Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Witthöft


Education

 

2008 Clinical Psychologist (Professional training in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy 2002 – 2008 at the Centre for Psychological Psychotherapy, University of Heidelberg, Germany)
2007 Doctor Rerum Socialium (equivalent to Ph.D.), Summa Cum Laude, Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Josef Bailer, Prof. Dr. Fred Rist, and Prof. Dr. Werner W. Wittmann) Thesis: Attentional Bias, Memory Bias, and Symptom Attribution in Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance and Classical Somatoform Disorders
2001 Diploma in Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Heinz-Martin Süß).
Thesis: Inhibitory control – An explanatory construct for cognitive aging effects?
2001 Research Assistant "Attention and Working Memory Lab", School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, USA (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Randall Engle)
1997–2010 Research Assistant in a project on Working Memory Capacity and Intelligence, University of Mannheim, Germany

 


Academic and Clinical Positions

Since 2014 Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Mainz, Germany
2013-2014 Visiting Professor of Health Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany
2008-2013 Post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany (Head of department: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hiller)
2011-2012 Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychological Medicine, King's College, London, UK (Supervisor: Dr. James Rubin; Head of department: Prof. Dr. Simon Wessely)
2006-2008 Psychotherapist in the Mannheim Social Phobia Study (SOPHISMA; Supervisor: Dr. Regina Steil)
2002-2007 Research assistant at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Josef Bailer)
2001-2002 Lectureship in Experimental Psychology at the Department of General Psychology and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland (Head of department: Prof. Dr. Klaus Opwis)

 


Awards

 

2018 Excellent teaching award of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
2018 Excellent teaching award of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
2012 Research Award of the German Association for Behaviour Therapy (DGVT)
2012 Poster among the Top 11 Poster Selection at the 12th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Budapest, Hungary.
Poster: How Many Types of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: one or Many, or Both at the Same Time? A Bifactor Approach to the Latent Structure of Somatic Symptoms
2010 Poster Award (Poster among the Top 15) at the 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, USA.
Poster: How quick can you forget “tumor”? Health anxiety and the ability to remove illness related information from working memory
2006 Best Young Scientist Award of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Division of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)

 


Professional Affiliations

 

  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs; Section Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy)
  • German Society for Behavioural Medicine (DGVM)
  • German Association for Behaviour Therapy (DGVT)

 


Research Interests

 

  • Experimental assessment of interoception
  • Relations between interoception, somatic symptom perception, and emotion regulation
  • Processes of emotion regulation and their relationship to mental disorders
  • The affective role of mental imagery in psychopathology
  • Experimental assessment of attention allocation and cognitive-emotional processing
  • Assessment of cognitive biases in psychopathology
  • Social intelligence
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Psychotherapy Research
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Functional somatic syndromes
  • Tactile information processing

 


Publications

Olaru, G., Wilhelm, O., Petrie, K., Nordin, S., Witthöft, M. * & Köteles, F.* (2019). Modern health worries – Development of a short version and measurement invariance across four European countries. PLoS ONE 12(10) : e0185802. (*shared senior authors).

Klan, T., Liesering-Latta, E., Gaul, C., Martin, P., Witthöft, M. & Hiller, W. (in press). An Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Adults with Migraine: A Pilot Feasibility Study. Headache.

Eikeseth, F. F., Denninghaus, S., Cropley, M., Witthöft, M. , Sütterlin, S. & Pawelzik, M. (2019). Cortisol Awakening Response at Intake Predicts Severeness after Discharge in MDD Patients. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Meyerholz, L., Irzinger, J., Witthöft, M. , Gerlach, A. L. & Pohl, P. (2019). Contingent biofeedback outperforms other methods to enhance the accuracy of cardiac interoception: A comparison of short interventions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 63, 12-20.

Yan, Z.*, Witthöft, M. *, Bailer, J., Diener, C., & Mier, D. (2019). Scary Symptoms? Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evidence for Symptom Interpretation Bias in Pathological Health Anxiety. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. (* shared first authors)

Hennemann, S., Böhme, K., Baumeister, H., Kleinstäuber, M.; Ebert, D. D.; & Witthöft, M. (2019). Efficacy of a guided Internet-based intervention (iSOMA) for somatic symptoms and related distress in university students: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open.

Maiwald, L. M., Kaufmann, Y. M., Lang, T., Montini, R., Witthöft, M. , & Weck, F. (2019). The Role of Therapist and Patient In-Session Behavior for Treatment Outcome in Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75, 614-626.

Hennemann, S., Klan T. & Witthöft, M. (2019). Aufmerksamkeitslenkung in der Verhaltenstherapie. Verhaltenstherapie.

2018

Velten, J., Bräscher, A.-K., Fehm, L., Fladung, A., Fydrich, T., Heider, J., Limberg-Thiesen, A., Lutz, W., Margraf, J., Schöttke, H., Witthöft, M. & Hoyer, J. (2018). Behandlungsdiagnosen in universitären Ambulanzen für psychologische Psychotherapie im Jahr 2016. Ergebnisse einer Machbarkeitsstudie zum KODAP-Projekt. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 47, 175-185.

Gropalis, M., Bailer, J., Weck, F. & Witthöft, M. (2018). Optimierung von Expositionstherapie bei Pathologischen Krankheitsängsten mit Hilfe des Inhibitory-Learning-Ansatzes. Psychotherapeut, 63, 188-193.

Bräscher, A.-K., Witthöft, M. & Becker, S. (2018). Topical review: The underestimated significance of conditioning in placebo hypoalgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia. Pain Research and Management, 2018. doi.org/10.1155/2018/6841985

Grammes, J., Schaefer, M., Benecke, A., Löw, U., Klostermann, A.-L., Kubiak, T. & Witthöft, M. (2018). Interoceptive accuracy and fear of hypoglycemia in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 105, 58-63.

Hennemann, S., Witthöft, M. , Bethge, M., Spanier, K., Beutel, M. E. & Zwerenz, R. (2018). 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, 305-316.

Gropalis, M., Witthöft, M. , Bailer, J., Weck, F. (2018). Optimizing Exposure Therapy for Pathological Health Anxiety: Considerations from the Inhibitory Learning Approach. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25, 250-260.

Walentynowicz, M.., Witthöft, M. , Raes, F., Van Diest, I., & Van den Bergh, O. (2018). Sensory and affective components of symptom perception: A psychometric approach. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 9, 1-13.

Becker, S., Witthöft, M. & Klan, T. (2018). Überzeugungen von Therapeuten hinsichtlich Exposition – Entwicklung einer deutschen Version der Therapist Beliefs about Exposure Scale (TBES-G) [German Adaption of the Therapist Beliefs about Exposure Scale (TBES-G)]. Verhaltenstherapie, 28, 147-156.

Witthöft, M. , Freitag, I., Nußbaum, C., Bailer, J., Jasper, F., & Rubin, G. J. (2018). On the origin of worries about modern health hazards: Experimental evidence for a conjoint influence of media reports and personality traits. Psychology & Health, 33, 361-380.

2017

De Rubeis, J., Lugo, R. G., Witthöft, M. , Sütterlin, S., Pawelzik, M., & Vögele, C. (2017). Rejection Sensitivity as a Vulnerability Marker for Depressive Symptom Deterioration in Men. PLoS ONE 12(10) : e0185802.

Köteles, F., & Witthöft, M. (2017). Somatosensory amplification – An old construct from a new perspective. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 101, 1-9.

Sauer, K. S. & Witthöft, M. (2017). Emotionserleben und somatische Beschwerden – der Effekt einer Induktion von Ärger und Traurigkeit auf den körperlichen Symptombericht. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 46, 147-156.

Weck, F., Kaufmann, Y., & Witthöft, M. (2017). Topics and Techniques in Clinical Supervision in Psychotherapy Training. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 10 (e3), 1-17.

Bräscher, A., Raymaekers, K., Van den Bergh, O. & Witthöft, M. (2017). Are media reports able to cause somatic symptoms attributed to WiFi radiation? An experimental test of the negative expectation hypothesis. Environmental Research, 156, 265-271.

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , Erkic, M., & Mier, D. (2017). Emotion dysregulation in hypochondriasis and depression. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 24, 1254-1262.

Weck, F., & Witthöft, M. (2017). Context Effects in the Evaluation of Bodily Symptoms: Comparing three Versions of the Health Norms Sorting Task. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 8, 241-251.

Zamoscik, V., Niemeyer, C., Gerchen, M. F., Fenske, S. C., Witthöft, M. & Kirsch, P. (2017). Sensorik Inventar (SI) – Selbstbeurteilung der sensorischen Sensitivität für Erwachsene und Jugendliche / Sensory Inventory (SI) - self-assessment of sensory sensitivity for adults and adolescents. Fortschritte der Neurologie – Psychiatrie, 85, 541-551.

