Elena Pauli

Elena Pauli, MSc

Assistent / PhD studend



Clinical Psychology and Animal-Assisted Intervention
Faculty of Psychology
Missionsstrasse 60/62
4055 Basel Switzerland



Tel. +41 (0)61 207 65 81


ResearcherID: GNM-6209-2022

OrcID: 0000-0002-9002-7690

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1. Publications

Hediger, K., Wagner, J., Künzi, P., Haefeli, A., Theis, F., Grob, C., Pauli, E., & Gerger, H. (2021). Effectiveness of animal-assisted interventions for children and adults with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Psychotraumatology12(1), DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2021.1879713


2. Contributions to Conferences

2021Flash Presentation at the "30th International Society for Anthrozoology Virtual Conference", presentation title: "Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Interventions for Children and Adults with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta- Analysis"
2021Panel Discussion at the "Vierten Schweizer Tagung zur Mensch-Tier-Beziehung"


3. Outreach activities 

2022Workshop at the "Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute" for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Module "One Health", presentation title: "Die Mensch-Tier Beziehung und ihre Bedeutung für die Gesundheit"
2021Talk at the Rotary Club of Ottawa Metro, presentation title: "How my Rotary Youth Exchange experience has shaped my career"
2021Workshop at the "Institut für soziales Lernen mit Tieren" for the continuing education "Berufsbegleitenden Weiterbildung zur Fachkraft für tiergestützte Intervention", presentation title: "Tiere und Ethik / Grundlagen der Kommunikation und Interaktion von Menschen und Tieren" and "Psychologie der Mensch-Tier Beziehung: Biopsychosoziales Modell"



Since 09/2021Master of Advanced Studies in Process-based Psychotherapy at the University of Basel, Switzerland
Since 09/2020PhD in Clinical Psychology and Animal-Assisted Interventions at the University of Basel, Switzerland
07/2020Master of Science in Clinical Pschology and Neuroschience at the University of Basel, Switzeraland
06/2017Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland


Additional Trainign

04/2021PhD Course for Animal-Assisted Interventins at the Graduate School for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences (GS-VMAS), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certification at the Trainig and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation (TRREE) e-learning modules


Since 02/2022Psychologist at the Center for Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel
09/2021 - 07/2022Lecturor for the Bachelor project seminar "Empirisches Projektseminar I + II", University of Basel
07/2020 - 06/2022Study Coordinator for the Nogo-A Inhibition in acute Spinal Cord Injury (NISCI) Study, REHAB Basel
11/2017 - 09/2020Research Assistant at the Division Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science, Univeristy of Basel
01/2020 - 06/2020Internship in research of animal-assisted interventions,  REHAB Basel
09/2019 – 11/2019Internship in research of memory training at the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Basel

03/2017 –  07/2017

Internship in research of training training integrity at the Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Fribourg

09/2016 – 12/2016

Internship in research of conspiracy theories at the Division of Psycholinguistics and Applied Social Psychology, University of Fribourg



Since 02/2022Master Project "Effects of intranasal oxytocin on trust towards therapists and dogs" (supervision of 1 student)
Since 02/2021Master Project "Effectiveness of animal assisted interventions in reducing depressive symptoms" (supervision of 1 student)
Since 09/2020Master Project "Effects of animal-assisted therapy in neurorehabilitation" (supervision of 9 students)



06/2022Bacelor Thesis "Effects of AAT in neurorehabilitation for patients with acquired brain injury"



Since 06/2022Internship in research of animal-assisted interventions and depressive symptoms, University of Basel (supervision of 1 students)
Since 09/2020Internship in research of animal-assisted interventions, REHAB Basel (supervision of 13 students)


Since 01/2022Organising committee of the BEACON 2022 Conference of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel
Since 12/2021Member of the Swiss Psychological Society (SPS)
Since 02/2021Member of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)
Since 10/2020Member of the Swiss Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of the Human-Animal Relationship (IEMT Schweiz)
Since 07/2020Member of the Swiss Professional Association for Applied Psychology (SBAP.)