Victoria Schüttengruber

LIFE Zurich

LIFE Fellow since 2020, University of Zurich

I am a doctoral student at the University of Zurich (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund, Dept. of Psychology, Chair Developmental Psychology: Adulthood). My research interests lie in the area of motivational processes across the lifespan, including goal pursuit, self-regulation, exhaustion, and recovery. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology from Sigmund Freud University Vienna. For my bachelor’s thesis, I investigated the understanding of “life” in preschool children. For my master’s thesis, I examined self-regulation, family influences and subjective theories about autonomy development in adolescence. Afterwards, I completed the postgraduate training in clinical psychology at a psychiatric clinic in Austria. In May 2019, I joined the National Center of Competence in Resesarch (NCCR) LIVES as a doctoral student at the University of Zurich. My doctoral project revolves around processes of exhaustion and recovery in different life domains. I focus on subjective expectations about exhaustion and recovery in middle adulthood by investigating the antecedents and consequences of the segmentation between work and leisure.

Dissertation project:

Work and leisure: A matter of subjective expectations about exhaustion and recovery?


Schüttengruber, V., & Freund, A. M. (2022). The role of subjective expectations for exhaustion and recovery: The sample case of work and leisure. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Advance online publication.

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