Van den Bergh, O., Petersen, S., Brown, R., & Witthöft, M. (2017). Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: A symptom perception account. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 551-567.

Van den Bergh, O., Witthöft, M. , Petersen, S., & Brown, R. (2017). Symptoms and the body: Taking the inferential leap. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 74, 185-203.

Mier, D., Bailer, J., Ofer, J., Kerstner, T., Zamoscik, V., Rist, F., Witthöft, M. , Diener, C. (2017). Neural correlates of an attentional bias to health-threatening stimuli in pathological health anxiety. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 42, 200-209.

Harbort, J., Spiegel, J., Witthöft, M. , & Hecht, H. (2017). The Effects of Social Pressure and Emotional Expression on the Cone of Gaze in Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder. Emotion. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 55, 16-24.

Eggert, L., Kleinstäuber, M., Hiller, W., Witthöft, M. (2017). Emotional interference and attentional processing in premenstrual syndrome. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 54, 77-87.

2016

Krautwurst, S., Gerlach, A. L., & Witthöft. M. (2016). Interoception in Pathological Health Anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 1179-1184.

Jungmann, S., Loch, N., Selby, E., Witthöft, M. (2016). Understanding dysregulated behaviors and compulsions: An extension of the emotional cascade model and the mediating role of intrusive thoughts. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 994.

Eggert, L., Witthöft, M. , Hiller, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2016). Emotion regulation in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Explicit and implicit assessments. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 747-763.

Potthoff, S., Garnefski, N., Miklósi, M., Ubbiali, A., Dominguez-Sánchez, F. J., Martins, E. C., Witthöft, M. , and Kraaij, V. (2016). Cognitive Emotion Regulation and psychopathology across cultures: a comparison between six European countries. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 218-224.

Mier, D., Witthöft, M. , Bailer, J., Ofer, J., Kerstner, T., Rist, F., Diener, C. (2016). Cough is Dangerous: Neural Correlates of Implicit Body Symptoms Associations. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 247.

Van Oudenhove, L., Jasper, F., Walentynowicz, M., Witthöft, M. , Van den Bergh, O., & Tack, J. (2016). The latent structure of the functional dyspepsia symptom complex: A taxometric analysis. Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 28, 985-993.

Schreiber, F., Witthöft, M. , Neng, J. M., & Weck, F. (2016). Changes in negative implicit evaluations in patients of hypochondriasis after treatment with cognitive therapy or exposure therapy. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 50, 139-146.

Schwind, J., Witthöft, M. , Gropalis, M., & Weck, F. (2016). The effects of attention training on health anxiety: An experimental investigation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 245-255.

Witthöft, M. , Kerstner, T., Ofer, J., Mier, D., Rist, F., Diener, C., & Bailer, J. (2016). Cognitive Biases in Pathological Health Anxiety: The Contribution of Attention, Memory, and Evaluation Processes. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 464-479.

Bailer, J., Kerstner, T., Witthöft, M. , Diener, C., Mier, D., & Rist, F. (2016). Health anxiety and hypochondriasis in the light of DSM-5. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 29(2), 219-239.

Witthöft, M. , Fischer, S., Jasper, F., Rist, F., & Nater, U. M. (2016). Clarifying the Latent Structure and Correlates of Somatic Symptom Distress: A Bifactor Model Approach. Psychological Assessment, 28(1), 109-115.

Görgen, S. M., Hiller, W. & Witthöft, M. (2016). Die Spontaneous Use of Imagery Scale (SUIS) – Entwicklung und teststatistische Prüfung einer deutschen Adaption [The Spontaneous Use of Imagery Scale (SUIS) – Development and psychometric evaluation of a German adaptation]. Diagnostica, 62(1), 31-43.

2015

Görgen, S. M., Loch, N., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2015). Kognitive Emotionsregulation und Psychopathologie: Erste teststatistische Untersuchung des Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ) in einer klinischen Stichprobe. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 63(4), 255-265.

Olaru, G., Witthöft, M. , & Wilhelm, O. (2015). Methods Matter: Testing Competing Models for Designing Short-scale Big-Five Assessments. Journal of Research in Personality, 59, 56-68.

