 - Excellent Teaching Award (shortlisted nominee), Faculty of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Free University Berlin
  • 2009 - 2010, European Commission, Selected participant of the 12-month ProFiL-Programme for the Advancement of Junior Leaders in Science, funded by the Berlin Universities and the European Social Fund
  • 2008 - First Prize for Outstanding Oral Student Presentations, XXII. Congress of the International Primatological Society (IPS) in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2007 - Award for the Best Diploma Thesis on Personality in the years 2005-2006, German Psychological Society (DGPs) in Vienna, Austria
  • 2007 - Award for the Best Diploma Thesis of the Year 2006, Psychological Institute, Humboldt University of Berlin
Research funding
  • 2018 - 2021, Vice Chancellors Scholarship, University of Greenwich
  • 2015 - 2017, Awarded 2013, European Commission, Marie Curie Research Fellowship, Principal Investigator
  • 2010 - 2013, German Science Foundation (DFG), Research Grant (incl. P.I. and RA positions), Principal Investigator
  • 2010, EAPP, Travel grant award, European Association of Personality Psychology
  • 2009 - 2010, Free University Berlin, Post-doctoral Research Grant, Principal Investigator
  • 2008, EAPP, Travel grant award, European Association of Personality Psychology
  • 2007, Travel grant award, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2007, Humboldt University Berlin, Research Scholarship
  • 2006, Travel grant award, Humboldt University of Berlin


External examination of dissertations and theses
  • Centre for Philosophy of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich
  • 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
  • 2009 - 2010, Selected participant of the ProFiL-Program for the Advancement of Junior Leaders in Science, funded by the Berlin Universities and the European Social Fund
  • Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • Frontiers in Psychology: Educational Psychology
  • Frontiers in Psychology: Positive Psychology
  • Frontiers in Psychology, Quantitative Psychology and Measurement
  • Frontiers in Psychology, Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
  • Journal of Comparative Psychology (APA)
  • Journal of Personality Assessment
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • SAGE Open - Social Sciences
  • Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science
  • Quality & Quantity. International Journal of Methodology
Journals - Ad hoc reviewer

Acta Psychopathologica; Annals of Behavioural Science; Animal Behaviour; American Institute of Mathematical Sciences: Neuroscience; American Journal of Primatology; Behaviour; Behavior Research Methods; Behavioral Ecology; Behavioral Sciences; Biology Letters; Biology & Philosophy; Biological Reviews; Cornell Hospitality Quarterly; Culture and Psychology; Current Issues in Personality Psychology; Diagnostica; Environmental Values; European Journal for Philosophy of Science; European Journal of Personality; Frontiers in Education: Educational Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology: Comparative Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology: Evolutionary Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology; Information Society; Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science; International Journal of Primatology; Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour; Journal of Comparative Psychology; Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; Journal of Ethology; Journal of Intelligence; Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research; Medicina; Nature - Scientific Reports; Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature; New Ideas in Psychology; Oikos - Synthesising Ecology; Personality Science; Personality and Individual Differences; PLoS ONE; Psych; Quality & Quantity. International Journal of Methodology; Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences; Royal Society - Open Science; Science; Social and Political Sciences Journal; Sustainability; Symmetry; Synthese; The Science of Nature; Theoretical Economics Letters; Theory & Psychology; 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); UK Research and Innovation (UKRI): Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme; Swiss National Science Froundation (SNF); The Leakey Foundation; Christian-Vogel-Fund

Book editors
  • Oxford University Press
  • 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)

Research / Scholarly interests

"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 quantitative 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, medicine, social sciences, physics, metrology and philosophy of science. It focuses on the philosophical, metatheoretical and methodological foundations of holistic research on individuals, their personality, behaviour and social relationships. A central concern is to critically analyse, improve and redevelop research frameworks, approaches and investigatory tools for better understanding and help finding solutions for real-world problems.

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

Jana has also been developing comprehensive research frameworks for taxonomic research on individual differences across human cultures and across different species. Together with international colleagues from Cambridge University (UK) and McMaster University (Canada), she edited a Theme issue on integrated taxonomies of individual differences, their neurobiological underpinnings and expression in psychopathology. They have brought together leading scholars from experimental neurophysiology, psychiatry, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, psychogenetics, developmental, differential, personality, clinical and comparative psychology, nonlinear dynamics modelling and evolutionary theory. This theme Issue was published 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 people of different ages and sociocultural backgrounds as well as various species of nonhuman primates, especially the great apes.

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Recent publications


Uher, Jana and , (2024), What are constructs? Ontological nature, epistemological challenges, theoretical foundations and key sources of misunderstandings and confusions. Taylor and Francis Group - Routledge. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis Group - Routledge, Psychological Inquiry: An International Journal for the Advancement of Psychological Theory, 34 (4) . pp. 280-290 ISSN: 1047-840X (Print), 1532-7965 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2023.2274384) NB Item availability restricted.

Hanfstingl, Barbara , Uher, Jana, Edelsbrunner, Peter A., Dettweiler, Ulrich , Gnambs, Timo (2023), Editorial. From "modern" to "postmodern" psychology: is there a way past?. Frontiers Media S.A.. In: , , , . Frontiers Media S.A., Frontiers in Psychology, 14: 1091721 . pp. 1-5 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1091721).

