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»Um psychische Störungen zu verstehen, muss man die psychische Gesundheit verstehen.«

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf

Selected research papers


Brailovskaia, J., Cosci, F., Mansueto, G., Miragall, M., Herrero, R., Baños, R. M., Krasavtseva, Y., Kochetkov, Y., & Margraf, J. (2021). The association between depression symptoms, psychological burden caused by Covid-19 and physical activity: An investigation in Germany, Italy, Russia, and Spain. Psychiatry Research, 295, 113596.

Konrad, C., Berger-Hanke, M., Hassel, G., & Barr, R. (accepted for publication on 11/24/2020). Does texting interrupt imitation learning in 19-month-old infants? Infant Behavior and Development.

Munsch, S., Messerli-Bürgy, N., Meyer, A. H., Humbel, N., Schopf, K., Wyssen, A. et al. (2021). Consequences of exposure to thin ideal in mass media depending on moderators in young women: An experimental study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, in press.

Velten, J., Milani, S., Margraf, J., & Brotto, L. A. (in press). Visual attention to sexual stimuli in women with clinical, subclinical, and normal sexual functioning: An eye-tracking study. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Woud, M. L., Blackwell, S. E., Shkreli, L., Würtz, F., Cwik, J. C., Margraf, J., … & Kessler, H. (accepted). The Effects of modifying dysfunctional appraisals in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder using a form of Cognitive Bias Modification: Results of a randomized controlled trial in an inpatient setting. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.


Blackwell, S. E. (2020). Clinical efficacy of cognitive bias modification interventions. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 465-467.

Blackwell, S. E., Dooley, D., Würtz, F., Woud, M. L., & Margraf, J. (2020). Inducing positive involuntary mental imagery in everyday life: an experimental investigation. Memory, 28, 1157-1172.

Brailovskaia, J., & Teichert, T. (2020). “I like it” and “I need it”: Relationship between implicit associations, flow, and addictive social media use. Computers in Human Behavior, 113, 106509.

Brailovskaia, J., Ströse, F., Schillack, H., & Margraf, J. (2020). Less Facebook use–More well-being and a healthier lifestyle? An experimental intervention study. Computers in Human Behavior, 108, 106332.

Ehli, S., Wolf, J., Newen, A., Schneider, S., & Voigt, B. (2020). Determining the Function of Social Referencing: The Role of Familiarity and Situational Threat. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:538228.

Konrad, C., Adolph, D., Herbert, J. S., Neuhoff, L., Mohr, C., Jagusch-Poirier, J., Seehagen, S., Weigelt, S., & Schneider, S. (2020). A new 3-day standardized Eyeblink Conditioning Protocol to assess Extinction Learning from Infancy to Adulthood. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14.

Margraf, J., Zhang, X. C., Lavallee, K. L., & Schneider, S. (2020). Longitudinal prediction of positive and negative mental health in Germany, Russia, and China. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0234997.

Rus-Calafell, M., Ward, T., Zhang, X. C., Edwards, C., Garety, P., & Craig, T. (2020). The Role of Sense of Voice Presence and Anxiety Reduction in AVATAR Therapy. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(9), 2748.

Scholten, S., Lavallee, K., Velten, J., Zhang, X., & Margraf, J. (2020). The Brief Daily Stressors Screening Tool: An introduction and evaluation. Stress and Health, 1-7.

Seehagen, S., Schneider, S., Sommer, K., La Rocca, L., & Konrad, C. (2020). State-dependent memory in infants. Child Development.

Totzeck, C., Teismann, T., Hofmann, S., von Brachel, R., Pflug, V., Wannemüller, A., & Margraf, J. (2020). May you be happy: Loving-kindness meditation promotes mental health in university students. Mindfulness, 11, 1623–1631.

Velten, J., Brotto, L. A., Chivers, M. L., Hirschfeld, G., & Margraf, J. (2020). The power of the present: Effects of three mindfulness tasks on women’s sexual response. Clinical Psychological Science, 8(1), 125-138.

