Department of Psychology – Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (officially: Applied Psychology)


Michaela Knecht, Dr. sc. ETH

Postdoctoral researcher


Michaela Knecht

Dr. sc. ETH Michaela Knecht
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Applied Psychology: Life-Management
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
CH-8050 Zurich/Switzerland
++41 44 635 72 05
++41 44 635 72 09
BIN 3.A.12

Current Research Interests

  • Life Domain Balance
  • Work-life conflict and health
  • Managing mutiple roles

Brief Research Statement

Our lives consist of different life domains (such as work, family, leisure, volunteering) in which we assume different roles. Our roles in these life domains facilitate each other, but can also result in conflicts since our resources (time as well as energy) are limited. In my dissertation, I analyzed these kinds of conflicts and their association with health in a number of longitudinal and cross-sectional studies.

I am currently working on “Managing multiple roles,” which is a subproject of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) “LIVES – Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives.” This multi-method subproject investigates the above-mentioned conflicts as well as personal goals and self-regulation.

Selected Key Publications

Knecht, M., Bauer, G. F., Gutzwiller, F., & Hämmig, O. (2011). Persistent work-life conflict and health satisfaction. A representative longitudinal study in Switzerland. BMC Public Health, 11(271). doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-271
Hämmig, O., Knecht, M. K., Läubli, T., & Bauer, G. F. (2011). Work-life conflict and muscoskeletal disorders: A cross-sectional study of an unexplored association. BMC Muscoskeletal Disorders, 12(60). doi:10.1186/1471-2472-12-60.
Knecht, M. K., Bauer, G. F., Klaghofer, R., Buddeberg-Fischer, B., Stamm, M., & Hämmig, O. (2010). Work-life conflicts and health among Swiss physicians: In comparison with other university graduates and with the general Swiss working population. Swiss Medical Weekly, 140(w13063). doi: 10.4414/smw.2010.13063

Complete list of publications by Michaela Knecht


2011Dr. sc. ETH in psychology (Title of thesis: Work-life conflict and health)
2008-2011Doctoral student, ETH Zurich, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, Prof. Dr. T. Wehner
2004 Master’s degree in psychology (Thesis title: Cognitive joints in scenario construction)
1996-2004 Undergraduate and graduate studies of psychology at the University of Zurich (Minors: media science und criminology)

Professional Positions

Seit 2011Postdoctoral researcher University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Applied Psychology: Life-Management, Prof. Dr. A. M. Freund and Prof. Dr. B. S. Wiese (RWTH Aachen)
2006–2011 Research assistant, University of Zurich, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Division Public and Organizational Health 
2005-2006 Management Support, Marketing Department, Credit Suisse
2003-2005 Assistant in a consulting project, Prof. Dr. H. A. Mieg
2000–2005 Human Resources Department, Credit Suisse
1996–1998 Operator, Swisscom