Marie Luise Schreiter
Marie Luise Schreiter (Germany)
Child Psychologist, Doctoral Researcher in Cognitive Neurophysiology
Area of Expertise: Emotion, emotional regulation, child psychiatry, clincial neuroscience, brain imaging, NVR, imaginary methods
I am a Psychologist and Neuroscientist in my final year of a Phd in Cognitive Neurophysiology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the University Hospital Dresden, Germany. I am a practicing child psychologist whilst also holding a research position in which I study the underlying neural mechanisms of cognitive and emotional interactions, with numerous publications in prestigious science journals, Philosophical Transactions B, Cognitive Affective Behavioural Neuroscience and NeuroImage. Before Before moving to Dresden, Germany for my PhD I completed my undergraduate and masters degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience in south-east England at the University of Sussex. In that time, I also worked as an assistant psychologist to Dr. Peter Jakob who personally trained me in NVR method and client work with parents and foster parents of violent children. My scientific research is focussed on how the brain interprets emotional signals, and how it can regulate emotional states to control behaviour. Particularly, in violent, anxious or aggressive individuals it is often the case that emotional signals (such as a facial expression or body posture) can trigger escalatory patterns or avoidance behaviour if they are misinterpreted by the brain. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of emotional function can thus, not only enhance the understanding of brain function but also psychotherapeutic methodology. I have previously organised international workshops on imaginary methods with Dr Jakob and Willem Beckers and have given theoretic background on why these methods work from a neuroscientific point of view. In my work I am very much focussed on providing scientific background to clinical methods and ultimately, to bring the two fields closer together. I would therefore be delighted to speak at the NVR conference in Linz to communicate my research to a wide range of practitioners of NVR.