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Prof. Dr.
Stefan Schmidt

Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy
Phone: 0049-761-270-69280


  • 1996 Diploma in Psychology (MSc), Institute of Psychology, University of Freiburg
  • 2002 PhD in Psychophysiology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2009-2011 Heymans Professor on Exceptional Human Experiences, University for the Humanities, Utrecht, Niederlande
  • 2010-2016 Assistant Professor for Transcultural Health Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
  • Since 2018 Full Professor at the Medical Faculty, University of Freiburg, Germany

Focus of research

  • Psychotherapy Research – Systemic Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Placebo

Selected publications

  • Luong, M. T., Gouda, S., Bauer, J., & Schmidt, S. Exploring Mindfulness Benefits for Students and Teachers in Three German High Schools. Mindfulness, 2019, 10(12), 2682–2702.
  • Röhricht, J., Jo, H.-G., Wittmann, M., & Schmidt, S. Exploring the maximum duration of the contingent negative variation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2018, 128, 52–61.
  • Schmidt, S., Jo, H.-G., Wittmann, M., & Hinterberger, T. ‚Catching the waves’ – slow cortical potentials as moderator of voluntary action. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 2016, 68, 639–650.
  • Schmidt, S., Grossman, P., Schwarzer, B., Jena, S., Naumann, J. and Walach, H. Treating fibromyalgia with mindfulness based stress reduction – results from a three-armed randomized controlled trial. Pain, 2011, 152, 361-369.
  • Schmidt, S. Shall we really do it again? The powerful concept of replication is neglected in the social sciences. Review of General Psychology, 2009, 13, 90-100

Research methods

  • EEG
  • Movement Video Lab
  • Neurophenomenology