Dana Unger

Job description

My name is Dr. Dana Unger. I am the International Programme Coordinator at UiT's Department of Psychology and Associate Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology. Thus, I know the basics of impression management at work (Ellis et al., 2002). Let me apply them for you:


I am a Work and Organizational Psychology scholar publishing in the best journals of my field (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology). After having given birth to two beautiful children, I got my second associate professorship by the age of 36. My research and teaching are award-winning.

The term ‘award-winning’ makes me laugh out loud; the term ‘award-worthy’ even more so. Indeed, you will find some nice publications on my record. But you will also understand that I worked together with amazingly bright people.

You are not convinced, that this is the profile of a great academic? I hope you reconsider when you learn that I have a working-class background. The life of working mothers is quite tough, which makes direct comparisons with my male and childfree colleagues hard.


Ellis, A. P. J., West, B. J., Ryan, A. M., & DeShon, R. P. (2002). The use of impression management tactics in structured interviews: A function of question type? Journal of Applied Psychology, 87(6), 1200-1208. https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.87.6.1200


Students and staff who are interested in international exchange with our Department of Psychology, either inbound or outbound, get in touch with me.

  • Wladislaw Rivkin, Fabiola H. Gerpott, Dana Unger :
    There and back again: The roles of morning- and evening commute recovery experiences for daily resources across the commute-, work-, and home domain
    Human Relations 2024 DOI
  • Maike E. Debus, Dana Unger :
    Disrupting the Social and Time Vacuum: A Systemic and Lifespan Perspective on Job Insecurity
    Applied Psychology 2023 ARKIV
  • Fabiola H. Gerpott, Wladislaw Rivkin, Dana Unger :
    Stop and go, where is my flow? How and when daily aversive morning commutes are negatively related to employees’ motivational states and behavior at work
    Journal of Applied Psychology 2022 DOI
  • Fabiola H. Gerpott, Wladislaw Rivkin, Dana Unger :
    Autonomous or controlled self-regulation, that is the question: A self-determination perspective on the impact of commuting on employees’ domain-specific functioning
    Organizational Psychology Review 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Wladislaw Rivkin, Stefan Diestel, Fabiola H. Gerpott, Dana Unger :
    Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Role of Daily Presenteeism as an Adaptive Response to Perform at Work Despite Somatic Complaints for Employee Effectiveness
    Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Dana Unger, Angelika Kornblum, Gudela Grote, Andreas Hirschi :
    Boundaries for career success? How work–home integration and perceived supervisor expectation affect careers
    Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ulrike Fasbender, Fabiola H. Gerpott, Dana Unger :
    Give and take? Knowledge exchange between older and younger employees as a function of generativity and development striving
    Journal of Knowledge Management 2021
  • Maike E. Debus, Dana Unger, Tahira M. Probst :
    Dirty work on the COVID-19 frontlines: Exacerbating the situation of marginalized groups in marginalized professions
    Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP) 2021 DOI
  • Angelika Kornblum, Dana Unger, Gudela Grote :
    How romantic relationships affect individual career goal attainment: A transactive goal dynamics perspective
    Journal of Vocational Behavior 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Maike E. Debus, Dana Unger, Cornelius König :
    Job insecurity and performance over time: The critical role of job insecurity duration
    Career Development International 2020 DOI
  • Angelika Kornblum, Dana Unger, Gudela Grote :
    Why do people change jobs? Individual and economic determinants of career transitions
    European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 2018 DOI
  • Maike E. Debus, Dana Unger :
    The interactive effects of dual-earner couples’ job insecurity: Linking conservation of resources theory with crossover research
    Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 2017 DOI
  • Dana Unger, Sabine Sonnentag, Cornelia Niessen, Angela Kuonath :
    Love won't tear us apart but work might: How job stressors relate to constructive and destructive reactions to one's romantic partner's negative behavior
    International Journal of Stress Management 2017 DOI
  • Sifra Carver, Dana Unger, Gudela Grote :
    Predicting air traffic controller workload: Uncertainty as the moderator of the indirect effect of traffic density on controller workload through traffic conflicts
    Human Factors 2016 DOI
  • Angela Neff, Sabine Sonnentag, Cornelia Niessen, Dana Unger :
    The crossover of self-esteem: A longitudinal perspective
    European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 2015 DOI
  • Nils Henker, Sabine Sonnentag, Dana Unger :
    Transformational leadership and employee creativity: The mediating role of promotion focus and creative process engagement
    Journal of business and psychology 2015 DOI
  • Cécile Tschopp, Dana Unger, Gudela Grote :
    Are support and social comparison compatible? Individual differences in the multiplexity of career-related social networks
    Journal of Applied Social Psychology 2015 DOI
  • Cibeles Miralles, Jose Navarro, Dana Unger :
    Daily work events and state work engagement: the mediating role of affect
    Revista de Psicología Social 2015 DOI
  • Dana Unger, Sabine Sonnentag, Cornelia Niessen, Angela Neff :
    The longer your work hours, the worse your relationship? The role of selective optimization with compensation (SOC) in the associations of working time with relationship satisfaction and self-disclosure in dual-career couples
    Human Relations 2015 DOI
  • Dana Unger, Cornelia Niessen, Sabine Sonnentag, Angela Neff :
    A question of time: Daily time allocation between work and private life
    Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 2014 DOI
  • Angela Neff, Cornelia Niessen, Sabine Sonnentag, Dana Unger :
    Expanding crossover research: The crossover of job-related self-efficacy within couples.
    Human Relations 2013 DOI
  • Sabine Sonnentag, Dana Unger, Inga J. Nägel :
    Workplace conflict and employee wellbeing: The moderating role of detachment from work during off-job time
    International Journal of Conflict Management 2013 DOI
  • Angela Neff, Sabine Sonnentag, Cornelia Niessen, Dana Unger :
    What's mine is yours: The crossover of day-specific self-esteem
    Journal of Vocational Behavior 2012 DOI

