LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

Laura Braun, M.Sc.

Research Interest

In my research I want to address the question whether and to which extent education can have an impact on personality development. Hereby, I am interested in contextual and reference group effects as well as the impact educational choices and transitions can have on personality development. Additionally, I am interested in questions about the assessment of personality, such as item framing. Within LEAD I can benefit from a wide range of disciplines and methods and the international research network. Furthermore I am happy about the structured dissertation framework provided by LEAD, which can help me in the process and progress of my PhD.

Intersection 3: Clinical and Personality Psychology and Education Sciences

Supervisors: Dr. Marion Spengler, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Nagengast, Prof. Dr. Brent W. Roberts


Curriculum Vitae

since 04/2017 Associated member of the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network
since 02/2017 Research scientist at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology, University of Tübingen
2016 Semester abroad at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA (Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP) Concentration)
2014 - 2016 Research assistant at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology, University of Tübingen
2014 - 2017 Master's studies Empirische Bildungsforschung und Pädagogische Psychologie (M.Sc.), University of Tübingen
2014 Semester abroad at Universidad de Deusto Bilbao, Spain
2012 - 2013 Student assistant at School of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim

2011 - 2014

Bachelor's studies Psychology (B.Sc.), University of Mannheim


  • Braun, L., Göllner, R., Rieger, S., Trautwein, U., & Spengler, M. (2020). How state and trait versions of self-esteem and depressive symptoms affect their interplay: A longitudinal experimental investigation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000295

Conference presentations

  • Braun, L., Göllner, R., Rieger, S., & Spengler, M. (July, 2018). The Relation Between Self-Esteem and Depressive Symptoms: A Question of Item-Framing? Talk at the European Conference on Personality (ECP), Zadar.
  • Braun, L., Usslepp, N., Nagengast, B., & Spengler, M. (Februar, 2018). Stehen Persönlichkeitsveränderungen in Zusammenhang mit Bildungsentscheidungen und -aspirationen von Auszubildenden und Studierenden [Are Personality Changes associated with Educational Decisions and Aspirations of Trainees and University Students?]. Poster presentation at the "Tagung der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF)", Basel, Switzerland.
  • Braun, L., Göllner, R., Rieger, S., & Spengler, M. (September, 2017). Der Einfluss des Itemframings auf den prospektiven Zusammenhang von Selbstwert und Depression [The impact of Item-Framing on the Prospective Relation between Self-esteem and Depression]. Talk at the conference "Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik (DPPD)", Munich, Germany.
  • Braun, L., Göllner, R., Roberts, B.W., Lüdtke, O., Nagengast, B., Trautwein, U., & Spengler, M. (August, 2017). Self- and Teacher Ratings of Student Characteristics as Predictors of Educational Success. Talk at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology (ECDP), Utrecht, Netherlands.