Junior Professor Dr. Marcella Woud - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prizewinner 2023

Clinical Psychology, University of Bochum

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marcella Woud

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marcella Woud

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Trained as a psychological psychotherapist, Marcella Woud’s research explores the extent to which cognitive distortions are crucial to the development of mental disorders. For example, patients suffering from an anxiety disorder tend to evaluate ambiguous situations negatively, which in turn can increase anxiety. Woud consistently pursues a translational research approach. This enables her to translate the mechanisms identified in basic research into appropriate psychological interventions aimed at preventing or treating mental disorders. Through her research, Woud has already greatly influenced the field of research into cognitive distortions, especially interpretive distortions and their inclusion in psychotherapy. She has also contributed to the optimisation of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.


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