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Department of Psychological Medicine staff profiles

Dr Maria Kleinstäuber

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
QualificationsDr. phil. habil.(Marburg, Germany) PPT(Mainz, Germany) PhD(Mainz, Germany) Dipl.-Psych.(Mainz, Germany)
Research summaryPathomechanisms and interventions in behavioural medicine; health psychology
Memberships
  • Secretary and member of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Member of New Zealand Psychologists Board
  • Member of the American Psychological Association, 38th Division Health Psychology
  • Member of the German Society of Behavioral Medicine and Behavior Modification

Research

Maria Kleinstäuber is a Clinical and Health Psychologist with research interests in:

  • The efficacy of interventions for syndromes of persistent somatic symptoms and symptom distress
  • Experimental research of pathomechanisms underlying medically unexplained or explained somatic symptoms
  • The role of illness perceptions in chronic illness
  • Placebo and nocebo effects
  • Psychological factors in the process of recovery after medical procedures

Maria’s research work is characterised by a diversity of research methods. Her research has been funded by German Research Foundation, Pharmac New Zealand, Auckland Medical Research Foundation, the Postdoctoral Society of the University of Auckland, the German Academic Exchange Service, among others.

Maria trained as a clinical psychologist at Technical University of Darmstadt and Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz (Germany). She completed a postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology, with specialization in cognitive behaviour therapy, and earned her doctorate in psychology at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz. She earned postdoctoral habilitation degree at Philipps-University of Marburg. She has worked as registered clinical psychologist in different inpatient and outpatient settings of adult mental health in Germany and New Zealand. Maria worked as postdoctoral research fellow and later as assistant professor at Philipps-University of Marburg, Brigham Young University (Provo, USA) and University of Auckland until she was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at University of Otago. Maria is member of the Board and Executive Committee and holds the office as Secretary of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM).

Publications

Kleinstäuber, M., Allwang, C., Bailer, J., Berking, M., Brünahl, C., Erkic, M., … Rief, W. (2019). Cognitive behaviour therapy complemented with emotion regulation training for patients with persistent physical symptoms: A randomised clinical trial. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1159/000501621

Gasteiger, C., Jones, A. S. K., Kleinstäuber, M., Lobo, M., Horne, R., Dalbeth, N., & Petrie, K. J. (2019). The effects of message framing on patients' perceptions and willingness to change to a biosimilar in a hypothetical drug switch. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr.24012

Jones, A. S. K., Kleinstäuber, M., Martin, L. R., Norton, S., Fernandez, J., & Petrie, K. J. (2019). Development and validation of the Health Visual Information Preference Scale. British Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12370

Eisenlohr-Moul, T. A., Kaiser, G., Weise, C., Schmalenberger, K. M., Kiesner, J., Ditzen, B., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2019). Are there temporal subtypes of premenstrual dysphoric disorder?: Using group-based trajectory modeling to identify individual differences in symptom change. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0033291719000849

Probst, T., Weise, C., Andersson, G., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2019). Differences in baseline and process variables between non-responders and responders in Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for chronic tinnitus. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 48(1), 52-64. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2018.1476582

Authored Book - Research

Weise, C., Kleinstäuber, M., Kaldo, V., & Andersson, G. (2016). Mit Tinnitus leben lernen: Ein Manual für Therapeuten und Betroffene [Learn to live with tinnitus: A handbook for therapists and clients]. Berlin, Germany: Springer.

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Journal - Research Article

Kleinstäuber, M., Allwang, C., Bailer, J., Berking, M., Brünahl, C., Erkic, M., … Rief, W. (2019). Cognitive behaviour therapy complemented with emotion regulation training for patients with persistent physical symptoms: A randomised clinical trial. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1159/000501621

Probst, T., Weise, C., Andersson, G., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2019). Differences in baseline and process variables between non-responders and responders in Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for chronic tinnitus. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 48(1), 52-64. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2018.1476582

Eisenlohr-Moul, T. A., Kaiser, G., Weise, C., Schmalenberger, K. M., Kiesner, J., Ditzen, B., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2019). Are there temporal subtypes of premenstrual dysphoric disorder?: Using group-based trajectory modeling to identify individual differences in symptom change. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0033291719000849

Jones, A. S. K., Kleinstäuber, M., Martin, L. R., Norton, S., Fernandez, J., & Petrie, K. J. (2019). Development and validation of the Health Visual Information Preference Scale. British Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12370

