Dr. Sarah Schäfer

Profile

Individuals differ in the amount of distress they experience following traumatic events. Sense of coherence is one important factor that modulates the impact of traumatic or stressful experiences on mental health. Individuals who experience life challenges as meaningful and perceive their environment as comprehensible and manageable seem to be able to cope better with stressful situations. This relationship between sense of coherence and mental health has been the focus of my previous research.

Sense of coherence develops over the whole life span and is influenced by different factors including experiences in childhood and adolescence or the social environment.

Adopting a lifespan perspective, my research in Greifswald aims to integrate research on psychological resilience and views on aging by studying their impact on mental and physical health.

I also work on various qualitative and quantitative systematic review projects concerned with the development and maintenance of health as well as coping processes in the face of stressful life events.

Research areas

  • Psychological resilience
  • Development and maintenance of health
  • Systematic reviews
  • Stress and adversity

Vita

Since 07/2021
Guest Scientis, Department for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, Institute of Community Medicine, University Medicine Greifswald

09/2020 - 06/2021
Research scientist, Department for Prevention Research and Social Medicine, Institute of Community Medicine, University Medicine Greifswald

2020
Licensed psychological psychotherapist according to PsychThG [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; also liscensed for psychotherapy for children and adolescence (Erweiterte Fachkunde)]

2020
PhD (summa cum laude), Saarland University, Doctoral thesis: “Perspectives on Self-Reported Resilience - Cross-Sectional, Longitudinal, and Meta-Analytical Considerations”

01/2020 - 09/2020
Research scientist, Saarland University, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

2017 - 2019
Research scientist and doctoral student, Saarland University, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

2016 - 2020
Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults, children and adolescents at Weiterbildungsinstitut für Psychotherapie Saarbrücken

2016
Research internship, Saarland University, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and the Outpatient Unit for CBT at Saarland University

2014 - 2016
Studies of Psychology (M. Sc., 1.0 with honors), Saarland University

2012 - 2016
Student research assistant, Saarland University, Department of Differential Psychology and Psychodiagnostics, and student tutor for statistics and research methods in Psychology, Saarland University, Department of Cognitive Psychology

2011 - 2014
Studies of Psychology (B. Sc.), Saarland University

2009 - 2011
Studies in Political Science and Media Science, University of Trier

Ad hoc Journal Review

BMJ Open, Child Abuse & Neglect, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) – Annual Meetings 2018, 2019, 2020 (Konferenz), Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie

Publications