Meyers, M., Margraf, J., & Velten, J. (2020). Psychological treatment of low sexual desire in women: Protocol for a randomized, waitlist-controlled trial of internet-based cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatments. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(9), e20326.

von Brachel, R., Bieda, A., Margraf, J., & Hirschfeld, G. (2020). Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI)-18 in Psychotherapy Patients. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 36, 12-18.

Ward, T., Rus-Calafell, M., Ramadhan, Z., Soumelidou, O., Fornells-Ambrojo, M., Garety, P., & Craig, T. (2020). AVATAR Therapy for Distressing Voices: A Comprehensive Account of Therapeutic Targets. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 46(5), 1038–1044.

Zahler, L., Sommer, K., Reinecke, A., Wilhelm, F., Margraf, J., & Woud, M. L. (2020). Cognitive vulnerability in the context of panic: Assessment of panic-related associations and interpretations in individuals with varying levels of anxiety sensitivity? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 44, 858-873.


Blackwell, S. E., Woud, M. L., Margraf, J., & Schönbrondt, F. D. (2019). Introducing the leapfrog design: A simple bayesian adaptive rolling trial design for accelerated treatment development and optimization. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(6), 1222-1243.

Brailovskaia, J., Bierhoff, H. -W., & Margraf, J. (2019). How to identify narcissism with 13 items? Validation of the German Narcissistic Personality Inventory–13 (G-NPI-13). Assessment, 26(4), 630-644.

Brailovskaia, J., Rohmann, E., Bierhoff, H. -W., Schillack, H., & Margraf, J. (2019). The relationship between daily stress, social support and Facebook Addiction Disorder. Psychiatry Research, 276, 167-174.

Konietzny, K., Chehadi, O., Levenig, C., Kellmann, M., Kleinert, J., Mierswa, T., & Hasenbring, M. I. (2019). Depression and suicidal ideation in high performance athletes suffering from low back pain: the role of stress and pain related thought suppression. European Journal of Pain, 23, 1196–1208.

Konrad, C., Dirks, N. D., Warmuth, A., Herbert, J. S., Schneider, S., & Seehagen, S. (2019). Sleep-dependent selective imitation in infants. Journal of Sleep Research, e12777.

Lavallee, K., Zhang, X. C., Michelak, J., Schneider, S., & Margraf, J. (2019). Vegetarian diet and mental health: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses in culturally diverse samples. Journal of affective disorders, 248, 147-154.

Lippert, M. W., Pflug, V., Lavallee, K. & Schneider, S. (2019). Enhanced Family Approaches for the Anxiety Disorders. In T. Ollendick, L. Farrell & P. Muris (Eds.), Innovations in CBT for Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD: Improving Access & Outcomes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Raeder, F., Merz, C. J., Tegenthoff, M., Wolf O. T., Margraf J., & Zlomuzica A. (2019). Post-exposure cortisol administration does not augment the success of exposure therapy: A randomized placebo-controlled study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 99, 174-182.

Rus-Calafell, M., & Schneider, S. (2019). Are we there yet?! — a literature review of recent digital technology advances for the treatment of early psychosis. mHealth.

Schopf, K., Mohr, C., Lippert, M., Sommer, K., & Schneider, S. (2019). The role of exposure in the treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents: Protocol of a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 9: 96.

Schoppmann, J., Schneider, S., & Seehagen, S. (2019). Wait and See: Observational Learning of Distraction as an Emotion Regulation Strategy in 22-Month-Old Toddlers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(5), 851–853.

Schuck, K. & Schneider, S. (2019). Entwicklung und Prävention von Essstörungen und Adipositas bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 67, 9-17.

Voigt, B., Pauen, S., & Bechtel-Kuehne, S. (2019). Getting the mouse out of the box: Tool innovation in preschoolers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 184, 65-81.

von Brachel, R., Hirschfeld, G., Berner, A., Willutzki, U., Teismann, T., Cwik, J.C., Velten, J., Schulte, D., & Margraf, J. (2019). Long-term effectiveness of CBT in routine outpatient care - a 5 to 20-year follow-up study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 88, 225-235.

von Brachel, R., Teismann, T., Feider, L., & Margraf, J. (2019). Suicide ideation as a predictor of treatment outcomes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for unipolar mood disorders. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 19(1), 80–84.


