Professor Andreas von Leupoldt

Speakers [2019]

Andreas von Leupoldt studied psychology at the University of Hamburg (Germany) where he also received his PhD (2003) and his Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (habilitation/venia legendi) for psychology (2007). He worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Physiological Sciences and the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention at the University of Florida, Gainesville (USA) between 2008 and 2010. Moreover, he worked as a Principal Investigator/Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Hamburg (Germany) and the Department of Systems Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany) between 2006 and 2013. Since 2013, he is Professor for Health Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

He is examining the interactions between psychology and the respiratory system in healthy individuals and in patients with respiratory disease (COPD, asthma) with a specific focus on bio-psycho-social aspects of breathlessness. He is specifically interested in how psychological factors such as affective states, personality traits, learning processes, attention and social aspects interact with the subjective experience and the neural processing of breathlessness as well as with the treatment of affected patients. Using a multi-modal approach, he is studying these interactions together with international collaborators from different disciplines (eg, rehabilitation sciences, pneumology, neurosciences) both in the lab and in clinical settings. In this regard, other aversive bodily sensations such as pain are also of great interest. The employed methods spectrum includes self-reports, behavioral studies, exercise tests, peripheral psychophysiological measurements, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography.