Dipl.-Psych. Sandra Schönfelder

Since 01/2020 employee at the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research

University Education | Research and Clinical Experiences | Teaching | Participation in the university lecture series | Peer-reviewed Publications | Ad hoc Peer Reviewer | Professional Memberships | Current research interests

University Education

05/2010 to present Post-Graduate Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, ZPP, Germany
10/2003 to 04/2009 Undergraduate/Graduate Studies of Psychology, Technical University Dresden, Germany (Area of specialization: Clinical psychology)
Diploma thesis: “Electrophysiological activity during emotional Stroop performance in chronic pain after motor vehicle accidents“ (Supervisor: Dr. Anke Karl, University of Southampton, UK)


Research and Clinical Experiences

07/2013 to present Research Assistant: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
12/2011 to 07/2013 Research Assistant: Heidelberg University, Center of Psychosocial Medicine, Department of General Psychiatry, Section for Experimental Psychopathology and Imaging
05/2009 to 11/2011 Ph.D. Student/Research Assistant in the Emmy Noether research group: “Mechanisms of emotional processing in bipolar affective disorders: symptom-dependency, specificity of disorder and vulnerability” (Head: PD Dr. Michèle Wessa), Department of Clinical and Cognitive Psychology, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim



Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

M.Sc.-Seminar „Selected disorders and psychotherapeutic interventions“ (WS16/17, SS17, WS17/18)
M.Sc.-Seminar „Clinical models and psychotherapy research“ (SS14, WS14/15)
M.Sc.-Seminar „Course of illness, course of therapy, risks and decisions“ (SS14)
M.Sc.-Seminar Project-Thesis „Recent Research: Clinical psychology & neuropsychology“ (WS13/14)


Participation in the university lecture series

  • Interdisciplinary lecture series: “The things that make us strong: Neurobiological and psychological mechanisms of stress resilience“ (WS15/16)
  • Studying at 50plus: Seminar “Resilience: What makes us resistant to mental illnesses?“ (WS15/16)


Peer-reviewed Publications

Profile on Researchgate.net

Ad hoc Peer Reviewer

  • Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • Psychophysiology
  • Frontiers of Psychology: Emotion Science
  • Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging


Professional Memberships

  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (since 01/2008)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychophysiologie und ihre Anwendung (DGPA) e.G. (since 05/2010)


Current research interests

  1. Electrophysiological correlates of early emotion processing and emotion regulation in bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder
  2. Cognitive biases (e.g., optimism bias) in bipolar disorder and individuals with hypomanic personality traits
  3. Resilience and emotion regulation (e.g., reappraisal, acceptance, self-compassion)