Dr. Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Ricarda Nater-Mewes

Priv. Doz. Dr. Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Ricarda Nater-Mewes
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Foto: Olga Kretsch

Head of the Outpatient Unit for Research, Teaching and Practice

T: +43-1-4277-47700

E: ricarda.nater-mewes@univie.ac.at

Office 01.105

Outpatient Unit for Research, Teaching and Practice

Renngasse 6-8 (Entrance: Wächtergasse 1)

1010 Vienna

Research Interests

  • Health in an intercultural context
  • Psychological factors in bodily symptoms

Professional Positions

Since 10/2017Head of the Outpatient Unit for Research, Teaching and Practice, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna
04/2015-09/2017Senior lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Marburg
07/2010-03/2015Head of a BMBF-Research group, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany
08/2010-06/2011 and
Maternity leave
07/2007-06/2010Fellow, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. W. Rief), Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany
06/2005-06/2007Fellow, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. W. Senf), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

University Education

20.11.2009Dr. rer. medic. University of Duisburg Essen, Germany (magna cum laude)
  • Title: Psychopathology of eating disorders, self-efficacy, and locus of control in inpatients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa – a prospective study
23.03.2009 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) Philipps-University of Marburg (magna cum laude)
  • Title: Culture sensitivity, health care utilization, and disability in individuals suffering from bodily complaints – a population-based approach
06/2005 Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf, Germany: Master of Science (Diplom) in Psychology (summa cum laude)

Psychotherapy Education

05/2012Licensure as Psychological Psychotherapist

Trainee in the Postgraduate Program for Psychological Psychotherapists (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) at the Institute for Psychotherapy Marburg (IPAM), Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany

2003-2007Trainee in the Psychotherapy Training Program for Family- and Systemic Therapy (AFS), Köln, Germany

Scientific Merits

  • Outstanding New Investigator Award, International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), 2018
  • Fellowship for the Turkey Europe Future Forum 2016, funded by Stiftung Mercator and advised by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
  • Award of the ‘Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung’ for the master-thesis of my master student Serfiraz Demir (2016): www.brandenburg.rosalux.de/foerderpreis.html
  • Poster Award (Poster among the Top 15) at the 13th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Travel Grant awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, 2014, Netherlands)
  • Award for an outstanding thesis with an intercultural theme for my master student L. Bockel (2012): www.ziko-alumni.de/preis/2012/index.html
  • Travel Grant awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, 2012, Hungary)
  • Mentee at SciMento hessenweit (2011-2013)
  • Invited to junior researcher academy for health services research by the German Research Foundation (DFG-Nachwuchsakademie Versorgungsforschung) (2010)
  • Irmela-Florin-Forschungspreis, German Society of Behavioral Medicine (2009)

Research Grants

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, 2009 (7. EU-Framework Programme People)
  • „Stability of somatoform symptoms and somatoform disorders“, grant funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2011-2012, ME 3733/1-2
  • „Psychotherapeutische Erstversorgung von Asylbewerberinnen in Hessen“, grant funded by the European Refugee Fund EFF-12-775, 2013-2015
  • „Risk factors for restrictive eating during pregnancy“, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the Kompetenznetz Adipositas (Competence Network for Obesity): „Seed Money“, 2014-2015, FKZ: 01GI1319

Ad hoc reviewer for scientific organisations

  • EU (Marie-Curie-Action) & Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Program P.R.I.M.E., localized at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • Leibniz Association

Member of the Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Ad hoc reviewer for 45 scientific journals


  • Asian Network of Behavioral Health (ANBH)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPS) – Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (ordentliches Mitglied)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation e.V. (DGVM)
  • European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT)
  • International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM)


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Schumm, H., Steil, R., Lechner-Meichsner, F., Morina, N., Weise, C., Mewes, R., Kuck, S., Reuter, J., Giesebrecht, J., Cludius, B., & Ehring, T. (2023). Associations between sleep problems and posttraumatic stress symptoms, social functioning, and quality of life in refugees with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 36(6), 1176-1183. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22983

Hirsch, S., Feneberg, A., Nater, U. M., & Nater-Mewes, R. (2023). Musikhören zur Stressreduktion chronisch diskriminierter Frauen. 2. Deutscher Psychotherapie Kongress 2023, Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Heim, E., Mewes, R., Ramia, J. A., Glaesmer, H., Hall, B., Shehadeh, M. H., Ünlü, B., Kananian, S., Kohrt, B. A., Lechner-Meichsner, F., Lotzin, A., Moro, M. R., Radjack, R., Salamanca-Sanabria, A., Singla, D. R., Starck, A., Sturm, G., Tol, W., Weise, C., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2021). Reporting cultural adaptation in psychological trials - The RECAPT criteria. Clinical Psychology in Europe, 3, [e6351]. https://doi.org/10.32872/cpe.6351

Feneberg, A., Nater-Mewes, R., Doerr, J. M., & Nater, U. M. (Accepted/In press). Does music listening affect somatic symptoms and biopsychological markers of stress in depressive and somatic symptom disorder patients?. 8th annual conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, Spain.

Feneberg, A., Hirsch, S., Nater-Mewes, R., & Nater, U. M. (2021). Musikhören im Alltag. Manuscript submitted for publication. In G. Bernatzky, & G. Kreutz (Eds.), Musik und Medizin (2 ed.). Springer-Verlag Wien.

Dekker, J., Amitami, M., Berman , A. H., Brown, H., Cleal, B., Figueiras, M. J., Finney Rutten , L. J., Fors, E. A., Griva, K., Gu, J., Keyworth, C., Kleinstäuber , M., Lahmann, C., Lau, J. T. F., Leplow, B., Li, L., Malmberg Gavelin, H., Mewes, R., Mo, P. K. H., ... Nater, U. M. (2020). Definition and Characteristics of Behavioral Medicine, and Main Tasks and Goals of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine-an International Delphi Study. International journal of behavioral medicine, 28, 268–276. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-020-09928-y

Feneberg, A., Nater-Mewes, R., Doerr, J. M., & Nater, U. M. (2020). Music as medicine? An ambulatory assessment study on the effects of music listening on somatic symptoms and markers of stress. Digital Poster Flash of the Early Career Researchers of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Section Biopsychology and Neuropsychology, and the German Society for Psychophysiology and its Applications (DGPA), Unknown.

Feneberg, A., Nater-Mewes, R., Doerr, J. M., & Nater, U. M. (2020). Music listening in daily life: differential effects on biopsychological stress markers and somatic complaints in two patient samples. 46. Jahrestagung „Psychologie und Gehirn“ der Fachgruppe Biologische Psychologie und Neuropsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs) und der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychophysiologie und ihre Anwendung (DPGA) - abgesagt aufgrund der COVID-19 Pandemie, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Feneberg, A., Nater-Mewes, R., Doerr, J. M., & Nater, U. M. (2020). The Effects of Music Listening on Somatic Symptoms and Stress: a Comparative Ambulatory Assessment Study with Two Patient Samples. 16th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine (ICBM; cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Feneberg, A., Nater-Mewes, R., Dörr, J., & Nater, U. M. (2019). Wie wirkt alltägliches Musikhören auf körperliche Symptome und Stress? Eine vergleichende Ambulante Assessment-Studie mit zwei Patientengruppen. Forschungsreferat am 11. Workshopkongress der DGPs Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Erlangen, Germany.

Reichardt, J., Ebrahimi, A., Nasiri Dehsorkhi, H., Mewes, R., Weise, C., Afshar, H., Adibi, P., Moshref Dehkordy, S., Yeganeh, G., Reich, H., & Rief, W. (2018). Why is this happening to me? - a comparison of illness representations between Iranian and German people with mental illness. BMC Psychology, 6(1), [33]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-018-0250-3

Xiong, N., Zhang, Y., Wei, J., Leonhart, R., Fritzsche, K., Mewes, R., Hong, X., Cao, J., Li, T., Jiang, J., Zhao, X., Zhang, L., & Schaefert, R. (2017). Operationalization of diagnostic criteria of DSM-5 somatic symptom disorders. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), [361]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-017-1526-5

Nater-Mewes, R., & Nater, U. M. (2017). Somatoforme Störungen. In B. Eva-Lotta, & J. Frank (Eds.), Verhaltenstherapie in der Praxis (1. ed., pp. 547-555). [43] Beltz.

Nater, U. M., Fischer, S., & Nater-Mewes, R. (2016). Funktionelle Syndrome und Beschwerden. In U. Ehlert (Ed.), Verhaltensmedizin: mit 51 Tabellen (2. ed., pp. 277-290). Springer. Springer-Lehrbuch

Kool, M. B., van de Schoot, R., López-Chicheri García, I., Mewes, R., Da Silva, J. A. P., Vangronsveld, K., Wismeijer, A. A. J., Lumley, M. A., van Middendorp, H., Bijlsma, J. W. J., Crombez, G., Rief, W., & Geenen, R. (2014). Measurement invariance of the Illness Invalidation Inventory (3*I) across language, rheumatic disease and gender. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(3), 551-556. https://doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-201807

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