Dr. Laura Froehlich

Dr. Laura Froehlich Foto: Hardy Welsch

Dr. Laura Froehlich

Junior Research Group Leader "Stereotype Threat", Member of the Executive Board

E-Mail: laura.froehlich

Telefon: +49 2331 987-2984

FernUniversität in Hagen
Universitätsstr. 27 - PRG / Buliding 5 / Room 0A104
58097 Hagen

Research Gate

Laura Froehlich leads the junior research group "Increasing non-traditionals students' performance and social belonging in distance education: a stereotype threat perspective" at the Research Cluster D²L² „Digitalization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning – Consequences for Higher Education“ since April 2021.



  • The Project "Stereotype Threat" investigates the influence of ability-related stereotypes on the academic success and social belonging of non-traditional students in digital distance education.
    Here you can get more information about the "Stereotype Threat" Project
  • The Project “Do I belong?” investigates the consequences of perceived stereotype threat for the social belonging and social relationships of adolescents with migration background in the German school context.
    Here you can get more information about the "Do I belong?" Project.

Team Members

Academic Positions

  • Since 04/2021: Junior Research Group Leader, Research Cluster Digitalization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning (D²L²), FernUniversität in Hagen
  • 04/2015 - 03/2021: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Social Psychology, FernUniversität in Hagen
  • 10/2013 – 01/2014: Research Visit, Kokoro Research Center, University of Kyoto, Japan
  • 01/2012 – 02/2015: Research associate/ PhD student in Research Project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): “Stereotype Threat as a Cause for Underperformance of Immigrant Students in the German Educational System”, University of Konstanz

University Education

  • 2015: PhD in Psychology, University of Konstanz
  • 2011: Diplom in Psychology (equivalent to MSc), University of Hamburg
  • 2006: Vordiplom in Psychology (intermediate examination), University of Bielefeld

Research Interests

  • stereotypes about ethnicity and gender
  • cross-cultural perspectives on social psychology
  • social identity and integration of immigrants in education

Membership in professional Associations

  • European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs): Social Psychology Section
  • German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences (GJSSS)

Selected Publications

    • Froehlich, L., Hattesohl, D. B. R., Cotler, J., Jason, L. A., Scheibenbogen, C., & Behrends, U. (2021). Causal attributions and perceived stigma for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Journal of Health Psychology, 135910532110276. https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053211027631