Gasteiger, C., Jones, A. S. K., Kleinstäuber, M., Lobo, M., Horne, R., Dalbeth, N., & Petrie, K. J. (2019). The effects of message framing on patients' perceptions and willingness to change to a biosimilar in a hypothetical drug switch. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr.24012

MacKrill, K., Kleinstäuber, M., & Petrie, K. J. (2019). The effect of rebranding generic medicines on drug efficacy and side effects. Psychology & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2019.1616088

Jones, A. S. K., Kleinstäuber, M., Akroyd, A., Mittendorf, A., Bognuda, P., Merrie, A. E., … Petrie, K. J. (2019). Using animated visualization to improve postoperative mobilization: A randomized controlled trial. Health Psychology, 38(8), 748-758. doi: 10.1037/hea0000761

Weise, C., Kaiser, G., Janda, C., Kues, J. N., Andersson, G., Strahler, J., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2019). Internet-based cognitive-behavioural intervention for women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, 88(1), 16-29. doi: 10.1159/000496237

Weiss, F. D., Mewes, R., Rief, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2018). HCU-Q: Development of a questionnaire assessing health care utilization. Verhaltenstherapie, 28(1), 15-24. doi: 10.1159/000478028

Zhang, L., Schwarz, J., Kleinstäuber, M., Fritzsche, K., Hannig, W., Wei, J., … Zhang, L. (2018). Confirmatory factor analysis of the causal illness attribution scale in Chinese patients with multiple somatic symptoms. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 23(Suppl. 1), 1318-1332. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2018.1455983

Kaiser, G., Kues, J. N., Kleinstäuber, M., Andersson, G., & Weise, C. (2018). Methods for coping with premenstrual change: Development and validation of the German Premenstrual Change Coping Inventory. Women & Health, 58(9), 1062-1079. doi: 10.1080/03630242.2017.1377802

Kaiser, G., Janda, C., Kleinstäuber, M., & Weise, C. (2018). Clusters of premenstrual symptoms in women with PMDD: Appearance, stability and association with impairment. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 115, 38-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.10.004

Kleinstäuber, M., Gottschalk, J.-M., Ruckmann, J., Probst, T., & Rief, W. (2018). Acceptance and cognitive reappraisal as regulation strategies for symptom annoyance in indiviuals with medically unexplained physical symptoms. Cognitive Therapy & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10608-018-9973-y

Kleinstäuber, M., Weise, C., Andersson, G., & Probst, T. (2018). Personality traits predict and moderate the outcome of Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic tinnitus. International Journal of Audiology, 57(7), 538-544. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1432902

Lambert, M. J., Whipple, J. L., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2018). Collecting and delivering progress feedback: A meta-analysis of routine outcome monitoring. Psychotherapy, 55(4), 520-537. doi: 10.1037/pst0000167

Weinman, J., Graham, S., Canfield, M., Kleinstäuber, M., Perera, A. I., Dalbeth, N., & Petrie, K. J. (2018). The Intentional Non-Adherence Scale (INAS): Initial development and validation. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 115, 110-116. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.10.010

Janda, C., Kues, J. N., Andersson, G., Kleinstäuber, M., & Weise, C. (2017). A symptom diary to assess severe premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Women & Health, 57(7), 837-854. doi: 10.1080/03630242.2016.1206055

Weiss, F. D., Rief, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2017). Health care utilization in outpatients with somatoform disorders: Descriptives, interdiagnostic differences, and potential mediating factors. General Hospital Psychiatry, 44, 22-29. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2016.10.003

Schwarz, J., Rief, W., Radkovsky, A., Berking, M., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2017). Negative affect as mediator between emotion regulation and medically unexplained symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 101, 114-121. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2017.08.010

Kleinstäuber, M., Lambert, M. J., & Hiller, W. (2017). Early response in cognitive-behavior therapy for syndromes of medically unexplained symptoms. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), 195. doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1351-x

Kleinstäuber, M., Reuter, M., Doll, N., & Fallgatter, A. J. (2017). Rock climbing and acute emotion regulation in patients with major depressive disorder in the context of a psychological inpatient treatment: A controlled pilot trial. Psychology Research & Behavior Management, 10, 277-281. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S143830

Eggert, L., Kleinstäuber, M., Hiller, W., & Witthöft, M. (2017). Emotional interference and attentional processing in premenstrual syndrome. Journal of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry, 54, 77-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.07.002

Rief, W., Burton, C., Frostholm, L., Henningsen, P., Kleinstäuber, M., Kop, W. J., … on behalf of the EURONET-SOMA Group. (2017). Core outcome domains for clinical trials on somatic symptom disorder, bodily distress disorder, and functional somatic syndromes: European Network on Somatic Symptom Disorders recommendations. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(9), 1008-1015. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000502

Eggert, L., Witthöft, M., Hiller, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2016). Emotion regulation in women premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Explicit implicit assessments. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 40(6), 747-763. doi: 10.1007/s10608-016-9788-7

Kues, J. N., Janda, C., Kleinstäuber, M., & Weise, C. (2016). How to measure the impact of premenstrual symptoms? Development and validation of the German PMS-Impact Questionnaire. Women & Health, 56(7), 807-826. doi: 10.1080/03630242.2015.1118734

Schwarz, J., Gottschalk, J.-M., Ruckmann, J., Rief, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2016). An experimental paradigm to repeatedly induce somatic symptoms. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 82, 24-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.01.007

Hübner, C., Wiesendahl, W., Kleinstäuber, M., Stangier, U., Kathmann, N., & Buhlmann, U. (2016). Facial discrimination in body dysmorphic, obsessive-compulsive and social anxiety disorders. Psychiatry Research, 236, 105-111. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.12.024

Weise, C., Kleinstäuber, M., & Andersson, G. (2016). Internet-delivered cognitive-behavior therapy for tinnitus: A randomized controlled trial. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(4), 501-510. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000310

Weiss, F. D., Rief, W., Martin, A., Rauh, E., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2016). The heterogeneity of illness behaviors in patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(3), 319-326. doi: 10.1007/s12529-015-9533-8

Kleinstäuber, M., Schmelzer, K., Ditzen, B., Andersson, G., Hiller, W., & Weise, C. (2016). Psychosocial profile of women with premenstrual syndrome and healthy controls: A comparative study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(6), 752-763. doi: 10.1007/s12529-016-9564-9

Conrad, I., Kleinstäuber, M., Jasper, K., Hiller, W., Andersson, G., & Weise, C. (2015). The changeability and predictive value of dysfunctional cognitions in cognitive behavior therapy for chronic tinnitus. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(2), 239-250. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9425-3

Conrad, I., Kleinstäuber, M., Jasper, K., Hiller, W., Andersson, G., & Weise, C. (2015). The role of dysfunctional cognitions in patients with chronic tinnitus. Ear & Hearing, 36(5), e279-e289. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000168

Kleinstäuber, M., Frank, I., & Weise, C. (2015). A confirmatory factor analytic validation of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78(3), 277-284. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2014.12.001

Gottschalk, J.-M., Bleichhardt, G., Kleinstäuber, M., Berking, M., & Rief, W. (2015). Extension of Cognitive behavioral therapy by emotion regulation training in patients with multiple somatoform symptoms: Results of a controlled pilot study. Verhaltenstherapie, 25(1), 13-21. doi: 10.1159/000371526

Schmelzer, K., Ditzen, B., Weise, C., Andersson, G., Hiller, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2015). Clinical profiles of premenstrual experiences among women having premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Affective changes predominate and relate to social and occupational functioning. Health Care for Women International, 36(10), 1104-1123. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2014.954701

Jasper, K., Weise, C., Conrad, I., Andersson, G., Hiller, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2014). The working alliance in a randomized controlled trial comparing Internet-based self-help and face-to-face cognitive behavior therapy for chronic tinnitus. Internet Interventions, 1(2), 49-57. doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2014.04.002

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M., Steffanowski, A., van Marwijk, H., Hiller, W., & Lambert, M. J. (2014). Pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders in adults (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11, CD010628. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010628.pub2

van Dessel, N., den Boeft, M., van der Wouden, J. C., Kleinstäuber, M., Leone, S. S., Terluin, B., … van Marwijk, H. (2014). Non-pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders and medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) in adults (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11, CD011142. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011142.pub2

Jasper, K., Weise, C., Conrad, I., Andersson, G., Hiller, W., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2014). Internet-based guided self-help versus group cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic tinnitus: A randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, 83(4), 234-246. doi: 10.1159/000360705

Weise, C., Kleinstäuber, M., Hesser, H., Westin, V. Z., & Andersson, G. (2013). Acceptance of tinnitus: Validation of the Tinnitus Acceptance Questionnaire. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 42(2), 100-115. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2013.781670

Kleinstäuber, M., Jasper, K., Schweda, I., Hiller, W., Andersson, G., & Weise, C. (2013). The role of fear-avoidance cognitions and behaviors in patients with chronic tinnitus. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 42(2), 84-99. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2012.717301

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M., & Hiller, W. (2012). Cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological interventions for premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder: A meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19(3), 308-319. doi: 10.1007/s10880-012-9299-y

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M., & Hiller, W. (2011). Efficacy of short-term psychotherapy for multiple medically unexplained physical symptoms: A meta-analysis. Clinical Pyschology Review, 31(1), 146-160. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2010.09.001

Legenbauer, T., Maul, B., Rühl, I., Kleinstäuber, M., & Hiller, W. (2010). Memory bias for schema-related stimuli in individuals with bulimia nervosa. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(3), 302-316. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20651

Legenbauer, T., Kleinstäuber, M., Müller, T., & Stangier, U. (2008). Are individuals with an eating disorder less sensitive to aesthetic flaws than healthy controls? Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 65(1), 87-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.02.014

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Journal - Research Other

Guo, D., Kleinstäuber, M., Johnson, M. H., & Sundram, F. (2019). Evaluating commonalities across medically unexplained symptoms. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, (16), 818. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16050818

Weise, C., Kaiser, G., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2019). Reply to "Questioning the beneficial effects of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy on premenstrual dysphoric disorder". Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, 88(4), 237. doi: 10.1159/000500169

Exner, A., Kleinstäuber, M., Maier, W., Fuchs, A., Petersen, J. J., Schäfer, I., … Terluin, B. (2018). Cross-cultural validation of the German version of the Four-Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire (4DSQ) in multimorbid elderly people [Brief communication]. Quality of Life Research, 27(10), 2691-2697. doi: 10.1007/s11136-018-1924-2

Kleinstäuber, M., Weise, C., Andersson, G., & Probst, T. (2018). Personality traits predict and moderate the outcome of Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic tinnitus [Clinical note]. International Journal of Audiology, 57(7), 538-544. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1432902

Hennemann, S., Böhme, K., Baumeister, H., Bendig, E., Kleinstäuber, M., Ebert, D. D., & Witthöft, M. (2018). Efficacy of a guided internet-based intervention (iSOMA) for somatic symptoms and related distress in university students: Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(12), e024929. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024929

Kleinstäuber, M., MacKrill, K., & Petrie, K. J. (2018). Characteristics of individuals who prefer branded innovator over generic medicines: A New Zealand general population survey [Short communication]. Drugs & Therapy Perspectives, 34(10), 478-483. doi: 10.1007/s40267-018-0541-z

Kleinstäuber, M. (2017). Factors associated with sexual health and well being in older adulthood. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 30(5), 358-368. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000354

Kleinstäuber, M., Gottschalk, J., Berking, M., Rau, J., & Rief, W. (2016). Enriching Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Emotion Regulation Training for Patients with Multiple Medically Unexplained Symptoms (ENCERT): Design and implementation of a multicenter, randomized, active-controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 47, 54-63. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.12.003

Lambert, M. J., & Kleinstäuber, M. (2016). When people change, and its relation to specific therapy techniques and common factors. Verhaltenstherapie, 26(1), 32-39. doi: 10.1159/000442372

Janda, C., Kues, J. N., Kleinstäuber, M., & Weise, C. (2015). A therapeutic approach to premenstrual syndrome (PMS): Modularized treatment program. Verhaltenstherapie, 25(4), 294-303. doi: 10.1159/000439336

Bryant, C., Kleinstäuber, M., & Judd, F. (2014). Aspects of mental health care in the gynecological setting. Women's Health, 10(3), 237-254. doi: 10.2217/whe.14.16

van Dessel, N., den Boeft, M., van der Wouden, J. C., Kleinstäuber, M., Leone, S. S., Terluin, B., … van Marwijk, H. (2014). Non-pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders and medically-unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) in adults (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, CD011142. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011142

Kues, J. N., Janda, C., Kleinstäuber, M., & Weise, C. (2014). Internet-based cognitive behavioural self-help for premenstrual syndrome: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15(1), 472. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-472

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M., Steffanowski, A., Lambert, M., Meinhardt, G., Lieb, K., & Hiller, W. (2013). Pharmacological interventions for somatoform disorders in adults (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7, CD010628. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010628

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