Stephanie Kurzenhäuser-Carstens

Professor for Health Psychology and Methods, FOM University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg


Stephanie Kurzenhäuser-Carstens is a Professor for Health Psychology and Methods at the FOM University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. She was a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition) from 1999 to 2004. In her dissertation, she examined how the formats of statistical information can foster or limit the understanding of risk information in medical domains. 

Her current research interests include health risk behaviors and health risk perceptions, e.g. with regard to self-endangering work behavior, recovery strategies and time perspectives. 

Research Interests

  • Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Risk Behaviour
  • Risk Communications
  • Statistics

Selected publications

Kurzenhäuser-Carstens, S., Wegwarth, O., Gigerenzer, G. (2014). Overcoming the knowledge–behavior gap: The effect of evidence-based HPV vaccination leaflets on understanding, intention, and actual vaccination decision. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.12.038

Kurzenhäuser, S., Visschers, V. H. M., Wiedemann, P. M., Gutscher, H., Seidl, R., Jardine, C. G., & Timmermans, D. R. M. (2012). Affect-inducing risk communication: Current knowledge and future directions. DOI:

Kurzenhäuser, S., & Hoffrage, U. (2012). Designing risk communication in health. In P. M. Todd, G. Gigerenzer, and the ABC Research Group, Ecological Rationality: Intelligence in the World. DOI: 10.1007/s11002-005-5900-6

Kurzenhäuser, S. & Epp, A. (2009). Wahrnehmung von Gesundheitsrisiken. DOI: 10.1007/s00103-009-0969-3

Kurzenhäuser, S. & Dieckmann, A. (2008). Risk communication: simple tools to foster understanding. In J.W. Smoller, B. Rosen-Sheidley and M.T. Tsuang, (eds.), Psychiatric Genetics: Applications in Clinical Practice.