Prof. Herta Flor

Professor Herta Flor is a neuroscientist and the scientific director of the department of Neuropsychology at the University of Heidelberg, Central Institute for Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany. Most of her work on the topic of pain focuses on the role of learning and memory processes and related plastic changes of the brain in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. A special focus has also been on the development and evaluation of new interdisciplinary behaviorally oriented treatments for chronic pain such as extinction training. More recent research has examined the interaction of body image, implicit body-related learning and brain changes in chronic pain and uses virtual reality applications and body-related illusions in both the assessment and treatment of chronic pain.

Martin Löffler

From 2005 to 2011, Martin Löffler studied psychology at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (University of Innsbruck, Austria). During that time he did an internship at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, Department of Cognitive Psychology (Prof. Dr. Pierre Sachse) on the topic of Visual attention and Inattentional Blindness. His diploma thesis was about sleep-dependent offline processing of social cues (Supervisor: Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Stefan Fischer at the Department of Clinical Psychology II, Prof. Dr. Anna Buchheim). Since 2012, Martin is a PhD student at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, supervised by Prof. Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim and a member of the DFG-FNR research project „PASCOM“. Besides research on pain and suffering, he is also interested in research on sleep, plasticity and Cognitive Psychology.

Dr. Sandra Kamping

Dr. Sandra Kamping is a psychologist, adult therapist and neuroscientist working in the field of chronic pain. In 2006, she joined the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience working with its scientific director Professor Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. Her main research interest lies in the area of chronic pain comprising a wide range of chronic pain disorders (i.e. chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic widespread pain and phantom limb pain). Specifically, she is interested in how pain can be modulated by emotional and cognitive factors and how our understanding of these factors can increase the effectiveness of psychological therapies for chronic pain

Michael Brunner

Michael studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, from 2003 on and graduated in psychology in 2011 at the University of Klagenfurt with a focus on cognitive and clinical psychology. Upon receiving an Erasmus Grant from the European Union, he worked for a year at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Mannheim (2006-2007). During his studies, he did internships at the Otto-Selz Institute for Applied Psychology (University of Mannheim), at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim (Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy), and at Neustart Klagenfurt (probation service). Since 2012, he is a PhD student at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Herta Flor, at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim and a proud member of the DFG-FNR research project „PASCOM“. In addition to pursuing his training in cognitive behavioral therapy at the University of Heidelberg, he does an internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim on affective and anxiety disorders. In addition to pain research, he is interested in cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy.