The Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology deals thematically particularly with expertise research in Sport (z. B. cognitive strategies of athletes and trainers , perception and motor control) and social psychological aspects of sport (such as self-concept of athletes and spectators, risk perception in school sports, influence of observers on services, distortions of judgment, home advantage), and issues of diagnostics and research methodology in sport psychology.
Members of the Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology are involved inside and outside the university in many capacities. Thus, for example, Bernd Strauss was Dean of the Faculty from 2001-2006 and again since 2008. He was President of the German Association of Sports Science (dvs) from 2003-2009 and from 2001 to 2004 Business Executive Editor of the Journal of Sports Psychology. Since August 2009, Bernd Strauss's is top level commissioner at the University of Münster. In May 2013 Bernd Strauss was elected president of the Association of Sport Psychology (asp). Prof. Bernd Strauss is the author and editor of numerous books and scientific journal articles. He is co-editor f the journal "Psychology of Sport and Exercise" (Elsevier) since 2004, since 2011 editor-in-chief and since 2010 co-editor of "sports science".
Maike Tietjens was Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the Department of Psychology and Sports Science from 2001 to 2005 and from 1999 to 2005 she was a member of the board of the asp. Since 2007 she has been Vice-President of finance of the dvs and since 2009 she is Vice-President of Human Resources Development, equality and women's German Gymnastics Federation (DTB). Since 1.9.2011 Maike Tietjens is equal opportunity commissioner of the University of Münster and has been awarded by the title of "extraordinary professor" for her teaching and research activities in the autumn of 2011. Since 2016 she has been the Vice President of the University for strategic career development.
Barbara Halberschmidt completed the apprenticeship at a vocational college in Cologne parallel to the dissertation, and successfully completed both in 2008. After working at the German Sporthochschule in Cologne and at a vocational college in Düren, she returned to Münster in 2010 and has been working as an senior lecturer since 2013. In 2016, she completed the qualification for university management successfully. She is a member of various committees of the university and is a mentor of the top level athletes at the university.
Dr. Dennis Dreiskaemper, since 2011 with the Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology, finished his dissertation within the research training group „trust and communication in a digitized world” of the German research foundation (DFG) in 2015. After having worked in several, partly self-received funded projects (e.g., by the BMBF, WGI, UK NRW, IOC), since 2017, he is study coordinator for the scientific Bachelor- and Master-Programs at the Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences- Besides, he works in several commissions (e.g., chair of the commission for science and young researchers at the IfSE, as well as member of the faculty council and dissertation council). At the moment, he works at his habilitation about “the development and importance of the physical self-concept in childhood”.
Over the last 12 years, numerous staff positions could be created from the state budget along with the help of third-part funding. Recently, sports psychology were raised several third Funded projects by members of the workspace.