Chehadi, O., Rusu, A. C., Konietzny, K., Schulz, E., Köster, O., Schmidt-Wilcke, T. & Hasenbring, M. I. (2018). Brain structural alterations associated with dysfunctional cognitive control of pain in patients with low back pain. European Journal of Pain, 22(4), 745–755.

Craig, T., Rus-Calafell, M., Ward, T., Leff, J., Huckvale, M., Howard, E., Emsley, R., & Garety, P. (2018). AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis: A single-blind, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Psychiatry, 5, 31-40.

Konietzny, K., Chehadi, O., Streitlein-Bohme, I., Rusche, H., Willburger, R. E., & Hasenbring, M. I. (2018). Mild depression in low back pain: the interaction of thought suppression and stress plays a role, especially in female patients. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 25(2), 207–214.

Schuck, K., Munsch, S., & Schneider, S. (2018). Body image perceptions and symptoms of disturbed eating behavior among children and adolescents in Germany. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 12:10.

Wannemüller, A., Moser, D., Kumsta, R., Jöhren, H. -P., & Margraf, J. (2018). The Return of Fear: Variation of the Serotonin Transporter Gene Predicts Outcome of a Highly Standardized Exposure-Based One-Session Fear Treatment. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 87(2), 95-104.

Woud, M. L., Blackwell, S. E., Steudte-Schmiedgen, S., Browning, M., Holmes, E. A., Harmer, C. J., & Reinecke, A. (2018). Investigating d-cycloserine as a potential pharmacological enhancer of an emotional bias-learning procedure. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 32, 569-577.

Zhang, X. C., Woud, M. L., Becker, E. S., & Margraf, J. (2018). Do health-related factors predict major depression? A longitudinal epidemiologic study. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 25(3), 378–387.

Zlomuzica, A., Woud, M. L., Machulska, A., Dietrich, L., Kleimt, K., Assion, H. J., Wolf O. T., Dere E., & Margraf, J. (2018). Deficits in episodic memory and mental time travel in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 83:42-54.


Bieda, A., Hirschfeld, G., Schönfeld, P., Brailovskaia, J., Zhang, X. C., & Margraf, J. (2017). Universal Happiness? Cross-Cultural Measurement Invariance of Scales Assessing Positive Mental Health. Psychological Assessment, 29, 408-421.

Blackwell, S. E., Woud, M. L., & MacLeod, C. (2017). A question of control? Examining the role of control conditions in experimental psychopathology using the example of cognitive bias modification research. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 20: e54.

Chehadi, O., Suchan, B., Konietzny, K., Köster, O., Schmidt-Wilcke, T., & Hasenbring, M. I. (2017). Gray matter alteration associated with pain catastrophizing in patients 6 months after lumbar disk surgery. PAIN Reports, 2(5), e617.

Preusser, F., Margraf, J., & Zlomuzica, A. (2017). Generalization of extinguished fear to untreated fear stimuli after exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology, 13:2545-2552.

Rus-Calafell, M., Garety, P., Sason, E., Craig, T., & Valmaggia, L. (2017). Virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of psychosis: a systematic review of its utility, acceptability and effectiveness. Psychological Medicine, 48, 1-30.

Schneider, S., Pflug, V., In-Albon, T. & Margraf, J. (2017). Kinder-DIPS Open Access: Diagnostisches Interview bei psychischen Störungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter. Bochum: Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum für psychische Gesundheit, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Schuck, K. & Schneider, S. (2017). Kinderängste – Erscheinungsbild, Diagnostik, Ursachen und Behandlungsmöglichkeiten. Frühe Kindheit, 3-17.

Woud, M. L., Verwoerd, J. R. L., & Krans, J. (2017). Modification of Cognitive Biases related to posttraumatic stress: A systematic review and research agenda. Clinical Psychology Review, 54, 81–95.

