Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick


Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick
(狄若夫 Рольф Ван Дик როლფ ვან დიკი رولف فان دك  רולף ואן דיק )

Professor of Social Psychology, Chair of the Department,

Fellow, International Association of Applied Psychology

Vice Dean, Faculty of Psychology and Sports Sciences)

Editor Frontiers in Organizational Psychology (Section Employee Well-being and Health)

Henriette Herz-Scout, Humboldt Foundation


Goethe Universität · Institut für Psychologie · Abt. Sozialpsychologie
Hauspostfach 74 · 60323 Frankfurt

Campus Westend · Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 · 60323 Frankfurt
Gebäude PEG · Raum 5.G029

Phone: +49 (0)69 798-35285

Office hours:

Thursday, 9-10 am, PEG building, room 5.G029

About me

I enjoy what I do every day – teaching, research, but also managing myself and others. I started as a PhD student at Philipps-University Marburg, worked a few years at Aston University in the UK. In 2006 I started in Frankfurt and in the past years I applied social identity theory to various phenomena that are relevant in and for Organizations such as Leadership, Health, Diversity, Mergers. I greatly enjoy traveling and was visiting professor in Nepal, China, Italy, Japan, the US, Greece and Norway (where I was part time professor at the Work Research Institute Oslo). I consider it a personal strength to be a good networker and communicator and this has helped me establish wonderful research collaborations with literally hundreds of colleagues in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe and on every other continent (except the Arctic).


2018-2021: Vice President at Goethe University

2011-today: Scientific Director, Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations

2006-today: Professor of Social Psychology at Goethe University

2005-2007: Professor of Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior at Aston University, Birmingham

2003-2004: Senior Lecturer at Aston University, Birmingham

1999-2002: Assistant Professor, Philipps-University Marburg

1999:           PhD (Dr.rer.nat) at Philipps-University Marburg (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wagner)

Research interests

  • Inter- and intragroup relations from a social identity perspective
    • Health and Well-being
    • Leadership
    • Diversity
    • Mergers & Acquisitions


I teach courses in Social Psychology and Organizational Psychology


  • Appointment for Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
  • Winner of the YAVIS-Price 2016, awarded by the students for the best teaching.
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick has been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Managerial Psychology in the Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence

Selected Publications:

  • Van Dick, R., Frenzel, S. B., Erkens, V. A., Häusser, J. A., Haslam, S. A., Mojzisch, A., Steffens, N. K., & Junker, N. M. (2023). Reduced loneliness mediates the effects of multiple group identifications on well-being. British Journal of Social Psychology, 00, 1– 22.

  • Dreisoerner, A., Klaic, A., van Dick, R., & Junker, N.M., (2023). Self-Compassion as a means to foster job-related well-being in academia. Journal of Happiness Studies, 24(2), 409-428.

  • Frenzel, S.B., Junker, N.M., Häusser, J.A., Erkens, V.A., & van Dick, R. (2023). Team identification relates to lower burnout – emotional and instrumental support as two different social cure mechanisms. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(2), 673-691.

  • Bracht, E., Monzani, L., Boer, D., Haslam, S.A., Kerschreiter, R., Lemoine, J.E., Steffens, N.K., Akfirat, S.A., Avanzi, L., Barghi, B., Dumont, K., Edelmann, C.M., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Giessner, S., Gleibs, I.H., González, R., González, A.L., Lipponen, J., Markovits, Y., Molero, F., Moriano, J.A., , Neves, P., Orosz, G., Roland-Lévy, C., Schuh, S.C., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Story, J.S.P., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Youssef, F., Zhang, X.-a., & van Dick, R. (2023). Innovation across cultures: connecting leadership, identification, and creative behaviorin organizations. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 72(1), 348-388. 

  • Kaluza, A.J., Junker, N.M., Schuh, S.C., Raesch, P., Von Rooy, N., & Van Dick, R., (2022). A leader in need is a leader indeed? The influence of leaders’ stress mindset on their perception of employee well-being and their intended leadership behavior. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 71(4), 174-1384.

