Julia Dietrich

Since the beginning of 2013, I am a research associate (equivalent to assistant professor) at the Department of Educational Psychology, Institute of Educational Science, University of Jena.  After completing my PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Erfurt in 2010, I was a PATHWAYS Fellow under the mentorship of Katariina Salmela-Aro at the University of Helsinki. My current research focuses on two topics: (1) educational transitions, especially the transition from schooling to working life or higher education, and (2) young people’s motivation related to educational and career developmental tasks. I am also interested in methods for the analysis of change and the assessment of context effects on young people’s development. 

Summary of Fellowship

Being a PATHWAYS Fellow has been a wonderful experience in many ways. Not only has it given me the opportunity to develop ties with other Fellows and faculty members; the contact with outstanding researchers has opened up international perspectives and new areas of study for me. It has provided me with research tools to succeed in academia, and has resulted in me being involved in more than 10 publications with other Fellows and faculty (6 of these as first author). My fellowship has thus definitely enhanced my passion and skills for a research career, and strengthened my ambitions to produce excellent research in the field of youth development. 

Beyond the Fellowship

Currently I hold the position of a research associate (German: Habilitationsstelle, equivalent to assistant professor) at the Institute of Educational Science, Department of Educational Psychology, with the aim of completing a Habilitation which in Germany is the requirement for applying to full professorship positions. I plan to submit the Habilitation in 2015. As is common for a Habilitationsstelle, my position includes teaching on Bachelor and Master level in Educational Science (4 hours per week).




Related to PATHWAYS

Dietrich, J., Andersson, H., and Salmela-Aro, K. (in press). Developmental psychologists’ perspective on pathways through school and beyond. In P. Blanchard, F. Bühlmann, and J.-A. Gauthier (Eds.). Advances in sequence analysis: Methods, theories and applications. Springer.

Dietrich, J., Shulman, S., and Nurmi, J.-E. (in press). Goal pursuit in young adulthood: The role of personality and motivation in goal appraisal trajectories across 6 years. Journal of Research in Personality.

Dietrich, J., Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., & Kracke, B. (in press). Deciding on a college major: Commitment trajectories, career exploration, and academic well-being. Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung.

Ranta, M., Dietrich, J., & Salmela-Aro, K. (in press). Career and romantic relationship goals and concerns during emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood.

Dietrich, J., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2013). Parental involvement and adolescents' career goal pursuit during the post-school transition. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 121-128.

Dietrich, J., Parker, P., Salmela-Aro, K. (2012). Phase-adequate engagement at the post-school transition. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1575-1593. Full text

Other Publications

Dietrich, J., Jokisaari, M., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2012). Work related goal appraisals and stress during the transition from education to work. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 82-92. Full text

Dietrich, J. & Kracke, B. (2011). Brief report: Cross-informant ratings of self- and other-regulation at career transitions in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 1097-1101.

Dietrich, J., Kracke, B., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2011). Parents’ role in adolescents’ decision on a college major: A weekly diary study. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 134-144.

Noack, P., Kracke, B., Gniewosz, B., & Dietrich, J. (2010). Parental and school effects on students' occupational exploration: A longitudinal and multilevel analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77, 50-57.

Dietrich, J. & Kracke, B. (2009). Career-specific parental behaviors in adolescents’ development. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 75, 109-119.