Campus Am Neuen Palais
Haus 12, Raum 1.08a

Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

 

consulting hours
(after preliminary message)
Mittwoch 12:00-13:00 Uhr

Dr. Andreas Heissel

educational commitment

 

biography

Andreas Heißel is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Professorship for Social and Preventive Medicine at the Department for Sports and Health Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He studied sports, political, and educational science from 2002 to 2008 in Potsdam, Berlin and Sydney. PhD in sports psychology, first at the Humboldt University Berlin (2010-2013), graduated in 2013 at the University of Potsdam about obese children coached by exercise professionals trained in need support.

2006-2009 athletics and rehabilitation coach for first league and junior national teams in volleyball (2007 winning of the gold medal, European Junior Championships). Since 2010, he is director at the location in the Sportforum of the Exercise Health Park Berlin/ Center for Sports Medicine (8000 exercising clients/ patients; 6000 sports medical examinations including 3000 top athletes/ year). He is still working in practice with patients, athletes, and supervising and leading a team of more than 30 exercise professionals and has 17 years of clinical experience.

Dr. Heißel has attained over € 2.4M in research funding, including grants from the innovations fund. He currently supervises 10 PhD students graduated in sport/ health science (4), psychology (3) and medicine (3). His research interests focus on mental/ emotional health and health education (basic psychological needs/ motivation, depression, anxiety, chronic pain), physical activity, exercise, mindfulness, and meditation.

 

research interests / teaching

Andreas leads the STEP.De study (with Prof Rapp)(exercise therapy for depression in health care services) where he developed the psychological coaching and the specific exercise therapy and the SPeED study (with Prof Heinzel)(Neurobiological Mechanisms of Exercise and Psychotherapy for Depression) among further studies.

He teaches a.o. mind body treatments, psychomotricity, and exercise therapy in health exercise and psychiatry in Bachelor, Master, and PhD programs.

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais
Haus 12, Raum 1.08a

Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

 

consulting hours
(after preliminary message)
Mittwoch 12:00-13:00 Uhr

publications (selection)

Heissel, A. (2020). Sports therapy as adjuvant or alternative treatment for depression. Psychotherapeut. DOI: 10.1007/s00278-020-00425-x

Heissel, A., Pietrek, A., Schwefel, M., Abula, K., Wilbertz, G., Heinzel, S., Rapp, M. (2020). The STEP.De study – a cluster randomized controlled non-inferiority trial of the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of exercise therapy for depression in health services: study protocol. BMJ open 10, Nr.4. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036287

Pérez-Chaparro C., Zech P., Rapp MA., Kangas, M., Schuch F., Heissel A. (under review). Physical activity as a protective factor against anxiety and depression in German people living with HIV. PlosOne. 

Heissel, A., Zech, PA., Rapp, MA., Schuch, FB., Lawrence, JB., Kangas, M., Heinzel, S. (2019). Effects of exercise on depression and anxiety in persons living with HIV: A meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.109823         

Heissel, A., Pietrek, A., Rapp, M., Heinzel, S. Williams, G. (2019). Perceived health care climate of older people attending an exercise program: Validation of the German short version of the modified Health Care Climate Questionnaire. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. doi.org/10.1123/japa.2018-0350       

Heissel, A., Pietrek, A., Flunger, B., Fydrich, T., Rapp, MA., & Heinzel, S., Vansteenkiste, M. (2018). The Validation of the German Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale in the Context of Mental Health. European Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1027/2512-8442/a000017  

Kallies, G., Rapp, M., Fydrich, S., Tschorn, M., Terán, C., Schwefel, M., Henze, R., Hellweg, R., Heinzel, S. *, Ströhle, A.*, Heissel, A.* (2018). Serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) at rest and after acute aerobic exercise in major depressive disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology. *shared senior authorship.doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.12.015 

Zech, PA., Pérez-Chaparro, C., Schuch, FB., Wolfarth, B., Rapp, M., Heissel, A. (2018). Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Cardiovascular Parameters for People Living With HIV: A Meta-analysis. JANAC. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000006.                          

Pérez-Chaparro, C., Zech, PA., Schuch, FB., Rapp, M., Wolfarth, B., Heissel, A. (2018). Effects of aerobic and resistance exercise alone or combined on people living with HIV on strength and hormone outcomes. A meta-analysis. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203384.                  

Heinzel, S., Rapp, M.A., Fydrich, T., Ströhle, A., Terán, C., Kallies, G., Schwefel, M., & Heissel, A. (2018). Neurobiological mechanisms of exercise and psychotherapy in depression: The SPeED study – rationale, design, and methodological issues. ClinTrials. doi:10.1177/1740774517729161

Heissel, A., Vesterling, A., White, S. A., Kallies, G., Behr, D., Arafat, A. M., Reischies, F. M., Heinzel, S.*, & Budde, H.* (2015). Feasibility of an exercise program for older depressive inpatients - a pilot study. GeroPsych The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol 28(4), Dec 2015, 163-171. *equal contribution, doi:10.1024/1662-9647/a000134     

Heinzel, S., Lawrence, J. B., Kallies, G., Rapp, M. A., & Heissel, A. (2015). Using Exercise to Fight Depression in Older Adults - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. GeroPsych The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol 28(4), Dec 2015, 149-162. doi:10.1024/1662-9647/a000133 

Heißel, A., Heinzel, S., Brand, R., Knisel,  E., & Rapp, M. (2014). Supportive Sport Climate Increases Competence, Relatedness, and Internalisation of Motivation in Overweight Children. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice 8:43. Conference Paper.  doi:10.1016/j.orcp.2014.10.079 

Heißel, A. (2014). Moderation von Groß- und Gesundheitsgruppen. In: Zinner, J., Elbe, M., & Lange, D. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Gesundheitscoaching. Kompendium für Praxis und Lehre. Top Sportmarketing. Berlin. S.215-223.

Heißel, A., & Elbe, M. (2014). Gesundheitsorientierte Organisationsdiagnose. In: Zinner, J., Elbe, M., & Lange, D. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Gesundheitscoaching. Kompendium für Praxis und Lehre. Top Sportmarketing. Berlin. S.153-160.

Heißel, A. (2013). Kinder in Bewegung. Einfluss von autonomiefördernden Trainern auf psychologische Grundbedürfnisse, Sportmotivation, körperliche Aktivität und BMI bei übergewichtigen Kindern. Dissertation. Universität Potsdam.

Heißel, A. (2010). Stabiler Kern – Leistungssteigerung durch Schlingentraining. Medical Sports Network. 05/2010.

Heißel, A. (2010). Therapie – stabiler Rumpf und Gelenkstabilität. Medical Sports Network. 03/2010.