Prof. Dr. Dr. Olga Pollatos

Olga Pollatos studied psychology and medicine at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin and the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU) of Munich. In 2004, she completed her Ph.D. thesis in psychology in the field of emotions and cortical functions at the Department of Biological Psychology at LMU Munich. From 2004-2008, she habilitated with a focus on biological psychology and neuroscience at LMU Munich; in 2008, she received the Venia legendi in psychology. After receiving her license to practice medicine in 2007, she worked at the Department of Neurology at LMU from 2008-2009 and she completed her doctoral studies (Dr. med.) in neuroradiology. She also spent research periods abroad at the University of Sussex and the Academic Radiology in Nottingham. From 2009-2012, she was a junior professor for the psychology of emotion and motivation at the University of Potsdam. Since September 2012, she is the head of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology at Ulm University.



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Olga Pollatos
Head of Department Clinical and Health Psychology

Olga Pollatos
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Consultation hours
Thursday: 9:15 - 10:00 am



Activities in academic self-administration

Ulm University
Since 2018vice president education
2017 - 2018Head of the Institute of Psychology and Education
2017 - 2018Vice dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology
2016 - 2018Member of the Faculty Council
Since 2015Equal Opportunities Officer at Ulm University
2015 - 2017Head of the Audit Committee of the Institute of Psychology and Education
Since 2014Co-opted member of the Faculty of Medicine at Ulm University
Since 2013Member of the Study Commission for Psychology


University of Potsdam

2010-2012Member of the Faculty Council

Research interests

  • Areas of research: Health, nutrition and sports activity
    Personality and physical processes for nutrition- and weight-management, influence of odor perception, pathological disorders like eating disorders and obesity, influential factors of sportive performance.

  • Areas of research: Embodied Cognition
    Regulation of risk-behavior, self- and emotion-regulation, emotion- and physical processes. Embodiment of body perception, pathological disorders like alexithymia as well as anxiety- and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Areas of research: Pain
    Pain processing and emotion, empathy and personality, empathy for pain, stress processing and pain, pathological disorders like somatoform- and personality disorders.

  • Methodological areas of research
    Peripheral physiological variables, heart rate variability, biofeedback, interoception, EEG and evoked potential, EGG, functional imaging, connectivity analysis, glucose metabolism, experimental manipulation of central activation by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).


2008Habilitation and Venia legendi for Psychology at LMU Munich
2008 - 2011Doctorate with the degree Dr. med. at the Institute of Neuroradiology at  LMU Munich (Summa cum laude)
2000 - 2004Doctorate with the degree Dr. phil. in Biological Psychology at LMU Munich (Summa cum laude)
2000 - 2008Study of Medicine at LMU Munich
1994 - 2000Study of Psychology at TU Berlin and LMU Munich
1994Abitur (German A Levels)

Professional Career

Since 2012Professor (W3) for Clinical and Health Psychology at Ulm University
2009 - 2012Professor (W1) for Emotion and Motivation Psychology at the University of Potsdam
2008 - 2009Assistant doctor at the Neurological University hospital of LMU Munich
2004 - 2010Research stays at the University of Sussex and the Academic Radiology in Nottingham
2004 - 2008Postdoc in the Department of Biological Psychology at LMU Munich
2000 - 2004PhD student in the Department of Biological Psychology at LMU Munich

Honours and prices

2015MSD Health Prize for the team of "Komm mit in das gesunde Boot".
2015Hufeland Award for prevention and health promotion for the team of "Komm mit in das gesunde Boot".
2014Health Prize of the RUFZEICHEN GESUNDHEIT! Foundation for the team of "Komm mit in das gesunde Boot".
2010 - 2012Awarded scholarship of the Senior Teaching Professionals Program at the University of Potsdam.
2010 - 2012Awarded grant of the Erasmus teacher mobility programm, host institution University of Sussex.
2010 - 2012Selected participant of the ProFil-Program of the University of Potsdam and the Universities of Berlin.
2007Junior Research Grant of the British Council Researcher Exchange Program, host University of Nottingham, Academic Radiology.
2006 - 2007Awarded scholarship for habilitation and post-doc research at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.
2000 - 2003Awarded scholrship for dissertation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.
1994 - 2000Bavarian Award for the Highly Gifted.