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Psychologisches Institut Experimentelle Psychopathologie und Psychotherapie

Ava Schulz

Ava Schulz, Dr. phil.

  • Postdoc

Curriculum vitae

Ava studied Psychology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, and at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She completed her PhD at the University of Bern in April 2017 on the efficacy and effectiveness of Internet-based treatments of various anxiety disorders.

Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher in the SNF funded OPTIMAX project (Optimising outcomes in psychotherapy for anxiety disorders) in which a transdiagnostic treatment approach is implemented. One principal aim of the project is generating predictive models for treatment response based on various psychological, physiological and biological measures. Ava is also a psychotherapist at an advanced level of training. Other areas of interest of hers include behavioural medicine, emotion regulation, the therapeutic working alliance and, of course, chocolate.

Selected publications

Schulz, A., Stolz, T., & Berger, T. (2014). Internet-based individually versus group guided self-help treatment for social anxiety disorder: protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1),1.

Schulz, A., Stolz, T. Vincent, A., Krieger, T., Andersson, G., & Berger, T. (2016). A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved? A three-arm randomized controlled trial comparing internet-based clinician-guided individual versus group treatment for social anxiety disorder]. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 84, 14-26.

Schulz, A., Vincent, A., & Berger, T. (in press). Daydreamer and Night Owl: Comparing Good and Bad Outcome Cases in an Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy.

Hoogendoorn, M., Berger, T., Schulz, A., Stolz, T., & Szolovits, P. (2016). Predicting Social Anxiety Outcome based on Therapeutic E-mail Conversations. Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2016.2601123

Berger, T., Urech, A., Krieger, T., Stolz, T., Schulz, A., Vincent, A., Moser, C.T., Moritz, S., & Meyer, B. (2016). Effects of a transdiagnostic unguided internet intervention (“velibra") for anxiety disorders in primary care: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 1-14.

2016: Chair of the session on Social Anxiety at the European Assocation for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EACBT) congress in Stockholm, Sweden.