- Thesis: Job demands and job resources as predictors of burnout in police service
- Thesis: Effects of computer-assisted cognitive remediation on cognitive and non-cognitive measures in depressive patients
Since October 2016 - PhD candidate
Freie Universität Berlin - Division of Clinical Psychological Intervention
- Topic of PhD project: Is oxytocin a valid biomarker for posttraumatic stress disorder?
2015 – 2016 Student research assistant
Freie Universität Berlin - Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and Public Health
2015 Student assistant
Center for Ambulant Rehabilitation Berlin
2012 – 2013 Student research assistant
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg - Divisions of Cognitive Psychology and Methodology
Since 2016 - PhD scholarship, German Economical Foundation
April 2017 - Santander International Summer School on Social Processes and Mental Health
2013 - 2016 - Student scholarship, Protestant Study Foundation Villigst
The sub-group “Biopsychological mechanisms of psychotherapeutic interventions” investigates the interactions between psychological and biological mechanisms during effective psychotherapeutic treatment.
We are especially interested in inspecting alterations in various biological systems, such as the HPA axis, the autonomic nervous system or the oxytocin system, as correlates of the development and maintenance of mental disorders, and in further investigating whether these alterations normalise in response to successful psychotherapeutic treatment. Additionally, we are interested if these alterations predict treatment response.
Therefore, we include markers of biological systems (e.g., cortisol, α-amylase, oxytocin) into psychotherapeutic treatment studies by using multi-methodological approaches (saliva-, blood- or hair-based markers). By the parallel investigation of various biological systems, we aim to pursue a multi-dimensional approach in our studies, allowing us to understand/inform on the interplay between these systems.
Next to empirical studies, we also conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the above-mentioned topics.
Head: Dr. Sarah Schumacher
Doctoral students: M.Sc. Sinha Engel, M.Sc. Sebastian Laufer
Articles in peer-reviewed Journals
Trapp, W., Engel, S., Hajak, G., Lautenbacher, S., & Gallhofer, B. (2016). Cognitive remediation for depressed inpatients: Results of a pilot randomized controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(1), 46-55.
Engel, S., Heinrich, M., Zagorscak, P., Knaevelsrud, C. (2017). The working alliance in an online intervention for depression: Quality, course and relation to outcome. Scientific meeting on attachment in medicine and psychotherapy, Heidelberg, Germany, September 2017
Engel, S., Niemeyer, H., Cwik, J., Knaevelsrud, C. & Schumacher, S. (2017). HPA axis regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis. International Congress of the World Association for Stress Related and Anxiety Disorders (WASAD) Würzburg, Germany, September 2017*
* honored with the ‘Best Poster Award’