Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste (UPD)


The primary aim of my research is to understand and improve disordered sleep in patients with insomnia with and without psychiatric disorders. I am particularly interested in the understanding of subjective sleep perception and the optimization of psychotherapeutic treatment for insomnia. My past and present projects center on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a new psychotherapeutic treatment component for insomnia and the development of a behavioral treatment program for insomnia in patients with psychiatric disorders. Whereas my primary focus is psychotherapy, I am also interested in the neurophysiological assessment and modulation of sleep.

As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in training, my work centers on the diagnosis and treatment of the entire spectrum of psychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on affective and anxiety disorders. Moreover, I have a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, with a focus on insomnia.

  • Since 2018 postdoc ('Sleep research in psychiatry', Prof. Dr. Christoph Nissen) and clinical psychologist, University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Bern

  • 2013-2018 PhD student/ postdoc (‘Sleep, insomnia and mental disorders’, Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann) and clinical psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Freiburg i.Br.

  • 2016 PhD defense (mentor: Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann, Freiburg i.Br.)

  • Since 2013 cognitive behavioral psychotherapist in training, Freiburger Ausbildungsinstitut für Verhaltenstherapie (FAVT, Freiburg i.Br.) and Akademie für Verhaltenstherapie und Methodenintegration (AIM, Bern)

  • 2006-2012 Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg i.Br., psychology studies, diploma

  • 1997-2006 High school, St. Ursula Gymnasium Freiburg i.Br., Abitur