Dr Susanne Schweizer

Dr Susanne Schweizer

Dr Susanne Schweizer

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Email: Dr Susanne Schweizer

Research Summary

My research explores transdiagnostic mechanisms contributing to the development and maintenance of common mental health problems across the lifespan, with a particular focus on adolescence. Using novel experimental paradigms as well as basic developmental cognitive neuroscience I investigate the role of various cognitive processes (incl., cognitive and affective control) and their neural substrates across disorders such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Adopting a translational perspective, I apply these insights from basic science to design novel interventions.



Schweizer, S., Leung, J. T., Kievit, R., Speekenbrink, M., Tender, W., Hampshire, A., & Blakemore, S.-J., (2018). Protocol for an app-based affective control training for adolescents. https://psyarxiv.com/46mhy/

Stretton, J., Walsh, N., Mobbs, D., Schweizer, S., Van Harmelen, A.-L., Lombardo, M., Goodyer, I., & Dalgleish, T. (2018). How biopsychosocial depressive risk shapes behavioral and neural responses to social evaluation in adolescence. https://psyarxiv.com/z2ryj/.


Schweizer, S., Stretton, J., van Belle, J., Calder, A.-J., CamCAN, & Dalgleish, T. (In Press). Age-related decline in positivity and emotion regulation in a population-derived cohort. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Gómez de la Cuesta, G., Schweizer, S., Diehle, J., Young, J., & Meiser-Stedman. (In Press). The relationship between maladaptive appraisals and posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analysis. European Journal of Psychotraumatology.

Schweizer, S., Satpute, A. B., Atzil, S., Field, A., Hitchcock, C., Black, M., Feldman Barrett, L., & Dalgleish, T., (In Press). The behavioral and neural effects of affective information on working memory performance: A pair of meta-analytic reviews. Psychological Bulletin.

Schweizer, S., Parker, J., Leung, J. T., Griffin, C., & S.-J. Blakemore (In Press). Age-related differences in affective control and its association with mental health difficulties. Development & Psychopathology.

Askelund, A. D., Schweizer, S., Goodyer, I., & van-Harmelen, A.-L. (In Press). Positive memory specificity is associated with reduced vulnerability to depression. Nature Human Behaviour.

Fritz, J., Stretton, J., Dahl Askelund, A., Schweizer, S., Walsh, N., Elzinga, B. M., Goodyer, I., Wilkinson, P. O., Van Harmelen, A.-L., (In Press). Resilient adolescents with a history of adversity have normal mood and neural responses to social rejection. Development & Psychopathology.

Fuhrmann, D., Schweizer, S., Leung, J., Griffin, C., & Blakemore, S.-J. (In Press). The neurocognitive correlates of academic diligence in adolescent girls. Cognitive Neuroscience.

Schweizer, S., Kievit, R. A., Emery, T., Cam-CAN, & Henson, R. N. (2018). Symptoms of depression in a healthy population are associated with subjective memory complaints and memory performance in negative contexts. Psychological Medicine, 4, 104-114.

Schweizer, S., Navrady, L., Breakwell, L., Howard, R., Golden, A.-M., Werner-Seidler, A., & Dalgleish, T. (2018). Affective enhancement of working memory is maintained in depression. Emotion, 18, 127-137.

Werner-Seidler, A., Hitchcock, C., Bevan, A., McKinnon, A., Gillard, J., Dahm, T., Chadwick, I., Panesar, I., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Rodrigues, E., Rees, C., Gormley, S., Schweizer, S., Watson, P., Raes, P., Jobson, L., & Dalgleish, T., (2018). A cluster randomized controlled platform trial comparing group MEmory specificity training (MEST) to group psychoeducation and supportive counselling (PSC) in the treatment of recurrent depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 105, 1-9.

Schweizer, S., Samimi, Z., Hasani, J., Moradi, A., Mirdoraghi, F., & Khalegh, M. A., (2017). Improving cognitive control in adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 93, 88-94.

Dalgleish, T., Walsh, N., Mobbs, D., Schweizer, S., van Harmelen, A.-L., Dunn, B., Goodyer, I., & Stretton, J. (2017). Social pain and social gain in the adolescent brain: A common neural circuitry underlying both positive and negative social evaluation. Scientific Reports, 7, 42010.

Gadeikis, D., Bos, N., Schweizer, S., Murphy, F., & Dunn, B. (2017). Engaging in an experiential processing mode increases positive emotional response during recall of pleasant autobiographical memories. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 92, 68-76.

Kuyken, W., Warren, F. C., Taylor, R. S., Whalley, B., Crane, C., Bondolfi, G., Hayes, R., Huijbers, M., Ma, H., Schweizer, S., Segal, Z., Speckens, A., Teasdale, J., Van Heering, K., Williams, M., Byford, S., Byng, R., & Dalgleish, T. (2016). Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in prevention of depressive relapse: An individual patient data meta-analysis from randomized trials. JAMA Psychiatry, 73, 565-574.

