Prof. Dr. Judith Volmer


Consultation hours: by appointment

Markusplatz 3, Room M3/01.18
96047 Bamberg, Germany

Phone: +49 951 863 1894

Judith Volmer has been Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Bamberg since April 2013. After completing her doctorate at the TU Braunschweig (Dr. rer. nat.), she worked as a post-doctoral student at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Habilitation in 2011). Stays abroad were at the German-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, New York University (NYU), Portland State University (PSU), and the University of Bologna, Italy.


Her research focuses on leadership in complex and digital environments, digital health prevention in organizations, and sustainable career development and management. Her work is published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals (e.g., Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management Review, Human Performance, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology). She is also active on scientific advisory boards, a peer reviewer for journals and funding organizations, and a mentor.

since 2013
Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology (tenured), University of Bamberg

Visiting Scholar at Portland State University, USA and at University of Bologna, Italy

Habilitation (Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen)

Deputy Professor, University of Bamberg

Postdoctoral researcher, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen

Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.; Psychology), (TU Braunschweig)

Visiting Scholar, New York University (NYU), USA

PhD student, TU Braunschweig and University of Konstanz

Diploma (Dipl.-Psych.; Psychology), University of Bielefeld, Minor: Law Studies

Project Manager Career Services, German-American Chamber of Commerce, NYC, USA

Certificate for Interdisciplinary Studies "Students and Economy", University of Bielefeld (Law Studies, Sociology, Business Administration)


(Guest) Editorships:

  1. Series Editor: Andresen, M., & Volmer, J. (Eds.), Personalmanagement und Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie [Human Resource Management and Work and Organisation Psychology]. UBP.
  2. Guest Editorship: Chiesa, R., Mariani, M.G., & Volmer, J. (2021). Special Issue: Employability and career success in times of COVID-19. Sustainability.


International Journals:

London, M., Volmer, J., Zyberaj, J., & Kluger, A. N. (2023). Gaining feedback acceptance: Leader-member attachment style and psychological safety. Human Resource Management Review.

Volmer, J., Spurk, D., Orth, M., & Göritz (2022, online first). Reciprocal Effects of Career Adaptability and Occupational Self-Efficacy:  A Three-Wave Longitudinal Study with Varying Time Lags. Journal of Career Assessment

Volmer, J., Schulte, E.-M., & Fritz, C. (2022). Facilitating employee recovery from work: The role of leader-member-exchange. Occupational Health Science. 

Volmer, J., Koch, I.K., & Wolff, C. (2019). Illuminating the ‚dark core‘: Mapping global versus specific sources of variance across multiple measures of the dark triad. Personality and Individual Differences, 145, 97-102.

Hagemeister, A., & Volmer, J. (2018). Do social conflicts at work affect employees' job satisfaction? The moderating role of emotion regulation. International Journal of Conflict Management, 29, 213-235. Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award 2019

Volmer, J., Richter, S., & Syrek, C. (2018). Creative at each age: Age-related differences in drivers of workplace creativity from an experience sampling study. Journal of Creative Behavior.

Orth, M., & Volmer, J. (2017). Daily within-person effects of job autonomy and work engagement on innovative behavior: The cross-level moderating role of creative self-efficacy. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26, 601-612. 

Volmer, J. (2015). Followers’ daily reactions to social stressors with supervisors: The moderating role of core self-evaluations and procedural justice perceptions. The Leadership Quarterly, 26, 719-731.

Volmer, J., Binnewies, C., Sonnentag, S., & Niessen, C. (2012). Do social conflicts with customers at work encroach upon employees’ private lives? A diary study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17, 304-315.

Volmer, J., Spurk, D., & Niessen, C. (2012). Leader-member exchange (LMX), job autonomy, and creative work involvement. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 456-465.

Volmer, J. & Sonnentag, S. (2011). The role of star performers in software design teams. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 26, 219-234. Winner of the Emerald Outstanding Paper Award 2012

Sonnentag, S. & Volmer, J. (2010). What you do for your team comes back to you: A cross-level investigation of individual goal specification, team-goal clarity, and individual performance. Human Performance, 23, 116-130.


Test Development:

Gatzka, T. & Volmer, J. (2017). SJT-TA - Situational Judgement Test for Team Work.


Book Contributions:

Volmer, J. & Spurk, D. (2022). Organisationspsychologie. In A. Schütz, M. Brand, S. Steins-Löber & S. Lautenbacher (Hrsg.). Psychologie: Eine Einführung (S. 333-345). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. 

Volmer, J. & Hebel, V. (2022). Gesunde Arbeitsgestaltung per App: Moderne, digitale Tools für Unternehmen. uni.vers: Universitätsmagazin Bamberg (S. 32-36).

Volmer, J. & Köppe, C. (2019). Determinants of career success. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Hrsg.), Manual career and career management (S. 361-390). Berlin: Springer.

Volmer, J. (2013). Leadership and creativity in organizations. In D.E. Krause (Hrsg.). Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (S. 59-75). Berlin: Springer. 

Hagmaier, T., Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2013). Calling and burnout: Integrating career research with occupational health psychology. In B. R. Doolittle (Ed.), Psychology of Burnout: New Research (pp. 19-32). New York: Nova Science. 

Spurk, D., Volmer. J., Hagmaier, T., & Kauffeld, S. (2013). Why are proactive people more successful in their careers? The role of career adaptability in explaining multiple career success criteria. In E. E. Crossman & M. A. Weiler (Hrsg.), Personality Traits: Causes, Conceptions, and Consequences (pp. 27-48). New York: Nova Publishers. 

Abele, A.E., Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2012). Career stagnation: Underlying dilemmas and solutions in contemporary work environments. In N.P. Reilly, M.J. Sirgy & C.A. Gorman (Eds.), Work and quality of life. Ethical practices in organizations (pp. 107-132). New York, NY US: Springer Science + Business Media.

Abele, A.E. & Volmer, J. (2011). Dual-career couples: Specific challenges for work-life integration. In: S. Kaiser, M. Ringlstetter, M. Pina e Cunha, & D.R. Eikhof (Eds.), Creating balance? International Perspectives on the work-life integration of professionals (pp. 173-189). Springer: Berlin/Heidelberg. 

Sonnentag, S., Volmer, J., & Spychala, A. (2008). Job performance. In C.L. Cooper, & J. Barling (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Behavior (pp. 428-449). Thousand Oaks: Sage. 

Sonnentag, S., Niessen, C., & Volmer, J. (2006). Expertise in software design. In K.A. Ericsson, N. Charness, P. Feltovich, & R.R. Hoffman (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of expertise and expert performance (pp. 373-387). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 


All Publications: 

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Elite Network of Bavaria (since 2023)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board FoGA (BAuA/BMAS) (since 2022)
  • Mentor in the Max Weber Program Bavaria (since 2014)
  • Owner of the consulting company theworklab (since 2020)
  • Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Human Sciences (since 2019)
  • Chairperson of the Teaching Quality Circle, Institute of Psychology (since 2018)
  • Fellow in the interdisciplinary association LASER (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen) (since 2013, previously Associate since 2009),