About me

I am a Ph.D. statistician currently working at the University of Münster (Germany), Department of Psychology. I am the author of the R package brms and member of the Stan Development Team. Previously, I have studied Psychology and Mathematics at the Universities of Münster and Hagen. See here for an overview of my scientific publications.

Research Interests

  • Bayesian Inference
  • Multilevel Models
  • Ordinal Models
  • Optimal Design
  • Meta-Analysis

Software Development

Author of

Contributed to


  • 2018: Award for the best dissertation 2017-2018 in Psychology at the University of Münster
  • 2017: Gustav A. Lienert award for the best methodological dissertation (awarded by the DGPs)
  • 2017: Award for the best lecture of the Institute of Psychology in Münster

Reviewer (selected)

  • Behavior Research Methods
  • Biometrical Journal
  • Psychometrika
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • Statistics in Medicine


  • Statistics I - Descriptive Statistics und Probability Theory, B.Sc. Psychology
  • Statistics II - Inferential Statistics, B.Sc. Psychology
  • Advanced Statistics II - Structural Equation Modeling and Bayesian Inference, M.Sc. Psychology

Talks (selected)

  • Custom Response Distributions in brms, Stan Conference, Helsinki, 31.08.2018
  • Handling Ordinal Predictors in Regression Models via Monotonic Effects, EAM Conference, Jena, 26.07.2018
  • Why not to be afraid of priors, Bayes@Lund, Lund, 12.04.2018
  • Optimal Design and Bayesian Data Analysis, DGPs Conference: Methods and Evaluation, Tübingen, 20.09.2017
  • A Short Introduction to Bayesian Inference, Institut für Psychologie, Münster, 14.12.2016
  • Bayesian Regression Models using Stan, Institut für Medizinische Biometrie und Informatik, Heidelberg, 24.10.2016
  • brms: An R Package for Bayesian Multilevel Models using Stan, eRum, Poznan, 13.10.2016
  • brms: An R Package for Bayesian Multilevel Models using Stan, R User Meeting, Köln, 26.02.2016
  • Adaptive Designs for Logistic Models with False Answers, IWS 2015, Wien, 23.09.2015
  • Optimal Design of Non-Parametric Two-Sample Tests, DGPs Conference: Methods and Evaluation, 2015, Jena, 17.09.2015

Workshops (selected)

  • Introducing Basic and Advanced Bayesian Modelling, Magdeburg, 30.07. - 03.08.2018
  • Advanced Bayesian Statistics, Aarhus, 04.06. - 08.06.2018
  • Introduction to Bayesian Statistical Modelling, Gent, 14.06. - 15.06.2018
  • Longitudinal Multilevel Models in R, Institute of Psychology, Hamburg, 11.11. - 13.11.2017
  • Bayesian Multilevel Models in R, DPPD Conference, Munich, 03.09.2017
  • Bayesian Multilevel Models in R with brms, Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ), Göttingen, 28.06. - 30.06.2017
  • Bayesian Multilevel Models in R with brms, Institute of Psychology, Bern, 19.04. - 21.04.2017
  • An Introduction to Bayesian Inference and Multilevel Models, Institut für Psychologie, Münster, 15.03. - 17.03.2017
  • Bayesian Multilevel Models in R using the Package brms, 50. DGPs Conference, Leipzig, 18.09.2016