Witthöft, M. , Weck, F. & Gropalis, M. (2015). The Multidimensional Inventory of Hypochondriacal Traits: Factor Structure, Specificity, Reliability, and Validity in Patients With Hypochondriasis. Assessment, 22(3), 361-373.

Bailer, J., Kerstner, T., Mier, D., Rist, F., Diener, C., Bleichhard, G., & Witthöft, M. (2015). Elektronische Tagebücher optimieren die Kognitive Verhaltenstherapie bei Krankheitsängsten: Eine randomisiert-kontrollierte Studie. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 63(3), 197-206.

Kerstner, T., Witthöft, M. , Mier, D., Diener, C., Rist, F. & Bailer, J. (2015). A diary-based modification of symptom attributions in pathological health anxiety: Effects on symptom report and cognitive biases. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(3), 578-589.

Görgen, S. M., Joormann, J., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2015). The Role of Mental Imagery in Depression: Negative Mental Imagery Induces Strong Implicit and Explicit Affect in Depression. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 94.

Görgen, S. M., Joormann, J., Hiller, W. & Witthöft, M. (2015). Implicit and Explicit Affect after Mental Imagery: Relation to Depression. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 6, 59-81.

Jasper, F., Hiller, W., Berking, M., Rommel, T. & Witthöft, M. (2015). The affective response to health-related information and its relationship to health anxiety: An ambulatory approach. Cognition and Emotion, 29(4), 714-722.

Witthöft, M. , Borgmann, E., White, A. & Dyer, A. (2015). Body-related attentional biases in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from childhood sexual abuse with and without co-occurring borderline personality disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 72-77.

Jasper, F., Egloff, B., Roalfe, A. & Witthöft, M. (2015). Latent structure of irritable bowel syndrome symptom severity. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 21, 292-300.

2014

Schreiber, F., Neng, J. M., Heimlich, C., Witthöft, M. & Weck, F. (2014). Implicit affective evaluation bias in hypochondriasis: findings from the Affect Misattribution Procedure. Journal of Anxiety Disorder, 28, 671-678.

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M. , Steffanowski, A., van Marwijk, H., Hiller, W. & Lambert, M. J. (2014). Pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11.

Schaefer, M., Egloff, B., Gerlach, A. L. & Witthöft, M. (2014). Improving heartbeat perception in patients with medically unexplained symptoms reduces symptom distress. Biological Psychology, 101, 69-76.

Krautwurst, S., Gerlach, A. L., Hiller, W. & Witthöft, M. (2014). Health Anxiety - An Indicator of Higher Interoceptive Sensitivity? Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 303-309.

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , Wagner, H., Mier, D., Diener, C. & Rist, F. (2014). Childhood maltreatment is associated with depression but not with hypochondriasis in later life. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 77, 104-108.

Riebel, K., Egloff, B. & Witthöft, M. (2014). Modifying the implicit illness-related self-concept in patients with somatoform disorders may reduce somatic symptoms. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 861-868.

Görgen, S., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2014). Health anxiety, cognitive coping, and emotion regulation: A latent variable approach. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 364-374.

2013

Gropalis, M. & Witthöft, M. (2013). Kognitive Verhaltenstherapie bei Hypochondrie und Krankheitsängsten - Kritische Reflexion anhand einer Kasuistik. Psychotherapeut, 58, 569-575.

Martin, A. & Witthöft, M. (2013). Krankheitsangst und Hypochondrie: Aktuelle Entwicklungen in Nosologie, Diagnostik, Modellbildung und Therapie. Psychotherapeut, 58, 529-530.

Schmidt, E., Witthöft, M. , Kornadt, A., Rist, F. & Bailer, J. (2013). Negative automatic evaluation and better recognition of bodily symptom words in college students with elevated health anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 1027-1040.

Witthöft, M. , Loch, N. & Jasper, F. (2013). Somatoforme Beschwerden und Stile der Emotionsregulation. Verhaltenstherapie & Verhaltensmedizin. 34, 444-464.

Bailer, J., Rist, F., Müller, T., Mier, D., Diener, C., Ofer, J., Fenske, S. & Witthöft, M. (2013). Erfassung von Krankheitsangst mit dem Short Health Anxiety Inventory (SHAI). Verhaltenstherapie & Verhaltensmedizin, 34, 378-398.

