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Psychologisches Institut Sozialpsychologie

Léïla Eisner

Léïla Eisner, Dr.

  • Senior research associate
+41 44 635 72 74

Research interests

Social Change, Perceived Norm, Institutional Change, Democratic Processes, LGBTIQ+, Survey Methodology

Academic Qualifications


PhD in Social Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2013-2015: M.A. in Public Opinion and Survey Methodology, Universities of Lausanne, Neuchâtel, and Lucerne, Switzerland
2010-2013: B.Sc. in Political Science, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


2021: Best Dissertation Award ‘International Society of Political Psychology’
2020: Dissertation Price ‘Maurice Chalumeau Foundation’, University of Geneva
2016: Price of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Current Employment

Since August 2023 Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Social Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Since November 2020 Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia

Research Stay Abroad

2021 -2023: Research Stay at Princeton University, USA (Kristina Olson)
2021: Research Stay at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Eric Hehman)
2021: Research Stay at the University College Dublin, Ireland (Laura Taylor)
2019-2020: Research Stay at the University of Washington, USA (Cheryl Kaiser)
2018: Research Stay at the Oregon State University, USA (Richard Settersten)



Eisner, L., Fischer, S., Juster, R. P., & Hässler T. (in press). The Impact of Marriage Equality Campaigns on Stress – Did A Swiss Public Vote Get Under the Skin? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kahalon, R., Hässler, T., & Eisner, L. (2024). Self-objectification endorsement and its association with appearance anxiety, well-being and substance use among people from different gender identities and sexual attractions. Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Saxler, F., Dorrough, A., Froehlich, L., Block, K., Croft, A., Meeussen, L., … Eisner, L., … Martiny, S. (2024). Did descriptive and prescriptive norms about gender equality at home change during the Covid-19 pandemic? A cross-national investigation. Social Psychology and Personality Science

Olsson, M., van Grootel, S., Block, K., Schuster, C., Meussen, L., van Laar, C.,… Eisner, L., … Martiny, S. (2023). Mind the gender gap: Parental leave policies, gender equality, cultural value orientation, and the intended uptake of parental leave in 37 countries. Political Psychology

Fischer, S., Juster, R. P., Hässler, T., & Eisner, L. (2023). Psychobiological correlates of gender and sexual minority stress–Findings from the Swiss LGBTIQ+ panel. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 188, 91.

Thöni, C., Eisner, L., & Hässler, T. (2022). Not straight enough, nor queer enough: Identity denial, stigmatization, and negative affect among bisexual and pansexual people. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Reveilhac, M., & Eisner, L. (2022). Political Polarization on Gender Equality: The Case of the Swiss Women’s Strike on Twitter. Statistics, Politics and Policy.

Eisner, L., Hässler, T., Turner-Zwinkels, F., & Settersten, R. (2022). Perceptions of intolerant norms both facilitate and inhibit collective action among sexual minorities. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Durwood*, L., Eisner*, L., Fladeboe, K. Ji, G., Barney, S., McLaughlin, K.A., Olson, K.R. (2021). Social support and internalizing psychopathology in transgender youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Eisner, L., Turner-Zwinkels, F., & Spini, D. (2020). The impact of laws on norms perceptions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Eisner, L., Spini, D., & Sommet, N., (2020). A contingent perspective on pluralistic ignorance: When the attitude object matters. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Roberts, C., Gilbert, E., Allum, N., Eisner, L. (2019). Satisficing in surveys: Results of a systematic review of the literature. Public Opinion Quarterly, 83(3), 598-626.

Eisner, L., Clémence, A., Roberts, C., Joost, S., & Theler, J.-M. (2019). Developing attitude measures based on respondents’ representations of unfamiliar objects: An application to attitudes toward biodiversity. Field Methods, 31(1), 56–75.