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Behavioral Medicine

In this research area, we investigate psychological distress as a result of physical illnesses and examine their assessment and influence, taking into account interdisciplinary approaches.


Within the framework of a project funded by the German Cancer Aid, we are developing a compact online training program for oncology nurses and physicians. The aim is to enable healthcare professionals to have open conversations with their patients about fears and burdens associated with cancer. Practical examples and strategies for dealing with challenging situations are provided and practiced.

Project Leader: PD Dr. Franziska Kühne & PD Dr. Ute Goerling (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

Cooperation: Sachsen-Anhaltische Krebsgesellschaft e.V., Dr. Sarah Risse, Dr. Severin Hennemann (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)


COVID-Associated Psychological Distress Over Time

As a follow-up to a study conducted in 2020, we are surveying German students again to assess their psychological distress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are examining the extent to which psychological distress is influenced by variables such as social support.

Here is the flyer and study link:

Contact: Joanna Hunsmann (Study Implementation)

Project Leader: PD Dr. Franziska Kühne & Dr. Julia Wendt, OSF:

Prediction of Psychopathology in Medical and Psychological Treatments

In this collaborative project, a questionnaire to assess interpersonal skills is being validated and used to predict psychopathology in medical and psychological treatments.

Cooperation: André Kerber (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr. Eva Klein (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), Dr. Ulrike Maaß (Universität Potsdam), Dr. Thomas Munder (Universität Zürich), Dr. Carmen Schäuffele (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Johannes Zimmermann (Universität Kassel)