Deutsch Intern
Department of Psychology I - Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology
and Psychotherapy

Schulz Stefan M., Prof. Dr.

Phone +49 931 31-80184
Fax +49 931 31-82733
Room 110
consultation hours (by phone) Tuesday 11:30 - 12:00


Curriculum Vitae

1995 - 2003 Academic studies at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Psychology – Diploma thesis: "Congruence effects between motor reactions [approach and avoidance] and their effect on emotional information processing"
2003 - 2006 Postgraduate research assistant, Department of Psychologie I, Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Würzburg
2004 - 2006 Research-Scholar at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), Dept. of Psychology, Boston University (Prof. Dr. Stefan G. Hofmann), supported by a full scholarship of the Gottlieb Daimler- and Karl Benz-Foundation
2006 - 2016 Research scientist at the Department of Psychologie I, Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Würzburg (Leader working groups: fMRI, cardiopsychology)
2008 Research period at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), Dept. of Psychology, Boston University (Prof. Dr. Stefan G. Hofmann), funded by a research award from the Vereinigte Stipendien- und Preisstiftung, University of Würzburg
2009 Research period at the Centro de Investigaciones, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Prof. Dr. Ernesto Octavio López Ramírez)
2010 Research period at the Departamento Psicología Básica II, Facultad de Psicología, UNED, Madrid, Spain (Prof. Dr. Beatriz García Rodríguez)
2010 Ph. D. (Dr. phil.) in Psychology; Topic of the dissertation: " Mediators of Social Anxiety - External Social Threat-Cues vs. Self-Related Negative Cognitions"
2011 - 2015 Research scientist at the Comprehensive Heart Failure Centre – Würzburg (PI: „ICD-Forum – Remote care for reducing cardiac fear, fear of dying, depression, and increasing quality of life in ICD-patients with cardiac insufficiency/at risk for fatal cardiac arrhythmia")
since 2014 Postgraduate studies / CBT-training at the WAPP, Würzburg
2017 - 2020 Research Scientist at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Experimental Psychopathology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (research focus: cardiopsychology [e-Health applications for patients with heart failure], experimental clinical psychology [coping and cardiovascular reactivity to stress], interoception, emotional facial expressions])
2019 Habilitation in Psychologie, Title of the Habilitation thesis: " Anxiety, Avoidance and Chronic Heart Failure – An integrative transdisciplinary research approach to advance comprehension and treatment of psychosocial distress in heart failure patients"

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Research Interests

  • Indicators, mediators and therapeutic agents in social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder
  • Implicit measures of emotional information processing
  • Web based therapy (e.g.
  • Prevention of anxiety and depression in patients with implantible kardioverter defibrillators (ICD)
  • Parameter estimation in physiological measures

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Awards and Scholarships

1998 First price at an internet seminar about the psychology of media at the Humboldt Universität Berlin for designing the best story-board for an ad for a Star Trek Convention.
09/2003 Research award from the "Vereinigte Stipendien- und Preisstiftung of the University of Würzburg"
12/2003 Full two-year dissertation scholarship from the Gottlieb Daimler- and Karl Benz-Foundation, Ladenburg, Germany
03/2008 Stipend from the German Society for Psychophysiology and its Application (DGPA) for Participation at the Spring School 2008 "Biopsychology of Emotions", Kloster Seeon, March 27-30, 2008
08/2008 Student Travel Award of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)

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Public PGP-Key

Please click here to download the Key as a zipped file. Please, make sure to verify the Key ID and Fingerprint published here before using the key. Please, only sign keys after you verified their integrity in a personal contact!


rsaToolbox is a set of MATLAB programs for assessment and correction of the peak-valley index of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) for individual effects of breathing (tidal volume [VT], and respiratory cycle time [TTOT]) across different breathing frequencies.
rsaToolbox is based on an algorithm published by Ritz & Dahme 2006. rsaToolbox includes a graphical user interface for intuitive handling. Modular implementation of the algorithm also allows flexible integration within other analytic strategies or batch-processing.
rsaToolbox is free. Please send an email to if you would like to use this toolbox.

To verify file integrity, you will receive a PGP signature file for the current distribution (

Please use encryption software compatible to PGP and/or the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC2440 ( and import the public key listed above (ID: 0x0BCC6042). The key is also available on public key servers like e.g.
Once my public key is on your key ring, verifying via use of the included ‘’ should produce a message like the following:

PGP Signature Status: good
Hash: SHA1
Signer: Stefan M. Schulz <>
Signer Key ID: 0x0BCC6042
Signer Key Fingerprint: B539 3214 4BA4 B2A7 DF33 A7F1 B248 AD8F 0BCC 6042

Please use Google if you're not familiar with public key encryption, and/or digital signatures, or write me an email.

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M.A.M.E.For everyone who still misses real lazer-sounds and PAC-Man's incredible hunger...
The international PGP homepage (Public-Key-Cryptography) Now part of history, but still a must-read

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