Overview

The research of the junior professorship is dedicated to several research projects and uses various research methods. Get an overview of all our research topics as well as further reading here.

Personalisierted E-Learning

In current research projects, Dr. Moeller and colleagues develop software and didactic concepts for personalized learning with the help of computers, smartphones, and other devices. First information can be found in the description of the research conducted as part of the Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship.

The topic of technology-supported personalised learning has also been addressed in a recent article:

  • Dumont, H., Brod, G., Hofer, S. & Moeller, J. (2019)
    Individualized learning through adaptive teaching – frontiers in research and practice: White paper
    Zürich: Jacobs Foundation
A girl is working on a laptop.
Photo: Colourbox

Situational motivation of teacher students

The study-related motivation of students studying to become future teachers is the topic of an intensive longitudinal study conducted by Dr. Moeller in collaboration with researchers at Jena University (Dr. Julia Dietrich and Professor Bärbel Kracke), as well as the University of Eastern Finland (Professor Jaana Viljaranta). This project has so far produced the following publications:

  • Moeller, J., Viljaranta, J., & Kracke, B., & Dietrich, J., (2020)
    Disentangling objective characteristics of learning situations from subjective perceptions thereof, using an experience sampling method design
    Frontline Learning Research, 8(3)
    Read more
  • Dietrich, J., Moeller, J., Guo, J., Viljaranta, J., & Kracke, B. (2019)
    In-the-Moment Profiles of Expectancies, Task Values, and Costs
    Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1662
    Read more
  • Dietrich, J., Viljaranta, J., Moeller, J., & Kracke, B. (2017)
    Situational expectancies and task values: Associations with students' effort
    Learning and Instruction, 47, 53–64
    Read more
  • Moeller, J., Viljaranta, J., Tolvanen, A., Kracke, B., & Dietrich, J. (2020)
    Introducing a dynamic expectancy-value model to examine moment-to-moment developmental of learning motivation
    Manuscript submitted for publication
  • Read more


For further publications by Dr. Moeller about situation-specific motivation of university students, please see:

  • Ketonen, E., Dietrich, J., Moeller, J., Salmela-Aro, K., & Lonka, K. (2018)
    The role of daily autonomous and controlled educational goals in students’ academic emotion states: An experience sampling method approach
    Learning and Instruction, 53, 10–20
    Read more

Emotions at School

Dr. Moeller has been studying students' emotions at school in various research projects, including current projects with colleagues at Leipzig University. She has co-authored the following publicatons on emotions and motivation at school:

  • Moeller, J., Brackett, M., Ivcevic, Z., & White, A. (2020)
    High school students’ emotions: Discoveries from a large national survey and an experience sampling study
    Learning and Instruction, 66. [PRE-PRINT]
    Read more
  • White, A., Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., & Brackett, M. A. (2018)
    Gender identity and sexual orientation labels used by U.S. high school students: A co-occurrence network analysis
    Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(2), 243–252.
    Read more
  • White, A., Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., Brackett, M. A., & Stern, R. (2018)
    LGBTQ Adolescents’ positive and negative experiences in high school
    Sex Roles, 79(9-10), 594–608.
    Read more
  • Moeller, J., Dietrich, J., Eccles, J. S., & Schneider, B. (2017)
    Passionate experiences in adolescence: Situational variability and long-term stability
    Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27(2), 344–361.
    Read more
  • Salmela-Aro, K., Moeller, J., Schneider, B.; Spicer, J., & Lavonen, J. (2016)
    Integrating the light and dark sides of student engagement with person-oriented and situation-specific approaches
    Learning and Instruction, 43, 61–70.
    Read more
  • Schneider, B., Krajcik, J., Lavonen, J., Salmela-Aro, J., Broda, M., Spicer, J., Bruner, J., Moeller, J., Inkinen, J., Juuti, K. & Viljaranta, J. (2016)
    Investigating optimal learning moments in U.S. and Finnish science classes
    Journal for Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), 400–421.
    Read more
  • Moeller, J., Salmela-Aro, K., Lavonen, J., & Schneider, B. (2015)
    Does anxiety in math and science classrooms impair math and science motivation? Gender differences beyond the mean level
    International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 7(2), 229–254.

Psychological wellbeing in college

In various studies and research collaborations, Dr. Moeller and colleagues examine the wellbeing of university students and ways to improve it. These topics are addressed in the following publications:

  • Seppälä, E., Bradley, C., Moeller, J., Nandamudi, D., & Brackett, M. A. (2020)
    Promoting mental health and well-being among university students: A randomized control trial of three well-being interventions
    Frontiers in Psychiatry
    Read more
Two students are sitting at a table and study.
Photo: Christian Hüller

Engagement and Burnout in work contexts

  • Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., White, A. E., Menges, J. I., & Brackett, M. A. (2018)
    Highly engaged but burned out: Intra-individual profiles in the US workforce
    Career Development International, 23(1), 86–105 [PRE-PRINT]
    Read more

This article received a Literati Award 2019 as „recommended paper“. Please see also the articles about this study by Emma Seppälä and Julia Moeller in the digital Harvard Business Review, as well as reports about the study in the New York Times (06.05.2018) and other media.


