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.
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.