Dr. Roberto Rojas

Roberto Rojas began his professional career in Peru with his studies as a clinical psychologist and as a psychotherapist. Subsequently he worked from 1993-1997 as lecturer at the Catholic University of Peru and as a behavioral therapist. With the support of the DAAD, he completed his PhD in 2001 at the University of Tübingen, Germany. From 2002-2006 he worked as a research assistant in health psychology at the Institute of Sport Sciences, University of Stuttgart. From 2002-2005 he qualified as a psychotherapist at the Academy of Behavioral Therapy in Tübingen. Since October 2005 he is licensed as behavioral psychotherapist. From 2006-2013 he worked as clinical psychologist at the private Clinic Roseneck, where he gained more experience in the treatment of PTSD, complicated grief, chronic depression, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, tinnitus, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He completed his supervision training in 2012 at the Institute for Advanced Training in Clinical Behavioral Therapy, Bad Dürkheim. Since July 2012 he is recognized as supervisor in the Bavarian Private Academy of Psychotherapy and also since April 2014 in the Advanced Training Institute for Behavior Therapy and Applied Psychology (AWIP) in Ulm. In June 2013 he has received the certification as EuroPsy-psychologist at the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA). Since October 2013 he is working at the Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Ulm, as director of the Psychotherapeutical Outpatient Clinic. In 2014 he completed the training as behavior therapy-oriented self-discovery consultant in the Centre for psychotherapy of the Humboldt-University in Berlin. After two years of further education, he acquired the Baden-Württemberg-Certificate for University Didactic in 2017.

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  • Roberto Rojas
  • Director of the Psychotherapeutical Outpatient Clinic

    University of Ulm


    Roberto Rojas
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    Consultation hours

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Research interests

Depression and posttraumatic stress disorder

  • Psychic stress and resilience factors in employees of the emergency medical service
  • Biological and psychosocial markers of depressive disorders
  • Cognitive reactivity in chronic depressed patients
  • The impact of psychotherapeutic interventions on biological and psychosocial parameters of depressed and traumatized individuals (PTSD)
  • Emotional reactivity and stressful life-events as predictors of relapse in remitted depressed persons

Prolonged grief disorder

  • Etiology, symptomatology and treatment of prolonged grief disorder in adults, as well as children and adolescents

Chronic diseases

  • Effects of psychotherapy and exercise on the quality of life of persons with HIV and cancer

Awards

10/2016: Research Award of the German Society for Social Psychiatry for the project „Therapeutic procedures for patients with prolonged grief disorder“

Research experience

  • Since 10/2013: Director and academic assistant of the Psychotherapeutical Outpatient Clinic, at the Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Ulm
  • Since 01/2012: International consultant for the Research Department of the Catholic University of Peru (Universidad Católica del Perú), Lima
  • 01/2010-03/2013: Lecturer at the Institute of Psychology, Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger, University of Tübingen
  • Since 02/2008: Coordination of the study "Effects of cognitive and emotional reactivity in remitted depressed individuals" in collaboration with the University of Tübingen
  • 01/2006-12/2010: Translation consulting editor (spanish) for the “International Journal of Psychology”
  • 01/2002-06/2006: Research assistant at the Institute of Sport Sciences. Area: Behavior - Education - Health Promotion, Prof.  Dr. Wolfgang Schlicht, University of Stuttgart
  • 09/1997-12/2001: PhD studies in psychology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Prof. Dr. Martin Hautzinger, University of Tübingen
  • 01/1993- 09/1997: Lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Catholic University of Peru

