Personen

Medical/Professional background

since 2020

Postdoctoral researcher and research associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology

since 2016

PhD candidate at the Institute of Medical Psychology

since 2014

Head of laboratory at the Institute of Medical Psychology

since November 2014

Research associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology

Scientific background

since 2017

Training for the profession of psychological psychotherapist (behavioral therapy) at the Zentrum für Psychologische Psychotherapie (ZPP), Heidelberg University

2012 – 2014

Academic assistance at the Institute of Psychology, Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt, to investigate the effects of stress on the immune system as well as the effects of brief mindfulness-based interventions

2009 – 2014

Studies of psychology (M.Sc.) at the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt, specializing in biological and occupational psychology

Research focus

Investigation of the effects of psychological interventions (i.e., stress-management and psychotherapy) on epigenetic parameters in sub-clinical and clinical samples

Investigation of the associations of epigenetic states at stress-sensitive genes on the regulation of psychobiological stress systems, such as the HPA- or the SAM system, in everyday life (using ecological momentary assessments)

Studies to investigate the associations of social interactions and state-mindfulness with the regulation of psychobiological stress systems, such as the HPA- or the SAM system, in everyday life (using ecological momentary assessments)

Psychoneuroendocrinology of stress, focusing on its relations to psychopathology

Statistical analyses of large longitudinal datasets using multilevel models / growth curve models in R

Setup and management of the biochemical laboratory at the Institute of Medical Psychology: central coordination of in-house and external projects

Optimization of biochemical methods to analyze effects of acute and chronic stress on the body (e.g., cortisol, alpha-amylase, or interleukins)