    • Froehlich, L., Hattesohl, D. B. R., Jason, L. A., Scheibenbogen, C., Behrends, U., & Thoma, M. (2021). Medical care situation of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Germany. Medicina, 57(7), 646. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57070646
    • Olsson, M. I. T., Froehlich, L., Dorrough, A. R., Glöckner, A., & Martiny, S. E. (2021). The hers and his of prosociality across 10 countries. British Journal of Social Psychology. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12454
    • Bosson, J. K., Vandello, J. A., Jurek, P., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., […], Froehlich, L., […], Zukauskiene, R. (2021). Psychometric properties and correlates of precarious manhood beliefs in 62 nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 52(3), 231-258. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022121997997
    • Granderath, J. S., Martin, A., & Froehlich, L. (2021). The effect of participation in adult education on life satisfaction of immigrants and natives – a longitudinal analysis. Journal of Happiness Studies. Advance Online Publication.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-020-00340-7
    • Mok, S. Y., Bakaç, C., & Froehlich, L. (2021). My family’s goals are also my goals – The relationship between collectivism, utility value, and learning and future career goals of international university students. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 21, 355-378.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-020-09447-y
    • Froehlich, L., Dorrough, A. R., Glöckner, A., & Stürmer, S. (2021). Cultural similarity predicts cross-national social preferences. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1-13. Advance Online Publication https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550620982704
    • Dorrough, A. R., Olsson, M. I. T., Froehlich, L., Glöckner, A., & Martiny, S. E. (2021). Does she compensate the victim while he punishes the perpetrator? No gender differences in anonymous economic games across 11 nations. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 34(2), 261-274. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2208
    • Granderath, J. S., Martin, A., Froehlich, L., & Stürmer, S. (2021). Identification through education: Exploring the effects of adult education on national and ethnic identification of people with migration background in Germany. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 31(2), 198-212. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2482
    • Froehlich, L., Olsson, M. I. T., Dorrough, A. R., & Martiny, S. E. (2020). Gender at work across nations: Men and women working in male‐dominated and female‐dominated occupations are differentially associated with agency and communion. Journal of Social Issues, 76(3), 484-511. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12390
    • Kosakowska‐Berezecka, N., Besta, T., Bosson, J. K., Jurek, P., Vandello, J. A., Best, D. L.,[…], Froehlich, L., […], Žukauskienė, R. (2020). Country‐level and individual‐level predictors of men's support for gender equality in 42 countries. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 1276-1291. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2696
    • Martiny, S. E., Froehlich, L., Soltanpanah, J., & Haugen, M. S. (2020). Young immigrants in Norway: The role of national and ethnic identity in immigrants’ integration. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 62(2), 312-324. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12594
    • Froehlich, L., Martiny, S. E., & Deaux, K. (2020). A longitudinal investigation of the ethnic and national identities of children with migration background in Germany. Social Psychology, 51(2), 91–105. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000403
    • Froehlich, L., & Schulte, I. (2019). Warmth and competence stereotypes about immigrant groups in Germany. PloS One, 14(9), e0223103. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0223103
    • Stürmer, S., Rohmann, A., Froehlich, L., & van der Noll, J. (2019). Muslim immigration, critical events and the seeds of majority members’ support for radical responses: An interactionist perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45(1), 133-145.https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167218780989
    • Froehlich, L., Mok, S. Y., Martiny, S. E., & Deaux, K. (2018). Stereotype threat effects for Turkish-origin immigrants in Germany: Taking stock of cumulative research evidence. European Educational Research Journal, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474904118807539
    • Arpin, S.N.*, Froehlich, L.*, Lantian, A.*, Rudert, S.*, & Stelter, M.* (2017). When “we” or “they” exclude others: Attributing and evaluating ostracism observed in ingroups and outgroups. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 29, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/23743603.2017.1358477. * All authors have contributed equally and are listed in alphabetical order.
    • Mok, S. Y., Martiny, S. E., Gleibs, I. H., Deaux, K., Froehlich, L. (2017). The interaction of vertical collectivism and stereotype activation on the performance of Turkish-origin high school students. Learning and Individual Differences, 56, 76-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2017.05.002
    • Martiny, S. E., Froehlich, L., Deaux, K., & Mok, S. Y. (2017). Defining ethnic, national and dual identities: Structure, antecedents, and consequences of multiple social identities of Turkish-origin high-school students in Germany. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 27(5), 400-410. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2318
    • Froehlich, L., Martiny, S. E., Deaux, K., Goetz, T., & Mok, S. Y. (2016). Being smart or getting smarter: Implicit theories of intelligence moderate stereotype threat and stereotype lift effects. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55, 564-587. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12144
    • Mok, S. Y., Martiny, S. E., Gleibs, I. H., Keller, M. M., & Froehlich, L. (2016). The relationship between ethnic classroom composition on Turkish-origin and German students’ reading performance and sense of belonging. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01071
    • Froehlich, L., Martiny, S. E., Deaux, K., & Mok, S. Y. (2016). “It’s their responsibility, not ours” –Competence stereotypes and causal attributions for immigrants’ academic underperformance. Social Psychology, 47, 74-86. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000260
    • Martiny, S. E., Gleibs, I. H., Parks-Stamm, E. J., Martiny-Huenger, T., Froehlich, L., Harter, A.-L., & Roth, J. (2015). Dealing with negative stereotypes in sports: The role of cognitive anxiety when multiple identities are activated in sensoriomotor tasks. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 37, 379-392. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2014-0284
    • Martiny, S. E., Mok, S. Y., Deaux, K., & Froehlich, L. (2014). Effects of activating negative stereotypes about Turkish-origin students on performance and identity management in German high schools. International Review of Social Psychology, 3, 205-225. ISSN 0992-986X.
    • Martiny, S. E., & Froehlich, L. (2020). Ein theoretischer und empirischer Überblick über die Entwicklung von Stereotypen und ihre Konsequenzen im Schulkontext. In S. Glock & H. Kleen (Eds.), Stereotype in der Schule (pp. 1–32). Wiesbaden: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-27275-3_1
    • Martiny, S. E., & Froehlich, L. (2018). Integration durch Bildung? Eine sozialpsychologische Analyse vorhandener Hindernisse für Geflüchtete und Jugendliche mit Migrationshintergrund im deutschen Bildungssystem [Integration via education? A social-psychological analysis of obstacles for refugees and immigrants in the German educational system].In A. Rohmann & S. Stürmer (Eds.). Beiträge zur angewandten Psychologie: Die Flüchtlingsdebatte in Deutschland – Sozialpsychologische Perspektiven [Contributions to applied psychology: The refugee debate in Germany – Social-psychological perspectives] (pp. 107-126). Berlin: Peter Lang.
    • Zinke, N., Stürmer, S., & Froehlich, L. (2016). Validierung einer deutschsprachigen Skala zur multidimensionalen Erfassung von interkulturellen Kompetenzen in der universitären Ausbildung.[Validation of a German-language scale of multicultural competencies in university education]. In M. Krämer, S. Preiser, & K. Brusdeylins (Eds). Tagungsband Psychologiedidaktik und Evaluation XI, 349-358, Herzogenrath: Shaker. ISBN: 978-3-8440-4856-8.
    • Slavchova, V., Froehlich, L., Stürmer, S. (2018). Die Liebe zu anderen Kulturen. Eine deutschsprachige Skala zur Erfassung von Allophilie (ALLO-15). Zusammenstellung sozialwissenschaftlicher Items und Skalen. doi:10.6102/zis254
    • Froehlich, L. (2016). Trust and risk in changing societies. 13th Meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences (GJSSS). ASIEN – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia, 138, 155-157. ISSN 0721-5231.
    • Froehlich, L., Martiny, S.E., Uchida, Y., Deaux, K., Mok, S.Y., & Trommsdorff, G. (2015). Negative competence-related stereotypes as a risk for academic underperformance and underrepresentation of negatively stereotyped group members. In M. Kobayashi, G. Trommsdroff, & C. Hommerich (Eds.).Proceedings of the 13th Meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences (pp. 250-252). Tokyo, Japan: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ, German Institute for Japanese Studies).
    • Mok, S. Y., Froehlich, L., & Scholz, C. (2015). Leistungsminderung durch negative Stereotype im Schulkontext [Performance reduction through negative stereotypes in education]. Lehren & Lernen, 41, 28-31. ISSN 0341-8294 Villingen-Schwenningen: Neckar-Verlag GmbH.