Oliver J. Kaftan, Ph.D.

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O. Kaftan

 


Oliver J. Kaftan, Ph.D.
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
CH-8050 Zürich / Switzerland
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kaftan@psychologie.uzh.ch
BIN 3.A.02
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Current Research Interests

  • Procrastination
  • Goal focus
  • Self-regulation

Brief Research Statement

Procrastination is a highly prevalent phenomenon and may result in harmful consequences. Accordingly, there has been a great deal of research on how to overcome procrastination. The question “how to beat procrastination?”, however, I argue, always implies the question “why do we do what we do instead?”. This question in turn can only be addressed knowing what we do instead and how we feel about it. My research focuses on the role of goal focus (process vs. outcome focus) when trying to answer these questions.

Education and Honors (excerpt)

   
2017 «Teaching Skills» Certificate for Higher Education, University of Zurich, Zurich
2014-2018 Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School «The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics»
2014-2018 PhD student, Department of Psychology, Chair of Applied Psychology: Life-Management (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. phil. Alexandra M. Freund), University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)
2011-2013 Master of Science in Psychology (major) and Philosophy (minor), University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)
Area of specialization: Clinical and Health Psychology
Thesis: Adhärenzüberprüfung in einer randomisierten kontrollierten Psychotherapiestudie [Monitoring adherence in a randomized controlled clinical trial]
Thesis advisors: Dipl.-Psych. David Altenstein and Prof. Dr. phil. Martin Grosse Holtforth
2011 Semesterpreis der Universität Zürich [University of Zurich award for outstanding term paper]. Awarded for the paper “Konzepte von Gesundheit und Krankheit: Unzulänglichkeiten und normative Implikationen” [Concepts of health and illness: Shortcomings and normative implications], nomination proposed by Dr. med. Josef Guggenheim and PD Dr. phil. Peter Schneider
2007-2011 Bachelor of Science in Psychology (major), Philosophy (minor) and Sociology (minor), University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)
Thesis: Wie wirksam sind Interventionen zur Förderung von Verzeihen? [How effective are interventions designed to promote forgiveness?]
Thesis advisor: PD Dr. phil. Simon Forstmeier
2007 Award for scoring the best A Level results in Switzerland

Professional Positions (excerpt)

2013 Research assistant, Department of Psychology, Chair of Motivation, Volition and Emotion (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. phil. Veronika Brandstätter), University of Zurich, Zurich
2012-2013 Editor und SEO Manager, Pro Juventute, Zurich
2012-2013 Research assistant, National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) “LIVES: Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives”, Subproject “Management of Multiple Roles Across Adulthood” (Project board: Prof. Dr. phil. A. M. Freund, Prof. Dr. phil. B. S. Wiese, Dr. sc. ETH M. Knecht), Department of Psychology, Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. phil. Alexandra M. Freund), University of Zurich, Zurich
2012 Intern (2.5 months), Acute Day Hospital, Psychiatric University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich (Supervisors: PD Dr. med. Karsten Heekeren and lic. phil. Sabrina Sanfilippo)
2011-2012 Research assistant for Dr. phil. Jan-Christoph Heilinger, Centre for Ethics, Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich, Zurich
2011-2013 Research assistant, Department of Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. phil. Alexandra M. Freund), University of Zurich, Zurich
2011-2012 Intern (7 months), Pro Juventute, Zurich (Supervisor: Dr. phil. hum. Matthias Heri)
2011 Research intern (3 months), Department of Psychology, Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. phil. Alexandra M. Freund), University of Zurich, Zurich (Supervisors: Dr. phil. Marie Hennecke and Prof. Dr. phil. Alexandra M. Freund)
2004-2005 Intern (12 months), Special Education School, Affoltern am Albis

Teaching

   
2017 «Prokrastination» [Procrastination] (undergraduate level, 4 ETCS), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Spring 2017
2016 «Experimentalpsychologisches Praktikum» [Methods of experimental psychology] (undergraduate level, co-taught with Dr. sc. ETH Michaela Knecht, 6 ETCS), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Spring 2016
2015 «Ziele: Entstehung, Entwicklung und Verfolgung» [Goals: emergence, development, and pursuit] (undergraduate level, 3 ECTS), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Fall 2015
2015 «Procrastination and time», guest seminar in curriculum «The psychology of time across the life span» (graduate level, co-taught with Dr. Chris Napolitano), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Spring 2015
2014 «Multiple Ziele» [Multiple Goals] (undergraduate level, co-taught with Dr. sc. ETH Michaela Knecht, 3 ECTS), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Fall 2014
2014 «Aktuelle Kontroversen der Sozialpsychologie» [Current Controversies in Social Psychology] (under-graduate level, co-taught with PD. Dr. phil. Martin Tomasik, 3 ECTS), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Fall 2014
2014 «Goal focus and goal orientation», guest seminar in curriculum «Goal Development Across the Lifespan» (graduate level, co-taught with Dr. Chris Napolitano), University of Zurich, Switzerland, Spring 2014

Full CV upon request