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Academic Bio

Nicolas Sommet received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Lausanne in 2014. His doctoral work focused on the structural antecedents and the interpersonal consequences of competitive goals (Sommet et al., 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017; for a review, see Butera et al., 2019).


After a first year of post-doctoral training at the University of Geneva (2014-15), he received a UNIL/CHUV mobility fellowship to study at the University of Rochester, NY (2015-16). He kept working on achievement motivation (Sommet & Elliot, 2017), while developing a line of inquiry on inequality.

Then, Nicolas held a Junior Lecturer position at the NCCR LIVES (2016-20) and obtained a SNSF Ambizione fellowship to study the psychological effects of income inequality (2020-present) and a SNSF Spark fellowship (co-applicant) to study the psychological effect of social class (2019-present).


During these years, he used cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental data to investigate the effects of residing in places with high income inequality on various outcomes such as health, well-being, trust, competitiveness (for a review of these findings, see Sommet et Elliot, 2023). 

Nicolas also published two humoristic but rigorous primers on multilevel linear and logistic modeling (Sommet & Morselli, 2017, 2021) and co-developed a method and a web-app to facilitate power calculation when testing an interaction (Sommet et al., 2024).

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Academic Positions

2020 - now. Lecturer Ambizione SNSF

Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research

University of Lausanne (CH)

Mar/Jun - 2022. Visiting Scholar

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC, US)

2016 - 2020. Junior Lecturer

National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES

University of Lausanne (CH)

2015 - 2016. Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department of Psychology,

University of Rochester (NY, USA)

2014 - 2015. Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education

University of Geneva (CH)

2009 - 2014. Assistant/PhD student

Laboratory of Social Psychology
University of Lausanne (CH)



2020. SNSF Ambizione Grant – 48 months
The Effects of Inequality on Psychological Functioning

2020. SNSF Spark Grant – 12 months

Advancing Psychology of Social Class

2015. UNIL/CHUV Mobility – 18 months

The Psychological Consequences of Social Inequalities


2022. AAP IdeX Innovations Pédagogiques

« Stat to the point ! »

2021. ANR (research partner) – 42 months

From money scarcity to income inequality – COGPOV

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