Schweizer, S., Walsh, N., Stretton, J., Dunn, V., Goodyer, I., & Dalgleish, T. (2016). Enhanced emotion regulation and its neural substrates in adolescents exposed to moderate childhood adversity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 272-281.

Schweizer, S. & Dalgleish, T. (2016). The Impact of Affective Contexts on Working Memory Capacity in Healthy Populations and in Individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Emotion, 16, 16-23.

Dalgleish, T., Goodall, B., Chadwick, I., Werner-Seidler, A., McKinnon, A., Morant, N., Schweizer, S., Panesar, I., Humphreys, A., Watson, P., Lafortune, L., Smith, P., & Meiser-Stedman, R. (2015). Trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy versus treatment-as-usual for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in young children aged 3-8 years: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16, 116.

Dalgleish, T., Bevan, A., McKinnon, A., Breakwell, L., Mueller, V., Chadwick, I., Schweizer, S., Hitchcock, C., Watson, P., Raes, P., Jobson, L., & Werner-Seidler, A (2014). A comparison of MEmory Specificity Training (MEST) to education and support (ES) in the treatment of recurrent depression: Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled. Trials, 15, 293.

Schweizer, S., Grahn, J., Hampshire, A., Mobbs, D., & Dalgleish, T. (2015). Emotional working memory training improves affective control. Biological Psychiatry, 77, S292.

Schweizer, S. (2013). Affective working memory training: Insight from training studies. Psychophysiology, 50, S7.

Schweizer, S. & Dalgleish, T. (2013). What are the critical ingredients of affective working memory training? Comment on Engen & Kanske (2013). Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (30), 12152-12153.

Schweizer, S., Grahn, J., Hampshire, A., Mobbs, D., & Dalgleish, T. (2013). Training the emotional brain: Improving affective control through emotional working memory training. Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (12), 5301-5311.

Feldmanhall, O., Dalgleish, T., Thompson, R., Evans, D., Schweizer, S., & Mobbs, D. (2012). Differential neural circuitry and self-interest in real vs hypothetical moral decisions. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 743-751.

Schweizer, S., Hampshire, A., & Dalgleish, T. (2011). Expanding brain-training to the affective domain: Increasing cognitive and affective executive control through emotional working memory training. Public Library of Science One, 6, e24772.

Schweizer, S., & Dalgleish, T. (2011). Emotional working memory capacity in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 498-504.

Aldao, A., Nolen-Hoeksema, S. & Schweizer, S. (2010). Emotion regulation strategies across psychopathology: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 217-237

Schweizer, S., Peeters, F., Huibers, M., Roelofs, J., Arntz, A., & Van Os, J. (2010). Reasons for depression: Do they affect patients’ treatment choice? Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 17, 418-426.

Winkel, F.W., Schweizer, S., & Pemberton, A. (2010). Victim offender dialogue: An analogue study examining the impact of apology on anger. Acta Criminologica, 23, 1-13.

Mobbs, D., Yu, R., Meyer, M., Passimonti, L., Seymour, B., Calder, A., Schweizer, S., Frith, C., & Dalgleish, T. (2009). A key role for similarity in vicarious reward. Science, 324, 900-901.

Dalgleish, T., Yiend, J., Morant, N., Schweizer, S. & Dunn, B.D. (2009). Ironic effects of emotion suppression when recounting distressing memories. Emotion. 9, 744-749.


Schweizer, S. (2016). Bringing emotion (science) into the clinic. [Review of the book Emotion in therapy: From Science to Practice, by S. Hofmann]. PsycCRITIQUES, 61.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants


2018 - SIR HENRY WELLCOME FELLOWSHIP, Wellcome Trust, 4-year research fellowship to investigate the development of emotion regulation during adolescence (GBP 250000)

2017 - UNSW SCIENTIA FELLOWSHIP, University of New South Wales

2017 - ESRC FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE EVENT AWARD, Economic & Social Research Council, Awarded for a public engagement event I designed for young people (11-16 years) entitled “Be a researcher for the day” (GBP 804)

2016 - DIRECTOR’S STRATEGIC FUND AWARD, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK (GBP 15666), Awarded to develop tasks to of affective control

2016 - GUARANTOR OF THE BRAIN TRAVEL AWARD, Guarantor of the Brain, Cambridge, UK (GBP 600)


2011 - SET (SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY) FOR BRITAIN, selected to present research at House of Commons, London, UK

2008 - GATES CAMBRIDGE TRUST SCHOLARSHIP, Cambridge, Awarded for the duration of a four year PhD UK (GBP 91000)

2007 - STICHTING WETENSCHAAPLIJK ONDERZOEK LIMBURG, Maastricht University, Maastricht, NL, Awarded to complete a research internship abroad (EUR 5000)

2006 - EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP, Tilburg University, Tilburg, NL, Awarded for excellent performance during my Bachelor of Science degree (EUR 5000)