Dr. Aljoscha Dreisörner

Masters in Management



Postal address: Goethe Universität · Institut für Psychologie · Abt. Sozialpsychologie Hauspostfach 74 · 60323 Frankfurt

Email: dreisoerner@psych.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: Upon agreement, PEG building, room 5.G014

Link to personal website

About me

I’m a doctoral student at the Social Psychology department. My research focuses on self-compassion and mindfulness. In online and lab experiments I look at the effects of meditation and other interventions on pain, stress, and well-being. Before coming to Goethe University, I studied Management at Mannheim University. I’m passionate about teaching mindfulness and positive Psychology at Goethe University. On my blog I write about meditation and daily philosophy.


2019: Postgraduate Fellow at the Center for Emotional Intelligence at der Yale University

2017-today: Guest lecturer in Statistics at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

2016-today: PhD student at Goethe University, Social Psychology Department

2013-2016: Masters in Management at Mannheim University

Research interests

  • Self-compassion
    • Self-compassion at work
    • Soothing touch and its effects on stress


  • Mindfulness
    • Breathing meditation, Metta meditation
    • Mindfulness for academics
    • Lab experiments on stress and pain responses including hormonal markers


  • Positive Psychology and well-being
    • Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI)
    • Stoicism and “fear-setting”
    • Expressive writing exercises



Lectures in Statistics, seminars about well-being, mindfulness and self-compassion

(Selected) publications

Dreisoerner, A., Junker, N.M., Schlotz, W., Heimrich, J., Bloemeke, S. Ditzen, B., Van Dick, R. (2021). Self-soothing touch and being hugged reduce cortisol responses to stress: A randomized controlled trial on stress, physical touch, and social identity. Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology, 8, 100091. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpnec.2021.100091

Dreisoerner, A., Junker, N.M., & van Dick, R. (2021). The relationship among the components of self-compassion: A pilot study using a compassionate writing intervention to enhance self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 22, 21-47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-019-00217-4

Jarden, A., Rashid, T., Roache, A., Lomas, T., Heekerens, J. B., & Dreisörner, A. (2019). Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice (version 1.0: German). International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(3), 1-36. URL: http://www.internationaljournalofwellbeing.org/ijow/index.php/ijow/issue/view/35