Marlene Klein, M.Sc.

Tertiary Education

Since 10/2018 Professional training in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Work, Organizational and Clinical Psychology supervised by Dr. Stephan Braun (grade: very good), Goethe University, Frankfurt a. M.

Thesis title: Validierung des Frankfurt Leadership Inventory“

10/2013- 07/2016

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology supervised by Dr. Clemens Draxler (grade: very good), UMIT University, Austria

Thesis title: Eine psychometrische Analyse wirtschaftspädagogischer Daten“


Academic and Clinical Positions

Since 02/2020 PhD Student in Psychology supervised by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie M. Jungmann and Prof. Dr. Michael Witthöft, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Experimental Psychology, preliminary title of PhD thesis: “Überprüfung und Anpassung des Interoceptive Predictive Coding- Modells für das Kindesalter“
08/2018-09/2019 Psychological Training, Day-Care Hospital for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics “Rheinhessen Fachklinik“, Alzey
01/2018-04/2018 Arbeitsstelle für Diagnostik und Evaluation Frankfurt: internship in forensic psychology, family law: children at risk of harm, parenting ability, providing of evaluations and expert opinions in the area of family law
02/2017-06/2017 Internship in clinical psychology research into psychotherapy of social anxiety disorder and dysmorphophobia, Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.
09/2015 Internship at pain center, Frankfurt Rossmarkt
07/2014-08/2014 Neuropsychological internship on a neurological ward, in a stroke unit and neuroradiology at Krankenhaus-Nordwest, Frankfurt, Germany, (for about seven weeks)


Scholarships and Awards

Since 02/2020 PhD scholarship awarded by Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
02/2016 Merit-based scholarship for excellent academic achievements awarded by the University Hall, Tirol (Austria)

Current Projects

  • Characteristics of children’s somatic symptom disorder depending on their medical explanation


Research Interests

  • Interoception
  • Predictive coding model & constructed emotion theory
  • Emotions & emotion regulation
  • Dimensional psychopathology
  • Personality disorders and intersubjectivity
  • Association, dissociation and memory
  • False memory, plausibility, complaint validation
  • Psychotherapy process research, evaluation of psychotherapy
  • Dark triad and charismatic leadership
  • Delinquent behaviour
  • The power of conformity, diffusion of responsibility, bystander-nonintervention & pluralistic ignorance
  • Cognitive dissonance