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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

Dr. Jennifer Kirchner

Dr. Jennifer Kirchner
staff member for technology, service and administration
jennifer.kirchner (at) hu-berlin.de

Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Klinische Psychologie Sozialer Interaktion
Function / Working Area
Wissenschaftliche Koordinatorin / Labmanagerin
Visiting address
Luisenstraße 56 (Haus 1) , Room 311
Phone number
(030) 2093-99745
(030) 2093-89751

Curriculum Vitae

since 03/2017 on maternity leave
since 2016 Labmanager AG Social Cognition
2016 doctoral degree
2012 Trained as a trainer for non-violent communication (EMPA|TRAIN)    
2011 - 2016 Scholarship from Evangelischen Studienwerk Villigst
since 2010

Scientific Staff Member of the Chair Social Cognition, Humboldt Universität, Mind and Brain

Scientific Staff Member of the Independent Research Group „Understanding Interaffectivity“, Freie Universität Berlin, Languages of Emotion

Ph.D. Project: Assessment of special interests and strengths in individuals with autism spectrum conditions
since 2009 Working as a behavioral and communication coach and consultant in human resources
since 2009 Project Manager for Scientific Association for Autism Research (WGAS)
2009 Diploma (M.S.) in Psychology, Humboldt Universität Berlin
2008-2009 Trained as a behavioral and communication coach (artop)
2006-2009 Student assistant at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development


Research Interests

After conducting a series of experimental oriented studies (Kirchner et al. 2011, Kirchner et al. 2012), I am now specifically interested in interests and strengths of individuals with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). On the one hand I look at special interests of individuals with ASC and their potential for vocational integration (Kircher & Dziobek, 2014). On the other hand I look at strengths which lay in the personality of the individual, i.e. character strengths and their connection with life satisfaction.  In various projects with the autism research cooperation I conducted studies regarding knowledge about autism in different professions (teacher, medical doctors, job center employees) together with individuals with ASC and other scientists. In cooperation with the autism outpatient clinic of the Department of Psychiatry, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, I carry out autism diagnostic (i.e. ADI-R und ADOS).

I am also a trained behavioral and communication coach and I work as a freelance trainer in the area of human resources. Furthermore I use my clinical and research experience to advise auticon, a Berlin based company that employs individuals on the autism spectrum as IT consultants.  

I also work as a project manager for the Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions (WGAS) and organize, among others, the annual meeting for autism research (WTAS).


Schmidt, L., Kirchner, J., Strunz, S., Brozus, J., Ritter, K., Roepke, S., & Dziobek, I. (2015). Psychosocial functioning and life satisfaction in adults with autism spectrum disorder without intellectual impairment. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71(12), 1259–68.

Kirchner, J.C. & Dziobek, I. (2014). Toward the successful employment of adults with autism: A first analysis of special interests and factors deemed important for vocational performance. Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, 2 (2) 77-85.

Vogeley, K., Kirchner, J. C., Gawronski, A., Tebartz van Elst, L., & Dziobek, I. (2013). Toward the development of a supported employment program for individuals with high-functioning autism in Germany. European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience, 263 Suppl , S197–203.

Kirchner, J. C., Schmitz, F., & Dziobek, I. (2012). Brief report: stereotypes in autism revisited. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 42(10), 2246–51.

Kirchner, J. C., Hatri, A., Heekeren, H. R., & Dziobek, I. (2011). Autistic symptomatology, face processing abilities, and eye fixation patterns. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 41(2), 158–67.