Tara Petzke, M.Sc.


Since 09/2021 Doctoral candidate within the ETUDE training network
09/2019 - 07/2021 Research Master Clinical and Health Psychology, Leiden University, cum laude
09/2015 - 02/2019 B. Sc. Psychology, Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg


Academic and Clinical Positions

09/2020 – 06/2021 Master Student/Intern, Department of Clinical Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center
09/2020 – 09/2020 Teaching assistant for Applied Multivariate Data Analysis for Research Master students, Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University
11/2019 – 04/2020 Research Apprentice to Judith Schomaker, Department of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Leiden University
05/2019 – 08/2019 Intern at the Federal Health Ministry of Germany, Division of Drugs and Addiction (Division 425), as well as Division of Basic Issues of Prevention, Personal responsibility, Self-help, Environment and Health (Division 422)
01/2019 – 04/2019 Intern for Clinical Neuropsychology, Klinik Hohe Warte, Bayreuth
09/2018 – 12/2018 Research assistant, Department for Work and Organizational Psychology, Maastricht University
03/2018– 09/2018 Research assistant, Department of Medical Psychology, University of Würzburg
10/2016 – 07/2018 Statistics tutor at the University of Würzburg


Scholarships and Grants

Since 09/2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Scholarship
2020-2021 DAAD Scholarship for excellently-qualified German graduate students doing a Master program abroad
2015-2021 Scholarship for Elitenetzwerk Bayern and admission to the Max-Weber-Program Bavaria (via entrance examination)




Drozdovszky, O., Petzke, T., & Koteles, F. (2024). Sensory and affective aspects of the perception of respiratory resistance. BIOLOGIA FUTURA, 75(1), 51-59. DOI
Petzke, T. M., & Witthöft, M. (2024). The Association of Emotion Regulation and Somatic Symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine. Published online. DOI
Petzke, T. M., Weber, K., van den Bergh, O., & Witthoeft, M. (2024). Illustrating the pathway from affect to somatic symptom: the Affective Picture Paradigm. COGNITION & EMOTION. Published. DOI
Tuente, M. R., Petzke, T. M., Brand, S., Murphy, J., Witthoeft, M., Hoehl, S., Weymar, M., & Ventura-Bort, C. (2024). <i>He Who Seeks Finds</i> (Bodily Signals): German Validation of the Interoceptive Attention Scale (IATS) and its Relationship with Subclinical Psychopathology. JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT. Published. DOI


Kormendi, J., Ferentzi, E., Petzke, T., Gal, V., & Koteles, F. (2023). Do we need to accurately perceive our heartbeats? Cardioceptive accuracy and sensibility are independent from indicators of negative affectivity, body awareness, body image dissatisfaction, and alexithymia. PLOS ONE, 18(7). DOI
McGhie-Fraser, B., Tattan, M., Chaabouni, A., Kustra-Mulder, A., Mamo, N., McLoughlin, C., Muenker, L., Niwa, S., Pampel, A. M., Petzke, T., Regnath, F., Rometsch, C., Smakowski, A., Saunders, C., Treufeldt, H., Weigel, A., & Rosmalen, J. (2023). Quality assessment and stigmatising content of Wikipedia articles relating to functional disorders. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH, 165. DOI


Brand, S., Petzke, T. M., & Witthoeft, M. (2022). The Differential Relationship Between Self-Reported Interoceptive Accuracy and Attention With Psychopathology A Latent Variable Approach. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR KLINISCHE PSYCHOLOGIE UND PSYCHOTHERAPIE, 51(3-4), 165-175. DOI
Petzke, T. M., & Schomaker, J. (2022). A bias toward the unknown: individual and environmental factors influencing exploratory behavior. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1512(1), 61-75. DOI
Petzke, T., Rodriguez-Girondo, M., & van der Meer, L. B. (2022). The Hold me Tight Program for Couples Facing Huntington’s Disease. Journal of Huntington’s Disease. Published online. DOI
Schnabel, K., Petzke, T. M., & Wittho, M. (2022). The emotion regulation process in somatic symptom disorders and related conditions - A systematic narrative review. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, 97. DOI
Tünte, M. R., Petzke, T., Brand, S., Murphy, J., Witthöft, M., Hoehl, S., Weymar, M., & Ventura-Bort, C. (2022). He Who Seeks Finds (Bodily Signals): Differential Effects of Self-Reported Interoceptive Attention and Accuracy on Subclinical Psychopathology in a German-Speaking Sample. In PsyArXiv. DOI


Research Interests

  • Functional disorders
  • Rare diseases
  • Needs assessment in medical populations
  • Health-related information processing
  • Emotion regulation