2013: Maintain

2013 marked the second wave in our division and the overarching theme was to maintaing the momentum we have build up in the first wave, i.e. 2011 and 2012. The year was marked by a publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry (which was not only accomanied by an editorial comment, but also selected as one of the seven most interesting and important papers in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 2013), several new grants as well as the organisation of the 13. biannual meeting of the Swiss Psychological Association. Also, the division’s Centre for Psychotherapy has taken flight, with steady and robust increases in appointments since its establishment in 2011. JG, December 2013

Members of the division 2013

Johanna Birkhäuer, Judith Blatter-Meunier, Mara Bruggisser, Jens Gaab, Effi Gwschind, Nadja Heimgartner, Tina In-Albon, Karine Jonnard, Greg Juillerat, Joe Kossowsky, Peter Krummenacher, Cosima Locher, Sibylle Meier, Yoon Phaik Ooi, Claudia Ruf, Boby Xavier Thaiparambil & associated member Philippe Chresta


2013: Dr. Charlotte Blease (University of Dublin), Prof. Dr. Pim Cuijpers (University of Amsterdam), Dr. Reto Muggli (Basel), Prof. Rebecca P. Ang (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), lic. phil. Rainer Bürki (Zurich)


Publications of members of the division in 2013 (total impact factor 41.1)
  1. McKay, R., Tamagni, C., Palla, A., Krummenacher, P., Hegemann, S.C.A. , Straumann, D.  & Brugger, P. (2013). Vestibular stimulation attenuates unrealistic optimism, Cortex, IF 6.2
  2. Krummenacher, P., Kut, E., Folkers, G. & Brugger., P. (2013). Naloxone modulates visual judgments of similarity but not dissimilarity. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, IF 3.9
  3. Magiati, I., Ponniah, K., Ooi, Y.P., Chan, Y.H., Fung, D., & Woo, B. (2013). Self-reported depression and anxiety difficulties in school aged Singaporean children. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, IF 0.5
  4. Ooi, Y.P, Ang, R.P., Ibrahim, N.H., Koh, D., Lee, P.Y., Ong, L.P., Wong, G., & Fung, D.S.S. (2013). The continued development and practice of school psychology in Singapore: Using REACH as an illustration. School Psychology International, IF 2.2
  5. Sung, M., Ooi, Y.P., Law, G.C., Goh, T.J., Weng, S.J., Sriram, B. (2013). Features of Autism in a Singaporean Child with Down Syndrome. Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore , 42, 251-252, IF 1.4
  6. In-Albon, T., Ruf, C., & Schmid, M. (2013). Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for the DSM-5 of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Female Adolescents: Diagnostic and Clinical Correlates. Psychiatry Journal
  7. Yip, V. T., Ang, R. P., Ooi, Y. P., Fung, D. S. S., Mehrotra, K., Sung, M., & Lim, C. G. (2013). The association between attention problems and internalizing and externalizing problems: The mediating role of peer problems. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42 (6), 571-584, IF 1.1
  8. Kossowsky, J., Wilhelm, F. H., Schneider, S. (2013). Responses to voluntary hyperventilation in children with separation anxiety disorder: implications for the separation anxiety hypothesis of panic disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27 (7), 627-634, IF 3.1
  9. Kossowsky J., Pfaltz, M., Schneider, S., Locher, C., Gaab, J. (2013). The separation anxiety hypothesis of panic disorder revisited: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Psychiatry, IF 14.7
  10. In-Albon, T., Bürli, M., Ruf, C., & Schmid, M. (2013). Non-suicidal self-injury and emotion regulation: a review on facial emotion recognition and facial mimicry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 7
  11. Krummenacher, P., & Gaab, J. (2013). Klinische Nutzung der Placeboreaktion. PSYCH up2date, 7, 199-201
  12. Strahler, J., Fischer, S. Nater. U.M., Ehlert, U. & Gaab, J. (2013). Norepinephrine and epinephrine responses to physiological and pharmacological stimulation in chronic fatigue syndrome. Biological Psychology, Volume 94, Issue 1, September 2013, Pages 160–166, IF 4.4
  13. Fischer, S., Gaab, J., Ehlert, U., Nater, U.M. (2913). Prevalence, Overlap, and Predictors of Functional Somatic Syndromes in a Student Sample. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, June 2013, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 184-193, IF 2.6
  14. Chai, S.B., Chang, W.C., Ooi, Y.P., & Fung, D. (2013). Validity of the children’s Yale-Brown obsessive compulsive scale in Singaporean children. Advances in Mental Health, 12, 48-56
  15. Neubrand, S. (2013). Impathie - ein neues psychologisches Konstrukt und potenzieller Resilienzfaktor. Systemische Pädagogik, 3, 30-34.
Funding (total funding 2013 CHF 475’417)
  1. Travel grant by benefactor Mrs. Theresa Vernese, USA, 2013: Influence of the Indian caste system on self-esteem and school performance. CHF 3’500 (M. Sc. Boby Xavier)
  2. Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz, Sustainable Development at Universities Programme 2013 to 2016 (2013-2015): Putting Psychology in the service of initiating, supporting, and sustaining eco-friendly behaviour (Antragsteller Prof. Dr Rainer Greifeneder & Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab, CHF 98'180
  3. Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz, Sustainable Development at Universities Programme 2013 to 2016 (2013-2014): 4seasons - Nachhaltige Ernährung für Studierende (Antragsteller Leonore Wenzel, Co-Antragsteller Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab, Salome Thommen, Lina Sandrin, Elian Schneider, Moana Woodtli, Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller, PD Dr. Peter Stoll, Dr. Verena Wiemken, Prof. Dr. Christine Alewell, Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Hagmann, CHF 24’937
  4. Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitäten CRUS (2013): Binationale Dissertation von M. Sc. Claudia Ruf zum Thema "Nicht-suizidales selbstverletzendes Verhalten", CHF 10’000
  5. SNF Early Postdoc.Mobility: Integrative Pediatric Pain Management: Developing and Validating an Ethical Study Design for Elucidating Psychosocial and Pharmacological Analgesia Mechanisms in Pediatrics (2013-2015), Antragsteller Dr. Joe Kossowsky, CHF 90’000
  6. Krebsliga Schweiz: Web-based stress management for newly diagnosed cancer patients (STREAM-1): a randomized, wait-list controlled intervention study. Dr. Corinne Urech (lead applicant), PD. Dr. Judith Alder, Prof. Dr. Thomas Berger, Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab, Prof. Dr. Viviane Hess (all co-applicants), CHF 252’300
  • Joe Kossowsky: Steven-Karger-Preis, Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel
  • Theresa Tondorf, BSc: 1. Posterpreis in der Kategorie Master-/Lizarbeit auf dem LiMaDoKo, Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich
Congress and workshop organizsation
  • 13. biannual congress of the Swiss PSychological Society



