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Simone Munsch

Job: Professor
Office: RM C-2.117
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7657
eMail: simone.munsch@unifr.ch
Unit: Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie      
Personal page: http://www.unifr.ch/psycho/de/research/klipsy/teaching/postgraduate



  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Psychotherapy research
  • Eating disorders
  • Obesity
  • Emotion regulation
  • Psychophysiology

Research fields

I am interested in psychological processes associated with eat and weight regulation problems. In this regard my research focuses on general or specific psychophysiological processes contributing to the maintenance of disordered eating behavior in children and adults. Additionally, I am deeply interested in transferring research findings into psychotherapeutic practice. Finally, my group seeks at implementing the use of recent technology in order to increase ecological validity in experimental psychophathology and psychotherapy research.


  • Supervision of Seminararbeiten, Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and Habilitation theses
  • Introduction in Clinical Psychology  I and II (Bachelor)
  • Introduction in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology I and II (Bachelor and Master)
  • Master’s colloquium (Master)


Selected Publications

  •  Munsch, S.* & Dremmel, D.*, Kurz, S., De Albuquerque, J., Meyer, A.H. & Hilbert, A. (2017). Influence of Parental Expressed Emotions on Children’s Emotional Eating via Children’s Negative Urgency. European Eating Disorders Review,  25 (1), 36–43(*shared first authors).
  • Leeger-Aschmann, C.S., Schmutz, E.A., Radtke, T., Kakebeeke, T.H., Zysset, A.E., Messerli-Bürgy, N., Stülb, K., Arhab, A., Meyer, A.H., Munsch, S., Jenni, O.G., Puder, J.J. & Kriemler, S. (2016). Regional socio-cultural differences as important correlate of physical activity and sedentary behavior in Swiss preschool children. Swiss medical Weekly, 146 (doi: 10.4414/smw.2016.14377).
  • Wyssen, A., Bryjova, J., Meyer, A.H. & Munsch, S. (2016). A model of disturbed eating behavior in men: The role of body dissatisfaction, emotion dysregulation and cognitive distortions. Psychiatry Research, 246; 9-15.
  • Rocha-Parra, D., Garcia-Burgos, D., Munsch, S., Chirife, J. & Zamora, MC. (2016). Application of hedonic dynamics using multiple-sip temporal-liking and facial expression for evaluation of a new beverage. Food Quality and Preference, 52, 153-159.
  • Kurz S., van Dyck Z., Dremmel D., Munsch S., Hilbert A. (2016). Variants of early-onset restrictive eating disturbances in middle childhood. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(1), 102-106 (doi: 10.1002/eat.22461).
  • Maillard, A., Hippolyte, L., Rodriguez-Herreros, B., Chawner, S., Dremmel, D., Agüera, Z., Fagundo, A.B., Pain, A., Martin-Brevet, S., Hilbert, A., Kurz, S., Etienne, R., Draganski, B., Jiménez-Murcia, S., Männik, K., Metspalu, A., Reigo, A., Isidor, B., LeCaignec, C., David, A., Mignot, C., Keren, B., Van den Bree, M., Munsch, S., Fernandez-Aranda, F., Beckmann, J., Reymond, A., & Jacquemont, S. (2016). Locus modulates response to satiety before the onset of obesity. International Journal of Obesity, 40(5), 870-6 (doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.247).
  • Messerli-Bürgy, N., Kakebeeke, T.H., Arhab, A., Stuelb, K., Zysset, A.E., Leeger-Aschmann, C.S., Schmutz, E.A., Fares, F., Meyer, A.H., Munsch, S., Kriemler, S., Jenni, O.G. & Puder, J.J. (2016). The Swiss Preschoolers’ health study (SPLASHY): objectives and design of a prospective multi-site cohort study assessing psychological and physiological health in young children. BMC Pediatrics, 16:85 (doi: 10.1186/s12887-016-0617-7).
  • Wyssen, A., Coelho, J.S., Wilhelm, P., Zimmermann, G. & Munsch, S. (2016). Thought-shape fusion in young healthy females appears after vivid imagination of thin ideals. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 52, 75-82 (doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.03.010).
  • Horsch, A., Wobmann, M., Kriemler, S., Munsch, S., Borloz, S., Balz, A., Marques-Vidal, P., Borghini, A. & Puder J.J. (2015). Impact of physical activity on energy balance, food intake and choice in normal weight and obese children in the setting of acute social stress: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 15:12 (doi: 10.1186/s12887-015-0326-7).
  • Kurz, S., van Dyck, Z., Dremmel, D., Munsch, S. & Hilbert, A. (2015). Early-onset restrictive eating disturbances in primary school boys and girls. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 24(7), 779-785 (doi: 10.1007/s00787-014-0622-z).
  • Martarelli, C.S., Borter, N., Bryjova, J., Mast, F.W. & Munsch S. (2015). The influence of parent’s body mass index on peer selection: An experimental approach using virtual reality. Psychiatry Research, 230(1), 5-12 (doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05. 075).
  • Schuck, K., Munsch, S. & Schneider, S. (2015). Cognitive biases in response to visual body-related stimuli in eating disorders: Study protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 4:103 (doi: 10.1186/s13643-015-0093-4).

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Clinical training


Research projects

New project to develop an online-therapy for binge-eating disorder, supported by the Swiss Anorexia Nervosa Foundation

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Full CV: German

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