Assistant Professor
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
Witten/Herdecke University

Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 44
58448 Witten, Germany
aleksandra.kaurin[AT]uni-wh.de
OSF: https://osf.io/snmgt/

I am an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at Witten/Herdecke University and licensed clinical psychologist.

My research is informed by developmental, personality and clinical psychology. I focus on how close relationships and interpersonal processes affect the ways children and adolescents cope with stressful events (Woody, Kaurin et al., 2021, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry) and how these processes are impacted by individual differences and psychopathology (Kaurin et al., 2020a, Affective Science). I am specifically interested in socio-affective processes associated with suicidal ideation and self-harm (Kaurin et al., 2020b, Psych Medicine), and how real-time monitoring techniques can be used to provide precise and – potentially – personalized predictions of risk and resilience (https://osf.io/z3dnj/) in youth.
Another area of my work is dedicated to the study of dimensional models of psychopathology in children and adolescents as well as their functional manifestations in daily life (Kaurin et al., 2020c, Journal of Abnormal Psych; Wright & Kaurin, 2020. Psychopathology). I study those processes and structures in a diverse range of patterns of behavior, emotion, and (neuro)physiology, how they change during critical transitions in our development such as adolescence, and am interested in statistical methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data.

I completed my clinical internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of University Medical Center Mainz and the Outpatient Clinic of the Johannes Gutenberg-University in 2019. Before starting my first faculty appointment at Witten/Herdecke University, I was a postdoc at the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research and completed a individual postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) at the Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Aidan Wright.

I am committed to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging in research, academia, clinical practice, and beyond. Growing up as a refugee in Germany and knowing how crucial this experience is to my understanding of the world, I believe that increasing representation of people from marginalized and historically disadvantaged backgrounds is critical for conducting ethical, comprehensive, and innovative clinical science research.

Short CV

Witten/Herdecke University
April 2021 – present
Assistant Professor
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy

University of Pittsburgh
2019 – present         
Postdoctoral Scholar
Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory
PI: Dr. Aidan Wright

Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research Mainz
(2019 – present, currently on leave)      
Postdoctoral Fellow
Cognitive and Behavioral Mechanisms of Resilience Area

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
(2015 – 2019)
PhD in Clinical Psychology
summa cum laude
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
(2019 – present)
Additional Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy