Research Interests
  • The cognitive process’s  that mediate self and social perception in a re/unemployment context.
  • Traits that foster perceptions of employability, organisational engagement, & Person : Organisation Fit.
  • Paralinguistic, language based, and direct forms of impression management in the job seeking process.
  • Toxic work environments and their impact upon employee self concept, with an emphasis on Skill Amnesia.
  • Therapeutic interventions and strategies to enhance employable self image, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Metacognitive / Mindfulness Therapies and Coaching Methods.
  • Subjective and quasi-objective methods of selection and recruitment, and their propensity for implicit bias and self fulfilling prophesy.

After double-majoring in Psychology and Economics at Emory University in 2008, I attended Georgia Tech for my PhD in Quantitative-Organizational Psychology until 2014. Thereafter, I continue my PostDoctoral Research Associate appointment at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, 2014-current).


My research pertains to substantive methods with applications within the health sciences domain.


Substantive methods complements practical theory and includes novel use of design-measurement-analysis procedures. Substantive methods also advances such procedures, for example, as optimal design theory, item response measurement theory (IRT), and counterfactual analytics.


I apply substantive methods broadly within the health sciences domain. Rooted in my MS Thesis on interprofessional education (IPE), my topical research has developed to link patient safety with population wellbeing. Patient-centricity and quality-of-life (QoL) continue to figure prominently in my research. Most recent, my research interests pertain to IRT-measurement advances in patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

Prof. Sonja Sackmann holds a chair in organizational behavior at the University Bw Munich, Department of Economics, Management and Organization Sciences and is Director of the Institute Developing Viable Organizations.
Her research, teaching and consulting focus on issues of leadership, corporate/ organizational culture, intercultural management, personal-, team- and organizational competence and development in national and multinational contexts. She has published several books, numerous articles in reviewed and professional journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Human Relations, Personnel Journal, International Journal for Cross-Cultural Research Management, Harvard Business Manager. She has also contributed to several handbooks and numerous edited volumes.

Prof. Sackmann received her Ph.D. in Management from the Graduate School of Management at UCLA, USA, and her M.S. and B.S. in Psychology from the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany. 
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