Peer-reviewed journal articles

Corso, A., Engel, H., Müller, F., Fiacco, S., Mernone, L., Gardini, E., Ehlert, U. & Fischer, S. (under review). Role of early life experiences in autoimmune thyroid diseases.

Pallich, G.*, Fischer, S.*, La Marca, R., grosse Holtforth, M. & Hochstrasser, B. (under revision). Post-awakening salivary alpha-amylase and cortisol as modulators of treatment response in patients with burnout and major depression.

Fischer, S., Schumacher, S. & Daniels, J. (accepted). Neurobiological changes in post-traumatic stress disorder and their reversibility by psychotherapy. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie.

Fischer, S. & Zilcha-Mano, S. (accepted). Why does psychotherapy work and for whom? Hormonal answers. Biomedicines.

Pfluger, V., Fischer, S., Maercker, A. & Thoma, M. V. (accepted). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Reactions to Somatic Stress Questionnaire (RSSQ). European Journal of Health Psychology.

Enticott, J., Singh Gill, J., Bacon, S. L., Lavoie, K. L., Epstein, D. S., Dawadi, S., Teede, H. J., Boyle, J. & the iCARE study team (2022). Attitudes towards vaccines and intention to vaccinate against COVID-19: a cross-sectional analysis – implications for public health communications in Australia. BMJ Open, 12, e057127.

Euteneuer, F., Neubert, M., Salzmann, S., Fischer, S., Ehlert, U. & Rief, W. (2022). Does psychological treatment for depression reduce cardiac risk biomarkers? An exploratory randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine.

Fischer, S., Kuebler, U., Abbruzzese, E., Breymann, C., Mernone, L. & Ehlert, U. (2022). Endogenous oestradiol and progesterone as predictors of human papillomavirus (HPV) persistence. BMC Cancer, 22, 145.

Fischer, S., Skoluda, N., Ali, N., Nater, U. M. & Mewes, R. (2022). Hair cortisol levels in women with medically unexplained symptoms. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Lavoie, K., Gosselin-Boucher, V., Stojanovic, J., Gupta, S., Gagné, M., Joyal-Desmarais, K., Séguin, K., Sheinfled Gorin, S., Ribeiro, P., Voisard, B., Vallis, M., Corace, K., Presseau, J., Bacon, S. L. & the iCARE study team (2022). Understanding national trends in COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy in Canada: results from five sequential cross-sectional representative surveys spanning April 2020-March 2021. BMJ Open, 12, e05941.

Amiel Castro, R., Ehlert, U. & Fischer, S. (2021). Variation in genes and hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis in female mood disorders - systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.

Bacon, S. L., Lavoie, K. L., Boyle, J., Stojanovic, J., Joyal-Desmarais, K. & the iCARE study team (2021). International assessment of the link between COVID-19 related attitudes, concerns and behaviours in relation to public health policies: optimising policy strategies to improve health, economic and quality of life outcomes (the iCARE Study). BMJ Open, 11, e046127.

Enticott, J., Slifirski, W., Lavoie, K. L., Bacon, S. L., Teede, H. J., Boyle, J. & the iCARE study team (2021). Knowledge, attitude, and self-reported practice towards measures for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 among Australians: a nationwide online longitudinal representative survey. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 630189.

Fischer, S., Haas, F. & Strahler, J. (2021). A systematic review of thermosensation and thermoregulation in anxiety disorders. Frontiers in Physiology, 12, 784943.

Fischer, S., Schumacher, T., Knaevelsrud, C., Ehlert, U. & Schumacher, S. (2021). Genes and hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in post-traumatic stress disorder. What is their role in symptom expression and treatment response? Journal of Neural Transmission, 128, 1279-86.

Kothgassner, O. D., Pellegrini, M., Goreis, A., Giordano, V., Edobor, J., Fischer, S., Plener, P. L., & Huscsava, M. (2021). Hydrocortisone administration for reducing post-traumatic stress symptoms: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Kuebler, U., Fischer, S., Mernone, L., Abbruzzese E., Breymann, C. & Ehlert, U. (2021). Is stress related to the presence and persistence of oncogenic human papilloma virus in young women? BMC Cancer, 21, 419.

Levi, E.*, Fischer, S.*, Fisher, H., Admon, R. & Zilcha-Mano, S. (2021). Patient and therapist in-session cortisol as predictor of post-session patient reported affect. Brain Sciences, 11, 1483.

Markopoulou, K.*, Fischer, S.*, Papadopoulos, A., Poon, L., Rane, L., Fekadu, A. & Cleare, A.J. (2021). Comparison of hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal function in treatment resistant unipolar and bipolar depression. Translational Psychiatry.

Stojanovic, J., Raparelli, V., Boccia, S., Bacon, S. L., Lavoie, K. L. & the iCARE study team (2021). Public perceptions and behavioural responses to the first COVID-19 pandemic wave in Italy: results from the iCARE study. European Journal of Public Health, 31, 1270-1277.

Stojiljkovic-Drobnjak, S., Fischer, S., