Janina Lüscher

Janina Lüscher, Dr. phil.


Phone: +41 44 635 72 54

Telfax: +41 44 635 72 59

Address: Binzmühlestrasse 14 / Box 14, CH-8050 Zürich

Room number: BIN 3.B.28 (3rd floor)



Research interests

  • Individual and social regulation of health behavior change in everyday life
  • Dyadic social exchange processes in romantic couples and well-being
  • Use of mobile technology (mHealth)
  • (Dyadic) intensive longitudinal data analysis


  • Smoking cessation with mobile applications (SWAPP)
  • Individual regulation and dyadic exchanges of smoking couples during joint smoking cessation
  • Medication adherence in multimorbidity (MEM)
  • What's up with families media consumption?
  • Fair grades through neutral appraisal

Professional experience

since 07/2017 Senior research associate SNSF, Department of Psychology, Applied Social and Health Psychology, University of Zurich
since 03/2012 Sport psychological counseling and guidance of athletes and teams of several sports
01/2014-06/2017 Research assistant and lecturer, Department of Psychology, Applied Social and Health Psychology, University of Zurich
06/2011-12/2014 PhD student, Department of Psychology, Health Psychology, University of Bern
09/2009-05/2011 Research assistant, Department of Psychology, Social and Health Psychology, University of Zurich

Academic training

11/2014 PhD in Psychology, University of Bern (Prof. Dr. Urte Scholz) Thesis: Social exchange processes in smoking-nonsmoking couples: The role of invisible social support and invisible social control
11/2014 Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Sportpsychology, University of Bern, Thesis: Sportpsychological counseling of an elite synchronized skating team: Challenges in working with sport teams
05/2011 MSc in Psychology, University of Zurich, Thesis: Social control and health behavior: Attributions as moderating factors of social control in smokers


06/2018 Early Career Award of the Division 8, Health Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
12/2015 Peer-Mentoring Team-Program der Fachgruppe Gesundheitspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs) in cooperation with Dipl.-Psych. Hilda Hohl of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Scientific appointments

since 07/2018 Associate Editor of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being    
since 12/2017 National Editor for Austria, Germany, and Switzerland concerning the "Practical Health Psychology" (PHP) Blog of the European Health Psychology Society  
since 10/2016 Co-leading Peer Mentoring Group "Analysis of Dyadic Interaction" (ADI), University of Zurich

Professional affiliations

  • European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
  • Swiss Psychological Society (SGP)

Peer Mentoring Group affiliations

  • Peer Mentoring Group "Analyzing dyadic interactions" (ADI)
  • Peer Mentoring Group "Real Life Measurement und Ambulatory Assessment" (RLHM)

Ad-hoc Reviews

  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • Anxiety, Stress & Coping
  • BMC Psychology
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • European Journal of Health Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Journal of Individual Differences
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Journal of Smoking Cessation
  • Nicotine and Tobacco Research
  • Personal Relationships
  • Public Health


HS 19 Lecture Health Psychology (MSc)
FS 19 Seminar Ambulatory Assessment Methods to Assess Health in Daily Life (MSc)
HS 18 Seminar Measurement and Intervention Methods of Health Behaviour (MSc)
HS 17 Seminar Measurement and Intervention Methods of Health Behaviour (MSc)
FS 17 Seminar Health and Stress Management (MSc)
HS 16 Seminar Measurement and Intervention Methods of Health Behaviour (MSc)
FS 16 Experimental Psychology Internship (BSc)