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Department of Psychology Applied Social and Health Psychology

Timon Elmer

Timon Elmer, PhD

  • Senior Postdoc and SNSF Ambizione Fellow
+41 44 635 72 65
Binzmühlestrasse 14 / Box 14, CH-8050 Zürich
Room number
BIN 3.B.29


Research interests

  • Interplay between online and offline social interactions
  • Measurement and modeling of (digital) social interactions
  • Social antecedents and determinants of well-being and mental health
  • Daily Life Interventions

Professional experience

Since 08/2023 Senior Postdoc, SNSF Ambizione Fellow, Applied Social- and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zürich, Switzerland 
02/2022-06/2023 Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, Social Networks Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 
08/2020-01/2022 Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Psychometrics and Statistics, University of Groningen, Netherlands 
10/2019-07/2020 Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, Social Networks Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 
09/2015-09/2019 Assistant and PhD Student, Social Networks Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 

Academic training

10/2019 PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
01/2015 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland
01/2013 Bachelor of Science in Psychologie, University of Basel, Switzerland


2020 ETH Medal, awarded for an outstanding dissertation
2018 INSNA Best Student Paper award, for the paper entitled "The co-evolution of emotional well-being with weak and strong friendship ties", Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) 

Professional affiliations

  • Society for Ambulatory Assessment
  • International Network for Social Network Analysis 
  • Digital Society Initiative
  • Society for Digital Mental Health 


Introduction to Social Networks: Theory, Methods and Applications, lecture, Data Science Master Program, spring semester, ETH Zürich (2019-2023)

Humans and Social Networks in the Digital Age, seminar, fall semester, ETH Zürich (2022)

SmartPsychology: Methods and Practices in Ambulatory Assessment and Intervention, Summer School (2 days), University Milano-Bicocca, Italy (2022)

Open Debates in Social Networks Research, seminar, Data Science Master Program, Herbstsemester, ETH Zürich (2019)

Network Modeling, lecture, Data Science Master Program, fall semester, ETH Zürich (2018)

Training in didactic skills

  • «Didactic coaching», 2023, ETH Zürich 
  • «Foundations of Teaching and Learning» (4-day course), 2022, ETH Zürich 
  • «Learning to Teach» (4-day course), 2018, ETH Zürich

Ad hoc Reviews

Psychological Science, Psychological Methods, Behavior Research Methods, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Social Networks, Journal of Youth Studies, Journal of Small Business Management, Current Sociology 

Reviewing for Research Grants

ERC Starting Grant