Zhang, X.C., Kuchinke, L., Woud, M. L., Velten, J., & Margraf, J. (2017). Survey Method Matters: Online/Offline Questionnaires and Face-to-Face or Telephone Interviews Differ. Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 172-180.


Konietzny, K., Suchan, B., Kreddig, N., Hasenbring, M. I. & Chehadi, O. (2016). Emotionsregulation und Schmerzen: behaviorale und neuronale Korrelate - ein transdiagnostischer Ansatz. Der Schmerz, 30(5), 412–420.

Konrad, C., Seehagen, S., Schneider, S., & Herbert, J. S. (2016). Naps promote flexible memory retrieval in infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(7), 866-874.

Margraf, J., & Schneider, S. (2016). From neuroleptics to neuroscience and from Pavlov to psychotherapy: more than just the “emperor’s new treatments” for mental illnesses? EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8, 1115-1117.

Pflug, V., Schneider, S. (2016). School Absenteeism: An Online Survey via Social Networks. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 47(3), 417-29.

Woud, M. L., Becker, E. S., Rinck, M., Harmer, C. J., & Reinecke, A. (2016). Assessment of automatic associations with bodily sensations and agoraphobic situations in panic disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, 105-109.


Blackwell, S. E., Browning, M., Mathews, A., Pictet, A., Welch, J., Davies, J., Watson, P., Geddes, J. R., & Holmes, E. A. (2015). Positive imagery-based cognitive bias modification as a web-based treatment tool for depressed adults: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 91-111.

Margraf, J. (2015). Zur Lage der Psychologie. Psychologische Rundschau, 66, 1-30.

Margraf, J., Meyer, A, & Lavallee, K. (2015). Pursuit of psychoplasty? Psychological health and aims of aestheric surgery patients. Clinical Psychological Science, 1-15.

Seehagen, S., Konrad, C., Herbert, J. S., & Schneider, S. (2015). Timely sleep facilitates declarative memory consolidation in infants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(5), 1625–1629.

Zlomuzica, A., Preusser, F., Schneider, S., & Margraf, J. (2015). Increased perceived self-efficacy facilitates the extinction of fear in healthy participants. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9:270.


Voigt, B., Mahy, C. E. V., Ellis, J., Schnitzspahn, K., Krause, I., Altgassen, M., & Kliegel, M. (2014). The development of time-based prospective memory in childhood: The role of working memory updating. Developmental Psychology, 50(10), 2393-2404.

von Brachel, R., Hötzel, K., Hirschfeld, G., Schmidt, U., Rieger, E., Kosfelder, J., Hechler, T., Schulte, D., & Vocks, S. (2014). Predicting dropout from an internet-based program for women with eating disorders. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16 (3), e92.


Hötzel, K., von Brachel, R., Schmidt, U., Rieger, E., Kosfelder, J., Hechler, T., Schulte, D., & Vocks, S. (2013). An internet-based program to enhance motivation to change in females with symptoms of an eating disorder: A randomized-controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 16, 1-17.

Schneider, S., Blatter-Meunier, J., Herren, C., In-Albon, T., Adornetto, C., Meyer, A., & Lavallee, K. L. (2013). The efficacy of a family-based cognitive-behavioral treatment for separation anxiety disorder in children aged 8–13: A randomized comparison with a general anxiety program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(5), 932–940.

Schneider, S., In-Albon, T., Nuendel, B., & Margraf, J. (2013). Parental Panic Treatment Reduces Children's Long-Term Psychopathology: A Prospective Longitudinal Study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 82(5), 346–348.


Bruchmüller, K., Margraf, J., & Schneider, S. (2012). Is ADHD diagnosed in accord with diagnostic criteria? Overdiagnosis influence of client gender on diagnosis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(1), 128–138.

Dere, E., & Zlomuzica, A. (2012). The role of gap junctions in the brain in health and disease. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36:206-17.

Pflug, V., Seehagen, S., & Schneider, S. (2012). Nichts Neues seit dem “kleinen Hans” und dem “kleinen Peter”? Psychotherapie der Angststörungen des Kindes- und Jugendalters. Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie, 40, 21-28.