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Dr. phil. Kristina Eichel


Clinical Psychological Intervention

Research Assistant (externally funded project)

Schloßstr. 1 (Entrance via Turm 8 in Bornstraße)
Room 2.08.04, Turm 8
12163 Berlin
  • 2016 – Promotion at Universität zu Köln
    • Mindfulness and error processing
  • 2021 – Master in Cognitive Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2012 – Dimploma in Psychology at Universität zu Köln


Since December 2021: Research assistant

Freie Universität Berlin - Department Clinical Psychologial Intervention


2017 - 2019: Postdoctoral Researcher

Brown University, Providence, RI, USA - The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory -Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


2016: Research Assistant

Universität zu Köln - Social Cognition Center Cologne


2012 - 2015: Research assistant

Universität zu Köln - Differential Psychology and Psychological Diagnostic


2007 - 2011: Student research assistant

Universität zu Köln - Psychological Methods and Experimental Psychology


Psychotherapeutic practice

Since April 2021 Psychological Psychotherapist with limited treatment permit at Zentrum für Systemische Therapie an der GST


Research stays

June to December 2015 Visiting Researcher

Dr. Willoughby Britton, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA -The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory



Balancing Hope and Fear: Resourcing Climate Activists for Sustainable Environmental Justice Work (Dr. Brooke D. Lavelle, Zack Walsh, Dr. Kristina Eichel, et. al), Mind & Life PEACE Grant (25.000$). Laufzeit: 2020-2021

Jealousy and Mindfulness, Center for Social and Economic Behavior C-SEB Junior Start-Up Grant (3000€), Universität zu Köln. Laufzeit: 2016



06/ 2015-09/ 2015: Scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Research stay at Brown University

10/ 2012 - 12/ 2015: Scholarship from the graduate school of the faculty of human sciences of the Universität zu Köln. Research stay at Brown University

Practice as expert for journals

Clinical Psychology Review



Computers in Human Behavior


Participations in occupational organisations

Since 2021 elected delegate of the psychotherapists in training of the Psychotherapeutenkammer Berlin

Since 2019 member of Psychologists4Future

Reserach topics

  • Effects of mindfulness and meditation on emotional and cognitive components
  • Social and general impact factors of psychotherapy
  • Systemic therapy, relationship and sexual counseling
  • Philosophy of mind, emphasis on theory of mind and empathy
  • Interdisciplinary research (philosophy, sociology and psychology)
  • Neurophysiological methods (EEG, fMRI)
  • Implementation research
  • Diversity and publication bias in psychotherapy research

Peer-reviewed articles


Cullen, B. H., Eichel, K., Lindahl, R. J., Rahrig, H., Kini, N., Flahive, J., & Britton, W. B. (2021). The contributions of focused attention and open monitoring in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for affective disturbances: a 3-armed randomized dismantling trial. PLOS One, 16(1), e0244838.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244838 

Eichel, K., Gawande, R., Acabchuk, R.L.  (co-first author), … Britton, W. B. (2021). A Retrospective Systematic Review of Diversity Variables in Mindfulness Research, 2000–2016. Mindfulness, 12(5), 2573-2592 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12671-021-01715-4

Eichel, K., Canby, N. (co-first author), Lindahl, J. R., Chau, S., Cordova, J., & Britton, W. B. (2021). The Contribution of Common and Specific Therapeutic Factors to Mindfulness-Based Intervention Outcomes. Front. Psychol., 11, 603394. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.603394 

Yamada, Y., Ćepulić, DB., Coll-Martín, T. [...], Eichel, K. et al. (2021). COVIDiSTRESS Global Survey dataset on psychological and behavioural consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sci Data, 8(1), 3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-00784-9


Brown, L., Rando, A., Eichel, K., Van Dam, N. T., Celano, C., Huffman, J., Morris, M. (2020). The effects of mindfulness and meditation on vagally-mediated heart rate variability: A meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000900    

Canby, N., Eichel, K., Peters, S., Rahrig, H., & Britton, W. B. (2020). Predictors of out-of-class mindfulness practice adherence during and after a mindfulness-based intervention. Psychosomatic Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000873  

Eichel, K. & Stahl, J. (2020). Error processing and mindfulness meditation in female students. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 147, 35-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.11.001  

Kowal, M., Coll-Martín, T., Ikizer, G., Rasmussen, J., Eichel, K., Studzińska, A., Koszałkowska, K., Karwowski, M., Najmussaqib, A., Pankowski, D., & Ahmed, O. (2020). Who is the most stressed during COVID-19 isolation? Data from 26 countries and areas. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12234 


Kang, Y., Rahrig, H., Eichel, K., Niles, H. F., Rocha, T., Lepp, N. E., ..., Britton, W. B. (2018). Gender differences in response to a school-based mindfulness training intervention for early adolescents. Journal of School Psychology, 68, 163-176. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2018.03.004 


Eichel, K. & Stahl, J. (2016). The role of mindfulness and emotional stability in error detection. Mindfulnesshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0601-1 


Klipp, S., Eichel, K., Billard, A., Chalika, E., Dabrowska, M., Loranc,. . . Assailly, J.P. (2011). European Demerit Point Systems: Overview of their main features and expert opinions. Organization.

Conference Presentations

Eichel, K., Cullen, B. H., Britton, W. B. (2018) Effects of focused attention and open monitoring meditation on error-related processing - Behavioral and neurophysiological changes. Vortrag bei der 4th International Conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Leiden, Niederlande

Eichel, K. (2018) Symposium Chair für “Critical and Social Perspectives on Mindfulness” bei der International Conference on Mindfulness, Amsterdam, Niederlande

Eichel, K., Chao, S., Cheaito, A., Lipsky, J., Pham, A., Zhu, Z., … Britton, W. B. (2018). Exclusion by Omission: A Systematic Review of Diversity Variables in Mindfulness Based Interventions. Vortrag bei der International Conference on Mindfulness, Amsterdam, Niederlande

Eichel, K. & Crusius, J. (2018). Mindfulness and Envy. Vortrag bei dem Consortium of European Research on Emotion, Glasgow, UK

Eichel, K. & Britton, W. B. (2017). Pay Attention to Focused Attention in Mindfulness-Based Interventions. Vortrag bei dem Mindfulness Symposium - Triangulations, Copenhagen, Dänemark

Eichel, K. & Sysalova, H. (2016). Critique on Measurements of “Trait” Mindfulness. Vortrag und Panel bei Theorising on Social and Embodied Aspects of Contemplative Practices, Tampere, Finnland

Eichel, K. & Stahl, J. (2015). The Role of Mindfulness and Emotional Stability in Performance Monitoring. Vortrag bei Mindfulness and Compassion, San Francisco, CA, USA

Eichel, K. & Stahl, J. (2014). The effect of mindfulness on error processing using a dispositional and an experimental approach. Vortrag bei der European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Conference, Dortmund