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Katja Schmalenberger MS

Katja Schmalenberger
Designation
  • Graduate Student Affiliate
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Psychology
  • Heidelberg University, Germany

After completing her master's program in clinical and cognitive psychology at Heidelberg University, Germany, in 2015,  Katja Schmalenberger spent four months interning in Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul's laboratory in the Center for Women's Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since that time, she has mentored my work and PhD project at the Institute of Medical Psychology at Heidelberg University and we have been collaborating closely on various projects. In joint research, they are focusing on improving the reliability and validity of the new DSM-5 diagnosis premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and on investigating the prevalence, underlying mechanisms and consequences of cyclical changes in cognitive functioning. Their work together has led to several high-impact publications, numerous other works in progress, joint conference contributions, and another three-month research visit to the laboratory in the Center for Women's Mood Disorders in North Carolina.  

PhD Project: Menstrual Cycle-Related Variations in Cognitive Decision-Making Processes and Associated Emotional and Behavioral Functioning