Ortner Tuulia

Ortner Tuulia

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Tuulia Ortner, M.A.
Fachbereich Psychologie

Hellbrunner Straße 34, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +(0)662 / 8044 – 5181
Fax.: +(0)662 / 8044 – 5126

Leitung der Abteilung Psychologische Diagnostik
Stellvertretende Leiterin des Fachbereichs Psychologie
Leitung der Testbibliothek der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der PLUS
Diversity Beauftragte des Fachbereichs Psychologie

Office Hour: by appointment only

Research Group: Division of Psychological Assessment


  • 2004-2005 Master International Gender Studies at Rosa Mayreder College Vienna
  • 2001-2004 Doctorate at the University of Vienna, Department of Psychology
  • 1996-2001 Master’s Degree (Diplomstudium) in Psychology at the University of Vienna, Department of Psychology


Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Alfred Binet Prize
  • 2019 Kurt-Zopf Prize (University of Salzburg)
  • 2004 Theodor Körner Prize
  • 2004 scholar of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Academic Position

  • since 2012 Professor and Head of the Division of Psychological Assessment at the Department of Psychology (University of Salzburg)
  • 2011-2012 Professor (W2) for Psychological Assessment, Differential and Personality Psychology at the Department of Education and Psychology (Free University of Berlin)
  • 2008-2011 Junior Professor (W1) for Psychological Assessment and Gender Studies at the Department of Education and Psychology (Free University of Berlin)
  • 2007-2008 Replacement Professor for Psychological Assessment at the Department of Psychology (Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2005-2007 Research Assistant (PostDoc) at the Department of Education and Psychology (Free University of Berlin)
  • 2001-2005 Assistant and University Assistant at the Department of Psychology (University of Vienna)

Current Functions (selected)

  • since 2016 Editor-in-Chief of EAPA Book Series
  • since 2017 Consultant Editor of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment
  • since 2018 Head of Committee 249 of the Austrian Standards
  • since 2020 Associate Editor of Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences


Within our basic research in psychological assessment, we aim to improve predictions of human behavior. Thereby, for example, we look at different sources of test bias as potential danger to fairness and objectivity, especially in the domain of assessment of cognitive performance. Furthermore, we develop and investigate the possibilities of behavior-based personality test. In addition to computerized procedures for admission tests, we recently developed a personality test for pilots using a flight simulator in cooperation with a constructer of flight simulators. Within the recent years, we also studied features of people with leadership potentials. With reference to practical application of assessment procedures, I focus on the improvement of quality in the use of assessment procedures, of examinations and of psychological evaluations. I am further interested in the development of standards in these fields. 

Key Publications

  • Breuer S, Scherndl T and Ortner TM (2020) Effects of Response Format on Psychometric Properties and Fairness of a Matrices Test: Multiple Choice vs. Free Response. Educ. 5:15. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2020.00015
  • Gniewosz, G., Ortner, T. M., & Scherndl, T. (2020). Personality in Action: Assessing Personality to Identify an ‘Ideal’ Conscientious Response Type with Two Different Behavioural Tasks. European Journal of Personality, 34(5), 808-825. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2296
  • Gruber, F.M., Schock, A., Scherndl, T., & Ortner, T.M. (2019). Tempering agency with communion increases women’s leadership emergence in all‑women groups: evidence for role congruity theory in a field setting. The Leadership quarterly, 30, 189-198. doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2018.08.003