Willibald Ruch

Willibald Ruch, Prof. Dr.

Head of Section

Phone: +41 44 635 7520

Telfax: +41 44 635 7529

Room number: BIN 5.B.14

w.ruch@psychologie.uzh.ch

Research Interests

  • Personality
  • Assessment:
    • Test construction
  • Positive Psychology:
    • Character Strengths and Virtues
    • Positive Interventions
  • Humor, Cheerfulness, Dispositions towards Laughter and Ridicule

Associate Editorship

Book series

Scientific papers - Associate Editor

Guest editor in Special Issues

  • "Current Issues in Psychological Humor Research," International Journal of Humor Research. (Vol 6:1, 1993)
  • "Measurement of the sense of humor," International Journal of Humor Research. (Vol 9:3/4, 1996)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on "Fearing humor?," Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. (Vol 22:1/2, 2009)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on "Humor und Heiterkeit im Alter" Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie. (2010, co-editor with Prof. Dr. Dr. Rolf Hirsch)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on "Dispositions towards ridicule and being laughed at" Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling (53) (2010, together with R. T. Proyer)

Memberships and Functions in Scientific Organizations

Memberships

  • International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), London, GB (1983 -)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGfPs), Göttingen (1984 -)
  • European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP), Tilburg, The Netherlands (1985 -)
  • Fachgruppe Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGfPs) (1992-)
  • International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), Tempe, AZ, USA (1990-)
  • International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE) (1997-)
  • European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) (2002- )
  • International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) (2007- )

Functions

  • IPPA Fellowship (awarded in 2015)
  • Senior Scientist, VIA Institute on Character, Cincinnati, OH, USA, 2015
  • President of the Swiss Association for Positive Psychology - SWIPPA (2002; 2013-2014)
  • President of the International Society for Humor Studies - ISHS (2002; 2013-2014)
  • Foundation and chair of the  "POD humor" of the Positive Psychology Network (2001-2004)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) (1990-1991; 1992-1994).
  • Member of the International Advisory Board for Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP)
  • Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) (2007- )
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) (2008- )

Link to the research database (with an overview on projects and grants):