Timo-Kolja Pförtner

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Timo-Kolja Pförtner


In 2002 to 2008, Timo-Kolja Pfoertner studied social science (Diploma) at the University of Cologne. He subsequently wrote his PhD-thesis between 2008 and 2011 as a scholar in the Research Training Group „Social Order and Life Chances in Cross-National Comparison“ at the University of Cologne. His doctoral thesis was about “Poverty and Health in Europe”. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Medical Sociology at the University of Halle (Saale) and worked among other things in an EU-funded project called “SILNETackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking: learning from natural experiments”. Since October 2014, he is research assistant at the IMVR.

Currently, Mr. Pförtner teaches as a substitute professor at the Research Methods Department of the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne (https://www.hf.uni-koeln.de/41676)

  • Work and health
  • Social determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Cross-national comparisons in health and health inequalities
  • Life course research
  • Quantitative methods in empirical social research
  • Pfaff, H., Pförtner, T.‑K., Banaszak-Holl, J., Hu, Y. & Hower, K. (2022). Is the Systemic Agency Capacity of Long-Term Care Organizations Enabling Person-Centered Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study of Organizational Resilience. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(9), 5045. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095045
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Pfaff, H. & Elgar, F. J. (2022). Dualized Labor Market and Polarized Health: A Longitudinal Perspective on the Association between Precarious Employment and Mental and Physical Health in Germany. Journal of health and social behavior, 221465211066855. https://doi.org/10.1177/00221465211066855
  • Zeike, S., Pfaff, H. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2022). Förderung der Gesundheitskompetenz von Führungskräften. In K. Rathmann, K. Dadaczynski, O. Okan & M. Messer (Hrsg.), Springer Reference Pflege – Therapie – Gesundheit. Gesundheitskompetenz (S. 1–11). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-62800-3_93-1
  • Hower, K., Pförtner, T.‑K., Pfaff, H., Wensing, M. & Ansmann, L. (2021). Innovationen im Gesundheitswesen. In B. Blättel-Mink, I. Schulz-Schaeffer & A. Windeler (Hrsg.), Handbuch Innovationsforschung: Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (S. 629–648). Springer VS. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-17668-6_43
  • Hower, K. I., Pfaff, H. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2021). Is time a healer? Course of demands during the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care: a repeated cross-sectional survey in Germany. Journal of public health (Oxford, England), 43(3), e435-e437. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdab144
  • Hower, K. I., Pförtner, T.‑K., Saak, P., Schneider, A., Aydin, O., Pfaff, H., Kons, J., Groß, S. & Ansmann, L. (2021). Evaluation des FITKIDS-Programms zum gesunden Aufwachsen von Kindern aus suchtbelasteten Familien. Suchttherapie, 22(02), 91–100. https://doi.org/10.1055/a-1168-3676
  • Pförtner, T., Pfaff, H. & Hower, K. (2021). The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care managers’ intention to quit. European Journal of Public Health, 31(Suppl 3), iii359-iii360. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckab165.058
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Hower, K., Pfaff, H. & AG Pflege, Gesudnheit, Altern des Kompetenznetzes Public Health zu COVID-19. (2021). Pflegerische Versorgung in Zeiten von Corona- Drohender Systemkollaps oder normaler Wahnsinn? 2. wissenschaftliche Studie zu Herausforderungen und Belastungen aus der Sichtweise von Leitungskräften. Köln. Institut für Medizinsoziologie, Versorgungsforschung und Rehabilitationswissenschaft (IMVR).
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Pfaff, H. & Hower, K. I. (2021). Will the demands by the covid-19 pandemic increase the intent to quit the profession of long-term care managers? A repeated cross-sectional study in Germany. Journal of public health (Oxford, England), 43(3), e431-e434. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdab081
  • Hower, K. I., Pfaff, H. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2020). Pflege in Zeiten von COVID-19: Onlinebefragung von Leitungskräften zu Herausforderungen, Belastungen und Bewältigungsstrategien. Pflege, 33(4), 207–218. https://doi.org/10.1024/1012-5302/a000752
  • Hower, K. I., Pförtner, T.‑K. & Pfaff, H. (2020). Mehr als der „normale Wahnsinn“? imvr: Wissenschaftliche Studie zu den Herausforderungen für Pflegeeinrichtungen durch Covid-19. Monitor Pflege, 6, 16–18.
