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Wilhelm Hofmann, Chicago Booth psychologist, wins early career award


Wilhelm Hofmann, an assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has won the Comenius Early Career Psychologist Award for 2013 from the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

The award is given annually to a young psychologist from Europe who has made an original contribution to psychology as a science and profession.  He is a citizen of Germany.

“Dr. Hofmann is a leading young researcher who has successfully integrated concepts from self-regulation, cognitive social, and personality research and is successfully building bridges between laboratory and field research,” the Federation said in a statement.

“He has developed an integrative framework for the study of self-control that integrates reasoned-behavior approaches with the notion of automatic, impulsive influences.  He has successfully applied this framework to predict the influence of self-control on healthy eating and drinking, consumer choice, sexual interest behavior, anger expression, and interracial interaction,” the Federation said.

“Dr. Hofmann has also taken self-control research ‘to the streets’ by measuring people’s desires, conflict experiences, resistance attempts and self-control success in everyday life, using smartphone experience sampling technology.”

He will receive the award July 9 in Stockholm at the European Congress of Psychology.

Hofmann’s research has been published in major psychology journals including  Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, Social and Personality Psychology Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  He is on the editorial board of Social Psychology and Personality Science, and the European Journal of Personality.

He received a 2012 SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology, the 2012 Social Cognition Early Career Award from the International Society Cognition Network, and the 2010 Distinguished Young Scientist Award (Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award) from the German Science Foundation.

Hofmann earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Landau in Germany and joined the Booth faculty in 2010.   He teaches M.B.A. courses in managing in organizations.