Postdoctoral Researchers

Mary Kaltenberg
Mary Kaltenberg
Postdoctoral Researcher

www.mkaltenberg.com

Mary Kaltenberg is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Brandeis University with Adam Jaffe and Margie Lachman working on the inventor creative life cycle with patent data. She received her PhD at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands where she also taught introductory courses on data science and econometrics to graduate students at the Maastricht School of Governance. As a PhD Student, she spent a year as a visiting student and research assistant at the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab.  She holds her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Eugene Lang College, The New School and her Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Economics from The New School for Social Research in New York City. She has also worked at UNICEF on resource mobilization and research on accessibility to health care and has contributed to UNICEF, UNIDO and IDB reports. Her passion is applied economics with an open mind in approaching quantitative methodology by mixing methods from econometrics, machine learning, and networks analysis. She is interested in topics on innovation, labor markets, and structural change.

Mirjam Stieger
Mirjam Stieger
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mirjam is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Lifespan lab. She received her PhD at the University of Zurich in Switzerland (Department of Psychology and at the URPP ‘Dynamics of Healthy Aging’). During her PhD, Mirjam’s research focused on the development and investigation of digital interventions that target personality change. The goal of these interventions was to coach individuals who are willing and motivated to change some aspects of their personality. As part of her PhD, Mirjam developed the psychological part of the smartphone application ‘PEACH’ in collaboration with the ETH Zurich, University of St. Gallen, and Dartmouth College, which delivers a digital personality change coaching intervention.

Overall, Mirjam’s research interests lie at the intersection between personality psychology, (digital) intervention approaches, behavior change, and healthy aging. Her major interest focuses on how to help individuals effectively to improve their well-being and physical health in the long run and to identify (risk-) factors and mechanisms to personalize interventions in order to inform interventions.

Selected Publications

Stieger, M., Hill, P. L. & Allemand, M. (in press). Looking on the bright side of life: Gratitude and experiences of interpersonal transgressions in adulthood and daily life. Journal of Personality.

Stieger, M., Nißen, M., Rüegger, D., Kowatsch, T., Flückiger, C. & Allemand, M. (2018). PEACH, a smartphone- and conversational agent-based coaching intervention for intentional personality change: Study protocol of a randomized, wait-list controlled trial. BMC Psychology, 6, 43 (1-15).

Gerl, C., Stieger, M. & Allemand, M. (in press). Developmental changes in personality traits in adulthood and old age. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer.