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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


Boettcher, J., Heinrich, M., Boettche, M., Burchert, S., Glaesmer, H., Gouzoulis-Mayfrank, E., Heeke, C., Hernek, M., Knaevelsrud, C., Konnopka, A., Muntendorf, L.-K., Nilles, H., Nohr, L., Pohl, S., Paskuy, S., Reinhardt, I., Sierau, S., Stammel, N., Wirz, C., Renneberg, B., & Wagner, B. (2024). Internet-based transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorders in Arabic- and Farsi-speaking refugees: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. Trials 25(13). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-023-07845-5
Als Preprint veröffentlicht: https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-2626858/v1


Cuijpers, P., Heim, E., Abi Ramia, J., Burchert, S., Carswell, K., Cornelisz, I., Knaevelsrud, C., Noun, P., van Klaveren, C., Van’t Hof, E., Zoghbi, E., van Ommeren, M. & el Chammay, R. (2022). Effects of a WHO-guided digital health intervention for depression in Syrian refugees in Lebanon: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS Medicine, 19(6), e1004025. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1004025

Cuijpers, P., Heim, E., Ramia, J. A., Burchert, S., Carswell, K., Cornelisz, I., Knaevelsrud, C., Noun, P., van Klaveren, C., Van’t Hof, E., Zoghbi, E., van Ommeren, M. & el Chammay, R. (2022). Guided digital health intervention for depression in Lebanon: randomised trial. Evidence Based Mental Health, ebmental-2021. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebmental-2021-300416

de Graaff, A. M., Cuijpers, P., Acarturk, C., Akhtar, A., Alkneme, M. S., Aoun, M., …, Burchert, S., …, Knaevelsrud, C., … & Sijbrandij, M. (2022). Scalable psychological interventions for Syrian refugees in Europe and the Middle East: STRENGTHS study protocol for a prospective individual participant data meta-analysis. BMJ open, 12(4), e058101. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058101

Gémes, K., Bergström, J., Papola, D., Barbui, C., Lam, A. I. F., Hall, B. J., …, Burchert, S., ... & Mittendorfer-Rutz, E. (2022). Symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic in six European countries and Australia – Differences by prior mental disorders and migration status. Journal of Affective Disorders, 311, 214-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.05.082

Kuester, A., Schumacher, S., Niemeyer, H., Engel, S., Spies, J., Weiß, D., …, Burchert, S., … & Knaevelsrud, C. (2022). Attentional bias in German Armed Forces veterans with and without posttraumatic stress symptoms–An eye-tracking investigation and group comparison. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 76, 101726. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2022.101726

Liem, A., Pakingan, K. A., Garabiles, M. R., Sit, H. F., Burchert, S., Lam, A. I., & Hall, B. J. (2022). Evaluating the Implementation of a Mental Health App for Overseas Filipino Workers in Macao China: A Mixed-Methods Study of Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 836156. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.836156 

Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Klusmann, H., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Burchert, S., Skoluda, N., Rau, H., Nater, U. M., Willmund, G.-D. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2022). Trauma-related but not PTSD-related increases in hair cortisol concentrations in military personnel. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 150, 17-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2022.02.031

Schumacher, S., Engel, S., Niemeyer, H., Küster, A., Burchert, S., Skoluda, N., Rau, H., Nater, U. M., Willmund, G.-D. & Knaevelsrud, C. (2022). Salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase in posttraumatic stress disorder and their potential role in the evaluation of cognitive behavioural treatment outcomes. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 35(1), 78-89. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22683

 shared last authorship

Semmlinger, V., Burchert, S., Ehring, T., Glaesmer, H., Hammelrath, L., Heim, E., Kampisiou, C., Kerber, A., Knaevelsrud, C., Schönfelder, A. & Sierau, S. (2022). Kulturell adaptierte Diagnostik und Intervention, Dropout und Datenmanagement. Trauma & Gewalt, 16(3), 188-197. https://doi.org/10.21706/tg-16-3-188

Sit, H. F., Hong, I. W., Burchert, S., Sou, E. K. L., Wong, M., Chen, W., ... & Hall, B. J. (2022). A feasibility study of the WHO digital mental health intervention Step-by-Step to address depression among Chinese young adults. Frontiers in psychiatry, 12, 2521. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.812667 

Sit, H. F., Li, G., Chen, W., Sou, E. K. L., Wong, M., Burchert, S., ... & Hall, B. J. (2022). A protocol for a type 1 effectiveness-implementation randomized controlled trial of the WHO digital mental health intervention Step-by-Step to address depression among Chinese young adults in Macao (SAR), China. Internet Interventions, 30, 100579. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2022.100579

Tarsitani, L., Pinucci, I., Tedeschi, F., Patanè, M., Papola, D., Palantza, C., …, Burchert, S., … & Barbui, C. (2022). Resilience of people with chronic medical conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic: a 1-year longitudinal prospective survey. BMC Psychiatry, 22, 633. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-022-04265-8


Böttche, M., Kampisiou, C., Stammel, N., El-Haj-Mohamad, R., Heeke, C., Burchert, S., ... & Knaevelsrud, C. (2021). From Formative Research to Cultural Adaptation of a Face-to-Face and Internet-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention for Arabic-Speaking Refugees in Germany. Clinical Psychology in Europe, 3, 1-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.32872/cpe.4623

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

Kerber, A., Beintner, I., Burchert, S., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2021). Does app-based unguided self-management improve mental health literacy, patient empowerment and access to care for people with mental health impairments? Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ open, 11(7), e049688. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049688


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

Entwicklung einer verbundübergreifenden Website für das BMBF Fördermaßnahme “Forschungsverbünde zur psychischen Gesundheit geflüchteter Menschen”. https://www.mentalhealth4refugees.de/