Health Psychology and Stress Management
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Health Psychology and Stress Management

In health psychology we investigate psychological and behavioral processes in health, illness and health care. Our goal is to understand how psychological, behavioral and cultural factors contribute to physical health and disease.


We follow a biopsychosocial approach. We understand health as the product of biological processes (e.g. a virus, a tumor, etc.), but also psychological (e.g. emotions and beliefs), behavioral (e.g. habits), and social processes (e.g. socioeconomic status and ethnicity).



Thematically we put a special focus on stress management. We refer to a wide range of techniques and psychotherapies that aim to control a person's level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually to improve day-to-day functioning. The aim is to control and reduce the tensions that arise in stressful situations through emotional and physical changes and to build up psychological resilience.


Contact Persons

Prof. Dr. Michael Gutmann

Prof. Dr. Stephan Weibelzahl

Prof. Dr. Anja Lepach-Engelhardt

Dr. Despina Lion



Dipl. Psych. Karen Maertens

Dipl. Bio. Jan Raacke

M.Sc. Matthias Selisky