Weck, F., Gropalis, M., Neng, J. M. B., & Witthöft, M. (2013). The German version of the H-YBOCS for the assessment of hypochondriacal cognitions and behaviors: development, reliability and validity. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 618-626.

Bailer, J., Müller, T., Witthöft, M. , Diener, C., Mier, D., Ofer, J. & Rist, F. (2013). Symptomattributionsstile bei Hypochondrie. Psychotherapeut, 58, 552-559.

Harbort, J., Witthöft, M. , Spiegel, J., Nick, K. & Hecht, H. (2013). The widening of the gaze cone in patients with social anxiety disorder and its normalization after CBT. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 359-367.

Jasper, F., Nater, U., Hiller, W., Ehlert, U., Fischer, S., & Witthöft, M. (2013). Rasch Scalability of the Somatosensory Amplification Scale: A Mixture Distribution Approach. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74, 469-478.

Riebel, K., Egloff, B., & Witthöft, M. (2013). The implicit health-related self-concept in somatoform disorders. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 335-342.

Schindler, A., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2013). What predicts outcome, response, and dropout in CBT of depressive Adults? A naturalistic study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41, 365-370.

Witthöft, M. , Hiller, W., Loch, N., & Jasper, F. (2013). The latent structure of medically unexplained symptoms and its relation to functional somatic syndromes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 172-183.

Gropalis, M., Bleichhardt, G., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2013). Specificity and modifiability of cognitive biases in hypochondriasis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 558-565.

Jasper, F., & Witthöft, M. (2013). Automatic evaluative processes in health anxiety and their relations to emotion regulation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 521-533.

Witthöft, M. , & Rubin, G. J. (2013). Are media warnings about the adverse health effects of modern life self-fulfilling? An experimental study on idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF). Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74, 206-212.

Witthöft, M. , Mier, D., Ofer, J., Müller, T., Rist, F., Kirsch, P., Bailer, J., & Diener, C. (2013). Neuronal and behavioral correlates of health anxiety: Results of an illness related emotional Stroop task. Neuropsychobiology, 67, 93-102.

2012

Witthöft, M. , Basfeld, C., Steinhoff, M., & Gerlach, A. L. (2012). Can’t suppress this feeling: Automatic negative evaluations of somatosensory stimuli are related to the experience of somatic symptom distress. Emotion, 12, 640-649.

Gropalis, M., Bleichhardt, G., Witthöft, M. , & Hiller, W. (2012). Hypochondriasis, somatoform disorders, and the anxiety disorders: Sociodemographic variables, general psychopathology and naturalistic treatment effects. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 200, 406-412.

Jasper, F., Hiller, W., Rist, F., Bailer, J., & Witthöft, M. (2012). Somatic symptom reporting has a dimensional latent structure: Results from taxometric analyses. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 725-738.

Schaefer, M., Egloff, B., & Witthöft, M. (2012). Is interoceptive awareness really altered in somatoform disorders? Testing competing theories with two paradigms of heartbeat perception. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 719-724.

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M. , & Hiller, W. (2012). Cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological interventions for premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder: a meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19, 308-319.

Katzer, A., Oberfeld, D., Hiller, W., Gerlach, A., & Witthöft, M. (2012). Tactile perceptual processes and their relationship to somatoform disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 530-543.

2011

Jasper, F., & Witthöft, M. (2011). Health Anxiety and Attentional Bias: The time course of vigilance and avoidance in light of pictorial illness information. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 1131-1138.

Schindler, A., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2011). Benchmarking of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression in efficacy and effectiveness studies - How do exclusion criteria affect treatment outcome? Psychotherapy Research, 21, 644-657.

Katzer, A., Hiller, W., Oberfeld, D., & Witthöft, M. (2011). Tactile perceptual processes and their relationship to medically unexplained symptoms and health anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 335-341.

Loch, N., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2011). The Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ) – Test of a German adaptation. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 40, 94-106.

Weck, F., Bleichhardt, G., Witthöft, M. , & Hiller, W. (2011). Explicit and implicit anxiety: Differences between patients with hypochondriasis, patients with anxiety disorders, and healthy controls. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 317-325.

Hampel, S., Weis, S., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2011). The relations between social anxiety and social intelligence: A latent variable analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 545-553.

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M. , & Hiller, W. (2011). Efficacy of short-term psychotherapy for multiple medically unexplained physical symptoms: a meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 146-160.

