Researcher & therapist

Publication list

Publications in peer-reviews journals as well as books and book chapters


Peer-Reviewed Journals

First and senior authorships

Bücker, L., Schnakenberg, P., Karyotaki, E., Moritz, S., & Westermann, S. (accepted). Do the effects of a self-guided Internet-based intervention for depression wear off when repeated? Results of a randomized-controlled trial (RCT). Journal of Medical Internet Research. doi:10.2196/14240

Westermann, S., Gantenbein, V., Caspar, F., & Cavelti, M. (2018). Maintaining delusional beliefs as means for the satisfaction and protection of psychological needs. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 226(3), 197-203. doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000337

Cavelti, M., Tschümperlin, R. M., Hubl, D., Kupper, Z., Caspar, F., & Westermann, S. (2018). Therapeutic relationship and concordance of client- and clinician-rated motivational goals in treatment of people with psychosis: An exploratory study. Psychosis, 10, 90-98. doi:10.1080/17522439.2018.1449885

Rüegg, N., Moritz, S., Berger, T., Lüdtke, L., & Westermann, S. (2018). An Internet-based Intervention for People with Psychosis (EviBaS): Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Psychiatry, 18. doi:10.1186/s12888-018-1644-8

Rüegg, N., Moritz, S., & Westermann, S. (2018). Metacognitive Training Online: A Pilot Study of an Internet-based Intervention for People with Schizophrenia. Journal for Neuropsychology, 29, 35-47. doi:10.1024/1016-264X/a000213

Westermann, S., Grezellschak, S., Oravecz, Z., Moritz, S., Lüdtke, T. & Jansen, A. (2017). Untangling the complex relationships between symptoms of schizophrenia and emotion dynamics in daily life: Findings from an experience sampling pilot study. Psychiatry Research, 257, 514-8. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.08.023

Westermann, S., Moritz, S., & Berger, T. (2017). Internet- und mobilbasierte Interventionen bei Schizophrenie. Verhaltenstherapie, 27, 181-189. doi:10.1159/000479335

Stewart, C., Rogers, F., Pilch, M., Stewart, I., Barnes-Holmes, Y. & Westermann, S. (2017). The effect of social exclusion on state paranoia and explicit and implicit self-esteem in a non-clinical sample. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 75, 62-69. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2017.04.001

Grezellschak, S., Jansen, A., & Westermann, S. (2017). Emotion regulation in patients with psychosis: A link between insomnia and paranoid ideation? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 56, 27-32. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.08.001

Westermann, S., Moritz, S., Caspar, F., & Cavelti, M. (2017). Unmet psychological needs in patients with schizophrenia. Psychosis, 9, 86-89. doi:10.1080/17522439.2016.1223743

Görlach, M. G., Kohlmann, S., Shedden-Mora, M., Rief, W., & Westermann, S. (2016). Expressive Suppression of Emotions and Overeating in Individuals with Overweight and Obesity. European Eating Disorders Review, 24, 377-82. doi:10.1002/erv.2452

Grezellschak, S., Lincoln, T. M., & Westermann, S. (2015). Cognitive emotion regulation in patients with schizophrenia: Evidence for effective reappraisal and distraction. Psychiatry Research, 229, 434-9. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.103

Westermann, S., Cavelti, M., Heibach, E., & Caspar, F. (2015). Motive-oriented therapeutic relationship building for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Frontiers in Psychology - Psychology for Clinical Settings, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01294

Westermann, S., Rief, W., Euteneuer, F., & Kohlmann, S. (2015). Social exclusion and shame in obesity. Eating Behaviors, 17, 74-6. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.01.001

Westermann, S., Rief, W., & Lincoln, T.M. (2014). Emotion regulation in delusion-proneness: Deficits in cognitive reappraisal, but not in expressive suppression. Psychology and Psychotherapy Theory Research and Practice, 87, 1-14. doi:10.1111/papt.12000

Westermann, S., Paulus, F., Müller-Pinzler, L., & Krachs, S. (2013). Commentary: Elaborative encoding during REM dreaming as prospective emotion regulation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 631-3. doi:10.1017/S0140525X13001465

Westermann, S., Boden, M. T., Gross, J. J., Lincoln, T. M. (2013). Maladaptive cognitive emotion regulation prospectively predicts subclinical paranoia. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 881-885. doi:10.1007/s10608-013-9523-6

Westermann, S., Salzmann, S., Fuchs, X. & Lincoln, T.M. (2012). Introducing a Social Beads Task. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3, 594-611. doi:10.5127/jep.017111

Westermann, S., Kesting, M.-L. & Lincoln, T. M. (2012). Being deluded after being excluded? - How emotion regulation deficits in paranoia-prone individuals impact on state paranoia during experimentally induced social stress. Behavior Therapy, 43, 329-40. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.07.005

Lincoln, T. M., Salzmann, S., Ziegler, M. & Westermann, S. (2011). When does Jumping-to-Conclusions reach its peak? The interaction of vulnerability and situation-characteristics in social reasoning. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 185-191. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2010.09.005

Westermann, S. & Lincoln, T. M. (2011). Emotion regulation difficulties are relevant to persecutory ideation. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 84, 273-287. doi:10.1348/147608310X523019

Westermann, S. & Lincoln, T. M. (2010). Using signal detection theory to test the impact of negative emotion on sub-clinical paranoia. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41, 96-101. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2009.10.007


Bücker, L., Westermann, S., Kühn, S., & Moritz, S. (2019). A self-guided Internet-based intervention for individuals with gambling problems: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 20(74). doi:10.1186/s13063-019-3176-z

