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Bettina Pfeffer, MSc

Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Position: PHD Student

ORCID: 0000-0003-2823-9972
T +43 1 40400 37463


Adolescent Psychology; Autonomic Nervous System; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Stress, Physiological; Stress, Psychological

Research group(s)

Research interests

As a PhD student, my main research focus is stress and stress-related disorders. I am particularly interested in the underlying stress mechanisms in psychopathologies such as PTSD and NSSI. The aim of my dissertation is to offer insight into trigger factors for NSSI and NSSI-related autonomic reactivity. To investigate this topic, I am working with EMA and Eye-Tracking technologies as well as hormonal, physiological and psychological stress measures.

Selected publications

  1. Kothgassner, O.D. et al. (2021) ‘Habituation of salivary cortisol and cardiovascular reactivity to a repeated real-life and virtual reality Trier Social Stress Test’, Physiology & Behavior, 242, p. 113618. Available at: