Katharina Lefringhausen


  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am looking for applicants who wish to investigate topics related to the following:
- majority members' proximal acculturation (e.g. at the workplace, University, schools, third sector, society, etc.): predictors, outcomes, mechanisms
- intercultural competence, multiculturalism, intergroup contact
- operationalizing culture (e.g., values, beliefs) and testing theories across cultures
- predispositions to engage in intercultural competence training
- speciesism and pro-environmental behaviour (across cultures)

+quantitative research (correlational, longitudinal, experimental)
+mixed methods
(This also includes candidates who want to explore the synergies between applied linguistics and psychology.)


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

Research Expertise:

My research expertise is in cross-cultural social psychology and quantitative research methods. I am particularly interested in acculturation, intercultural competence, multiculturalism, intergroup ideologies and norms as well as any work looking into similarities and differences across cultures (e.g., construct validation studies). Yet, I am also keen to expand - looking at EDI, collective action and pro-environmental behaviour

Specifically, I currently explore how majority members' acculturation - how their identity, behaviour and values may change towards other cultures experienced in a shared society (e.g., at the workplace, University campus or neighbourhood), its implications on the intergorup relationships for majority members and their tendency to thrive (e.g., flourishing and creativity) or not (e.g., perceptions of threat). 

I have also contributed to published work on intragroup marginalization, mental health literacy, and how personality traits influence social media usage (FB and Twitter). I have presented my work at TEDx (2013), at the Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2014, 2018, and 2023), at the International Association of Intercultural Research Congress (2019), the BPS social psychology conference (2019, 2020, and 2023) and multiple times at the UK culture and Psychology conference (also hosted twice by me). 

Current PhDs:

Elena Talavera Escribano

Research: Scattered Organizational Images

First Supervisor: Dr Daniel Dauber (University of Warwick)


David Colledge

Research focus: Majority Members' Acculturation

Second Supervisor: Dr Mioara Christea (Heriot-Watt University)

Third Supervisor: Professor Jonas R Kunst (University of Oslo)


Applied Work:

As the Director of Research and Academic Relations at SIETAR UK (2016-2019) and Current Director of Community Relations (2019-present), I have developed and co-lead the RAAS project to support refugees and persons who seek asylum in the UK with a group of passionate intercultural competence trainers, D&I experts and academics. 

I have also acted as a steering group member as part of a project on intercultural relations initiated by the British Council (The Big Conversation: values and international cooperation in a changing world, 2019-2020) and led by a research team at the London School of Economics.


I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University for Applied Science and Arts of Hanover (Germany) in 2009. The following year I completed a traineeship at the German County Association in Brussels (Belgium) followed by a trainee position at a Public Relations Agency in Hamburg (Germany), while working as a PR assistant at a Belgian non-governmental organization until July, 2010.

I then successfully accomplished an MSc and funded PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology (2010-2015). In this time I also started my work as an  Academic Skills and Statistics Adviser as part of Brunel's Educational Excellence Centre. In March 2016, I gained an Associate Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy and in September of the same year I started my Research & Teaching position at Warwick Applied Linguistics. After having been promoted to Associate Professor in August 2021, it was time for me to explore new opportunities and joined Heriot-Watt University in January 2022. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • BF Psychology
  • majority members' acculturation
  • intercultural competence
  • muliculturalism
  • acculturation
  • well-being
  • globalisation
  • intergroup ideologies
  • norms
  • third sector
  • society


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  • COVID-19 cases correlate with greater acceptance coping in flexible cultures: A cross-cultural study in 26 countries

    Zhou, X., English, A. S., Kulich, S. J., Zheng, L., Alves, T., Aquino, S. D., Batić Očovaj, S., Belen, H., Biddle, A., Boonroungrut, C., Campos, A. F. L., Castro, R., Chettiar, C., Chobthamkit, P., Cowden, R. G., Dubrov, D., F. Falavarjani, M., Farid, T., Geeraert, N., Grigoryev, D., & 39 othersGunawan, H., Hofhuis, J., Hossain, K. N., Huang, K., Jiang, H., Jovanović, V., Khieowan, N., Klimek-Tulwin, M., Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Kunst, J. R., Lefringhausen, K., Li, X., Lins, S., Malik, S., Maricchiolo, F., Martínez-Buelvas, L., Medosevic-Korjenic, E., Nam, B. H., Navarro-Carrillo, G., Neto, J. C. P., Novaes, F., Oliver, E., Paolini, D., Park, J., Šakan, D., Schwarzenthal, M., Sun, Q., Talhelm, T., Thomson, R., Tipandjan, A., Tong, R., Torres-Marín, J., Wang, S., Wei, L., Yeung, V. W. L., Yousefi, M., Yudiarso, A., Yuki, M. & Zhang, X., 20 Feb 2024, In: Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 18, 2, e12919.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Delineating the boundaries between genuine cultural change and cultural appropriation in majority-group acculturation

