Medical/Professional background


Founder and Head of the Outpatient Clinic and Psychotherapy Research Unit (Integrative Couples Therapy for patients with medical or mental illness), Institute of Medical Psychology

since 2015

Psychotherapy supervisor (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT)

Scientific background

2005 – 2007

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, Depts. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Leitung: Prof. Dr. C.B. Nemeroff), and Obstetrics and Gynecology (Leitung: Prof. Dr. S. Berga) Atlanta, GA USA

2002 – 2005

Scientific Associate, Institute of Psychology, Department of clinical psychology and psychotherapy, University of Zurich (Chair: Prof. Dr. U. Ehlert)


Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Ph.D.-Program of the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ), Certificate of completion from Prof. Dr. Martin E. Schwab and Dr. Wolfgang Knecht


Ph.D. [Dr. phil.], Doctoral degree: Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Title of Ph.D. thesis: “Effects of Romantic Partner Interaction on Psychological and Endocrine Stress Protection in Women”; Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert, Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke


M.Sc. [Diplom in Psychologie], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Title of master thesis: “Effects of attachment, relationship quality and social support on psychoneuroendocrine stress responses”; Advisors: PD Dr. Bruno Kopp (Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert (Zurich), & Dr. Markus Heinrichs (Zurich)


B.A. [Licence de Psychologie], University of Burgundy, Dijon, France


Pre-degree in Psychologie, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany



German Psychological Society, Division of Biological Psychology; Betreuerpreis


Studienstiftung d. deutschen Volkes; Trust Lecturer, Vertrauensdozentin


Studienstiftung d. deutschen Volkes; Trust Lecturer Vertrauensdozentin


Associate professorship, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Second-place ranking


Full professorship (W3), Health Psychology, University of Ulm; Third-place ranking


American Psychosomatic Society (APS), Young Scholars Award

2005 – 2007

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Post-Doctoral Fellowship USA

Professional memberships

since 2020

International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM); Treasurer, board member

since 2020

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Review Board, 110-05 Differential, Clinical and Medical Psychology, Methods; elected member

2019 – 2020

Marsilius-Kolleg Heidelberg University; Fellow

since 2019

Faculty Board, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University; elected member

since 2019

Ethics Board, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University; member

2016 – 2017

Marsilius-Kolleg Heidelberg University; Fellow

since 2016

German Association of Medical Psychology (DGMP), elected board member

since 2014

Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences (IZN) Heidelberg

since 2012

Excellence-Database “AcademiaNet”; member

2009 – 2016

Management board member, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation (DGVM)

Research interests

Neurobiological mechanisms of liaison bounds and health

Psychotherapy for mental and physical diseases, considering especially the partner

Couple interaction, the hormone oxytocin, and psychobiological stress reactivity

Neuroendocrine mechanisms of stress, stress coping and their effects on mental and physical health


Stress and gynecological disorders

Psychosoziale Aspekte der digitalen Medizin

Current projects

Current projects in the mentioned interests and their facilitation can be found at rubric research

Editorial boards

since 2020

Psychotherapie Psychosomatik medizinische Psychologie - PPmP (Thieme Verlag); Mitglied im Editorial Board

2019 – 2020

Scientific Reports (Springer Nature); Mitglied im Editorial Board

since 2014

Since 2014 Psychoneuroendocrinology Editorial Board; member

Scientific Advisory Board Psychotherapeut (Medizin Springer Verlag)

Range of Treatments (specialisation)