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    Research interests

    Work-nonwork interface of individuals and couples

    Occupational health and well-being

    Precarious careers


    At UiT, I am teaching Work & Organizational Psychology (PSY-1706, PSY-3029) with a special focus on occupational health, stress, and well-being. Furthermore, I am a keen supervisor of review papers (PSY-3000) and dissertations (PSY-3900). In the autumn semester of 2023, I taught with Prof. Dr. Sarah Martiny the seminar "A psychological perspective on socioeconomic inequalities at work, home, and school" (PSY-3036). In the spring semester of 2024, I will teach Work and Organizational Psychology in the Bachelor program (PSY-2034).

    Before coming to UiT, I have taught the following topics:

    Building Strengths at Work (Bachelor)
    Managing Across the Globe (Master)
    Leading Teams (Master, MBA)
    Occupational Health Psychology (Bachelor, PhD)
    Organisational Behaviour (Bachelor)
    Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Business and Management/Applied Social Science (PhD)
    Training and Learning Processes (Bachelor)
    Work and Organizational Psychology (Bachelor)
    Work Attitudes and Affect (Bachelor)
    Work Design and Organisational Change (Master, MBA)
    Work Motivation (Bachelor)
    Work Performance (Bachelor)
    Work-Life Interface (Master)

    Member of research group



    September 2017 – February 2020
    University of East Anglia (UK): Studies in Higher Education Practice (awarded degree: Postgraduate Certificate)

    April 2009 – July 2013
    University of Konstanz (Germany): Doctorate in Work and Organisational Psychology (awarded degree: Dr. rer. nat.)

    Title of dissertation: “Self-Regulation as a Linking Mechanism between Job Stressors and Experiences in Romantic Relationships”

    October 2003 – April 2009
    University of Konstanz (Germany): Studies in Psychology (awarded degree: Diplom-Psychologin)

    February – June 2007
    National Taras Shevchenko University Kyiv (Ukraine): Studies in Sociology and Russian Language



    Since August 2021
    UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Department of Psychology: Associate Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology

    October 2020 – April 2021
    Maternity leave

    September 2018 –July 2021
    University of East Anglia (UK), Norwich Business School: Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour

    May 2017 – September 2018
    University of East Anglia (UK), Norwich Business School: Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

    May 2014 – April 2017
    ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Department of Management, Technology, and Economics: Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer

    September 2016 – January 2017
    Maternity leave

    July 2015 – September 2015
    University of Edinburgh Business School (UK): Visiting Scholar

    September 2010 – March 2014
    University of Mannheim (Germany), Department of Psychology: Research Associate

    April 2009 – August 2010
    University of Konstanz (Germany), Department of Psychology: Research Associate