Dr. Svenja Frenzel

Research associate in the DFG project on research into interventions to reduce conspiracy theories

+49 (0) 651 201-2861


  • PhD in Psychology (Dr. rer. nat.) 2023, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
  • Undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology at the Heidelberg University (2012-2015) and Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (2016-2018)


Research interests

Conspiracy beliefs, social identity, political leadership, psychosocial aspects of chronic diseases

Selected publications

  • Frenzel, S.B., Junker, N.M., Häusser, J.A., Erkens, V.A., & van Dick, R. (2023). How team identification relates to lower burnout – Emotional and instrumental support as two different social cure mechanisms. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(2), 673-691. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12588
  • Henk, K., Rosing, F., Wolff, F., Frenzel, S.B., van Dick, R., Erkens, V.A., Häusser, J.A., Mojzisch, A., & Boer, D. (2023). An examination and extension of the Peltzman effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 4, 100091. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cresp.2023.100091
  • van Dick, R., Frenzel, S.B., Erkens, V.A., Häusser, J.A., Haslam, S.A., Mojzisch, N.K., & Junker, N.M. (2023). Reduced loneliness mediates the effects of multiple group identifications on well-being. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(4), 1693-1714. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12651
  • Frenzel, S.B., Haslam, S.A., Junker, N.M., Bolatov, A., Erkens, V.A., Häusser, J.A., Kark, R., Meyer, I., Mojzisch, A., Monzani, L., Reicher, S., Samekin, A., Schuh, S., Steffens, N.K., Sultanova, L., Van Dijk, D., Van Zyl, L.E., & van Dick, R. (2022). How national leaders keep us safe: A longitudinal, four-nation study exploring the role of identity leadership as a predictor of adherence to COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical interventions. BMJ Open, 12:e054980. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054980
  • Frenzel, S., Junker, N.M., Avanzi, L., Bolatov, A., Haslam, S.A., Häusser, J.A., Kark, R., Meyer, I., Mojzisch, A., Monzani, L., Reicher, S., Samekin, A., Schury, V.A., Steffens, N.K., Sultanova, L., Van Dijk, D., Van Zyl, L.E., & Van Dick, R. (2022). A trouble shared is a trouble halved: The role of family identification and identification with humankind in well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Social Psychology, 61(1), 55-82. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12470
  • *Frenzel, S.B., Junker, N. M., Avanzi, L., Erkens, V. A., Haslam, S.A., Haslam, C., Häusser, J. A., Knorr, D., Meyer, I., Mojzisch, A., Monzani, L., Reicher, S. D., Schuh, S. C., Steffens, N. K., van Zyl, L. E., & van Dick, R. (2022). Perceptions of the targets and sources of COVID-19 threat are structured by group memberships and Responses are influenced by identification with humankind. Psychologica Belgica, 62(1), pp. 75-88. https://doi.org/10.5334/pb.1043
  • Frenzel, S. B., Kaluza, A. J., Junker, N. M., & van Dick, R. (2022). Sweet as sugar—how shared social identities help patients in coping with diabetes mellitus. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(17), 10508. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710508
  • Hubenschmid, L., Helmreich, I., Köber, G., Gilan, D., Frenzel, S. B., van Dick, R., & Lieb, K. (2022). Effects of general and corona-specific stressors on mental burden during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Germany. Frontiers in Public Health, 10, 991292. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.991292

Book Chapter

  • van Dick, R., & Frenzel, S.B. (in press). Organizational Identification and Employee Health. In C. Cooper & P. Brough (eds.), Elgar Encyclopedia of Occupational Health Psychology. Edward Elgar.

Other publication

  • Frenzel, S., Junker, N.M., Häusser, J.A., Haslam, S.A., and van Dick, R. (2020). When “I” becomes “We”, even “illness” turns to “wellness”: Why group life is important for our health. Frontiers for Young Minds, 8, 30. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/frym.2020.00030

*Shared first authorship