Peer Mentoring Projekt R Group (R)

Goals of the Peer Mentoring Group

The R group seeks to connect PhD students, Postdocs and senior research associates in psychology and related areas with an interest in advanced data analysis in R. We regularly organize workshops with experts in the field that offer opportunities to expand our analytic knowledge and staying up-to-date with cutting-edge developments in advanced analytical methods with R. The main focus points are longitudinal analyses, multi-level analyses and structural equation modeling. We also organize pre-workshop discussion sessions where group members have the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming workshop, share their experiences with other members and casually interact with other group members. This increases networking among group members. Further, we also organize events revolving around career development inside and outside of academia.

Upcoming workshops


Past workshops


Introduction to Machine Learning by Dr. Ben Meuleman (University of Geneva)

StatTag with Prof. Leah Welty and Luke Rasmussen (Northwestern University)

Introduction to Propensity Score Methods by Dr. Tony Tong (Yale University)

Bayesian Model Comparison by Dr. Julia Haaf (University of Amsterdam)

Power analysis in Multilevel Models by Prof. Dr. Marc Brysbaert (Ghent University)



Next generation tools for cross-lagged panel models by Dr. Marcus Mund (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)



Bayesian multilevel analysis with R package “brms” by Dr. Paul-Christian Bürkner (Universität Münster)

Structural equation modeling with R package "lavaan" by Prof. Dr. Yves Rosseel (Ghent University)

Programming in the R package "tidyverse" by Dr. Kirill Müller ("Zurich R Courses")

Good practices in working with R Studio by Dr. Dries Debeer (University of Zurich)


Past career talks 2019-2020


Dr. Marie-José Kolly: journalist at Republik Magazin



Dr. Susanne Tönsmann: Managing director of the Participatory Science Academy at the University of Zürich



Dr. Michaela Knecht: Lecturer and researcher at the Hochschule für Angewandte Psychologie (FHNW). 

Dr. Sabrina Guye: Real-world data scientist at Roche. 

Dr. Irene Meier: Product and innovation manager at Altoida, Inc.



Laura Bechtiger (Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development) 

Lydia Johnson-Ferguson (Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development/Psychiatric University Hospital)

Dr. Minxia Luo (Gerontopsychology, Department of Psychology / URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging) 



Group members

The R Group peer mentoring group consisting of PhD students, Postdocs, and senior researchers from multiple faculties of the UZH (mainly from the department of psychology, but also the department of economy and geography). 

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr Klaus Oberauer

Prof. Dr. Carolin Strobl

New members are welcome!

If you are interested to join the R group, please contact the organizers ( and


*** The R Group is supported by the Graduate Campus (