Dr. rer. nat. Sarah Schumacher

Foto_Schumacher

Clinical Psychological Intervention

Postdoctoral researcher - externally funded project

Address
Schwendenerstr 27
Room 219
14195 Berlin
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+49 30 838 450434
Email
sarah.schumacher(at)fu-berlin.de
  • 2015 - Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • Topic: Physiological and psychological stress responses during in vivo exposure – An investigation in patients with agoraphobia or specific phobia and their treating therapists
  • 2015 - license to practice as a psychological psychotherapist (behavioral therapy, ZPHU Berlin)

  • 2009 - diploma in Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg

 

Career


Since September 2015 Postdoctoral researcher

Freie Universität Berlin - Division of Clinical Psychological Intervention

 

2011 - 2015 Research assistant

Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Charité Mitte, clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy, division of anxiety disorders

 

2009 - 2010 Visiting Researcher

Roehampton University London, Great Britain - Clinical and Health Psychology Research Centre

                                                                                   

2007 - 2009 Student research assistant

Philipps-Universität Marburg – Division of Psychology and Psychotherapy

 

Psychotherapeutic Practice


 2010 - 2015 Centre for Psychotherapy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZPHU)

 

2011 - 2012 Certified therapist for studies, BMBF-Projekt (Study centre Charité Berlin) Improving CBT for panic by identifying the active ingredients and understanding the mechanisms of action – a multicenter study

 

Scholarships


Scholarships for travels, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (2013, 2014)

Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium, Berlin (2014)

Scholarship for travels, FAZIT-Stiftung (2012)

PhD Program scholarships, FAZIT-Stiftung (2011-2013)

 

Awards


Award Winner of the Peer Mentoring Programm (2018)
S. Schumacher (FU Berlin) & S. Fischer (University of Zürich)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation (DGVM)

Irmela Florin Research Award (2017)


German Association of Behavioral Medicine and Modification (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation, DGVM)


Best Poster Award (2014)
14th Berlin Summer School, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

 

Best Oral Presentation Award (2014)
Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)

 

Ad-hoc reviewer for scientific journals


Biological Psychology

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

European Journal of Endocrinology

Developmental Psychobiology

International Journal of Psychophysiology

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Plos One

Psychatry Research

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Psychophysiology

Stress

Stress & Health

Verhaltenstherapie

Memberships in professional organisations


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation (DGVM)

Gesellschaft für Angstforschung (GAF)

International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)

Psychotherapeutenkammer Berlin

Information on Dr. Schumacher'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

Schumacher, S., Schopka, N. M., Heinrich, M., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2019). The German adaptation of the Therapist Beliefs about Exposure Scale: A validation study among licensed cognitive behavioural therapists in Germany. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 47(2), 164-180. doi: 10.1017/S1352465818000371

2018

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, 98, 186-201. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.08.006

Schumacher, S. (2018). Psychotherapeutenvariablen in der Behandlung von Angststörungen: Ein Überblick über Studien zum Stresserleben von Psychotherapeut/innen während der Durchführung von Expositionen. Resonanzen. E-Journal für biopsychosoziale Dialoge in Psychotherapie, Supervision und Beratung, 6(2), 67-79. Verfügbar unter http://www.resonanzen-journal.org

Schumacher, S., Weiss, D. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2018). Dissemination of exposure in the treatment of anxiety disorders and PTSD among German cognitive behavioural therapists. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 25(6):856-864.
doi: 10.1002/cpp.2320 
 

2017

Schumacher, S., Betzler, F., Miller, R., Kirschbaum, C. & Ströhle, A. (2017). Do psychotherapists display habituation of stress across sessions when performing subsequent in vivo exposures? – A case series. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 27(2), 218-224. doi: 10.1037/int0000086

Schumacher, S., Rief, W., Klaus, K., Brähler, E. & Mewes, R. (2017) Medium- and long-term prognostic validity of competing classification proposals for the former somatoform disorders. Psychological Medicine, 47 (10), 1719-1732. doi: 10.1017/S0033291717000149

von Lindenberger, B.,* Plag, J.*, Schumacher, S., Gaudlitz, K., Bischoff, S., Bobbert, T., Dimeo, F., Petzold, M., Kirschbaum, C., Dudás, Z., Ströhle, A. (2017). Clinical and neurobiological effects of aerobic exercise in dental phobia: A randomized controlled trial. Depression and Anxiety. doi:10.1002/da.22659.


2015

Schumacher, S., Miller, R., Fehm, L., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2015). Therapists' and patients' stress responses during graduated versus flooding in vivo exposure in the treatment of specific phobia: a preliminary observational study. Psychiatry Research, 230 (2), 668-675. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.10.020 


2014

Plag, J., Schumacher, S. & Ströhle, A. (2014). Generalisierte Angststörung. Der Nervenarzt, 85 (9), 1185-1194. doi: 10.1007/s00115-014-4121-8

Plag, J., Gaudlitz,K., Schumacher,S., Kirschbaum,C., Dimeo,F., Bobbert,T. & Ströhle, A. (2014). Effect of combined cognitive-behavioral therapy and endurance training on cortisol and salivary alpha-amylase in panic disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 58 (11), 12-19. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2014.07.008

Schumacher, S., Gaudlitz, K., Plag, J., Miller, R., Kirschbaum, C., Fehm, L., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2014). Who is stressed? A pilot study of salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase concentrations in agoraphobic patients and their novice therapists undergoing in vivo exposure. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49 (11), 280-289. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2014.07.016


2013

Plag, J.*, Schumacher, S.*, Schmid, U. & Ströhle, A. (2013). Baseline and acute changes in the HPA system in patients with anxiety disorders: current state of research. Neuropsychiatry, 3 (1),45-62