Spring semester 2013
  • Bachelor, Vorlesung: Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie I (Judith Blatter-Meunier & Binia Roth)
  • Bachelor, Seminar: Gesprächsführung und Kommunikationstraining (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Vorlesung: Diagnostik, Ätiologie und Therapie psychischer Störungen (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Seminar: Psychotherapie psychischer Störungen (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Forschungskolloquium (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Stress and anxiety reduction in women with preterm labour to improve outcome: A randomized controlled intervention study (Judith Alder & Jens Gaab
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Interventionsforschung (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Placebo- und Noceboforschung (Peter Krummenacher & Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Forschungskolloquium (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Meta-Analysen (Joe Kossowsky & Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Omega-3-Fettsäuren und ADHS bei Kindern (Jens Gaab & Yoon Phaik Ooi)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie - Selbstverletzendes Verhalten (Martina Birgit Bürli, Jens Gaab, Tina In-Albon Wampfler & Andrea Hans Meyer)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Masterprojekt: Frühe Traumatisierung, Emotionsregulation und Schlaf (Klaus Bader, Christian Cajochen & Jens Gaab)
Fall semester 2013
  • Bachelor, Vorlesung: Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie (Judith Blatter-Meunier)
  • Bachelor, Vorlesung: Somatopsychologie (Jens Gaab)
  • Bachelor, Seminar: Gesprächsführung und Kommunikationstraining (Jens Gaab)
  • Bachelor, Seminar: Diagnostische Übungen/Gutachtenseminar (Joe Kossowsky)
  • Master, Vorlesung: Interventions- und Placeboforschung (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Forschungskolloquium (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Interventionsforschung (Jens Gaab)
  • Master, Seminar: Placeboforschung (Peter Krummenacher)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Placeboforschung (Peter Krummenacher)
  • Master, Fallseminar: Klinische Kinder- und Jugenpsychologie (Judith Blatter-Meunier)
  • Master, Masterprojekt: Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie - Selbstverletzendes Verhalten (Martina Birgit Bürli, Andrea Hans Meyer & Tina In-Albon)
Master theses
  1. Alice Graser: Efficacy of Interventions to Improve Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Treatment in HIV: A Meta-Analysis
  2. Caroline Schwarz: "Maybe it works 'cause you believe in it": Effects of Placebo Analgesia and Magical Thinking on the Laterality of Pain Response in Children
  3. Christian Schrobildgen: Identitätsentwicklung im jungen Erwachsenenalter: Erste Validierungsergebnisse für das Inventar "AIDA 19+
  4. Julia Mila Jiménez-Meurer: Stress-Induced Analgesia: Efects of Acute Psychosocial Stress on Heat Pain Threshold and Tolerance in Healthy Men
  5. Martin Prätzlich: Impact of Short-Term Meditation and Expectation Manipulation on Executive Brain Functions
  6. Nadja Wunderlin: Frühe traumatische Erlebnisse als Einflussfaktor auf den Schlaf und die psychophysiologische Stressreaktion bei jungen, gesunden Frauen
  7. Sybille Kunz: Der abgelenkte Blick – Die Erfassung von Ablenkbarkeit mittels Augenbewegungen
  8. Sunsha Chamalkalayil: Influence of Indian Caste System on Self-Esteem and School Performance
  9. Sandra Baumgartner: Influence of analgesic expectation on subjective and objective pain experience
  10. Andrea I. Müller: Die Gegenüberstellung von subjektiver und objektiver selbstfokussierter Aufmerksamkeit bei sozialer Angst – Eine Untersuchung während einer sozialer Interaktion
  11. Daniel Oschwald: The influence of psychosocial stress, personality, and social factors on pain
  12. Elvira Fasel: Associations between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Current Stress and Dreams in a Sample of Young Healthy Women
  13. Katharina Ihde: How does Patients's working alliance relate to the intensity of working with the tailored IB-CBSM intervention program for pregnant women with preterm labour and to the satisfaction with the intervention?
  14. Ramona Canavesi: Placebo intervention effects on stress level and a supportive relationship in psychotherapy


Centre for Psychotherapy

The Centre for Psychotherapy offers clinical assessments, psychotherapy, and psychotherapeutic training for mental disorders and difficulties as well as psychological support during physical illness and disorders for all ages. The mean number of appointments in 2013 was 64, the mean numbers of appointments across 2013 are shown below.