Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marcel Kern

External research associate

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6, PEG, Room 5.G026
Consultation hours: by arrangement
email: kern@psych.uni-frankfurt.de



– Short Biography –

B.Sc. Psychology in Constance from 2008 till 2012 and M.Sc. Psychology in Frankfurt from 2012 till 2014 with major subjects Work and Organizational Psychology and Educational Psychology. Tutor in the Department of Research Methods and Evaluation from 2013 till 2014. Doctoral dissertation (PhD) from 2014-2019, topic: challenge and hindrance stressors at work. Research Associate in the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology from 2014 until 2022. Several years of experience in HR consultancy. Freelancer in the field of personnel selection and personnel development with focus on diagnostics and recruiting, change management and risk analysis of psychological hazards. Since April, 2022 assistant professor of applied psychology in work and health at Ruhr University Bochum.

– Research Interests –

  • Positive and negative effects of job stressors
  • Occupational stress and health
  • Shaping organizational change
  • New concepts of job redesign
  • Emotional labor
  • Psychological hazard/risk analysis
  • Complex and multilevel structural equation modeling

– Publications –


  • Kern, M., Trumpold, K., & Zapf, D. (2021). Emotion work as a source of employee well- and ill-being: The moderating role of service interaction type. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2021.1873771
  • Kern, M., & Zapf, D. (2021). Ready for change? A longitudinal examination of challenge stressors in the context of organizational change. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 26(3), 204-223. https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000214
  • Trumpold, K., Kern, M., & Zapf, D. (conditionally accept). Emotion regulation and service-related attitudes: Connecting customer orientation and service organization identification with customer interactions. Journal of Service Management Research.
  • Zapf, D., Kern, M., Tschan, F., Holman, D., & Semmer, N. K. (2021). Emotion work: A work psychology perspective. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 8, 139–172. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-012420-062451


  • Kaluza, A. J., Schuh, S. C., Kern, M., Xin, K., & van Dick, R. (2020). How do leaders' perceptions of organizational health climate shape employee exhaustion and engagement? Toward a cascading-effects model. Human Resource Management, 59(4), 359–377. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22000
  • Kern, M., Heissler, C., & Zapf, D. (2020). Social job stressors can foster employee well-being: Introducing the concept of social challenge stressors. Journal of Business and Psychology. Avance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-020-09702-7
  • Kern, M., & Ohly, S. (2020). Brauchen wir Zeitdruck vielleicht manchmal für echtes Engagement? Personal Quarterly, 72(3), 14–19.


  • Irmer, J. P., Kern, M., Schermelleh-Engel, K., Semmer, N. K., & Zapf, D. (2019). The Instrument for Stress Oriented Task Analysis ISTA: A meta-analysis. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 63(4), 217–237. https://doi.org/10.1026/0932-4089/a000312
  • Zapf, D., Kern, M., Trumpold, K. & von Gilsa, L. (2019). Psychischer Stress am Arbeitsplatz und Gesundheit. In T. Porsch & B. Werdes (Hrsg.). Verwaltungspsychologie: Ein Lehrbuch für Studiengänge der öffentlichen Verwaltung (S. 239–266). Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Kern, M., Buia, A., Tonus, C., Weigel, T. F., Dittmar, R., Hanisch, E., & Zapf, D. (2019). Psychische Belastungen, Ressourcen und Wohlbefinden von Chirurginnen und Chirurgen in Deutschland - Eine Querschnittsstudie. Der Chirurg, 90(7), 576–584. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00104-018-0780-5


  • Kaluza, A. J., Schuh, S. C., Kern, M., Xin, K., & van Dick, R. (2018). The importance of organizational health climate for employee health: A multilevel cascading model. Academy of Management Proceedings, 1, 11709. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.157


  • Johnson, S. J., Machowski, S., Holdsworth, L., Kern, M., & Zapf, D. (2017). Age, emotion regulation strategies, burnout, and engagement in the service sector: Advantages of older workers. Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 33(3), 205–216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rpto.2017.09.001


  • Trumpold, K., Kern, M., & Zapf, D. (2016). Die Lächelprofis: Service-Mitarbeiter als Gefühlsmanager. Wirtschaftspsychologie, 3, 40–44.
  • Lang, J., Kern, M., & Zapf, D. (2016). Retaining high achievers in times of demographic change. The effects of proactivity, career satisfaction and job embeddedness on voluntary turnover. Psychology, 7, 1545–1561. https://doi.org/10.4236/psych.2016.713150

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