Welcome to the Chair of Clinical Psychology!
Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Yvonne Nestoriuc, our research group investigates on the following research areas:
- Placebo- and nocebo-effects and the underlying mechanisms of expectation
- Measurement and modification of expectation
- Risks and side effects of psychotherapy
- Prevention of side effects in psychotherapy and medical treatments
Methods used include psychotherapeutic expectation management, psychoeducation for optimised education of patients and psychoeducation for contextualised, informed decision-making.
In our current projects, we are – among others – examining how to prevent the occurrence of side effects in cancer treatment, the role of expectations in discontinuing psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants, the potential impact of expectations on chronic somatic symptoms and stress disorders, and how to measure and prevent risks and side effects of psychotherapy.
Currently, participation in the following studies is possible:
- The ELA – study
The ELA study investigates reasons for long-term use of antidepressants from the patients’ perspective. We hope to gain insight into expectations regarding discontinuation of antidepressants and potential influencing factors. Results of this study aim to serve as a first step towards the development of an intervention program that supports patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants in Germany.
With the “Good to know!” study, we would like to investigate what information patients need before starting ambulant psychotherapy to optimally prepare them for the therapy. In order to achieve the best possible treatment results, ambulant psychotherapy is often recommended at the end of stationary treatment. Therefore, we have prepared two different ways to inform about ambulant psychotherapy. We would like to investigate which of the two types of education leads to more helpful assessments of an upcoming psychotherapy.
For more information on our recent research, see >Research.
Are you interested in participating in one of our studies?
There are a bunch of good reasons why to participate:
- Depending on the study at hand, you may have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive diagnostic investigation, receive specialized training, or get to know new treatment methods.
- For personal benefits associated with the participation in on of our studies, check the respective project-website or inquire the corresponding research staff.
- In addition, by participating in the study, you are making a direct contribution to the development of new treatment methods, their optimisation or the improvement of existing patient care.
Of course, participation is voluntary and can be revoked at any time:
Whether or not you would like to participate in one of our studies is entirely up to you. This also applies if you have already started the study and do not wish to further participate in the course of the study. In this case, you can withdraw at any time – without giving reasons, without any disadvantages for you.
Data protection is an important concern for us:
Within the scope of our studies, we collect personal data and research-relevant data. Personal data is any information that allows identification with your person, such as name, telephone number or e-mail address. Research-relevant data is collected during discussions with trained team members or in the form of questionnaires and diaries. Personal contact data is always processed separately from all other collected data.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
There are currently no current job offers.
We continuously offer exciting research internships and are also happy to receive unsolicited applications for qualification positions as well as student jobs!
Prof. Dr. Yvonne Nestoriuc & fellow members of the Chair of Clinical Psychology