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Dr Katharina Lefringhausen



Assistant Professor


Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50908

Research Interests

My research expertise is in cross-cultural psychology and quantitative research methods. Specifically, I have carried out research that addresses Host Country Nationals' adaptation to an internationalizing world - that is, I am interested in HCNs' identity, behaviour and value changes towards other cultures experienced in their own home country (e.g., at the workplace, University campus or neighbourhood) – and its effect on their well-being, performance, and intergroup relationships. I have also contributed to published work on ethnic behaviour, intragroup marginalization, mental health literacy, and how personality traits influence social media usage. I also presented my research at TEDx (2013) and at the 2014 Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology. As a member of SIETAR UK I am strongly involved with intercultural communication and competence practitioners across Europe and beyond (e.g., speaking at SIETAR UK events).


I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University for Applied Science and Arts of Hanover (Germany) in 2009. The following year I completed a traineeship at the German County Association in Brussels (Belgium) followed by a trainee position at a Public Relations Agency in Hamburg (Germany), while working as a PR assistant at a Belgian non-governmental organization until July, 2010. In the course of my MSc and PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology (2010-2015) I independently conducted 5 quantitative, cross-cultural studies (USA, China, India, UK, and Germany). Meanwhile I assisted with statistic seminars for psychology students and I functioned as an Academic Skills and Statistics Adviser as part of Brunel's Educational Excellence Centre. In March 2016, I gained an Associate Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy.


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