Dr. Peter Zeier

Curriculum Vitae | Publications | Posters | Ad hoc Peer Reviewer | Research interests | Methods | Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

09/2021 PhD in psychology, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz; Thesis: Emotion Regulation in Detail – Investigating the Predictors of Effective Cognitive Reappraisal
09/2020 Licensed Psychotherapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Since 06/2020 Research assistant, Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Psychological Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
06/2017 - 09/2021 PhD student, Department for Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology,
Psychological Institute, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
06/2015 - 09/2020 Postgraduate Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at 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


Zeier, P., Sandner, M., & Wessa, M. (2023). Regulating emotions with experience - The effectiveness of reappraisal inventiveness depends on situational familiarity. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, Published online: 19 Apr 2023. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2023.2200999

Ochmann, D. T., Philippi, K. F. A, Zeier, P., et al. (2021). Association of Innate and Acquired Aerobic Capacity With Resilience in Healthy Adults: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of an 8-Week Web-Based Physical Exercise Intervention. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(11):e29712. https://doi.org/10.2196/29712

Zeier, P., Meine, L., & Wessa, M. (2021). It's worth the trouble: Stressor exposure is related to increased cognitive reappraisal ability. Stress and Health, published online: 08 Oct 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.3101

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2021.107876

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104660

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2019.1663153

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2017.07.002

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.11.059


Zeier, P., Philipp, K. F. A., Brahmer, A., et al. (2022). Remote exercise training during COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown increases physical and psychological resilience. In Resilience Symposium 2022, Mainz.

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.

Ad hoc Peer Reviewer

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognition & Emotion

Research interests

  • Emotionregulation in the face of stress (CRC 1193)
  • Investigating the details of Cognitive Reappraisal
  • Emotionregulation and pro-environmental behavior


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


Summer 2023 Psychotherapy Research (MSc)
Summer 2022 Experimental Standard Methods in Clinical Psychology (MSc)
Winter 2021/22 Psychotherapy Research (MSc)
Experimental Standard Methods in Clinical Psychology (MSc)
Summer 2021 Clinical Models and Psychotherapy Research (MSc)
Disease and Treatment Progressions, Risks, and Decision-making (MSc)
Winter 2020/21 Psychotherapy research (MSc)