Passion for work

  • Moeller, J. (2021, January 7). Specific, situated, intra-individual, dialectical, and open: New avenues to integrate and advance the research on passion for work. Pre-print
  • Moeller, J., Ivcevic, White, A., Taylor, C., Z., Menges, J. I., Caruso, D., & Brackett, M. A. (under review). Passion for work: What is it, who has it, and does it matter? Manuscript submitted for publication. Pre-print

Entrepreneurial Passion

  • Newman, A., Obschonka, M., & Moeller, J., Chandan, G. G. (2019)
    Entrepreneurial Passion: A Review, Synthesis and Agenda for Future Research
    Applied Psychology
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  • Obschonka, M., Moeller, J., & Goethner, M. (2019)
    Entrepreneurial passion in organizations: The role of personality
    Frontiers in Psychology, 9:2697.
    Read more

Emotions and emotional competence („emotional intelligence“) in work contexts

  • Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, M., Menges, J. I., Brackett, M., (2020)
    Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior and employee creativity
    Journal of Creative Behavior
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  • Taylor, C., Ivcevic, Z., Brackett, M., Moeller, M. (2020)
    Gender and Support for Creativity at Work. Creativity and Innovation Management

Development from states to traits (and vice versa)

One of our research interests is the relationship between psychological fluctuating states and more stable dispositional traits. We examine, for instance,

  • whether and how stable dispositions (traits) develop out of the experience of fluctuating states, and
  • how situation-spezific measures of emotions and motivation (e.g., "How do you feel right now?“) relate to the more common retrospective assessments (e.g., "How do you typically feel?“), and what we learn about the validity of both kinds of measures.

By studying these research questions, we build bridges between the Developmental Psychoogy, which studies changes over time, and the Personality Psychology, which addresses rather stable dispositions. Dr. Moeller and colleagues integrate both approaches in models of (personality) development.

Dr. Moeller combines this theoretical framework with intra-individual methods, in ordre to explain how specific individuals develop stable motivational dispositions and feelings in regard to learning, school subjects, or work tasks. 

This research pursues the goal to inform teachers about the potential long-term consequences of their situational choices of teaching strategies.

The following publications address aspects of the aforementioned research questions:

  • Moeller, J., Viljaranta, J., Tolvanen, A., Kracke, B., & Dietrich, J. (2021)
    Introducing a dynamic expectancy-value model to examine moment-to-moment developmental of learning motivation
    PsyArXiVe, https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6brsa. Pre-print.
  • Moeller, J. (2021, January 7). Specific, situated, intra-individual, dialectical, and open: New avenues to integrate and advance the research on passion for work. PsyArXiVe, https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/rqsgc Pre-print
  • Moeller, J., Viljaranta, J., & Kracke, B., & Dietrich, J. (2020)
    Disentangling objective characteristics of learning situations from subjective perceptions thereof, using an experience sampling method design. Frontline Learning Research, 8(3)Read more
  • Moeller, J., Brackett, M., Ivcevic, Z., & White, A. (2020)
    High school students’ emotions: Discoveries from a large national survey and an experience sampling study
    Learning and Instruction, 66.
    Read more [PRE-PRINT]
  • Moeller, J., Dietrich, J., Eccles, J. S., & Schneider, B. (2017)
    Passionate experiences in adolescence: Situational variability and long-term stability
    Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27(2), 344–361.
    Read more
  • Dietrich, J., Viljaranta, J., Moeller, J., & Kracke, B. (2017)
    Situational expectancies and task values: Associations with students' effort
    Learning and Instruction, 47, 53–64.
    Read more

Situation-specific assessments and intensive longitudinal studies:

Dr. Moeller specializes in the use and further advancement of situation-specific assessments (e.g., the Experience Sampling Method) and intra-individual analytical methods. For example, she initiated the ManyMoments Project, which aims to improve the replicability, generalizability, reproducibility, and robustness of the findings in intensive longitudinal studies.

Moreover, Julia Moeller has developed new items and scales for the assessments of momentary motivation with te help of the Experience Sampling Method (e.g., Moeller, Dietrich, Eccles, & Schneider, 2017; Dietrich, Viljaranta, Moeller, & Kracke, 2017). She also proposed novel study designs for intensive longitudinal studies of student motivation (e.g., Moeller et al., 2020). Furthermore, Dr. Moeller has addressed pitfalls in the analysis of intensive longitudinal data (e.g., Moeller, 2015).

Intra-individual, person-orientierted methods

Dr. Moeller is interested in intra-individual, so-called person-oriented methods, and the conditions in which these methods reveal patterns that the typical inter-individual methods overlook. She therefore supports the Journal for Person-Oriented Research as an associated editor.

Julia Moeller has developed a novel form of network analysis, which reveals how often two experiences (e.g., two emotions) occur together, or are endorsed together (Moeller, Ivcevic, Brackett, & White, 2018). This method reveals co-endorsements that are easily overlooked with the more common covariance-based methods.

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JP Dr. Julia Moeller

Junior Professor

Pädagogische Psychologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Entwicklung unter Risikobedingungen (JP)
Haus 3
Marschnerstraße 31
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-31280
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