One focus of the research group is the investigation of the interaction between psychological and biological mechanisms of action of psychotherapeutic interventions.
We are interested in the investigation of psychopathological changes in different biological systems (HPA axis, autonomic nervous system, oxytocin system) as correlates of the development and maintenance of mental disorders and in the investigation of the change of these abnormalities in the context of psychotherapeutic interventions. In addition, we investigate the extent to which changes in biological systems can predict the response to psychotherapy.
A second focus of our research is the investigation of women-specific aspects of mental health, such as the relationship between hormones, mood, and stress at different stages of the menstrual cycle.
In our studies we integrate markers of different biological systems (e.g. cortisol, α-amylase, oxytocin, estradiol) into basic and interventional studies using multi-methodological approaches (saliva, blood or hair samples). In addition, they pursue a multi-dimensional approach and investigate different biological systems in parallel in order to better understand their interaction.
In addition to empirical studies, we also conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the above topics.