Ralf Schwarzer is Professor at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia, and he also holds an appointment at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw, Poland.
He started his career as a school teacher and later became a professor of Educational Psychology at the Freie University of Berlin, Germany, where he is now a Professor Emeritus. His research focus lies on stress, coping, social support, self-efficacy, well-being, positive psychology, and health behaviours.
He has published more than 400 papers, and has co-founded three journals: (a) Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal, (b) Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, and (c) Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (currently Editor-in-Chief).
He is Past-President of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), Past-President of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and Past-President of the Health Psychology Division of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP). In 2007, he received the German Psychology Award. He was one of the organisers of the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) in Berlin 2008. In 2010, he received the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He has spent sabbatical years in Hong Kong, the USA, and Canada. His research interests include: stress, coping, social support, self-efficacy, well-being, positive psychology, and health behaviours.