Sinha Engel

sinhaengel

Clinical Psychological Intervention

Research Assistant

Address
Schwendenerstr 27
Room 001
14195 Berlin
Email
s.engel(at)fu-berlin.de
  • 2016 Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Thesis: Job demands and job resources as predictors of burnout in police service
  • 2014 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
  • Thesis: Effects of computer-assisted cognitive remediation on cognitive and non-cognitive measures in depressive patients

 

Career


Since October 2019 – Research Assistant

Freie Universität Berlin - Division of Clinical Psychological Intervention


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


2012 – 2013 Student research assistant

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg - Divisions of Cognitive Psychology and Methodology


Psychotherapeutic Training


Since August 2019 – Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Berlin (IVB)


Research Stay


March 2018 - May 2018

Research stay at Academic Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Scholarships


Since 2016 - PhD scholarship, German Economical Foundation

September 2018 - Scholarship for travel, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

April 2017 - Santander International Summer School on Social Processes and Mental Health

2013 - 2016 - Student scholarship, Protestant Study Foundation Villigst

Sinha Engel is interested in psychoneuroendocrinological factors and sex differences in the development and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. She conducts empirical studies and meta-analyses, focusing on the oxytocin systen, the HPA axis and the autonomic nervous system.

Information on Ms. Engel's research can be found here.

Peer-reviewed Articles


2019

Engel, S., Klusmann, H., Laufer, S., Pfeifer, A., Ditzen, B., van Zuiden, M., Knaevelsrud, C. & Schumacher, S. (2019). Trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder and oxytocin: A meta-analytic investigation of endogenous concentrations and receptor genotype. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 107, 560-601. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.08.003

Engel, S.*, Klusmann, H.*, Ditzen, B., Knaevelsrud, C., & Schumacher, S. (2019). Menstrual cycle-related fluctuations in oxytocin concentrations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 52, 144-155. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2018.11.002

Engel, S., Laufer, S., Knaevelsrud, C., & Schumacher, S. (2019). The endogenous oxytocin system in depressive disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 101, 138-149. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.11.011

Engel, S., Laufer, S., Miller, R., Niemeyer, H. Knaevelsrud, C. & Schumacher, S. (accepted). Demographic, sampling- and assay-related confounders of endogenous oxytocin concentrations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2019.100775 

Engel, S.*, van Zuiden, M.*, Frijling, J. L., Koch, S. B. J., Nawijn, L., Schumacher, S., Knaevelsrud, C., Veltman, D. J. & Olff, M. (2019). Patterns of recovery from early posttraumatic stress symptoms after a preventive intervention with oxytocin: Hormonal contraception use is a prognostic factor. Biological Psychiatry. 85 (12), e71–e73. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.01.014

Schumacher, S.*, Niemeyer, H.*, Engel, S., Cwik, J.C., Laufer, S., Klusmann, H. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2019). HPA axis regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis focusing on potential moderators. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 100, 35-57. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.02.005

* shared first authorship
 

2018

Engel, S., Wörfel, F., Santa Maria, A., Wolter, C., Kleiber, D., & Renneberg, B. (2018). Leadership climate prevents emotional exhaustion in German police officers. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 20(3), 217-224. doi:10.1177/1461355718786295

Laufer, S., Engel, S., Knaevelsrud, C., & Schumacher, S. (2018). Cortisol and alpha-amylase assessment in psychotherapeutic intervention studies: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 95, 235-262. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.09.023

Schumacher, S.*, Niemeyer, H.*, Engel, S., Cwik, J. C., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2018). Psychotherapeutic treatment and HPA axis regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 9(98), 186-201. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.08.006

2016

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. doi: 10.1177/0004867415622271

 

Selected Talks


Engel, S., Klusmann, H., Laufer, S., Pfeifer, A., Ditzen, B., van Zuiden, M., Knaevelsrud, C., Schumacher, S. (2019). Interactions between traumatic events, posttraumatic stress symptoms and endogenous oxytocin concentrations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 45th Annual Meeting Psychology and Brain, Dresden, Germany, June 2019

Engel, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Spies, J., Rau, H., Knaevelsrud, C., Schumacher, S. (2019). Does oxytocin predict psychotherapeutic process? Exploring biological markers of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. 16th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 2019

Engel, S., van Zuiden, M., Frijling, J. L., Koch, S. B. J., Nawijn, L., Schumacher, S., Knaevelsrud, C., Neumann, I. D., Bosch, J. A., Veltman, D., Olff, M. (2018). Hormonal concentrations early post-trauma influence posttraumatic stress disorder symptom development and the effects of a preventive pharmacological intervention. 48th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Irvine, California, USA, September 2018

 

Selected Poster Presentations


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’