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Rebekka Schnepper


Ph.D. Student in the ERC-funded project

  • MSc, Research Master Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • BSc, Psychology, University of Basel

Research Interests

During my bachelor's studies, I became interested in nutrition, eating habits and the connection between physical and mental health. I implemented these interests during my master's studies, e.g. in my thesis that investigated informational health messages. 

My current research focuses on the etiology of unhealthy eating patterns and eating disorders. Further, I am interested in emotional eating, self-control, obesity, and new societal trends like orthorexia, vegetarianism/veganism, fast food consumption, and food waste. 

My aim is to connect research with practice through developing new interventions, like EMA applications and programs that are easily integrated in daily life, e.g. mindfulness exercises. 


Lutz, A. P., Dierolf, A., van Dyck, Z., Georgii, C., Schnepper, R., Blechert, J., & Vögele, C. (2020). Mood induced changes in the cortical processing of food images in bulimia nervosa. Addictive Behaviors, 106712. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106712. 

Meule, A., Richard, A., Schnepper, R., Reichenberger, J., Georgii, C., Naab, S., ... & Blechert, J. (2019). Emotion regulation and emotional eating in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders, 1-17. pdf.

Reichenberger, J., Schnepper, R., Ahrend, A. & Blechert, J. (2020). Emotional eating in healthy individuals and patients with an eating disorder – Evidence from psychometric, experimental and naturalistic studies. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society1-10. doi:10.1017/S0029665120007004

Schnepper, R., Blechert, J., & Stok, F. M. (2020). Reception of Health Messages: Effects of Stigmatization and Forcefulness. Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdaa233.

Schnepper, R., Georgii, C., Eichin, K., Arend, A., Wilhelm, F. H., Vögele, C., Lutz, A., Van Dyck, Z. & Blechert, J. (2020). Fight, flight, - or grab a bite! Trait emotional and restrained eating style predicts food cue responding under negative emotions. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14:91. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00091

Schnepper, R., Meule, A., Reichenberger, J., & Blechert, J. (2017). Wie Emotionen Appetit und Essverhalten bestimmen. NUTRITION-News14, 1-4. pdf

Schnepper, R., Reichenberger, J., & Blechert, J. (2020). Being my own companion in times of social isolation. A 14-Day Mobile Self-Compassion Intervention Improves Stress Levels and Eating Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 2645. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.595806

Schnepper, R., Richard, A., Wilhelm, F. H., & Blechert, J. (2019). A combined mindfulness–prolonged chewing intervention reduces body weight, food craving, and emotional eating. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology87(1), 106–111. pdf.