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Nathalie Meuwly

Job: PostDoc - SNF Ambizione Project Leader
Associate lab member
Office: RM C-2.102
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7486
eMail: nathalie.meuwly@unifr.ch
Unit: Klinische Familienpsychologie      


My current research focuses on the role of gender in communication, and how heterosexual, lesbian and gay male couples are similar or different in their communication patterns. How intimate partners interact together has a significant impact on the relationship quality as well as each partner’s individual well-being and health. Within this context I am interested in moderator variables such as gender, sexual orientation, and attachment.

Current research project: interaction in diverse couples



FS 2016, 2017: Relevant concepts and topics for the psychological practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB-) clients, Master, Universität Fribourg

FS 2010, 2011: Experimentelles Praktika, Bachelor, Universität Zürich


Meuwly, N., & Davila, J. (in press). Feeling bad when your partner is away: The role of dysfunctional cognition and affect regulation strategies in insecurely attached individuals. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Debrot, A., Meuwly, N., Muise, A., Impett, E.A., & Schoebi, D. (2017). More than just sex: Affection mediates the association between sexual activity and well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 287-299. doi: 10.1177/0146167216684124

Fuchs, P., Nussbeck, F.W., Meuwly, N., & Bodenmann, G. (2017). Analyzing dyadic sequence data - research questions and implied statistical models. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 429. doi: 10.3389/fsyg.2017.0049

Meuwly, N., & Schoebi, D. (2017). Social psychological and related theories on long-term committed romantic relationships. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 11, 106-120. doi: 10.1037/ebs0000088

Bodenmann, G., Meuwly, N., Germann, J., Nussbeck, F. W., Heinrichs, M., & Bradbury, T. N. (2015). Effects of stress on the social support provided by men and women in intimate relationships. Psychological Science, 26, 1584-94. doi: 10.1177/0956797615594616

Feinstein, B. A., Meuwly, N., Davila, J., Eaton N. R., & Yoneda, A. (2015). Sexual orientation prototypicality and well-being among heterosexual and sexual minority adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 1415-1422. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0401-4

Merz, C. A., Meuwly N., Randall, A. K., & Bodenmann, G. (2014). Engaging in dyadic coping: Buffering the impact of everyday stress on prospective relationship satisfaction. Family Science, 5, 30-37. doi: 10.1080/19424620.2014.927385

Meuwly, N., Feinstein, B. A., Davila, J., Garcia Nuñez, D., & Bodenmann, G. (2013). Relationship quality among Swiss women in opposite-sex versus same-sex romantic relationships. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 72, 229-233. doi: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000115

Feinstein, B. A., Hershenberg, R., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., Meuwly, N., & Davila, J (2013). Negative social comparison on Facebook and depressive symptoms: Rumination as a mechanism. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 2, 161-170. doi: 10.1037/a0033111

Meuwly, N., Bodenmann, G., Germann, J., Bradbury, T. N., Ditzen, B., & Heinrichs, M (2012). Dyadic coping, insecure attachment, and cortisol stress recovery following experimentally-induced stress. Journal of Family Psychology, 6, 937-947. doi: 10.1037/a0030356

Meuwly, N., Bodenmann, G., & Coyne, J. (2012). The association between partners’ expressed emotion and depression: Mediated by patients’ dysfunctional attitudes Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31, 690-706. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2012.31.7.690

Meuwly, N., Wilhelm, P., Eicher, V., & Perrez, M. (2011). Welchen Einfluss hat die Aufteilung von Hausarbeit und Kinderbetreuung auf Partnerschaftskonflikte und Partnerschaftszufriedenheit bei berufstätigen Paaren? Zeitschrift für Familienforschung, 23, 37-56.

Bodenmann, G., Meuwly, N., & Kayser, K. (2011). A comparison of two conceptualizations of dyadic coping and their potential for predicting relationship quality and individual well-being. European Psychologist, 16, 255-266. doi: 10.1027/1016 9040/a000068

Bodenmann, G., Meuwly, N., Bradbury, T. N., Gmelch, S., & Ledermann, T. (2010). Stress, anger, and verbal aggression in intimate relationships: Moderating effects of individual and dyadic coping. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 408-424. doi: 10.1177/0265407510361616

Bodenmann, G.,  Plancherel, B., Beach, S. R. H., Widmer, K., Gabriel, B. Meuwly, N., Charvoz, L.,  Hautzinger, M. & Schramm, E. (2008). Effects of coping-oriented couples therapy on depression: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 944-954. doi: 10.1037/a0013467

Gmelch, S., Bodenmann, G., Meuwly, N., Ledermann, T., Steffen-Sozinova, O., & Striegl, K. (2008). Dyadisches Coping Inventar (DCI): Ein Fragebogen zur Erfassung des partnerschaftlichen Umgangs mit Stress. Zeitschrift für Familienforschung, 20, 185-202.

Clinical Training

  • since Sept. 2012 ongoing clinical training in CBT (AIM Bern)
  • 2010 licensed coach for Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET/paarlife)

Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni