Roberto La Marca

Roberto La Marca, Dr. phil.

Oberassistent / Gruppenleiter "Stressbiologie in Depression

Adipositas und Diabetes"

Tel.: +41 44 635 73 62

Raumbezeichnung: BIN 4.E.09

r.lamarca@psychologie.uzh.ch

Office: BIN4.E-09

Curriculum vitae

Personal Information

Name Roberto La Marca
Address University of Zurich
Institute of Psychology
Dept. of Psychology Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Binzmuhlestr. 14/ Box 26
CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
E-mail: r.lamarca@psychologie.uzh.ch
Tel: +41-44-635 7362

Current Positions and Employment

Since 01/2014 

Psychotherapist, Center for Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert) 

Since 07/2011 

Teaching and senior research associate, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert) 

Honorary research fellow, Psychobiology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (Chair: Prof. Dr. Andrew Steptoe) & Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (Chair: Prof. Dr. Chris Brewin), University College London, London, UK

Since 05/2005 

Chief operating officer, Psychophysiological Laboratory, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert) 

Past Positions and Employment

01/2012 - 12/2016 Honorary research associate, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics – Therapy and Process Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Heinz Böker)

07/2011 – 12/2013 

Honorary research associate, Wearable Computing, Institute of Electronics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Tröster) 

07/2010 – 06/2011 

Postdoctoral research associate, Psychobiology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK (Chair: Andrew Steptoe)

08/2009 – 06/2010 

Senior research associate, Wearable Computing, Institute of Electronics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Tröster) 

03/2009 - 06/2010 Postdoctoral research associate, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert) 

02/2009 – 12/2009

Postdoctoral research associate, Applied Psychology: Life-Management, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund)

12/2005 – 12/2008 

Teaching and research associate, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert) 

05/2005 – 02/2009

Honorary laboratory assistant, Department of Physiology & Behavior, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Langhans)

01/2002 – 05/2005 

Laboratory assistant, Sleep Laboratory Fluntern, Centre of Sleep Medicine, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Dr. med. Asher Ben-Shmuel) 

04/2004 – 06/2004 

Internship, Clinic Meissenberg, Psychiatric-Psychotherapeutic Clinic for Women, Zug, Switzerland (Supervisor: PD Dr. Ernst Hermann) 

11/2003 – 02/2004 

Internship, Department for Neuropsychology, Neurological Clinic, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Supervisor: PD Dr. Peter Brugger, Prof. Dr. Marianne Regard) 

08/1999 – 09/2001 

Attendant, Home for the Aged Herti, Zug, Switzerland 

Education

10/2017 MAS Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland 
09/2011 - 09/2017 Training as psychotherapist (Postgraduate Advanced Master Program in Psychotherapy and Behavioural Medicine), Center for Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Switzerland
26.02.2009

PhD, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Title of PhD thesis: “Vagal functionality as indicator for biopsychological stress responsiveness and beneficial effects of auricular electrical stimulation on vagal activity”. Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert, Prof. Dr. Markus Heinrichs

Successful completion of the "International PhD Program in Neuroscience", Neuroscience Center Zurich (UZH & ETHZ), Zurich, Switzerland

12/2005 – 12/2008

PhD studentClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert)

PhD student, International PhD program of the Neuroscience Center Zurich (UZH & ETHZ), Zurich, Switzerland

2005 MSc, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Title of master thesis: “Alpha-amylase in saliva as an indicator for autonomic activity during stress”. Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert, Dr. Urs M. Nater
10/1999 – 12/2005

Graduate student, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Minor I: Psychopathology in adulthood
Minor II: Employment law

10/1998 – 05/1999 Undergraduate student, Department of Mathematics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
1998 School-leaving examinations, State College of Zug, Zug, Switzerland

Continuing Education

Since 01/2012 "Psychology of the Capacity to Know and to Love", psychotherapeutic and psychological further education program of the International Academy for Human Sciences and culture, Walenstadt, Switzerland
2017 Open Science (workshop), University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2017 12. International Peace Seminar, For the Healing of the Planet - Unity in Diversity, The Support Society for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, Walenstadt, Switzerland

2016

Compassion Focused Therapy, personal practice retreat, organized and conducted by Prof. Dr. Paul Gilbert  (The Compassionate Mind Foundation) and Dr. Nicola Petrocchi (Compassionate Mind Italia), Fara in Sabina, Italy (certificate)

2015 11. International Peace Seminar, Peace between the Sexes: On Love, Marriage, and Partnership, The Support Society for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, Walenstadt, Switzerland
2015

Good Clinical Practice Module 1, 2 und 3, Clinical Trial Center CTC, Center for Clinical Research CCR, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (certificate)

2014

10. International Peace Seminar, What Heals? On Personality and Relationship, The Support Society for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, Walenstadt, Switzerland

2011

Basic Life Support Training, Bart’s City Life Saver, London, UK (certificate)

2010/11

Wellbeing (Seminar), Centre for Economic Performance, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK (in cooperation with Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London)

2010

The Neurobiology of the Stress Response (Workshop), Doctoral Program of the Psychological Institute, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2010 Ethics in Neuroscience (block seminar), Center of Neuroscience Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2009

Heart Rate Variability (workshop), Annual Meeting of the Society of Psychophysiological Research, Berlin, Germany

2008

Writing Scientific Papers (seminar), Center of Neuroscience Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2007

LifeShirt Data Analysis (workshop), organized by Vivometrics, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2006

MXedit: Adult Training and Reliability Program; Inter-Beat-Interval Editing for Heart Period Variability Analysis (online tutorial), The Brain-Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (certificate)

Teaching Experience

Fall semester 2017

La Marca, R., Lacker, T., & Gardini, E..: Biopsychological Methods B: The Principles of Genetics, Immunology and Entocrinology in Clinical Psychology.

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

Ehlert, U., & La Marca, R.: Research Colloquium of the Chair for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Spring semester 2017

La Marca, R.: Research Colloquium of the Chair for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

Fiacco, S., & La Marca, R.: Biopsychological Methods A: Research, Diagnostics, and Intervention Methods.

Fall semester 2016

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress Management Program.

Spring semester 2016

La Marca, R.: Research Colloquium of the Chair for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. (Coordination and management toghether with Professor Ulrike Ehlert).

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress Management Program.

Fiacco, S., & La Marca, R.: Biopsychological Methods A: The Importance of the Central and Autonomic Nervous System for Clinical Psychology.

Fall semester 2015

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress management Program.

La Marca, R., & Walther, A.: Biopsychological Methods B: The Principles of Genetics, Immunology and Entocrinology in Clinical Psychology.

Spring semester 2015

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress management Program.

La Marca, R., & Sollberger, S. B.: Preparatory Course in Experimental Psychology.

Fall semester 2014

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress management Program.

La Marca, R., & Walther, A.: Biopsychological Methods B: Research, Diagnostics, and Intervention Methods.

Spring semester 2014

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress management Program.

La Marca, R., & Sollberger, S. B.: Preparatory Course in Experimental Psychology.
09/2013 La Marca, R.: Workshop on methods for the induction and measurement of stress in the laboratory (hold at the 14th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation e.V., DGVM, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany).
Fall semester 2013

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & La Marca-Ghaemmaghami, P.: Resource-Focused Stress management Program.

La Marca, R., & Walther, A.: The Principles of Genetics, Immunology and Endocrinology in Clinical Psychology.
Spring semester 2013

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology"

La Marca, R., & Sollberger, S. B.: Preparatory Course in Experimental Psychology.
Fall semester 2012

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & Thörn, H.: The Principles of Genetics, Immunology and Endocrinology in Clinical Psychology.

Spring semester 2012

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & Spörri, C.: Preparatory Course in Experimental Psychology.

2009-2011 Postdoc employments at the University of Zurich (UZH), Swiss Federal Institute of Techonogy (ETH) Zurich and the University College London (UCL), without regular teaching courses (occasional presentations only)
Fall semester 2008

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R.: Methods in Psychobiology B.

Spring semester 2008

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

Abbruzzese, E., & La Marca, R.: Questionnaires and Standardized Interviews in Clinical Psychology.

Fall semester 2007

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

La Marca, R., & Perini, T.: Methods in Psychobiology B: Research, Diagnostics, and Intervention Methods.

Spring semester 2007

La Marca, R.: Project Group / Journal Club "Psychophysiology".

Emini, L., & La Marca, R.: Preparatory Course in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Fall semester 2006 La Marca, R., & Rimmele, U.: Methods in Psychophysiology (I): Research, Diagnostics, and Intervention Methods.
Spring semester 2006

Abbruzzese, E., & La Marca, R.: Questionnaires and Standardized Interviews in Clinical Psychology.

La Marca, R., & Suarez-Hitz, K. A.: Preparatory Couse in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Supervision of Students

Since 2010 Co-supervision of four PhD students
Since 2006 (Co-)Supervision of 35 MSc students
Since 2006 (Co-)Supervision of 36 interns and tutors
Since 2006 Supervision of 23 BSc thesis

Current Research Interests

  1. Psychobiology of acute and chronic stress and the role of resources
  2. Aetiopathogenesis of acute and chronic depression
  3. Psychobiology of obesity, diabetes mellitus, and (functional) gastrointestinal diseases
  4. Effects of stress-buffering interventions (stress management programs, cognitive behavioural therapy, etc.)

