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Julia Lemp



Julia Lemp is a doctoral student at the Institute of Global Health since October 2019. As a psychologist by training, she is especially interested in individual as well as macro-level determinants of health behaviors and how to address them.

Her doctoral work focuses on the implementation and evaluation of brief interventions to reduce risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Non-communicable diseases pose a major challenge for population health around the world and addressing the major risk factors (smoking, poor nutrition, hazardous alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and weight) is essential to avoid a large burden of chronic diseases.

She is part of the following projects

  • Evaluation of behavioral interventions: Use of quasi-experimental design methods to evaluate lifestyle interventions in population-based primary health care patient cohorts who are at risk for diabetes and chronic cardiovascular diseases
  • Adaption of tobacco control measures in low-resource settings: Together with a local research partner, we aim to inform, design, and implement a smoking cessation intervention in a rural area of Burkina Faso, West Africa
  • Alcohol screening and hypertension prevention: Design of a clinical trial to implement screening and intervention for alcohol use as a measure to reduce high blood pressure in the primary health care setting in Thailand

Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS) in Mannheim and as an intern at the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila.

She is currently the doctoral student representative for Dr.Sc.hum and Dr.med students at the Institute of Global Health.


2019 - present Dr.sc.hum candidate Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University, Germany
2016 - 2019 MSc in Psychology Heidelberg University, Germany
2017 - 2018 Visiting Graduate Student University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
2013 - 2016 BSc in Psychology University of Mainz, Germany

Selected Publications

Lemp JM, Prasad Nuthanapati M, Bärnighausen T, Vollmer S, Geldsetzer P, Jani A. Use of lifestyle interventions in primary care for individuals with newly diagnosed hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or obesity: a retrospective cohort study. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. February 2022. doi:10.1177/01410768221077381

Grosz MP, Lemp JM, Rammstedt B, Lechner CM. Personality Change Through Arts Education: A Review and Call for Further Research. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 2022;17(2):360-384. doi:10.1177/1745691621991852

Kirschbaum TK, Theilmann M, Sudharsanan N, Manne‐Goehler J,Lemp, JM, et al. Targeting Hypertension Screening in Low‐ and Middle‐Income Countries: A Cross‐Sectional Analysis of 1.2 Million Adults in 56 Countries. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2021;10(13). doi:10.1161/JAHA.121.021063

Lemp JM, De Neve J-W, Bussmann H, Chen S, Manne-Goehler J, Theilmann M, Marcus M-E, Ebert C, Probst C, Tsabedze-Sibanyoni L, Sturua L, Kibachio JM, Moghaddam SS, Martins JS, Houinato D, Houehanou C, Gurung MS, Gathecha G, Farzadfar F, Dryden-Peterson S, Davies JI, Atun R, Vollmer S, Bärnighausen T, Geldsetzer P. Lifetime Prevalence of Cervical Cancer Screening in 55 Low- and Middle-Income Countries. JAMA. 2020;324(15):1532. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.16244

Contact Information

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.3
Room 06.310
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 56-36156
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 56-5948