  • Hower, K. I., Vennedey, V., Hillen, H. A., Stock, S., Kuntz, L., Pfaff, H., Pförtner, T.‑K., Scholl, I. & Ansmann, L. (2020). Is Organizational Communication Climate a Precondition for Patient-Centered Care? Insights from a Key Informant Survey of Various Health and Social Care Organizations. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(21), 8074. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218074
  • Pförtner, T.‑K. & Pfaff, H. (2020). 3.3.2. Arztrolle. In R. Deinzer & O. von dem Knesebeck (Hrsg.), Online Lehrbuch der Medizinischen Psychologie und Medizinischen Soziologie. German Medical Science GMS Publishing House. https://doi.org/10.5680/OLMPS000021
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Siegrist, J., von dem Knesebeck, O. & Wahrendorf, M. (2020). Gesundheitliche Folgen der COVID-19 Pandemie bei prekär Beschäftigten: Kompetenznetz Public Health COVID-19.
  • Fiedler, S., Pfaff, H., Petrowski, K. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2019). Effects of a Classroom Training Program for Promoting Health Literacy Among IT Managers in the Workplace: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 61(1), 51–60. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000001471
  • Fiedler, S., Pförtner, T.‑K., Nitzsche, A., McKee, L. & Pfaff, H. (2019). Health literacy of commercial industry managers: an exploratory qualitative study in Germany. Health promotion international, 34(1), 5–15. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dax052
  • Hower, K. I., Pförtner, T.‑K., Pfaff, H., Lee, S.‑Y. D. & Ansmann, L. (2019). Child-oriented Drug Counseling in Germany: Evaluating the Implementation of the Program “Fitkids” and Its Association with Readiness for Change. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 43(5), 421–442. https://doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2019.1661929
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Pfaff, H. & Elgar, F. J. (2019). The Role of Welfare State Characteristics for Health and Inequalities in Health from a Cross-National Perspective: A Critical Research Synthesis. KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 71(Suppl 1), 465–489. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11577-019-00606-w
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Pfaff, H. & Hower, K. I. (2019). Trends in the association of different forms of precarious employment and self-rated health in Germany. An analysis with the German Socio-Economic Panel between 1995 and 2015. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 73(11), 1002–1011. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2018-211933
  • Fiedler, S., Pfaff, H., Soellner, R. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2018). Exploring the Association Between Health Literacy and Psychological Well-Being Among Industry Managers in Germany. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 60(8), 743–753. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000001324
  • Moor, I., Günther, S., Knöchelmann, A., Hoebel, J., Pförtner, T.‑K., Lampert, T. & Richter, M. (2018). Educational inequalities in subjective health in Germany from 1994 to 2014: a trend analysis using the German Socio-Economic Panel study (GSOEP). BMJ open, 8(6), e019755. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019755
  • Perelman, J., Alves, J., Pfoertner, T.‑K., Moor, I., Federico, B., Kuipers, M. A. G., Richter, M., Rimpela, A., Kunst, A. E. & Lorant, V. (2017). The association between personal income and smoking among adolescents: a study in six European cities. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 112(12), 2248–2256. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.13930
  • Pförtner, T.‑K. & Moor, I. (2017). Wie kommt die Gesellschaft unter die Haut? Eine Mediatoranalyse gesundheitlicher Ungleichheit mit den Daten des Sozioökonomischen Panels 2011 [How does the Social Gets under the Skin? A Mediator Analysis with Data from the German Socioeconomic Panel 2011]. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie, 67(1), 9–18. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0042-116153
  • Pförtner, T.‑K. & Schmidt-Catran, A. W. (2017). In-Work Poverty and Self-Rated Health in a Cohort of Working Germans: A Hybrid Approach for Decomposing Within-Person and Between-Persons Estimates of In-Work Poverty Status. American journal of epidemiology, 185(4), 274–282. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kww218
  • Schaller, A., Petrowski, K., Pfoertner, T.‑K. & Froboese, I. (2017). Effectiveness of a theory-based multicomponent intervention (Movement Coaching) on the promotion of total and domain-specific physical activity: a randomised controlled trial in low back pain patients. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 18(1), 431. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-017-1788-6
  • Elgar, F. J., Xie, A., Pförtner, T.‑K., White, J. & Pickett, K. E. (2016). Relative deprivation and risk factors for obesity in Canadian adolescents. Social science & medicine (1982), 152, 111–118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.039
  • Halbach, S. M., Ernstmann, N., Kowalski, C., Pfaff, H., Pförtner, T.‑K., Wesselmann, S. & Enders, A. (2016). Unmet information needs and limited health literacy in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients over the course of cancer treatment. Patient education and counseling, 99(9), 1511–1518. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.06.028
  • Pfaff, H. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2016). Gesundheitssystemgestaltung, Versorgungsgestaltung und Versorgungsentwicklung. In M. Richter & K. Hurrelmann (Hrsg.), Lehrbuch. Soziologie von Gesundheit und Krankheit (S. 327–340). Springer VS.
