Peter Zeier, M. Sc.

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Curriculum Vitae

09/2020 Licensed Psychotherapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Since 06/2017 PhD student, Department for Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology,
Psychological Institute, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
2013-2015 M. Sc. Psychology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Master thesis: The Perils of Aiming too High: Discrepancy between Goals and Performances in People with Mild Depression
2010-2013 B. Sc. Psychology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Bachelor thesis: Blaming the Victim’s Character: Effects of Construal Level on Trait Causality



Sandner, M., Zeier, P., Lois, G., & Wessa, M. (2021). Cognitive emotion regulation withstands the stress test: An fMRI study on the effect of acute stress on distraction and reappraisal. Neuropsychologia, 157, 107876.

Sandner, M., Lois, G., Streit, F., Zeier, P., Kirsch, P., Wüst, S. & Wessa, M. (2020). Investigating individual stress reactivity: High hair cortisol predicts lower acute stress responses. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 118, 1-10.

Zeier, P., Sandner, M. & Wessa, M. (2019). Script-based Reappraisal Test - Introducing a new paradigm to investigate the effect of reappraisal inventiveness on reappraisal effectiveness. Cognition & Emotion, published online: 09 Sep 2019.

Arens, E. A., Zeier, P., Schwieren, C., Huisgen, H. & Barnow, S. (2018). The perils of aiming too high: Discrepancy between goals and performance in individuals with depressive symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 58, 12-17.

Kowoll, M. E., Meyer-Kühling, I., Degen, C., Gladis, S., Zeier, P. & Schröder, J. (2018). Elderly migrants in outpatient and inpatient care services in Baden-Württemberg/Germany. Psychiatry Research, 260, 130-137.



Zeier, P., Sandner, M. & Wessa, M. (2019). Being Inventive in Uncharted Territory – Context Familiarity moderates the Influence of Reappraisal Flexibility on Effectiveness. In Conference on Emotions 2019, Tilburg.

Zeier, P., Sandner, M., & Wessa, M. (2018). Emotion Regulation in the Face of Stress – Investigating Reappraisal Inventiveness as a potential Resilience Mechanism. In ISPNE 2018, Irvine, USA.

Zeier, P., Sandner, M. & Wessa, M. (2018). Cognitive emotion regulation scripts – experimental validation of a new paradigm to investigate cognitive reappraisal. In DGPPN Kongress 2018, Berlin.


Research interests

  • Emotionregulation in the face of stress (CRC 1193)
  • Investigating the details of Cognitive Reappraisal


    • Behavioral data assessment
    • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
    • Development of psychological tests and questionnaires
    • Neuropsychological assessment



    Winter 2020/21 Psychotherapy research (MSc)