Farnaz Keyvandarian
Tel.: +49 561 804-7740




1998 - 2003

Psychologie Studium

Universität Bern

2003 - 2006


Universität Bern

2004 - 2009

Psychotherapie-Weiterbildung (Approbation)

Universität Bern

2006 - 2012


Universität Bern

2009 - 2011

Post-doc für fortgeschrittene Forscher

University of Wisconsin, USA

2009 - 2020

Alliance in Adult Psychotherapy


2011 - 2015


Universität Zürich

2013 - 2015

Supervision-Weiterbildung (Approbation Supervision)

Universität Zürich

2015 - 2016

Dozentur für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

Universität Bern



Universität Zürich


Leitungsgremium der Fachgruppe Psychotherapie

Föderation der Schweizer Psycholog*innen

Seit 2022

Abteilungsleiter für Klinische Psychologie II

Universität Kassel

Seit 2013

Herausgeber (Wissenschaft-Forschungs-Netzwerk)

Psychotherapie im Dialog

Seit 2006

Ausbilder in Weiterbildungen (Psychotherapie / Gesundheitspsychologie / Positive Psychologie)

Schweiz, Deutschland,


Seit 2019

Editor-In-Chief (peer reviewed Wissenschaftszeitschrift)

Psychotherapy Research


SoSe 2023

  • Seminar: Berufsqualifizierende Tätigkeit II (BQT-II)
  • Forschungsseminar: Klinisches Forschungskolloquium
  • Vorlesung: Qualitätssicherung in der Psychotherapie
  • Vorlesung (Bachelor): Klinischen Psychologie & Allgemeine Verfahrenslehre

Wampold, B.E. & Flückiger, C. (2023). Alliance in mental health services – conceptualization, evidence, and clinical applications, World Psychiatry, 22(1), 25–41, doi: 10.1002/wps.21035

Flückiger, C., Munder, T., Del Re, A.C. & Solomonov, N. (in press). Strength -based methods – A comparative multilevel meta-analysis of positive interventions in clinical settings. [invited APA Task Force]. Psychotherapy Research. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2023.2181718

Vîslă, A., Probst, G. H. & Flückiger, C. (2023). Symptom severity in daily life, early response, and posttreatment changes in anxiety and depressive symptoms in generalized anxiety disorder. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. doi:

Wolfer, C., Hilpert, P. & Flückiger, C. (2023). Therapist interpersonal behavior: An investigation of various constructs and underlying abilities. Verhaltenstherapie, doi: 10.1159/000526953

Flückiger, C. (2022). Alliance - Aaron T. Beck Commemorative Special Issue. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice.

Lo Coco, G., Gullo, S., Albano, G., Brugnera, A., Flückiger, C., & Tasca, G. A. (2022). The alliance-outcome association in group interventions: A multilevel meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 90(6), 513–527.

Gómez-Penedo, J.-M. & Flückiger, C. (2022). Therapist perception of “interpersonally challenging” patients in generalized anxiety disorder? Patient, and therapist effects, baseline predictors and its association with outcome in cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy Research.

Allemand, M., Gmür, B. & Flückiger, C. (2022). Does extraversion increase following a three-hour flirt training? Exploring two experimental routes. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.

Nissen, M. K., Rüegger, D., Stieger, M., Flückiger, C., Allemand, M., Wangenheim, F. & Kowarsch, T. (2022). The effects of healthcare chatbot personas with different social roles on the client-chatbot bond and usage intentions: Development of a design codebook and web-based experiment. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Vîslă, A., Stadelmann, C., Watkins, E., Zinbarg, R. E., Flückiger, C. (2022). The relation between worry and mental health in nonclinical population and individuals with anxiety and depressive disorder: A meta-analysis. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 

Flückiger, C., Paul, C., Hilpert, P., Vîslă, A., Gómez-Penedo, J-M., Probst, G. H., Wampold, B.E. (2021). Estimating the reproducibility of psychotherapy effects in mood and anxiety disorders: the possible utility of multicenter trials. World Psychiatry. 20, 445-446,

Flückiger, C., Vîslă, A., Hilpert, P., Wolfer, C., Zinbarg, R. E., Lutz, W., grosse Holtforth, M., & Allemand, M. (2021). Exploring change in cognitive-behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder – A two-arms, patient blinded, ABAB crossed-therapist randomized clinical implementation trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Flückiger, C., Horvath, A. O. & Brandt, H. (2021). The evolution of patients’ concept of the alliance and its relation to outcome: A dynamic latent-class structural equation modelling approach. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Gómez Penedo, J. - M., Hilpert, P., grosse Holtforth, M., & Flückiger, C. (2021). Interpersonal cognitions as a mechanism of change in cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder? A multilevel dynamic structural equation model approach. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89(11), 898–908.

