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Dr. Anke Haberkamp

I am a deputy professor at University of Giessen. My interests include experimental research on spider phobia, psychotherapy research, e-mental health, and health service research. I studied at University of Giessen and received my diploma in Psychology in 2009. 2014, I finished my PhD at University of Kaiserslautern. I’m a licensed CBT therapist since 2018 and Principal Investigator of my own project funded by the German Research Foundation since 2021. 

Dr. Markus Grill

Markus studied psychology at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg and completed his master’s degree with a focus on clinical psychology and experimental psychopathology. In his master thesis, he investigated the neurological underpinnings of intrusions in comorbid PTSD and chronic pain. He currently works on different psychopathological aspects of specific phobias with a particular emphasis on the use of modern software in his research. Markus likes to spend his free time doing either sports, most frequently bouldering but also playing football or biking, or listening to music as he is a passionate fan of metal music.

Miriam Becker, PhD student

Miriam completed her bachelor and master’s program in psychology at the Philipps-University of Marburg. During her studies, she focused on clinical and neuropsychology as well as on research in neurophysiological correlates (ERPs: FRN & P300) of trait anxiety. In 2020, she started her PhD at the Philipps-University of Marburg with a focus on attentional processes and visual perception in specific phobias (spider phobia). Her projects inspect the influence of biological motion on attention and perception in spider fearful and non-fearful individuals. Additionally, Miriam is completing a postgraduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Institut für Psychotherapieausbildung Marburg (IPAM), while working as a clinical psychologist at the Psychotherapie Ambulanz Marburg (PAM), an outpatient clinic for psychological interventions.


Almut Gitter, PhD student

Almut studied psychology at the universities of Marburg, Oslo, and Greifswald. In her bachelor thesis, she investigated the influence of target movement on saccadic adaptation with an eye-tracking experiment. For her master’s degree, she developed and tested a Q-sort questionnaire which measured transdiagnostic mental health deficits in the general population. Her PhD at the Philipps-University in Marburg aims to improve early access to treatment of mental illnesses. In her current projects, she investigates treatment preferences in the general population and humans with obsessive-compulsive symptoms. In addition, Almut completes postgraduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy and works as a clinical psychologist in an outpatient clinic.

Laura Ziegltrum, PhD student

Laura completed her bachelor and master’s program in psychology at the university of Regensburg. During her studies, she was particularly interested in clinical, educational as well as experimental psychology. As a student research assistant she was involved in different projects investigating and modifying emotion regulation processes. As part of her PhD at the Philipps-University Marburg she focuses on attentional and learning processes in spider phobia. Additionally, Laura completes postgraduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy while working as a clinical psychologist in an outpatient clinic.

Joana Rupprecht, PhD student

Joana Rupprecht started studying Psychology at the University of Heidelberg from 2017 to 2020, and later pursued her studies at the University of Hamburg from 2020 to 2023. Her educational path has taken her across continents and through a diverse academic journey spanning different fields of psychology including social psychology, motivational psychology, and clinical psychology. Joana’s interest in research and her passion for traveling transcended national borders when she embarked on a research internship at department of motivational psychology at the New York University in the bustling heart of New York City during her master’s program. In continuity, she started a self-initiated research project during a 3-month research stay in Mexico for her master thesis that delved into the differences in collectivism and individualism between Mexico and the United States and how these cultural distinctions influenced the induction of environmentally friendly behaviors. After completing her master’s thesis, Joana expanded her horizons further by spending a semester abroad in the charming city of Granada, Spain, while she conducted research on alcohol and gambling behavior in an intercultural context for the Motivation Psychology team at the University of Hamburg. In September 2023, Joana joined a new team to commence her Ph.D., focusing on help-seeking behavior and healthcare provision. Her research explores innovative methods to enhance treatment options for those in need. Joana’s interests extend beyond academia: she is an avid traveler, a creative enthusiast, a dancer, and a dedicated plant lover.