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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. Pfeffer, B. et al. (2022). 'Coping styles mediating the relationship between perceived chronic stress and conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19'
  2. 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: