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Sven Barnow

Sven Barnow

Heidelberg University


Since 2003, my research has mainly focused on emotion regulation (ER), especially in the context of psychopathology, for example borderline personality disorder (BPD) or depression (e.g., Barnow, 2012, 2014; Barnow et al., 2013; Barnow et al., 2012). In this process, my research has been driven by questions such as: "How do people regulate their emotions?", “Which mechanisms moderate the association between ER and psychopathology/well-being?”. Further, our research group has gained expertise in ecological momentary assessments of emotional processes during several projects (e.g. the Greifswalder Family Study supported by the Federal Research Community (DFG) and the collaborative project CANSAS supported by the Ministry of Education and Science. To summarize, my research has shown that emotion regulation processes are correlated with well-being and can predict the development and course of psychopathology. Considering these findings, we have developed an ER-group training called “Emotions Under Control (EUC)”, which I have described in a book published in the Springer Verlag (Barnow, 2014, 2015: Gefühle im Griff) and elsewere (Barnow et al., 2014). My work has resulted in 151 peer-reviewed publications (end of June 2015), I edited 41 book chapters, and 8 books. My work was published in well-respected journals of my discipline, including Psychological Medicine, Biological Psychiatry, Biological Psychology, American Journal of Psychiatry, Cognition and Emotion and NeuroImage. Additionally, I have done reviews for over 40 journals including Archives of General Psychiatry (now JAMA), American Journal of Psychiatry, Lancet and Psychological Medicine.

Research Interest

Emotion Regulation, Personality Disorder, Depression