M.Sc., MBA. Suchithra Varadarajan

Suchithra Varadarajan is a biopsychologist and an interdisciplinary mental health researcher with dual master’s degrees from India and Germany: 

M.Sc. Applied Psychology, Bharathiar University (2010);
MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility and Non-government Organization, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied sciences (2016).
Since 2019 she is engaged in interdisciplinary research and science communication at institute of Clinical and Biological Psychology, Ulm University.

Suchithra is a specialist in psychological stress- acute, chronic, and traumatic stress.




Suchithra Varadarajan
Doktorandin / Doctoral Student

Suchithra Varadarajan

Research Interest

  • Role of gut microbiota and mitochondria in stress regulation and mental health
  • Nutrition in the context of stress and mental health
  • Psychotraumatology (e.g., PTSD, dissociation, appetitive aggression)
  • Intergenerational transmission of traumatic stress
  • Stress regulatory and mental health benefits of greenspace exposure in urban population
  • Innovative therapeutic approaches for stress management (e.g., mindfulness, relaxation and nutrition-based approaches)
  • Cultural clinical psychology and culturally sensitive therapies
  • Community mental health- capacity building and cost-effective interventions to mitigate the treatment-gap in underprivileged communities across the globe


Varadarajan, S., Behnke, A., Gumpp, A. M., Mavioglu, R. N., Fissler, P., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2022). An integrative view on the biopsychology of stress and posttraumatic stress disorder. In U. Schnyder & M. Cloitre (Eds.), Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders (2nd ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97802-0_4

Varadarajan, S., Gumpp, A.M., & & Kolassa, I.-T. (2022). Biomolekulare Spuren von traumatischem Stress: Eine intergenerationale Perspektive und innovative therapeutische Ansätze. Brisch, K-H (Ed.). Trauma und Bindung zwischen den Generationen.Stuttgart,Germany: Klett-Cotta.

Herchet, M., Varadarajan, S., Kolassa, I.-T., & Hofmann, M. (2022). How Nature Benefits Mental Health – Empirical Evidence, Prominent Theories, and Future Directions. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie. https://doi.org/10.1026/1616-3443/a000674

Karrasch, S., Jung, J.A., Varadarajan, S., Kolassa, I.-T., Bongartz, W. (2022). Modern and traditional trance language: a comparison. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 65(2), 146-159. https://doi.org/10.1080/00029157.2022.2072703

Mischler, C., Hofmann, C., Behnke, A., Mattis, L., Lehnung, L., Varadarajan, S., Rojas, R., & Kolassa, I.-T., &Tumani,V. (2021). Therapists’ Experiences with the Effectiveness and Feasibility of Videoconference-Based Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.748712