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Dr. Valentin Emslander

Assistant Professor


Tel.: +49 (0)641 / 99 - 26256
Room: F 237 (Phil. I, F, 2nd floor)

Since June 2024, Valentin Emslander has been assistant professor in the lab for individual differences and (digital) learning of Prof. Dr. Lisa Bardach, Department of Psychology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen. He completed his bachelor’s (2017) and master’s degrees (2020) in psychology at the University of Trier, Germany, and his PhD in psychology (2024) at the University of Luxembourg. Valentin Emslander is the recipient of multiple awards for his research and teaching. His research focuses on social and cognitive determinants of learning, educational inequalities in diverse student populations, digital trainings, and meta-analytic methods in educational psychology.

Research Areas

  • Social interactions in educational settings
  • Development of cognitive functions
  • Diversity in the classroom (LGBTQ+, gender differences and similarities, language and SES background)
  • Methods: Value-added, longitudinal, multi-level, and meta-analytic modeling; Open Science; mixed methods & multi-perspective data collections

Scientific Vita

Since 06/2024

  • Assistant Professor
    Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany


  • Postdoctoral Researcher
    Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing, University of Luxembourg


  • PhD in Psychology
    University of Luxembourg

05/2020 – 04/2024

  • Doctoral Researcher
    Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing, University of Luxembourg


  • Master of Science in Psychology
    University of Trier, Germany


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
    Universität of Trier, Germany


  • Study Fellowship in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Studium Generale)
    Leibniz Kolleg, University of Tübingen, Germany

Multiple visits as a guest researchers to

  • the Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO), University of Oslo, Norway
  • the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia
  • the Centre for International Student Assessment (ZIB), TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Munich, Germany


Valentin Emslander is teaching courses in educational psychology and measurement as well as research methods. At the Justus-Liebig University Giessen and the University of Luxembourg on diverse topics, such as

  • Educational Psychology
  • Evaluation of Reasoning Ability
  • Meta-analyses

Awards (selection)


  • Erna Hennicot-Schoepges Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching at the University of Luxembourg


  • Student Research Excellence Recognition 2023 of the Motivation and Emotion Special Interest Group 8 of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)


  • Award for Excellence in Research Junior Division of the Mensa Education & Research Foundation


  • First Jury Prize of Luxembourg’s Young Researchers Association (LuxDoc) for the science communication video competition “Three Minute Thesis (3MT)”
  • Emerging Researcher Award of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) Division Educational Psychology
  • Award for an Outstanding Master’s Thesis in personality psychology, DGPs Division Differential Psychology, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics