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Dr. Miriam Kampa


Dr. Miriam Kampa

Office hours: by appointment



Current research:

- Fear conditioning and extinction

- Reward Processing

- Resilience and stress

- Replication of fMRI activations



since 11/2018

Post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Siegen (Prof. Dr. Tim Klucken)


Promotion to doctor at the J. Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Psychology (Prof. Dr. Michèle Wessa), Doctoral thesis title: Development and validation of an fMRI test battery for the longitudinal study of resilience mechanisms (Rated: magna cum laude)

07/2013 - 07/2018

Research Associate/doctoral student at the Neuroimaging Center (NIC), Universitätsmedizin der J. Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Prof. Dr. Raffael Kalisch)

10/2005 - 03/2013

Studies at the J.W.Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, first studies of theater, film and media, from 10/2006 psychology (Diploma, grade: very good)



6.) Kampa, M., Finke, J., Tobias Stalder, Bucher, L., Klapperich, H., Mertl, F., Zimmer, C., Geiger, C., Hassenzahl, M., & Klucken, T. (submitted). Facilitating relaxation and stress reduction in healthy participants through a virtual reality intervention: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials.

5.) Kalisch, R., & Kampa, M. (2021). Stressor Appraisal as an Explanation for the Influence of Extra-Individual Factors on Psychological Resilience. In R. Kalisch & M. Kampa, Multisystemic Resilience (pp. 135–152). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190095888.003.0008

4.) Kampa, M., Schick, A., Sebastian, A., Wessa, M., Tüscher, O., Kalisch, R. *& Yuen, K.* (2020). Replication of fMRI group activations in the neuroimaging battery for the Mainz Resilience Project (MARP). NeuroImage, 204, 116223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116223. *equal contribution

3.) Klucken, T., Kruse, O., Klein, S., Kampa, M., Tapia León, I., & Stark, R. (2019). The relationship between neuroticism and appetitive conditioning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 164, 107068. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2019.107068/j.neuroimage.2019.116223. *equal contribution

2.) Chmitorz, A., Wenzel, M., Stieglitz, R.-D., Kunzler, A., Bagusat, C., Helmreich, I., Gerlicher, A.M.V., Kampa, M., Kubiak, T., Kalisch, R., Lieb K., Tüscher, O. (2018). Population-based validation of a German version of the Brief Resilience Scale. PLOS ONE, 13(2), e0192761. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192761

1.) Kampa, M., Schick, A., Yuen, K., Sebastian, A., Chmitorz, A., Saase, V., … Kalisch, R. (2018). A Combined Behavioral and Neuroimaging Battery to Test Positive Appraisal Style Theory of Resilience in Longitudinal Studies. BIORXIV/2018/470435 [Preprint]. November 14, 2018.



Kampa, M., Yuen, K., Saase, V., Sebastian, A., Wessa, M., Tüscher, O., Kalisch, R. (2016, April). fMRI-test battery for the Mainz Resilience Project (MARP): Distinction and extinction learning as resilience mechanisms. Poster presented at the annual European Meeting on Human Fear Conditioning (EMHFC), Utrecht, Netherlands.

Kampa, M., Yuen, K., Sebastian, A., Wessa, M., Tüscher O., Kalisch, R. (2016, June). Design and validation of a human fMRI battery for longitudinal stress resilience studies. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, Switzerland.



Introduction to Neurobs Presentation (2015, 2016 at the Neuroimaging Center, Mainz).

Hands-on exercise introducing the design and analysis of fMRI studies (SPM Methods Course 2016 at the Neuroimaging Center, Mainz).

Biomedical internship introducing the neuroscientific study of anxiety (2015, 2016 at the Neuroimaging Center, Mainz).


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