Schumacher, S., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2013). Is salivary alpha-amylase an indicator of autonomic nervous system dysregulations in mental disorders? – A review of preliminary findings and the interactions with cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (6), 729-743. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.02.003

Schumacher, S., Rief, W., Brähler, E., Martin, A., Glaesmer, H. & Mewes, R. (2013). Disagreement in doctor’s and patient’s rating about medically unexplained symptoms and health care use. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20 (1), 30-37. doi: 10.1007/s12529-011-9213-2

 * shared first authorship

 

Book Sections


Schumacher, S., Bischoff, S., Gaudlitz, K. & Ströhle, A. (2015). Lebensqualität in C. Reimers et al. (Hrsg.) Prävention und Therapie durch Sport: Neurologie, Psychiatrie, Orthopädie, Rheumatologie, Innere Medizin., 2. Auflage, München: Elsevier.

Plag, J., Schumacher, S., Ströhle, A. (2015). Körperliche Aktivität bei Zwangsstörungen in Markser & Bär (Hrsg.). Sport- und Bewegungstherapie bei seelischen Erkrankungen. Stuttgart: Schattauer.

  

Selected Talks


Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Spies, J., Rau, H., Nater, U., Knaevelsrud, C. (2019). Marker der Hypothalamus-Hypophysen-Nebennierenrinden-Achse und des autonomen Nervensystems als Prädiktoren für das Ansprechen auf eine internetbasierte Behandlung der posttraumatischen Belastungsstörung. Tagung Psychologie und Gehirn, Dresden, Juni 2019

Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Spies, J., Rau, H., Nater, U., Knaevelsrud, C. (2019). Salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase as predictors of response to an internet-based treatment for German soldiers with PTSD. European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Juni 2019

Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Spies, J., Rau, H., Nater, U. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2018). Effects of psychotherapeutic treatment on cortisol and alpha-amylase concentrations: An investigation in soldiers of the German Armed Forces suffering from PTSD. 48th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Irvine, Kalifornien, September 2018

Schumacher, S. (2017). Prognostische Validität alternativer Klassifikationskonzepte für die somatoformen Störungen. Vortrag als Preisträgerin des Irmela-Florin-Forschungspreises Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation (DGVM), Bad Bramstedt, October 2017

Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Engel, S., Cwik, J. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2017). Psychotherapeutic treatment and HPA axis regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Congress of the World Association for Stress Related and Anxiety Disorders (WASAD) Würzburg, September 2017

Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Engel, S., Cwik, J. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2017). Die Regulation der Hypothalamus-Hypophysen-Nebennierenrinden-Achse in der Posttraumatischen Belastungsstörung: eine Meta-Analyse.Tagung der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Chemnitz, May 2017

Schumacher, S., Rief, W., Klaus, K., Brähler, E., Mewes, R. (2016). Prognostische Validität alternativer Klassifikationsansätze für die somatoformen Störungen. Tagung der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Bielefeld, May 2016

Schumacher, S., Gaudlitz, K., Plag, J., Miller, R., Kirschbaum, C., Fehm, L., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2014). Physiologischer und psychologischer Stress von Therapeut und Patient während der in-vivo Exposition. Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN), Berlin, November 2014

Schumacher, S., Gaudlitz, K., Plag, J., Miller, R., Kirschbaum, C., Fehm, L., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2014). Who is stressed? Elevated salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase concentrations in agoraphobic patients and their novice therapists undergoing in vivo exposure. 44th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Montréal, Kanada, August 2014 awarded for the ‘Best Oral Presentation Award’

Schumacher, S., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2013). Wer ist gestresst? - Subjektives Erleben und Aktivierung des Stresshormonsystems von Therapeut und Patient während der in-vivo Exposition Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN), Berlin, November 2013

Schumacher, S., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2013). Who is stressed? - Elevated salivary alpha-amylase activity in agoraphobic patients and their novice therapists undergoing in vivo exposure. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Angstforschung (GAF), Göttingen, November 2013

 

Selected Poster Presentations


Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Engel, S., Cwik, J. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2018). Effekte psychotherapeutischer Interventionen auf die Regulation der Hypothalamus-Hypophysen-Nebennierenrinden-Achse bei der Posttraumatischen Belastungsstörung: eine Meta-Analyse. Tagung der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Landau, May 2018

Weiss, D., Knaevelsrud, C. & Schumacher, S. (2018). Prädiktion der Anwendungshäufigkeit von Exposition in der Behandlung von Angststörungen und PTBS: Eine Befragung unter kognitiven Verhaltenstherapeut/innen in Deutschland. Tagung der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Landau, May 2018

Laufer, S., Engel, S. , Knaevelsrud, C. & Schumacher, S. (2018). Erhebung von Kortisol und α-Amylase in psychotherapeutischen Interventionsstudien: Ein systematischer Review. Tagung der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Landau, May 2018

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, September 2017 * awarded with the ‘Best Poster Award’

Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Engel, S., Cwik, J. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2017). A meta-analysis of HPA axis regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder – Results of studies investigating psychotherapeutic treatments and endocrine hormones. 47th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Zürich, Switzerland, September 2017

Schumacher, S., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2016). The role of personality traits in the stress response of psychotherapist trainees. 46th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Miami, Florida, USA, September 2016

Schumacher, S., Gaudlitz, K., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2013). Who is stressed? - Elevated salivary alpha-amylase activity in agoraphobic patients and their novice therapists undergoing in vivo exposure. 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), Leiden, Niederlande, August 2013

Schumacher, S., Kirschbaum, C., Fydrich, T. & Ströhle, A. (2013). The physiological stress response and the subjective experience of stress during in-vivo exposure in agoraphobic patients and their therapists. Tagung der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Trier, May 2013