Tatjana Schnell

Professor

Psychology of Religion and Existential Psychology

Special fields:

  • Meaning in life
  • Psychology of Religion, Spirituality and Secularity
  • Meaning in work
  • Suffering and mortality awareness
  • Alienation and existential indifference
Office: 463

Presentation

I joined MF as professor of psychology of religion and existential psychology in October 2020. After studying in Göttingen (GER), London (UK), Heidelberg (GER) and Cambridge (UK), I obtained my doctorate at the University of Trier (GER) and my habilitation in Psychology at the university of Innsbruck (AT), where I maintain an affiliation as Professor II and serve as deputy head of the research center for peace and conflict. My research focuses on the conceptualisation and measurement of meaning in life, as well as on the nexus of meaning in life and secularity, religion, spirituality, well-being, health, work, and civic engagement. I further work on transdisciplinary approaches to suffering, mortality awareness and alienation, and their practical significance for individuals, organisations and society. I am a member of several editorial boards (Journal of Happiness Studies, Archive for the Psychology of Religion, Personality Science, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Secular Studies, etc.). A current summary of empirical research on meaning can be found in my latest monograph: The Psychology of Meaning in Life (Routledge, 2021).

Selected publications

  • Schnell, T. (2021). The Psychology of Meaning in Life. Routledge. ISBN: 9780367415853
  • Schnell, T. & Krampe, H. (2020). Meaning in Life and Self-Control Buffer Stress in Times of COVID-19: Moderating and Mediating Effects With Regard to Mental Distress.. Frontiers in Psychiatry. ISSN: 1664-0640
  • la Cour, P. & Schnell, T. (2020). Presentation of the Sources of Meaning Card Method: The SoMeCaM.. Journal of humanistic psychology, 60(1), s. 20 - 42. ISSN: 0022-1678

Latest academic publications

  • Böhmer, M., la Cour, P. & Schnell, T. (2021). A randomized controlled trial of the Sources of Meaning Card Method: a new meaning-oriented approach predicts depression, anxiety, pain acceptance, and crisis of meaning in chronic pain patients.. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). ISSN: 1526-2375
  • Krampe, H., Danbolt, L. J., Haver, A., Stålsett, G. & Schnell, T. (2021). Locus of control moderates the association of COVID-19 stress and general mental distress: results of a Norwegian and a German-speaking cross-sectional survey. BMC Psychiatry, 21(1), s. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1471-244X
  • Schnell, T., de Boer, E. & Alma, H. (2021). Worlds apart? atheist, agnostic, and humanist worldviews in three European countries. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. ISSN: 1941-1022
  • Schnell, T. (2021). The Psychology of Meaning in Life. Routledge. ISBN: 9780367415853
  • Schnell, T., Spitzenstätter, D. & Krampe, H. (2021). Compliance With Covid-19 Public Health Guidelines: An Attitude-Behaviour Gap Bridged by Personal Concern and Distance to Conspiracy Ideation.. Psychology and Health. ISSN: 0887-0446
  • Schnell, T. (2020). Psychologie des Lebenssinns. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-662-61119-7
  • Schnell, T. & Krampe, H. (2020). Meaning in Life and Self-Control Buffer Stress in Times of COVID-19: Moderating and Mediating Effects With Regard to Mental Distress.. Frontiers in Psychiatry. ISSN: 1664-0640
  • Schnell, T. (2020). Glücksversprechen? Die Selbstdarstellung diakonischer Sozialunternehmen aus Perspektive der Sinn- und Glücksforschung.. Gibt es Glück in der Diakonie, s. 17 - 34. Mohr Siebeck. ISBN: 978-3-16-159095-5
  • Spitzenstaetter, D. & Schnell, T. (2020). Effects of mortality awareness on attitudes toward dying and death and meaning in life-a randomized controlled trial.. Death Studies. ISSN: 0748-1187
  • Schnell, T., Fuchs, D. & Hefti, R. (2020). Worldview under stress: Preliminary findings on cardiovascular and cortisol stress responses predicted by secularity, religiosity, spirituality, and existential search. Journal of religion and health, 59, s. 2969 - 2989. ISSN: 0022-4197