Congress contributions

  • Rojas, R. & Rossi, R. (2018). If the grief does not want to end? Diagnosis and Treatment of prolonged Grief Disorder. Workshop at CIP Congress, 19.10.18, Fürstenfeld.
  • Rojas, R., Behnke, A., Karrasch, S., Conrad, D., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2018). The Impact of Coping on activity-related Stress in Rescue Services. Presentation at the 51st Congress of the German Psychological Society, 15.-20.09.18, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Rojas, R., Behnke, A., Conrad, D., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2018). Abuse, Mistreatment and Neglect in Childhood as a Risk Factor for the psychopathological Burden in the Rescue Service. Presentation at the 36th Symposium of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the DGPs, 10.-12.05.18, Landau.
  • Rojas, R. (2017). If the grief does not want to end? Diagnosis and Treatment of prolonged Grief Disorder. Presentation at the German Society for Social Psychiatry DGSP Congress, 24.11.17, Hamburg
  • Rojas, R. (2017). Therapy methods for the care of patients with prolonged grief disorder. Lecture as research Award winner 2016 at the Annual Conference of the German Society for Social Psychiatry, 24.11.2017, Hamburg.
  • Rojas, R. & Rossi, R. (2017). Group therapeutic treatment of prolonged grief disorder. Workshop at 10th Workshop Congress of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and 35th Symposium of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the German Psychological Society, 24.05.-27.05.17, Chemnitz.
  • Rojas, R., Ilg, T., Geissner, E. & Hautzinger, M. (2016). Effects of automatic thoughts and psychological flexibility on the depressive symptomatology and relapse probability of remitted depressive patients. Poster at the 50th Congress of the German Society for Psychology, 18.-22.09.16, Leipzig.
  • Rojas, R. & Rossi, R. (2015). Group therapy of prolonged grief disorder. Workshop at 9th Workshop Congress of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dresden.
  • Rojas, R., Geissner, E. & Hautzinger, M. (2014). Automatic negative thoughts, irrational attitudes and psychological inflexibility as predictors of relapse in remitted major depression patients. Poster at the 32nd Symposium of the Section for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the German Society for Psychology, Braunschweig.
  • Rojas, R., Geissner, E., Schirm, E. & Hautzinger, M. (2013). Effects of cognitive reactivity on the prediction of depressive relapse in remitted major depression patients. Presentation at 8th Workshop Congress of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Trier.
  • Rojas, R., Geissner, E., Schirm, E. & Hautzinger, M. (2012). Effects of emotional induced cognitive and emotional reactivity and stress events on the prediction of depressive relapse in remitted major depression patients. Presentation at 48th Congress of the German Society for Psychology, Bielefeld.
  • Rojas, R., Lumbeck, G. & Neuburger, R. (2011). By accepting the loss to new perspectives. Focus of the grief group. Lecture at the Psychological Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilian University, February, Munich.
  • Rojas, R., Geissner, E., Schirm, E. & Hautzinger, M. (2010). Effects of emotional induced cognitive and emotional reactivity and stress events on the prediction of depressive relapse in remitted major depression patients. Presentation at 47th Congress of the German Society for Psychology, Bremen.
  • Rojas, R. & Hautzinger, M. (2009). Cognitive reactivity in remitted major depression patients after a sad mood provocation. Poster presented at 27th Symposium of the Section for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Zurich.
  • Rojas, R., Hautzinger, M. Schlicht, W. (2008). Effects of psychotherapy and exercise training on psychosocial and physiological parameters of HIV -1 positive persons. Poster presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Berlin.
  • Rojas, R., Schlicht, W., Eimert, L. & Leidig , E. (2007). Influence of exercise on the body concept and the quality of life of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Presentation at the 8th Congress of Health Psychology, Schwäbisch Gmünd.
  • Rojas, R. (2006). Participation on the expert workshop: guideline for rehabilitation of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. German Federal Pension Insurance, Berlin.
  • Rojas, R., Schlicht, W., Eimert, L. & Leidig , E. (2003). Exercise and body self-image in adolescents and young adults with cancer. Presentation at Cancer Symposium, Frankfurt.
  • Rojas, R. & Schlicht, W. (2003). Factors affecting compliance in a sport intervention with HIV-1 infected patients. Presentation at Symposium of Prevention, Tübingen.
  • Rojas, R., Schlicht, W., Eimert, L. & Leidig , E. (2002). Exercise in Rehabilitation of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Presentation at Workshop “Psycho-oncology research - a positioning” of the Psycho-oncology Working Group of the German Cancer Society, Freiburg.

Selected publications

  • Gärtner, A., Behnke, A., Conrad, D., Kolassa, I., & Rojas, R. (2019). Emotion regulation in rescue workers: Differential relationship with perceived work-related stress and stress-related symptoms. Frontiers in Psychology, 1-12, (9), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02744
  • Herbert, C., Bendig, E. & Rojas, R. (2019). My sadness – our happiness: Writing about positive, negative, and neutral autobiographical life events reveals linguistic markers of self-positivity and individual well-being. Frontiers in Psychology, 1-13, (9), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02522
  • Rojas, R., Ilg, T. Geissner, E. & Hautzinger, M. (2016). Impact of automatic thoughts and psychological flexibility on depressive symptoms and on relapse of remitted depressed persons. Verhaltenstherapie, 26, 270-277.
  • Rosner, R.,  Pfoh, M., Rojas, R. et al. (2015). Prolonged Grief Disorder. A Treatment Manual. Hogrefe Verlag.
  • Rojas, R., Geissner, E., & Hautzinger, M. (2015). DAS-18 form A and form B: Development and psychometric evaluation of two short and comparable versions of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale. Diagnostica, 61, 173-183.
  • Rojas, R., Geissner, E., & Hautzinger, M. (2014). Cognitive reactivity and stressful life-events as predictors of relapse in remitted depressed persons. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie. 43(1), 17-26.
  • Rojas, R., Schlicht, W. & Hautzinger, M. (2004). Impact of compliance on the psychophysical effect of a exercise intervention in an HIV-1 positive population. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 11 (1), 2-9.
  • Rojas, R., Schlicht, W. & Hautzinger, M. (2003). Effects of exercise training on health-related quality of life, psychological well-being, immune status and cardiopulmonary fitness in an HIV-1 positive population. Journal of Sports & Exercise Psychology, 25, 440-455.
  • Rojas, R., Schlicht, W., Hautzinger, M., Escobar, L. & Bock, J. (2002). Exercise and Psychotherapy: Effects on psychosocial and physiological states in HIV-1 positive people. Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, 10 (4),147-156.
  • Rojas, R. (2001). Comparison among the effects of an exercise and a psychotherapie program on quality of life of HIV-1 positive people. Regensburg: S. Roderer Verlag.
  • Rojas, R. (2001). Two attitudes towards the disease and its impact on health. Magazine „La Jornada“. Suplemento „Letra S“: Salud, Sexualidad, SIDA, México, D.F., März.
  • Rojas, R., Kegelmann, R., Höfelein, M., Bader, A., Schlicht, W. & Hautzinger, M. (2000). The effects of an exercise program on quality of life, physical wellbeing and immune status in HIV-1 positive people. In N. H. Brockmeyer, R. Brodt, K. Hoffmann, G. Reimann, M. Stücker, & P. Altmeyer (Hrsg.), HIV-Infekt. (pp. 781-788), Berlin/Heidelberg.