Prof. Franzis Preckel, PhD

Franzis Preckel

University of Trier
Department of Psychology
D-54286 Trier, Germany

Phone: +49 651 201 4520
Fax:     +49 651 201 4578
eMail: preckel(at)

Room D 302


Curriculum Vitae

Franzis Preckel is a Professor of Giftedness Research and Education at the Department of Psychology, University of Trier. She earned her doctorate from the University of Münster and was Director of the Counselling Center for the Gifted and Talented at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Since 2006, she is full professor of Giftedness Research and Education at the University of Trier. Her research interests encompass psychological assessment, intelligence, giftedness, and talent development. Franzis Preckel has published her research in top ranked journals including Psychological Bulletin or Perspectives on Psychological Science. She is author of the first German textbook about Giftedness and Talent, which was also translated to English. In 2017, she received the path breaker award of the AERA special interest group on Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. In 2023, she received the International Award for Research of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

Studies and degrees

1991-1998 Study of Psychology at the University of Münster, from 1994-1995 at St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin/USA; 1991-1998 Scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation; 1998 Diploma in Psychology at the University of Münster; 1999-2002 Dissertation at the Institute of Psychology IV of Münster (Prof. Dr. Heinz Holling); 1999-2001 PhD scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation; 2002 PhD.

Active Research Areas

Psychological Assessment and Test Construction; Identification of Giftedness in the Classroom; Ability Grouping; Ability Differentiation; Talent Development and Related Constructs/Individual Differences (e.g., Need for Cognition, Academic Self-Concepts; Gender Differences)

Selected Recent Publications


Preckel, F., Vock, M., & Olszewski-Kubilius, P. (Oct. 2023). Fundamentals of Giftedness and Talent. A textbook for educators and psychologists. Göttingen: Hogrefe Publishing.

Preckel, F. & Vock, M. (2013). Hochbegabung. Ein Lehrbuch zu Grundlagen, Diagnose und Fördermöglichkeiten. Göttingen: Hogrefe. (second, fully revised edition in 2021)

Lipnevich, A. A., Preckel, F., Roberts, R. D. (Eds.) (2016). Psychosocial skills and school systems in the 21st century. Theory, research, and practice. The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality. New York: Springer.


Preckel, F., Golle, J., Grabner, R., Jarvin, L., Kozbelt, A., Müllensiefen, D., Olszewski-Kubilius, P., Schneider, W., Subotnik, R., Vock, M., & Worrell, F. C. (2020). Talent Development in Achievement Domains: A Psychological Framework for Within- and Cross-Domain Research. Perspectives on Psychological Science : A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 15(3), 691–722.

Preckel, F., Schmidt, I., Stumpf, E., Motschenbacher, M., Vogl, K., Scherrer, V., & Schneider, W. (2019). High-Ability Grouping: Benefits for Gifted Students' Achievement Development Without Costs in Academic Self-Concept. Child Development, 90(4), 1185–1201.

Schneider, M [Michael], & Preckel, F. (2017). Variables associated with achievement in higher education: A systematic review of meta-analyses. Psychological Bulletin, 143(6), 565–600.

Preckel, F. (2014). Assessing Need for Cognition in Early Adolescence. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 30(1), 65–72.

Preckel, F., Wermer, C., & Spinath, F. M. (2011). The interrelationship between speeded and unspeeded divergent thinking and reasoning, and the role of mental speed. Intelligence, 39(5), 378–388.

Preckel, F., Goetz, T., Pekrun, R., & Kleine, M. (2008). Gender Differences in Gifted and Average-Ability Students. Gifted Child Quarterly, 52(2), 146–159.


Please find our list of publications here. Use the links below to get to the various lists of the respective types of publications.

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Congress participation: Presentations / Posters