Uher, Jana and , (2023), What’s wrong with rating scales? Psychology’s replication and confidence crisis cannot be solved without transparency in data generation. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 17: e12740 (5) 1751-9004 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12740).

Uher, Jana and , (2022), Rating scales institutionalise a network of logical errors and conceptual problems in research practices: A rigorous analysis showing ways to tackle psychology’s crises. Frontiers Media S.A.. In: , , , . Frontiers Media S.A., Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 1009893 . pp. 1-46 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1009893).

Uher, Jana and , (2021), Functions of units, scales and quantitative data: fundamental differences in numerical traceability between sciences. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 56 . pp. 2519-2548 ISSN: 0033-5177 (Print), 1573-7845 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-021-01215-6).

Uher, Jana and , (2021), Problematic research practices in psychology: Misconceptions about data collection entail serious fallacies in data analysis. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Theory & Psychology, 33 (1) . pp. 411-416 ISSN: 0959-3543 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/09593543211014963).

Uher, Jana and , (2020), Psychometrics is not measurement: Unraveling a fundamental misconception in quantitative psychology and the complex network of its underlying fallacies. American Psychological Association. In: , , , . American Psychological Association, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 41 (1) . pp. 58-84 ISSN: 1068-8471 (Print), 2151-3341 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/teo0000176).

Uher, Jana and , (2020), Quantitative psychology under scrutiny: Measurement requires not result-dependent but traceable data generation. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Personality and Individual Differences, 170: 110205 ISSN: 0191-8869 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110205).

Uher, Jana and , (2020), Psychology’s status as a science: peculiarities and intrinsic challenges. Moving beyond its current deadlock towards conceptual integration. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 55 (1) . pp. 212-224 ISSN: 1932-4502 (Print), 1936-3567 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-020-09545-0).

Uher, Jana and , (2020), Measurement in metrology, psychology and social sciences: data generation traceability and numerical traceability as basic methodological principles applicable across sciences. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 54 . pp. 975-1004 ISSN: 0033-5177 (Print), 1573-7845 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-020-00970-2).

Uher, Jana and , (2020), Human uniqueness explored from the uniquely human perspective: Epistemological and methodological challenges. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 50 (1) . pp. 20-24 ISSN: 0021-8308 (Print), 1468-5914 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jtsb.12232).

Uher, Jana and , (2018), Quantitative data from rating scales: An epistemological and methodological enquiry. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 2599 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02599).

Uher, Jana and , (2018), Data generation methods across the empirical sciences: Differences in the study phenomena's accessibility and the processes of data encoding. Springer Netherlands. In: , , , . Springer Netherlands, Quality & Quantity, 53 (1) . pp. 221-246 ISSN: 0033-5177 (Print), 1573-7845 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-018-0744-3).

Trofimova, I. , Robbins, T. W., Sulis, W. H., Uher, J. (2018), Taxonomies of psychological individual differences: biological perspectives on millennia-long challenges. Royal Society Publishing. In: , , , . Royal Society Publishing, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1744) ISSN: 0962-8436 (Print), 1471-2970 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0152).

Uher, Jana and , (2018), Taxonomic models of individual differences: A guide to transdisciplinary approaches. Royal Society Publishing. In: , , , . Royal Society Publishing, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1744) ISSN: 0962-8436 (Print), 1471-2970 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0171).

Uher, Jana , Trofimova, Irina, Sulis, William, Netter, Petra , Pessoa, Luiz , Posner, Michael I. , Rothbart, Mary K. , Rusalov, Vladimir , Petersen, Isaac T. , Schmidt, Louis A. (2018), Diversity in action: Exchange of perspectives and reflections on taxonomies of individual differences. Royal Society Publishing. In: , , , . Royal Society Publishing, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1744) ISSN: 0962-8436 (Print), 1471-2970 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0172).

Uher, Jana and , (2017), Basic definitions in personality psychology: Challenges for conceptual integrations. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, European Journal of Personality, 31 (5) . pp. 572-573 ISSN: 0890-2070 (Print), 1099-0984 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2128).

Uher, Jana and , (2016), What is behaviour? And (when) is language behaviour? A metatheoretical definition. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 46 (4) . pp. 475-501 ISSN: 0021-8308 (Print), 1468-5914 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jtsb.12104).

Uher, Jana and , Visalberghi, Elisabetta (2016), Observations versus assessments of personality: A five-method multi-species study reveals numerous biases in ratings and methodological limitations of standardised assessments. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Research in Personality, 61 . pp. 61-79 ISSN: 0092-6566 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2016.02.003).

Book section

Uher, Jana and , (2018), The Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals: Foundations for the Science of Personality and Individual Differences. SAGE Publications Ltd. In: , , In: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences. Vol. 1. The Science of Personality and Individual Differences. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, UK (1st) . pp. 84-109 . ISBN: 9781526445179 (doi: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781526451163.n4) NB Item availability restricted.