Lüdtke, T., Westermann, S., Pult, L. K., Schneider, B. C., Pfuhl, G., & Moritz, S. (2018). Evaluation of a brief unguided psychological online intervention for depression: A controlled trial including exploratory moderator analyses. Internet Interventions, 13, 73-81. doi:10.1016/j.invent.2018.06.004

Stolz, T., Schulz, A., Krieger, T., Vincent, A., Urech, A., Moser, C., Westermann, S., & Berger, T. (2018). A mobile app for Social Anxiety Disorder: A three-arm randomized controlled trial comparing mobile and PC-based guided self-help interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(6), 493-504. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000301

Moritz, S., Mahlke, C. I., Westermann, S., Ruppelt, F., Lysaker, P. H., Bock, T., & Andreou, C. (2018). Embracing Psychosis: A Cognitive Insight Intervention Improves Personal Narratives and Meaning-Making in Patients With Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44(2), 307-316. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbx072

Schuster, V., Herholz, P., Zimmermann, K., Westermann, S., Frässle, S., & Jansen, A. (2017). Comparison of fMRI paradigms assessing visuospatial processing: Robustness and Reproducibility. PLoS ONE, 12(10), e0186344. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0186344

Moritz, S., Göritz, A. S., McLean, B., Westermann, S., & Brodbeck, J. (2017). Do depressive symptoms predict paranoia or vice versa? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 56, 113-121. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.10.002

Muench, H. M., Westermann, S., Pizzagalli, D. A., Hofmann, S. G. & Mueller, E. M. (2016). Self-relevant threat contexts enhance early processing of fear-conditioned faces. Biological Psychology, 121, 194-202. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.07.017

Schröder, J., Berger, T., Westermann, S., Klein, J. P., & Moritz, S. (2016). Internet interventions for depression: new developments. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 18, 203.

Moritz, S., Lüdtke, T., Westermann, S., Hermeneit, J., Watroba, J., & Lincoln, T. M. (2016). Dysfunctional coping with stress in psychosis. An investigation with the Maladaptive and Adaptive Coping Styles (MAX) questionnaire. Schizophrenia Research, 175, 129-35. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2016.04.025

Moritz, S., Berna, F., Jaeger, S., Westermann, S., & Nagel, M. (2016). The customer is always right? Subjective target symptoms and treatment preferences in patients with psychosis. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 267, 335-339. doi:10.1007/s00406-016-0694-5

Moritz, S., Thöring, T., Kühn, S., Willenborg, B., Westermann, S., & Nagel, M. (2015). Metacognition-augmented cognitive remediation training reduces jumping to conclusions and overconfidence but not neurocognitive deficits in psychosis. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1048. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01048

Zetsche, U., Rief, W., Westermann, S., & Exner, C. (2015). Cognitive deficits are a matter of emotional context: Inflexible strategy use mediates context-specific learning impairments in OCD. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 360-71. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.911144

Lincoln, T., Rief, W., Westermann, S., Ziegler, M., Kesting, M.-L., Lüllmann, E. & Mehl, S. (2014). Who stays, who benefits? Predicting dropout and change in cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis. Psychiatry Research, 216, 198-205. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2014.02.012

Boden, M. T., Westermann, S., McRae, K., Kuo, J., Alvarez, J., Kulkarni, M. R., Gross, J. J., & Bonn-Miller, M. (2013). Emotion regulation and posttraumatic stress disorder: A prospective investigation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 3. doi:10.1521/jscp.2013.32.3.296

Kesting, M.-L., Bredenpohl, M., Klenke, J., Westermann, S., & Lincoln, T. M. (2013). The Impact of Social Stress on Self-Esteem and Paranoid Ideation. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 122-8. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2012.07.010

Krachs, S., Müller-Pinzler, L, Westermann, S., & Paulus, F. (2013). On the distinction of empathic and vicarious emotions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 196. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00196

Krach, S., Müller-Pinzler, L., Westermann, S., & Paulus, F. (2013). Commentary: Advancing the neuroscience of social emotions with social immersion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 427-8. doi:10.1017/S0140525X12001951

Euteneuer, F., Schwarz, M. J., Dannehl, K., Hartung, A., Westermann, S., & Rief, W. (2012). Increased soluble interleukin-2 receptor levels are related to somatic but not to cognitive-affective features in major depression. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26, 1244-8. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2012.06.007

Lincoln, T. M., Ziegler, M., Mehl, S., Kesting, M.-L., Lüllmann, E., Westermann, S., & Rief, W. (2012). Moving From Efficacy to Effectiveness in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: A Randomized Clinical Practice Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 674-686. doi:10.1037/a0028665

Rusch, S., Westermann, S., & Lincoln, T. M. (2012). Specificity of emotion regulation deficits in social anxiety: An internet study. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 85, 268-77. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8341.2011.02029.x

Peer-reviewed books

Caspar, F., Pjanic, I, & Westermann, S. (2017). Klinische Psychologie. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-531-93317-7

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Westermann, S., Berger, T., Steiner, F., & Banisch, S. (2017). Motive conflicts: an empirically informed agent-based modelling study. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association.

Book Chapters

Westermann, S., grosse Holtforth, M. & Michalak, J. (in press). Motivation in Psychotherapy. In R. M. Ryan (Hrsg.), The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation (2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lincoln, T. M., Lüllmann, E. & Westermann, S. (2011). Schizophrenie. In G. Meinlschmidt, S. Schneider & J. Margraf (Hrsg.), Lehrbuch der Verhaltenstherapie. Band 4: Materialien für die Psychotherapie. Springer.