Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Work unit Buhlmann)


Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Research Group
© AE Buhlmann

Selected Publications

Onken R.; Capponi D.; Dietel F.A.; Kneipp C.; Hoppen L.; Schulz C.; Dirksen D.; Buhlmann U. (2024). Facial symmetry perception and attractiveness ratings in body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, XXX. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2024.100859

Kuck, N., Dietel, F. A., Nohr, L., Vahrenhold, J., & Buhlmann, U. (2022). A smartphone app for the prevention and early intervention of body dysmorphic disorder: Development and evaluation of the content, usability, and aesthetics. Internet Interventions28, 100521.

Drüge, M., Buhlmann, U., Dietel, F. A., Hansmeier, J., Jäger, A., Dworakowski, O., Rück, C., Enander, J., & Watzke, B. (2021). BDD-NET – Ein internetbasiertes Programm bei Körperunzufriedenheit zur niedrigschwelligen Behandlung der körperdysmorphen Störung für den deutschen Sprachraum. Verhaltenstherapie, 1–10.

Kuck, N., Cafitz, L., Bürkner, P.-C., Hoppen, L., Wilhelm, S., & Buhlmann, U. (2021). Body dysmorphic disorder and self-esteem: A meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry21(1), 310.

Schulte, J., Dietel, F. A., Wilhelm, S., Nestler, S., & Buhlmann, U. (2021). Temporal dynamics of insight in body dysmorphic disorder: An ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology130(4), 365–376.

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06/11/2024 - 06/15/2024

From 11 to 15 June, our working group took part in the 3rd German Psychotherapy Congress in Berlin. Hannah Vogel gave a presentation on the relationship between body dysmorphic symptoms, depression and suicidality, Marieke Meier gave a presentation on "Psychoeducation with the help of a network-theoretical explanatory approach for eating disorders" and Nicola Hohensee gave a presentation on "Relationship between emotion regulation and symptom severity in obsessive-compulsive disorders: An EMA-based study".

DPK 2024: Hannah Vogel, Marieke Meier, Ulrike Buhlmann and Nicola Hohensee (from left to right)
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AE-Buhlmann once again successfully took part in the Psychology Student Council's charity run this year. At this year's 5-km TK-Run of the Leonardo-CampusRun, students, employees and professors of the Department of Psychology competed together and collected donations for Zartbitter, a counseling center against sexualized violence in Münster. We had a lot of fun and are already looking forward to taking part again next year.


We welcome Judith Diele as a new member of our work unit and look forward to working with her! Judith is particularly interested in the relationship between suicidality, emotion regulation and interoception in body dysmorphic disorder. For this purpose, she mainly uses app-based longitudinal studies (e.g. Ecological Momentary Assessment Designs).

10/04/2023 - 10/07/2023

From 4 to 7 October, Marieke participated in the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) conference in Antalya. In the symposium on "Development and Treatment of Mental Disorders: A Network Perspective", she gave a presentation titled "Comparing Symptom Networks Before and After Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders in Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder".

10/04/2023 - 10/06/2023

From 4 to 6 October, Nicola Hohensee participated in the Emotionos 2023 Conference in Tilburg (NL). She gave a presentation on the relationship between emotional insight and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies in children and adolescents.

Our lab successfully participated in the 1st Alzheimer fundraising run of the psychology department. Students, staff and professors of the Department of Psychology participated together in the 5km TK-Run of the Leonardo-CampusRun and collected donations for the Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft e.V. Selbsthilfe Demenz (DAlzG). We had a lot of fun and hope to repeat the fundraising run next year.


We welcome Nicola Hohensee as a new member of our research unit and look forward to working with her! Nicola is doing her PhD in our working unit since April 2020 and is mainly interested in the relationship between different emotion regulation components and psychopathology in obsessive-compulsive disorder but also in other mental illnesses. For this, she mainly uses everyday app-based longitudinal studies (e.g. Ecological Momentary Assessment designs).

05/10/2023 - 05/13/2023

From 10 to 13 May, we participated in the 2nd German Psychotherapy Congress in Berlin. Prof. Buhlmann gave a presentation on ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and reported our new findings on symptom fluctuations in people with BDD. Marieke Meier gave a presentation on treatment effects of inpatient therapy for eating disorders.

We welcome Hannah Vogel as a new member of our research group and look forward to working with her! Hannah joined our work unit in January 2022 as a diagnostician in BDD-NET (an internet-based body dissatisfaction program for low-threshold treatment of body dysmorphic disorder for the German-speaking world). She is particularly interested in the relationship between suicidality and interoception in body dysmorphic disorder.

We are saying goodbye to Dr. Johanna Schulte who is currently on parental leave and who has taken over the management and coordination of the professional qualifying activity in the Master of Science Psychology with a focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy as of March 01 2023. We sincerely thank her for her many years of work in our lab and wish her all the best for the future!

09/01/2022 - 01/31/2023
Marieke spent this term as a short-term visiting scholar in the lab of Professor Richard McNally at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During her stay Marieke did research on whether the links between symptoms of eating disorders differ before and after a long treatment. Students who have questions about study or research abroad are welcome to contact Marieke.

Further New

© Hannah Vogel
© Hannah Vogel
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