  • Frenzel, S.B., Haslam, S.A., Junker, N.M., Bolatov, A., Erkens, V.A., Häusser, J.A., Kark, R., Meyer, I., Mojzisch, A., Monzani, L., Reicher, S., Samekin, A., Schuh, S.C., Steffens, N.K., Sultanova, L., van Dijk, D., van Zyl, L.E., & van Dick, R. (2022). How national leaders keep ‘us’ safe: A longitudinal four-nation study exploring the role of identity leadership as a predictor of adherence to COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical interventions. BMJ Open; 12:e054980. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054980

  • Junker, N. M., van Dick, R., Häusser, J. A., Ellwart, T., & Zyphur, M. J. (2022). The I and we of team identification: A multilevel study of exhaustion and (in)congruence among individuals and teams in team identification. Group & Organization Management, 47(1), 41-71  

  • Liang, S., Lupina-Wegener, A., Ullrich, J., & Van Dick, R. (2022). ‘Change is our Continuity’: Chinese Managers’ Construction of Post-Merger Identification After an Acquisition in Europe. Journal of Change Management, 22:1, 59-78, DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2021.1951812

  • Frenzel, S., Junker, N.M., Avanzi, L., Bolatov, A., Haslam, S.A., Häusser, J.A., Kark, R., Meyer, I., Mojzisch, A., Monzani, L., Reicher, S., Samekin, A., Schury, V.A., Steffens, N.K., Sultanova, L., Van Dijk, D., Van Zyl, L.E., & Van Dick, R. (2022). A trouble shared is a trouble halved: The role of family identification and identification with humankind in well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Social Psychology, 61(1), 55-82.

  • Van Dick, R., Cordes, B.L. Lemoine, J.E., Steffens, N.K., Haslam, S.A., Akfirat, S.A., Ballada, C.J.A., Bazarov, T., Aruta, J.J.B.R., Avanzi, L., Bodla, A.A., Bunjak, A., Černe, M., Dumont, K., Edelmann, C.M., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., García-Ael, C., Giessner, S., Gleibs, I., Godlewska-Werner, D., Gonzalez, R., Kark, R., Laguia Gonzalez, A., Lam, H., Lipponen, J., Lupina-Wegener, A., Markovits, Y., Maskor, M., Molero Alonso, F.J., Monzani, L., Moriano Leon, J.A., Neves, P., Orosz, G., Pandey, D., Retowski, S., Roland-Lévy, C., Samekin, A., Schuh, S., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Story, J., Stouten, J., Sultanova, L., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., van Dijk, D., Wong, S.I., Youssef, F., Zhang, X-a., & Kerschreiter, R. (2021). Identity leadership, employee burnout, and the mediating role of team identification: Evidence from the Global Identity Leadership Development project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22):12081.
  • Van Dick, R. (2015). Stress lass’ nach! Wie Gruppen unser Stresserleben beeinflussen. [How groups influence the experience of stress]. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Van Dick, R. & Fink, L. (2018). Führungsstile. Persönlichkeiten und Prominenten über die Schulter geschaut. Heidelberg: Springer.

  • Kaluza, A., Boer, D., Buengeler, C., & Van Dick, R. (2020). Leadership Behaviour and Leader Self-Reported Well-being: A Review, Integration and Meta-Analytic Examination. Work and Stress34:1, 34-56, DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2019.1617369

  • Van Dick, R., & Diamond, J. (2020). Resilient aus der kollektiven Krise: Wie Organisationen von Individuen und Nationen lernen können. OrganisationsEntwicklung 1/20, 46-51.  
  • Junker, N. M., van Dick, R. Avanzi, L., Häusser, J. A., & Mojzisch, A. (2019). Exploring the mechanisms underlying the social identity – (ill-)health link: Experimental and longitudinal evidence. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58, 991-1007.
  • Ciampa, V., Steffens, N.K., Schuh, S.C., Fraccaroli, F., & van Dick, R. (2019). Identity and Stress: An application of the expanded model of organizational identification in predicting strain at work. Work & Stress, 33, 351-365.
  • Van Dick, R., Lemoine, J.E., Steffens, N.K., Kerschreiter, R., Akfirat, S.A., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Giessner, S., Gonzáles, R., Kark, R., Lipponen, J., Markovits, Y., Monzani, L., Orosz, G., Pandey, D., Roland-Lévy, C., Schuh, S.C., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Zhang, X-a., & Haslam, S.A. (2018). Identity leadership going global: Validation of the Identity Leadership Inventory across 20 countries. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91, 697-728. DOI: 10.1111/joop.12223
  • Avanzi, L., Fraccaroli, F., Castelli, L., Marcionetti, J., Crescentini, A., Balducci, C., & Van Dick, R. (2018). How to mobilize social support against workload and burnout: The role of organizational Identification. Teaching and Teacher Education, 69, 154-167.