Del Re, A.C., Flückiger, C., Horvath, A. O. & Wampold, B. E. (2021). Therapist effects in the alliance-outcome relationship: A multilevel meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 89, 371-378.

Vîslă, A., Constantino, M. & Flückiger, C. (2021). Predictors of change in patient treatment outcome expectation during cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy. 

Wolfer, C., Hilpert, P. & Flückiger, C. (2021). How therapists' interpersonal behavior is perceived by their patients and close others: A longitudinal and cross-situational study. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

Stieger, M., Flückiger, C., Rüegger, D., Kowatsch, T., Roberts, B. W., Allemand, M. (2021). Changing personality traits with the help of a digital personality change interventionPNAS.

Flückiger, C., Wampold, B. E., Delgadillo, J., Rubel, J., Vîslă, A. & Lutz, W. (2020). Is there an evidence-based number of sessions in outpatient psychotherapy? A comparison of naturalistic conditions across countries. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics. doi:

Flückiger, C., Rubel, J., Del Re, A. C., ..., Barber, J. (2020). The reciprocal relationship between alliance and early treatment symptoms: A two-stage individual participant data meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Solomonov, N., Bress, J. N., Sirey, J. A., Flückiger, C., …, Alexopoulos, G. (2020). Modifiable predictors of non-response to a community intervention for late-life depression with executive dysfunction: A machine learning approach. Molecular Psychiatry.

Held, J., Vîslă, A., Wolfer, C., Zinbarg, R. E., & Flückiger, C. (2020). How do worry and clinical status impact working memory performance? An experimental investigation. BMC Psychiatry, 20, 317.

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A. C., Horvath, A. O., Solomonov, N. & Wampold, B. E. (2020). Assessing the alliance-outcome association adjusted for patient characteristics and treatment processes: A meta-analytic summary of direct comparisons. Journal of Counseling Psychology, doi: 10.1037/cou0000424

Penedo-Gomez, J. M., Babl, A., Krieger, T., Heinonen, E., Flückiger, C. & grosse Holtforth, M. (2020). Interpersonal agency and communion as predictors of the within-patient alliance effects on depression severity: A three-level hybrid random effects model. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 88(4), 338-349. doi:

Rubel, J., Hilpert, P., Wolfer, C., Held, J. Vîslă, A. & Flückiger, C. (2019). The working alliance in manualized CBT for generalized anxiety disorder: Does it lead to change and does the effect vary depending on manual implementation flexibility. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Podina, I. R., Visla, A. Fodor, L. A., & Flückiger, C. (2019). Is there a sleeper effect of exposure-based vs. cognitive-only intervention for anxiety disorder? A longitudinal multilevel meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. doi: 10.1037/j.cpr.2019.101774

Flückiger, C., Hilpert, P., Goldberg, S., Caspar, F., Wolfer, C., Held, J., Visla, A., (2019). Investigating the impact of aggregated early alliance on predicting distress versus subjective change at post treatment. Journal of Counseling Psychology.  doi: 10.1037/cou0000336

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A.C., Wampold, B. E. & Horvath, A. O. (2018). The Alliance in Adult Psychotherapy: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis. Psychotherapy.  (APA-Psychotherapy Most Valuable Paper Award) doi: 10.1037/pst0000172 

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A.C., Barth, J., Hoyt, W., Levitt, H., … ,  Wampold. B. E. (2018). How to conduct meta analyses in psychological interventions (MAP-24). Psychotherapy Research. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2018.1430390

Wampold, B. E., Flückiger, C., Del Re, A. C., Yulish, N. E., Frost, N. D., et al., (2017). In Pursuit of Truth:
 A Critical Examination of Meta-Analyses of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Psychotherapy Research. 27, 14-32. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1249433