  • Pförtner, T.‑K. & Elgar, F. J. (2016). Widening inequalities in self-rated health by material deprivation? A trend analysis between 2001 and 2011 in Germany. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 70(1), 82–89. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2015-205948
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Hublet, A., Schnohr, C. W., Rathmann, K., Moor, I., Looze, M. de, Baška, T., Molcho, M., Kannas, L., Kunst, A. E. & Richter, M. (2016). Socioeconomic inequalities in the impact of tobacco control policies on adolescent smoking. A multilevel study in 29 European countries. Addictive behaviors, 53, 58–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.09.016
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Rathmann, K., Moor, I., Kunst, A. E. & Richter, M. (2016). Sozioökonomische Unterschiede im Rauchverhalten bei Jugendlichen : Eine ländervergleichende Perspektive zum Stellenwert individueller und makrostruktureller Faktoren [Social inequalities in adolescent smoking: A cross-national perspective of the role of individual and macro-structural factors]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz, 59(2), 206–216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00103-015-2280-9
  • Pförtner, T.‑K. (2016). Armut und Gesundheit: Der Lebensstandardansatz als ergänzendes Messinstrument relativer Armut. Ergebnisse aus dem Sozio-ökonomischen Panel (SOEP 2011) [Poverty and Health: The Living Standard Approach as a Supplementary Concept to Measure Relative Poverty. Results from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP 2011)]. Das Gesundheitswesen, 78(6), 387–394. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0034-1390442
  • de Looze, M., Raaijmakers, Q., Bogt, T. T., Bendtsen, P., Farhat, T., Ferreira, M., Godeau, E., Kuntsche, E., Molcho, M., Pförtner, T.‑K., Simons-Morton, B., Vieno, A., Vollebergh, W. & Pickett, W. (2015). Decreases in adolescent weekly alcohol use in Europe and North America: evidence from 28 countries from 2002 to 2010. European Journal of Public Health, 25(Suppl 2), 69–72. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckv031
  • Elgar, F. J., Pförtner, T.‑K., Moor, I., Clercq, B. de, Stevens, G. W. J. M. & Currie, C. (2015). Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health 2002–2010: a time-series analysis of 34 countries participating in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. The Lancet, 385(9982), 2088–2095. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61460-4
  • Moor, I., Rathmann, K., Lenzi, M., Pförtner, T.‑K., Nagelhout, G. E., Looze, M. de, Bendtsen, P., Willemsen, M., Kannas, L., Kunst, A. E. & Richter, M. (2015). Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent smoking across 35 countries: a multilevel analysis of the role of family, school and peers. European Journal of Public Health, 25(3), 457–463. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cku244
  • Moor, I., Richter, M., Ravens-Sieberer, U., Ottová-Jordan, V., Elgar, F. J. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2015). Trends in social inequalities in adolescent health complaints from 1994 to 2010 in Europe, North America and Israel: The HBSC study. European Journal of Public Health, 25(Suppl 2), 57–60. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckv028
  • Pförtner, T.‑K. (2015). Materielle Deprivation und Gesundheit von Männern und Frauen in Deutschland : Ergebnisse aus dem Sozioökonomischen Panel 2011 [Material deprivation and health among women and men in Germany: results from the German Socioeconomic Panel 2011]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz, 58(1), 100–107. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00103-014-2080-7
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Clercq, B. de, Lenzi, M., Vieno, A., Rathmann, K., Moor, I., Hublet, A., Molcho, M., Kunst, A. E. & Richter, M. (2015). Does the association between different dimension of social capital and adolescent smoking vary by socioeconomic status? a pooled cross-national analysis. International journal of public health, 60(8), 901–910. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-015-0734-3
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Günther, S., Levin, K. A., Torsheim, T. & Richter, M. (2015). The use of parental occupation in adolescent health surveys. An application of ISCO-based measures of occupational status. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 69(2), 177–184. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2014-204529
  • Pförtner, T.‑K., Moor, I., Rathmann, K., Hublet, A., Molcho, M., Kunst, A. E. & Richter, M. (2015). The association between family affluence and smoking among 15-year-old adolescents in 33 European countries, Israel and Canada: the role of national wealth. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 110(1), 162–173. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.12741
  • Rosenbach, F., Richter, M. & Pförtner, T.‑K. (2015). Sozioökonomischer Status und inflammatorische Biomarker für Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen: Wie wirken Bildung, Beruf und Einkommen? [Socioeconomic status and inflammatory biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases: How do education, occupation and income operate?]. Herz, 40(Suppl 3), 298–304. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00059-013-4040-7
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