    Kunst, J. R., Lefringhausen, K. & Zagefka, H., Jan 2024, In: International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 98, 101911.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)
    75 Downloads (Pure)
  • Investigating the forgotten side of acculturation: Introduction to the special issue

    Kunst, J. R. & Lefringhausen, K., 19 Mar 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 101956.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • The Coronavirus Anxiety Scale: Cross-National Measurement Invariance and Convergent Validity Evidence

    Jovanović, V., Rudnev, M., Abdelrahman, M., Kadir, N. B. A., Adebayo, D. F., Akaliyski, P., Alaseel, R., Alkamali, Y. A., Palacio, L. M. A., Amin, A., Andres, A., Ansari-Moghaddam, A., Aruta, J. J. B. R., Avanesyan, H. M., Ayub, N., Bacikova-Sleskova, M., Baikanova, R., Bakkar, B., Bartoluci, S., Benitez, D., & 110 othersBodnar, I., Bolatov, A., Borchet, J., Bosnar, K., Broche-Pérez, Y., Buzea, C., Cassibba, R., del Pilar Grazioso, M., Dhakal, S., Dimitrova, R., Dominguez, A., Duong, C. D., Thome, L. D., Estavela, A. J., Fayankinnu, E. A., Ferenczi, N., Fernández-Morales, R., Friehs, M-T., Gaete, J., Edine, W. G., Gindi, S., Formighieri Giordani, R. C., Gjoneska, B., Godoy, J. C., Doncheva Hancheva, C., Hapunda, G., Hihara, S., Islam, M. S., Janovská, A., Javakhishvili, N., Kabir, R. S., Kabunga, A., Karakulak, A., Karl, J. A., Katović, D., Kauyzbay, Z., Kaźmierczak, M., Khanna, R., Khosla, M., Kisaakye, P., Klicperova-Baker, M., Kokera, R., Kozina, A., Krauss, S. E., Landabur, R., Lefringhausen, K., Lewandowska-Walter, A., Liang, Y-H., Lizarzaburu-Aguinaga, D., López Steinmetz, L. C., Makashvili, A., Malik, S., Manrique-Millones, D., Martín-Carbonell, M., Mattar Yunes, M. A., McGrath, B., Mechili, E. A., Alvarez, M. M., Mhizha, S., Michałek-Kwiecień, J., Mishra, S. K., Mohammadi, M., Mohsen, F., Moreta-Herrera, R., Muradyan, M. D., Musso, P., Naterer, A., Nemat, A., Neto, F., Neto, J., Okati-Aliabad, H., Orellana, C. I., Orellana, L., Park, J., Pavlova, I., Peralta, E. A., Petrytsa, P., Pilkauskaite Valickiene, R., Pišot, S., Poláčková Šolcová, I., Prot, F., Ristevska Dimitrovska, G., Rivera, R. M., Riyanti, B. P. D., Saiful, M. S. H., Samekin, A., Seisembekov, T., Serapinas, D., Sharafi, Z., Sharma, P., Shukla, S., Silletti, F., Skrzypińska, K., Smith-Castro, V., Solomontos-Kountouri, O., Stanciu, A., Ştefenel, D., Stogianni, M., Stuart, J., Sudarnoto, L. F., Sultana, M. S., Sulejmanović, D., Suryani, A. O., Tair, E., Tavitian-Elmadjian, L., Uka, F., Welter Wendt, G., Yang, P-J., Yıldırım, E. & Yu, Y., Jan 2024, In: Psychological Assessment. 36, 1, p. 14-29 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    112 Downloads (Pure)
  • Blindspots in acculturation research: An agenda for studying majority culture change

    Zagefka, H., Lefringhausen, K., López Rodríguez, L., Urbiola, A., Moftizadeh, N. & Vázquez, A., 2 Jan 2023, In: European Review of Social Psychology. 34, 1, p. 127-160 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    16 Citations (Scopus)
    61 Downloads (Pure)