2010

Witthöft, M. , & Hiller, W. (2010). Psychological approaches to origins and treatments of somatoform disorders. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 257-283.

Wilhelm, O., Witthöft, M. , & Schipolowski, S. (2010). Self-reported cognitive failures: competing measurement models and self-report correlates. Journal of Individual Differences, 31, 1-14.

Witthöft, M. , Haaf, A., Rist, F., & Bailer, J. (2010). German validation of the Multidimensional Inventory of Hypochondriacal Traits (MIHT). Diagnostica, 56, 2-12.

2009

Kornadt, A. E., Witthöft, M. , Rist, F., & Bailer, J. (2009). Affekt-modulierte Aufmerksamkeitsprozesse unter Arbeitsgedächtnisbelastung bei Krankheitsangst. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 38, 194-202.

Gass, P., Martini, M., Witthöft, M. , Bailer, J., & Dreßing, H. (2009). Prevalence of Stalking Victimization in Journalists: An e-mail Survey of German Journalists. Violence and Victims, 24, 163-171.

Witthöft, M. , Sander, N., Süß, H.-M., & Wittmann, W. W. (2009). Adult age differences in inhibitory processes and their predictive validity for fluid intelligence. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, 133-163.

Witthöft, M. , Rist, F., & Bailer, J. (2009). Abnormalities in cognitive-emotional information processing in idiopathic environmental intolerance and somatoform disorders. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 40, 70-84.

2008

Bailer, J., Schwarz, D., Witthöft, M. , Stübinger, C., & Rist, F. (2008). Prävalenz psychischer Syndrome bei Studierenden einer deutschen Universität. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie, 58, 423-429.

Witthöft, M. , Rist, F., & Bailer, J. (2008). Enhanced early emotional intrusion effects and proportional habituation of threat response for symptom and illness words in college students with elevated health anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 818-842.

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , & Rist, F. (2008). Modern health worries and idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI). Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 65, 425-433.

Witthöft, M. , Rist, F., & Bailer, J. (2008). Evidence for a specific link between the personality trait of absorption and Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 71, 795-802.

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , & Rist, F. (2008). Psychological predictors of short and medium term outcome in individuals with idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI) and individuals with somatoform disorders. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 71, 766-775.

Bailer, J., Bähr, V., Stübinger, C., & Witthöft, M. (2008). Moderne Gesundheitssorgen und ihre Beziehung zu umweltbezogenen Beschwerden. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 37, 61-69.

2007

Dreßing, H., Martini, M., Witthöft, M. , Bailer, J., & Gass, P. (2007). Berufsrisiko Stalking bei Journalisten – Prävention ist nötig. Gesundheitswesen, 69, 699-703.

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , Bayerl, C., & Rist, F. (2007). Trauma experience in individuals with idiopathic environmental intolerance and individuals with somatoform disorders. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 63, 657-661.

Schwarz, D., Witthöft, M. , Rist, F., & Bailer, J. (2007). Überprüfung der Faktorenstruktur und Konstruktvalidität des Whiteley-Index - einem etablierten Screening-Instruments zur Erfassung von Hypochondrie. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 36, 128-136.

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , Bayerl, C., & Rist, F. (2007). Syndrome stability and psychological predictors of symptom severity in idiopathic environmental intolerance and somatoform disorders. Psychological Medicine, 37, 271-281.

2006

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , & Rist, F. (2006). The Chemical Odor Sensitivity Scale: Reliability and validity of a screening instrument for idiopathic environmental intolerance. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 61, 71-79.

Witthöft, M. , Gerlach, A., & Bailer, J. (2006). Selective attention, memory bias, and symptom perception in idiopathic environmental intolerance and somatoform disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 397-407.

2005

Bailer, J., Witthöft, M. , Paul, C., Bayerl, C., & Rist, F. (2005). Evidence for overlap between idiopathic environmental intolerance and somatoform disorders. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67, 921-929.

2004

Bailer, J., Rist, F., Witthöft, M. , Paul, C., & Bayerl, C. (2004). Symptom patterns, and perceptual and cognitive styles in subjects with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Journal of Environmental Psychology, 24, 517-525.

Bailer, J., Rist, F., Witthöft, M. , & Paul, C. (2004). Validierung eines Screening-Instruments zur Identifizierung von Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS): Die Chemische Geruchssensitivitätsskala (CGSS). Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie, 54, 396-404.