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About us - our projects

On this page we would like to present our general and research projects, which we accomplish with a host of partners of the department. If you are interested in one of the projects do not hesitate to contact us.
The department of sports psychology has a wealth of experience transferring research into praxis. We are working closely with professional associations and clubs (e.g. applied sports psychology and consulting), as well as schools, pre-schools, local communities and instituions of the health care system. If you are interested in a cooperation, consulting, support, or a specific project in your club, team, school or institution feel free to contact us anytime. The responsible persons are:

Your Bernd Strauß (Head of Department)

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© DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Vertrauen und Kommunikation in einer digitalisierten Welt

Graduate College

The interdisciplinary graduate college 1712/2 “Vertrauen und Kommunikation in einer digitalisierten Welt“ is since it’s inception 2012 supported by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The DFG extended the duration of the graduate college in 2016 for a second term. In its research program the graduate college examines how trust can be established and fortified through digital and medial conveyed communication. Digital communication changes the establishing and stabilization of trust. Concurrently, new relationship form between individuals, organizations, and the public. The graduate college investigates this in four prototypical research areas: Media, Economy, Research, and Sports. Currently 20 post-docs are working on the college and investigate a multitude of interdisciplinary research questions. Post-docs from the department of sports psychology include Dennis Dreiskämper, Katharina Pöppel, Lena Busch, and Sydney Querfurth-Böhnlein. Charlotte Raue is close to finishing her Ph. D. proposition.

BISp project volleyball
In 2019 and 2020 a joint project between the Sports Psychology Department, the DSHS Cologne and the German Volleyball Association was funded from the Federal Institute of Sports Science. Based on an initial analysis of stress and fear reactions of volleyball referees, the focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of a theory based stress management program for DVV referees, that takes into account the association’s and referees’ needs. The project management lies with Prof. Steffanie Klatt (Cologne), Prof. Bernd Strauss (Münster) and Dr. André Jungen (DVV). As experts in sports psychology, Dr. Sydney Querfurth and Dr. Sebastian Brückner implemented the intervention program and coaching with the referees. For more information, see the short video linked here in the BISp's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39-m50aQmZg

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Self-concept in childhood and youth
For more than 20 years we have been engaged in research on the development of the (physical) self-concept in and through sports. The focus is primarily on development in childhood and adolescence. Within this framework, three questionnaires have been developed, which have been translated into several languages. These questionnaires enable to track the development of self-concept in the life course in an intercultural context. Responsible for this are Prof. Dr. Maike Tietjens and Dr. Dennis Dreiskämper. Link to the questionnaires


The goal of the German-Polish intervention project, which runs for four years, Sound Children in Sound Communities (SCSC) is to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating and daily physical activity. The project is a cooperation between families, schools, sport clubs, and municipalities. This includes, loss of weight for overweight children, increase of daily physical activity, implementation of “healthy habits”, strengthening of intercultural competencies and interactive- and social behavior, cooperation of schools and sport clubs, as well as establishing a preventive chain in the community (Naul, Dreiskämper, Henning & Aschebrock).

Link to the project page.


The goal of the project DRAGO’s Jungle Adventure is to comprehensively assess the physical, psychological, and social health of third grade students. The project is coordinated by Dr. Dennis Dreiskämper, Lena Henning, and Prof. Maike Tietjens in cooperation with the county sport association of the county Bentheim. Subsequently, predicators for growing up healthy will be identified and used to initiate concrete steps to support children’s health. 35 elementary schools are part of the project. Results will be analyzed anonymously, and the feedback will be done individually. The schools will receive overviews about the results of the full class, as well as individual feedback for each pupil. A final meeting with all stakeholders in the region was held in September 2020.

The goal of the project “Partnerhochschule des Spitzensports” (PdS) is to help elite athletes facilitate the dual career of study and elite sports. Bernd Strauß, as the appointee in charge for elite athletes, and Barbara Halberschmidt, as well as the “Hochschulsport”, help elite athletes at the WWU in any matter concerning conflicts between study and elite sports. In the last years, the team has built a network of internal and external partners of the WWU. Information about the project, athletes, scholarships, and publications can be found by clicking the following link:    PdS - Spitzensport

Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt

The university of applied science Hamm-Lippstadt was founded in 2009. Since the beginning the board of the university saw it as important to establish intermural sports at both locations with scientific supervision. Under the supervision by Bernd Straus, Barbara Halberschmidt first started establishing a health management plan for employees and students at the university. Currently, Dennis Dreiskämper has taken over the responsibility. You can find the homepage of the university and the project following this link:   HSHL- Hochschulsport

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The goal of the Sportpaten project is to support children with adverse developmental chances through sponsors. Through physical activity with the sponsors, the children are to be supported in their motoric, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical capabilities, to give every child the same chance in their development. The special value of the project, which was established in 2012, is the mutual benefit of the schools, the universities, the pupils, and the teachers in training. WWU students at the sport institute, economics, and medicine support the pupils over the length of one school year (or more) and meet up every week. Throughout the year, sponsors are taking part in the WWU-Sportpatenseminar, which is supported by the department of sports psychology. Observations and experiences are collected and reflected through supervision and are set into a pedagogical context. Through this, the sponsors achieve key competences in the areas of self- and social competence as well as the ability to skillfully act in their professional career. The project has achieved recognition beyond the university and the city of Münster, namely through the Cusanuswerk, the British Varkey Foundation, as well as former German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, who has the patronage of the project. Homepage: www.sportpaten.com