Dr. Zeynep Emine Okur Güney




M.A. in Clinical Psychology supervised by Prof. Dr. Feyza Corapci

Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Thesis Title: Expression and display rules of basic and self-conscious emotions among Turkish children: Role of age, gender, socioeconomic status and context

07/2007 Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Honors Degree)
Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


Academic and Clinical Positions


since 10/2017 PhD Student in Psychology supervised by Prof. Dr. Michael Witthöft,
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Experimental Psychology, GermanyDissertation Title: On regulation of emotions in patients with somatic symptom disorders and healthy adults: An embodied, dynamical and interpersonal perspective
01/2015 - 12/2017 Research fellow. Technical University of Munich (TUM), Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Germany.
01/2012 - 01/2015 Early stage Marie-Curie research Fellow, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Germany. Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), Project TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity).
2010 - 2011 Psychological Counselor, Atilim University, Student Development and Counseling Center, Ankara, Turkey
2008 - 2011 Psychotherapy practicum, Bogazici University Center for Psychological Research and Services, Istanbul.
2008 - 2009 Psychotherapy practicum, Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Unit.
02 - 06/2007 Practicum, Association of Schizophrenia Patients and Their Caregivers, Ankara (psychosocial support).
07 - 08/2006 Practicum, Bakirkoy Psychiatric Hospital, Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, Istanbul (psychosocial support).


Scholarships and Awards


since 2018 Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for outstanding students (Begabtenförderung Avicenna Studienwerk)
2012-2015 Research fellowship, EU Marie-Curie Research ITN. "TESIS: Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity" (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN, 264828).
2011 International Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development and Jacobs Foundation
2007 - 2009 Scholarship of the Turkish Republic Prime Ministry for Higher Education
2006 - 2007 Honour Certification, Middle East Technical University
2002 - 2007 Scholarship of Middle East Technical University Alumni Association




Gueney, Z. E. O., Cardone, D., Sattel, H., Ariens, S., Witthoeft, M., Merla, A., Kuppens, P., & Henningsen, P. (2022). Interpersonal Emotion Dynamics in Couples With Somatic Symptom Disorder: Dyadic Coherence in Facial Temperature During Emotional Interactions. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 84(2), 188-198. DOI


Okur Güney, Z. E., Sattel, H., Witthöft, M., & Henningsen, P. (2019). Emotion regulation in patients with somatic symptom and related disorders: A systematic review. PLoS One, 14(6), e0217277. DOI


Okur, Z. E., & Corapci, F. (2016). Turkish Children’s Expression of Negative Emotions: Intracultural Variations Related to Socioeconomic Status. Infant and Child Development, 25(5), 440-458. DOI


Assessing embodied interpersonal emotion regulation in somatic symptom disorders: a case study. (2015). Frontiers in Psychology, 6. DOI
Okur-Güney, Z. E. (2015). Collective affectivity as a flux of you, me and we: A commentary reply to Zahavi. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22(1–2), 102-106.


Research Interests

  • Emotions & Emotion regulation
  • Psychopathology
  • Somatic symptom disorders
  • Embodied cognition
  • Interpersonal interactions and intersubjectivity
  • Psychophysiology
  • Dynamical systems
  • Positive psychology
  • Culture in psychotherapy practice & research