Flückiger, C., Forrer, L., Schnider, B., Bättig, I., Bodenmann, G. & Zinbarg R. E. (2016).  A single-blinded, randomized clinical trial of how to implement an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for generalised anxiety disorder [IMPLEMENT] – Effects of three different strategies of implementation. EBioMedicine, 3, 163-171. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2015.11.049

Visla, A., Flückiger, C., Grosse Holtforth, M. & David, D. (2016). Irrational beliefs and psychological distress: A meta-analysis. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. doi: 10.1159/000441231

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A. C., & Wampold, B. E. (2015). The sleeper effect: Artifact or phenomenon – A brief comment on are the parts as good as the whole? A meta-analysis of component treatment studies (Bell, Marcus & Goodlad, 2013). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 83, 438-442. doi: 10.1037/a0037220

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A. C., Munder, T., Heer, S. & Wampold, B. E. (2014). Enduring effects of evidence-based psychotherapies in acute depression and anxiety versus treatment as usual at follow-up – A longitudinal meta-analysis.Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 367-375. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2014.05.001

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A.C., Horvath, A. O., Symonds, D., Ackert, M. & Wampold, B. E. (2013). Substance use disorders and racial/ethnic minorities matter: A meta-analytic examination of the relation between alliance and outcome. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 610-616. doi: 10.1037/a0033161

Flückiger, C., Del Re, A.C., Wampold, B. E., Symonds, D. & Horvath, A. O. (2012). How central is the alliance in psychotherapy? - A multilevel longitudinal meta-analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology59(1), 10-17. doi: 10.1037/a0025749

Del Re, A.C., Flückiger, C., Horvath, A. O., Symonds, D. & Wampold, B. E. (2012). Therapist effects in the therapeutic alliance-outcome relationship: A restricted-maximum likelihood meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. 32,642–649, doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2012.07.002

Flückiger, C. & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2008). Focusing the therapist's attention on the patient's strengths - A preliminary study to foster a mechanism of change in outpatient psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 64, 876-890

Wampold, B. E., Imel, Z. & Flückiger, C. (2018). Die Psychotherapie-Debatte: Was Psychotherapie wirksam macht [dt. Adaption of the Great Psychotherapy Debate]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Frank, R. & Flückiger, C. (Eds.) (2022). Therapieziel Wohlbefinden (4. Ed.). Berlin: Springer.

Flückiger, C. & Wüsten, G. (2021). Ressourcenaktivierung – Manual für Psychotherapie und Beratung (3. Ed.). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Flückiger, C., Wüsten, G., Zinbarg, R. E. & Wampold, B. E. (2010). Resource activation – Using the client’s own strengths in psychotherapy and counseling. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.

Flückiger, C., Köllner, V. & Schauenburg, H. (Eds.) (2022, Aug.). Angststörungen. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme. Book in press for publication.

Flückiger, C., Guthke, T. & Wilms, B. (Eds.) (2021). Neuropsychologie und Psychotherapie. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Broda, M. & Flückiger, C. (Eds.) (2020). Männer. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Rufer, M. & Flückiger, C. (Eds.) (2019). Praxis und Forschung im Diskurs - Essentials der Psychotherapie. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Flückiger, C. & Schauenburg, H. (Eds.) (2019). Therapeutische Kompetenz. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Flückiger, C. & Wiegand-Grefe, S. (Eds.) (2018). E-Mental Health. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Flückiger, C. & Köllner, V. (Eds.) (2017). Achtsamkeit und Selbstfürsorge in der Psychotherapie. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Flückiger, C. & Köllner, V. (Eds.) (2016). Arbeitswelt und psychische Störungen. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Brocsa, M. & Flückiger, C. (Eds.) (2015). Risiken in der Psychotherapie. Psychotherapie im Dialog. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Flückiger, C. (Ed.). Craske, M. & Barlow. D. (2015). Meistern Sie Angst und Sorgen. Generalisierte Angststörung bewältigen – Ein Patientenmanual. Bern: Hogrefe.

Flückiger, C., Wüsten, G., Zinbarg, R. E. & Wampold, B. E. (2010). Resource activation – Using the client’s own strengths in psychotherapy and counseling. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Flückiger ist Editor-In-Chief (2019-2024) der Wissenschaftszeitschrift Psychotherapy Research der international Society of Psychotherapy Reserach (Impact Factor: 3.77). Empirische Fachbeiträge können online eingereicht werden: