Dr. Severin Hennemann


Apr 2017 Licensure for psychological psychotherapy
Dec 2016 Ph.D. in Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Dissertation: "Acceptance and implementation of eHealth interventions in medical inpatient rehabilitation"
Oct 2012 - Apr 2017 Professional training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
July 2012 Diploma in Psychology, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
Sept 2010-Feb 2011 Semester abroad, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


Academic and Clinical Positions

June 2016
Research assistant, Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy & experimental Psychopathology (Prof. Dr. Witthöft), Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
July 2013-May 2016 Doctoral candidate, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center, Mainz
Oct 2012-
Mar 2013
Clinical training, Inpatient Clinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center, Mainz
Oct 2013-Sept 2014 Clinical training, Inpatient Clinic of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Agaplesion Elisabethenstift, Darmstadt


Certificates, Scholarships, and Awards

March 2022 European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM)/Elsevier Young Investigator Award 2022 [LINK]
Nov 2021 Certificate "Digital Psychotherapy" by the German Association for Psychiatry,
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) and German Association for Psychology (DPGs)
Feb 2021 Certificate "Digital Health & Education" by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Careum Foundation
Sept 2018 Poster Prize at the 6th ESRII (European Society for Research on Internet Interventions) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poster-Title: Effectiveness, acceptability, and safety of Internet-delivered psychological therapies for somatoform disorders and functional somatic syndromes: a narrative overview and recommendations for future research
Mar 2018 Research funding by the University of Mainz (13.000€) for the iSOMA project 
June 2017 Teaching award (2nd place), "Neue Wege in der Lehre", University of Mainz (Germany)
Seminar title: Development of modular web-based self-help for somatic symptom disorders and medically unexplained physical symptoms
Mar 2017 Poster Prize at the 26th Congress on Rehabilitation Sciences, Frankfurt (Germany)
Poster title: Internet-based interventions for work-related stress: Acceptance and barriers to utilization in employees with a high risk of health-related early retirement
July 2013- May 2016 Ph.D. scholarship from the Illa and Werner Zarnekow Foundation
Mar 2106 Travel grant for the 67th German Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy (03/16-19/2016) by the DKPM, DGPM, MediClin, DGPPR
Sept 2010-Feb 2011 Student scholarship from the ERASMUS program for academic mobility


Featured publication

Hennemann S
, Böhme K, Kleinstäuber M, Baumeister H, Küchler, A.-M., Ebert, D.D., Witthöft, M. (2022). Internet-based CBT for somatic symptom distress (iSOMA) in emerging adults: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 90(4):353-365. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000707

Klan, T., Gaul, C., Liesering-Latta, E., Both, B., Held, I., Hennemann, S., Witthöft, W. (2022). Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Prophylaxis of Migraine in Adults: A Three-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Neurology, 13:852616. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2022.852616

Braun, P., Drüge, M., Hennemann, S., Nitsch, F. J. , Staeck, R., Apolinário-Hagen, J.(2022). Acceptance of e-mental health services for different application purposes among psychotherapists in clinical training in Germany and Switzerland: Secondary analysis of a cross-sectional survey. Frontiers in Digital Health, 4. https://doi.org/10.3389/fdgth.2022.840869

Hennemann, S., Witthöft, M., Kleinstäuber, M., Böhme, K., Baumeister, H., Ebert, D.D., Probst, T. (2022). Somatosensory amplification moderates the efficacy of Internet-delivered CBT for somatic symptom distress in emerging adults: exploratory analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychosomatic Research,155, 110761. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2022.110761

Hennemann S., Böhme, K., Kleinstäuber, M., Baumeister, H., Küchler, A.-M., Ebert, D.D., Witthöft, M. (2022). Internet-based CBT for somatic symptom distress (iSOMA) in emerging adults: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 90(4):353-365. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000707

Hennemann, S., Kuhn, S., Witthöft, M., Jungmann, S. (2022). Diagnostic Performance of an App-Based Symptom Checker in Mental Disorders: Comparative Study in Psychotherapy Outpatients. JMIR Mental Health, 9(1):e32832 https://doi.org/10.2196/32832

Philippi, P., Baumeister, H., Apolinário-Hagen, J., Ebert, D. D., Hennemann, S., Kott, L., Lin, J., Messner, E.‑M., & Terhorst, Y. (2021). Acceptance towards digital health interventions – Model validation and further development of the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology. Internet Interventions, 26, 100459.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2021.100459

Apolinário-Hagen, J., Hennemann, S., Kück, C., Wodner, A., Geibel, D., Riebschläger, M., Zeißler, M., & Breil, B. (2020). Exploring User-Related Drivers of the Early Acceptance of Certified Digital Stress Prevention Programs in Germany. Health Services Insights, 13: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1177/1178632920911061

Apolinário-Hagen, J., Hennemann, S., Fritsche, L., Drüge, M., Breil, B.(2019). Determinant Factors of Public Acceptance of Stress Management Apps: Survey Study. JMIR Ment Health, 6(11):e15373. https://doi.org/10.2196/15373

Böhme, K., Henning, M., & Hennemann, S. (2019). Somatoforme Störungen und assoziierte Syndrome — ein Update. Medizinisch unerklärten körperlichen Beschwerden auf der Spur. InFo Neurologie & Psychiatrie, 21(9), 38-51. [LINK]

Breil, B., Kremer, L., Hennemann, S., & Apolinário-Hagen, J. (2019). Acceptance of mHealth Apps for Self-Management Among People with Hypertension. Studies in health technology and informatics, 267, 282-288. https://doi.org/10.3233/SHTI190839 

Hennemann, S., Klan, T., Witthöft, M. (2019). Attention control in Behavioral Therapy. Verhaltenstherapie, 29, 28-38. https://doi.org/10.1159/000490074

Hennemann S., Böhme, K., Baumeister, H., Bendig, E., Kleinstäuber, M., Ebert, D.D. (2018). Efficacy of a guided internet-based intervention (iSOMA) for somatic symptoms and related distress in university students: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open,8: e024929. https://doi.org/10.1159/000490074

Apolinário-Hagen, J., Menzel, M., Hennemann, S., Salewski, C. (2018). Acceptance of Mobile Health Apps for Disease Management Among People With Multiple Sclerosis: Web-Based Survey Study. JMIR Formativ Res 2018,2(2): e11977. https://doi.org/10.2196/11977

Hennemann, S., Farnsteiner, S., Sander, L. (2018). Internet- and mobile-based aftercare and relapse prevention in mental disorders: A systematic review and recommendations for future research. Internet Interventions,14,1-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2018.09.001

Hennemann, S., Beutel, M. E., & Zwerenz, R. (2018). „Morbus Google“ vs. e-Health: Qualitative Untersuchung zur Akzeptanz und Implementierung von Online-Nachsorge in der stationären Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation, 57, 14-23. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0043-102150

Hennemann, S., Witthöft, M., Bethge, M., Spanier, K., Beutel, M.E. (2017). Acceptance and barriers to access of occupational e-mental health: cross-sectional findings from a health-risk population of employees. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 91(3), 305-316. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00420-017-1280-5

Hennemann, S., Farnsteiner, S., Sander, L. (2017): Internet- and mobile-based aftercare and follow-up for mental disorders: protocol of a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open,7:e016696. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016696

Hennemann, S., Beutel, M. E., & Zwerenz, R. (2017). Ready for eHealth? Health Professionals’ Acceptance and Adoption of eHealth Interventions in Inpatient Routine Care. Journal of Health Communication, 22(3), 274-284. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2017.1284286

Hennemann, S., Beutel, M. E., & Zwerenz, R. (2016). Drivers and Barriers to Acceptance of Web-Based Aftercare of Patients in Inpatient Routine Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(12), e337. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.6003

Hennemann, S., Böhme, K., Kleinstäuber, M., Baumeister, H., Küchler, A., Ebert, D.D., Witthöft, M. (under review). Is therapist support needed? Comparing therapist- and self-guided Internet-based CBT for somatic symptom distress (iSOMA) in emerging adults. Behavior Therapy.
Hennemann, S., Witthöft, M. (in press). Somatic Symptom Disorder. In Friedman, H.S. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd edition. Academic Press Inc

Apolinário-Hagen, J., Drüge, M., Hennemann, S., Breil, B. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder: Insights into a New Generation of Face-to-Face Treatment and Digital Self-Help Approaches. In Y.-K. Kim (ed.), Major Depressive Disorder, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1305. Springer Nature [LINK]

Research projects

iSOMA – Wirksamkeit einer Online-Intervention für anhaltende körperliche Beschwerden

KOWA– Körperbeschwerden und Wahrnehmungsprozesse im Alltag

Research Interests

  • e-mental-health
  • iCBT
  • Online-aftercare
  • Acceptance and adoption of e-mental-health
  • Somatoform disorders / Somatic Symptom Disorders
  • Health anxiety
  • Psychotherapy process research

Peer review activities

  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • BMJ open
  • Internet Interventions
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Frontiers
  • Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
  • Verhaltenstherapie
  • Journal of Sleep Research
  • International Journal of Information Management
  • Journal of Psychiatry Research
  • Psychology, Health & Medicine
  • Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease


"Wie wir Krankheitsängste überwinden" - Interview im SWR2 (Do, 29.10.2020 19:05 Uhr, SWR2 Tandem)

"Onlinetraining bei anhaltenden körperlichen Beschwerden" - Beitrag im JGU Magazin der Universität Mainz über Forschungsprojekt iSOMA

Professional Affiliations