Honors and Funding Support

Awards and Prizes

2010 Annual award of the University of Zurich for the best doctoral thesis at the Philosophical Faculty, Zurich, Switzerland

2010

Swiss research prize for complementary medicine, 4th Association of Swiss Medical Societies for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (ASA) Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Congress 2010, Basel, Switzerland

2009 1st poster prize, 6th Workshop Congress of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy / 27th Symposium of the Section Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the German Society for Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Research and Individual Grants

2017 Project funding, Clinica Holistica Engiadina, Applicants: Prof. Dr. Heinz Böker & Dr. Roberto La Marca
2017 Project funding, Forschungsfonds der Psychiatrischen Dienste Aargau, Applicants: Dr. Roberto La Marca, Dr. Andreas Linde & Dr. Eva-Maria Pichler
2015 Research credit for postdocs, Forschungskommission und Nachwuchsförderungskommission der Universität Zürich, Applicant: Dr. Roberto La Marca
2013 Project funding, Swiss National Science Foundation, Main applicant: Dr. Roberto La Marca; Co-applicant: Prof. Dr. U. Ehlert
2010 Individual funding for prospective researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation, Applicant: Dr. Roberto La Marca
2006 Individual project funding, Forschungskommission und Nachwuchsförderungskommission der Universität Zürich, Applicant: lic. phil. Roberto La Marca

Travel Grants

Since 2006

Regular travel grants, from the Forschungskommission und Nachwuchsförderungs-kommission der Universität Zürich, Neuroscience Center Zurich, Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich, Schweizerische Akademie der Geisteswissenschaften (SAGW)

Past and Current Collaborators

  • International
    • Prof. Dr. Chris Brewin (University College London, London, UK)
    • Dr. Chia-Ying Chou (University College San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA)
    • Dr. Simone Grimm (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland)
    • Prof. Dr. Hideki Ohira (Nagoya University, Japan)
    • Prof. Dr. Jens C. Pruessner (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
    • Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Schultheiss (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen)
    • Prof. Dr. Andrew Steptoe (University College London, London, UK)
    • Prof. Dr. Lizhuang Yuan (Hebei Normal University, Hebei, China)
  • National
    • Dr. Klaus Bader (Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken, Basel)
    • Prof. Dr. Jens Gaab (Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Universität Basel)
    • Prof. Dr. Martin grosse Holtforth (Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Universität Bern)
    • Prof. Dr. Matthias Kliegel (Kognitives Altern, Universität Genf)
    • Dr. Andreas Linde (Psychiatrische Klinik Königsfelden, Brugg)
    • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Tschacher (Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Bern)
    • Prof. Dr. Alexander Wettstein (Pädagogische Hochschule Bern)
    • Dr. Thomas Wyss (Eidgenössische Hochschule für Sport Magglingen EHSM, Magglingen)
  • ETH Zurich
    • Dr. Hubert Annen (MILAK)
    • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Langhans (Physiology and Behavior)
    • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Tröster (Wearable Computing Laboratory)
    • Dr. Pascal von Rickenbach (Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory)
    • Dr. Amrei Wittwer (Collegium Helveticum)
  • University of Zurich
    • Dr. Sandra Ackermann (Biopsychologie)
    • Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Böker (Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik)
    • Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo (Phonetisches Laboratorium)
    • Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund (Angewandte Psychologie: Life-Management)
    • Prof. Dr. Andreas Maercker (Psychopathologie und Klinische Intervention)
    • Prof. Dr. Marta Manser (Institut für Evolutionsbiologie und Umweltwissenschaften)
    • Dr. Yolanda Schlumpf (Neuropsychologie)
    • Prof. Dr. Urte Scholz (Sozial- und Gesundheitspsychologie)
    • Dr. Marina Zulauf-Logoz (Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie)

Memberships

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation e.V.; DGVM

International Association for Parent Training and Professionally Trained Parent Councils, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein and Walenstadt, Switzerland

International Society for Justice, Human Rights, Professional Honour and Honour of Office, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein

Support Society for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, Walenstadt, Switzerland

Commission Activity

Since 6/2016

Ombudsman, non-professorial teaching and research staff of the Psychological Institute, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Since 12/2014

Board member of the Support Society for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture

Since 08/2013 Scientific advisory board member of the International Academy of Human Sciences and Culture
03/2014 – 12/2014 Extended board representative for postdoctoral researchers, Graduate Campus, University of Zurich
05/2010 – 01/2014 Member of the ethics committee of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Journal Peer Reviewing

  • Anxiety, Stress & Coping
  • Biological Psychology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gerontology
  • Heart and Vessels
  • Japanese Psychological Research
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
  • Journal of Psychophysiology
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • PLoS ONE
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Stress
  • Stress & Health
  • Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie