Timur Sevincer is a motivational psychologist. His main area of research is future-oriented thinking, motivation, and self-regulation. Specifically, he examines future-oriented self-regulation strategies – their spontaneous use and effects on the self-regulation of goal pursuit in various domains (e.g., sustainable behavior). His research involves a wide variety of research designs and methods such as physiological measures, implicit measures, ecological momentary assessment, behavioral observations in the field, and analyses of population-level and archival data.


  • 2022-today: Interim Professorship, Institute of Psychology, Motivation and General Psychology, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2022: Interim Professorship, Faculty of Psychology, Chair of Social Psychology, TU Dresden
  • 2021-2022: Lecturer, School of Psychology, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
  • 2018-2021: Research Associate (in German: Privatdozent), Institute of Psychology, University of Hamburg
  • 2018-2020: Part-Time Lecturer in Psychology, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2017-2018: Part-Time Lecturer in Psychology, New York University Berlin
  • 2010-2018: Interim Professorship/Research Associate, Institute of Psychology, Educational Psychology and Motivation, University of Hamburg
  • 2008-2010: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology, University of Hamburg
  • 2004-2008: Doctoral student, Institute of Psychology, University of Hamburg 


  • 2015: Venia Legendi, University of Hamburg ("Goal committment under the influence of alcohol"), Psychology
  • 2015: Habilitation, University of Hamburg (Committee: Prof. B. Röder, Prof. G. Oettingen, Prof. R. Mielke, Prof. J. Degner, Prof. J. Wacker), Psychology
  • 2008: Ph.D., Summa cum laude, University of Hamburg (Advisor: Prof. G. Oettingen), Psychology
  • 2004: Magister Artium (M.A. equivalent), University of Hamburg (Advisor: Prof. B. Recki), Philosophy (Minors: Psychology and American Studies)