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Dipl.-Psych. Sebastian Burchert

Foto Sebastian Burchert

Clinical Psychological Intervention

Research assistant - externally funded project

Schwendenerstr 27
Room 216
14195 Berlin
+49 30 838 457523
  • 2012 – diploma in Psychology, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald

  • diploma thesis: Transgenerationale Effekte traumatischer Erfahrungen: Kinder von Überlebenden des Khmer Rouge Regimes in Kambodscha


Academic Career

Since April 2015 Research assistant

Freie Universität Berlin - Division of Clinical Psychological Intervention

2009 – 2010 Trainee

Psychatric day-care hospital, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer (bzfo) Berlin


2008 – 2009 Student research assistant

University of Greifswald, Division of Cognitive Psychology


Research stay

August – September 2012 – Research counselor

Colombia, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer (bzfo) Berlin


May – December 2010 Project coordinator

Cambodia, Project Die Gewalt von gestern in der Gesellschaft von morgen: Vergangenheitsbewältigung im heutigen Kambodscha, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer (bzfo) Berlin

Peer-reviewed articles


Böttche, M., Kampisiou, C., Stammel, N., El-Haj-Mohamad, R., Heeke, C., Burchert, S., Heim, E., Wagner, B., Renneberg, B., Böttcher, J., Glaesmer, H., Gouzoulis-Mayfrank, E., Zielasek, J., Konnopka, A., Murray, L., & Knaevelsrud, C. (in press). From formative research to adaptation of an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural intervention: Decision-making processes for face-to-face and internet-based cultural adaptation for Arabic-speaking refugees in Germany. Clinical Psychology in Europe.

Burchert, S., Kerber, A., Zimmermann, J. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2021). Screening accuracy of a 14-day smartphone ambulatory assessment of depression symptoms and mood dynamics in a general population sample: comparison with the PHQ-9 depression screening. PLOS ONE, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244955

Engel, S., Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Burchert, S., Klusmann, H., Rau, H., Willmund, G.-D., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2021). Associations between oxytocin and vasopressin concentrations, traumatic event exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: Group comparisons, correlations, and courses during an internet-based cognitive-behavioral treatment. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2021.1886499

Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Niemeyer, N., Kuester, A., Burchert, S., Skoluda, N., Rau, H., Nater, U., Willmund, G.-D., & Knaevelsrud, C. (in press). Salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase in posttraumatic stress disorder and their potential role in the evaluation of cognitive behavioral treatment outcomes. Journal of Traumatic Stress.


de Graaff, A. M., Cuijpers, P., Acarturk, C., Bryant, R., Burchert, S., Fuhr, D. C., Huizink, A.C., de Jong, J., Kieft, B., Knaevelsrud, C., McDaid, D., Morina, N., Park, A-L., Uppendahl, J., Ventevogen, P., Whitney, C., Wiedemann, N., Woodward, A., & Sijbrandij, M. (2020). Effectiveness of a peer-refugee delivered psychological intervention to reduce psychological distress among adult Syrian refugees in the Netherlands: study protocol. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1694347. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1694347

Engel, S., Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Burchert, S., Rau, H., Willmund, G.-D. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2020). Beeinflusst Oxytocin den psychotherapeutischen Prozess? Eine explorative Untersuchung im Kontext einer internetbasierten kognitiv-verhaltenstherapeutischen Behandlung für die posttraumatische Belastungsstörung. Verhaltenstherapie, 30(1), 69-81. https://doi.org/10.1159/000505303

Heim, E., Burchert, S., Shala, M., Kaufmann, M., Cerga Pashoja, A., Morina, N., Schaub, M. P., Knaevelsrud, C., & Maercker, A. (2020). Effect of cultural adaptation of a smartphone-based self-help programme on its acceptability and efficacy: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Psychology in Europe2(3), 1-3. https://doi.org/10.32872/cpe.v2i3.4281

Kuester, A., Niemeyer, H., Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Spies, J., Weiß, D., Muschalla, B., Burchert, S., Tamm, S., Weidmann, A., Willmund, G., Rau, H., & Knaevelsrud, C. (in press). Attentional Bias in Veterans with Deployment-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder before and after Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - An Eye-tracking Investigation. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2020.03.003

Niemeyer, H.*, Knaevelsrud, C.*, Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Kuester, A., Burchert, S., Muschalla, B., Weiss, D., Spies, J., Rau, H.**, & Willmund, G.-D.** (2020). Evaluation of an internet-based intervention for service members of the German armed forces with deployment-related posttraumatic stress symptoms. BMC Psychiatry20(1), 205. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02595-z
* shared first authorship
** shared last authorship

Shala, M., Morina, N., Burchert, S., Cerga-Pashoja, A., Knaevelsrud, C., Maercker, A., & Heim, E. (2020). Cultural adaptation of Hap-pas-Hapi, an internet and mobile-based intervention for the treatment of psychological distress among Albanian migrants in Switzerland and Germany. Internet Interventions, 21, 100339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2020.100339

van't Hof, E., Heim, E. M., Abi Ramia, J., Burchert, S., Cornelisz, I., Cuijpers, P., ... & Carswell, K. (2020). Evaluating the effectiveness of an E-Mental Health Intervention for People Living in Lebanon: study protocol for two randomised controlled trials (RCTs). JMIR research protocols, Epub-ahead. https://doi.org/10.2196/21585


Burchert, S., Alkneme, M.S., Bird, M., Carswell, K., Cuijpers, P., Hansen, P., Heim, E., Harper Shehadeh, M., Sijbrandij, M., van’t Hof, E., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2018). User-Centered App Adaptation of a Low-Intensity E-Mental Health Intervention for Syrian Refugees. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 663. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00663

Burchert, S., Stammel, N., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2017). Transgenerational trauma in a post-conflict setting: Effects on offspring PTSS/PTSD and offspring vulnerability in Cambodian Families. Psychiatry Research, 254, 151-157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.04.033


Lau, S., Kubiak, T., Burchert, S., Goering, M., Oberländer, N., von Mauschwitz, H., von Saß, S. Selle, M., & Hiemisch, A. (2014). Disentangling the effects of optimism and attribution on feelings of success. Personality and Individual Differences, 56, 78-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2013.08.030


Talks at congresses and conferences

Burchert, S., Stammel, N., Taing, S. & Knaevelsrud, C. Transgenerationale Effekte traumatischer Erfahrungen: Kinder von Überlebenden des Khmer Rouge Regimes in Kambodscha, talk, 14. Jahrestagung der Deutschsprachigen Gesellschaft für Psychotraumatologie (DeGPT), Hamburg, March 2012.

Stammel, N., Burchert, S., Taing, S. Bockers, E. & Knaevelsrud, C. The Survivors’ Voices: Attitudes on the ECCC, the former Khmer Rouge and Civil Party Participation, talk, conference “Victim Participation and Psycho-Social Needs in the Context of the ECCC”, Phnom Penh, December 2010.


Other Publications

Stammel, N., Burchert, S., Taing, S., Bockers, E. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2010). The Survivors’ Voices: Attitudes on the ECCC, the former Khmer Rouge and Experiences with Civil Party Participation. bzfo-report: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335723359_The_survivor's_voices_Attitudes_on_the_ECCC_the_former_Khmer_Rouge_and_Civil_Party_Participation