Researcher & therapist

Curriculum vitae

A short CV of Stefan Westermann

Curriculum vitae

Stefan Westermann

Private lecturer (‘Privatdozent’)
Dr. rer. nat. (PhD)
Psychological psychotherapist
Diploma in psychology



  • 12/2018: Habilitation (venia docendi for psychology, awarded by the University of Bern)
  • 10/2013: Licensure psychological psychotherapist (behavior therapy)
  • 12/2011: Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.; advisor: Prof. Dr. Tania Lincoln)
  • 10/08-09/11: PhD student in clinical psychology at the Philipps-University Marburg
  • 10/03-09/08: Studies in psychology at the Philipps-University Marburg (Dipl.-Psych; with honors)
  • 2005-2006: Parallel studies in computer science (Philipps-University Marburg; 2 semesters)
  • 2003: Abitur (Gymnasium Johanneum Wadersloh, Germany)

Professional work

  • Since 09/2019: Senior researcher at the "Clinical Neuropsychology" Lab (Prof. Moritz/Prof. Jelinek), University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany; head of the project working group "Computational Clinical Psychology"
  • 09/18-08/19: Visiting scholar at the Idiographic Dynamics Lab (Prof. Dr. Aaron J. Fisher), Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 09/13-08/18: PostDoc ('Assistant' and 'Oberassistent') at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Bern (Head: Prof. Dr. Franz Caspar)
  • 2013-2018: Psychotherapist at the outpatient clinic of the University of Bern
  • 10/11-08/13: Research assistant at the Section "Brain Imaging", Department of Medicine, Philipps-University Marburg (Head: Prof. Dr. Andreas Jansen)
  • 10/12-05/13: Clinical psychologist at the 'Vitos Klinik für forensische Psychiatrie Haina' (part time)
  • 10/11-01/12: Clinical psychologist at the Clinic for Psychotherapy and Psychiatry at the UKGM
  • 10/08-10/13: Advanced psychotherapy qualification training (behavior therapy; 'Psychotherapie-Ambulanz Marburg'; Head: Prof. Winfried Rief)
  • 10/08-09/11: PhD student in work group clinical psychology and psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg (Head: Prof. Winfried Rief)

Fellowships and awards

  • Advanced Postdoc.mobility Fellowship (Swiss National Science Foundation [SNSF]; "Motive-oriented Internet-based self-help for depression"; UC Berkeley)
  • International Short Visit fellowship (SNSF; host: MPI for the Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; topic: "Modelling mental disorders as attractors in a dynamic system", 2015)
  • Doctoral scholarship ('Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes', 2009-2011)
  • Doctoral scholarship ('Psychotherapie Ambulanz Marburg', 2008-2009)
  • Several travel grants (SNSF, DAAD, MARA, German National Academic Foundation)
  • Publons Peer Review Award 2018, for placing in the top 1% of reviewers in Psychiatry/Psychology

Shortlist positions for professorships ('Listenplätze')

  • Professorship (W2) for clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the Philipps-University Marburg (2018)
  • Professorship (W3-analog) for clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the University Witten/Herdecke (2019)

Research visits

  • 09/18-08/19: UC Berkeley, Idiographic Dynamics Lab (Prof. Aaron J. Fisher), Berkeley, USA
  • 01-02/2015: Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Prof. Fatihcan Atay), Leipzig, Germany
  • 04/2011: Psychophysiology Lab (Prof. Dr. James Gross) at Stanford University and Veteran Affairs PTSD center, Menlo Park, USA (Dr. Boden)
  • Spring 2007: University of La Laguna (Dr. Eva Smolka), Santa Cruz, Spain [research internship]


  • German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)
  • Society for Ambulatory Assessment (SAA)
  • European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT)
  • German National Academic Foundation

Clinical experience

  • Focus on cognitive-behavior therapy for patients with psychosis
  • Psychotherapist at the 'Psychotherapeutische Praxisstelle der Universität Bern' (2013-2018)
  • Clinical psychologist at the 'Vitos Klinik für forensische Psychiatrie Haina' (2012-2013)
  • Clinical psychologist at the Clinic for Psychotherapy and Psychiatry at the University Clinic Gießen and Marburg (UKGM; 2011-2012)
  • Major qualification training as clinical psychologist in the Institute for 'Psychotherapie-Ausbildung Marburg' (IPAM; 'Ausbildung Psychologischer Psychotherapeut, Verhaltenstherapie')
  • Minor trainings:
    • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT; 2015/16)
    • Analytical Psychology (AP; general training, C. G. Jung Institut Küsnacht, Switzerland, 2017/18)
    • Certified supportive therapist (in the CBASP vs SYSP study; head: Prof. Schramm; 2010-11)
    • Mentalization-Based Treatment (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; online training; 2019)

Teaching experience

  • Supervision of doctoral students at the Philipps-University of Marburg (Sarah Grezellschak) and at the University of Bern (Nina Rüegg); supervision of diploma/master (16) and bachelor theses (11)
  • Instructor of advanced psychotherapy training workshops: "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis" (Bern, Leipzig, Zürich; 2014 - 2018), "Motive-oriented relationship building" (Leipzig, Marburg, Gießen; 2015 - 2018), "Behavior therapy for psychoanalysts" (Stuttgart; 2015, 2016)
  • University courses (21 in total): 'Seminar Klinisch-Psychologische Diagnostik' (2010), 'Seminar Experimentelle Psychopathologie' (2013, 2014), 'Seminar Kognitive Verfahren' (2014 -2018),'Seminar Computational Clinical Psychology' (2016), 'Seminar Motives and Motivation in Clinical Psychology' (2017)‚ 'Lecture Psychopathology Taught Online' (2014 - 2018)
  • Master thesis colloquium of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (2016)

Peer-review activities

  • Editorial boards: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry; Socio-Cognitive Systems
  • Ad hoc reviewer: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry; Cognitive Therapy and Research; European Psychiatry; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; Journal of Psychotherapy Integration; PLOS ONE; Psychiatry Research; Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice; Psychotherapy Research; Schizophrenia Bulletin; Schizophrenia Research; Verhaltenstherapie; Psychological Medicine; Trials; Clinical Psychology Review; Psychoneuroendocrinology; Comprehensive Psychiatry; Internet Interventions; Clinical Psychology in Europe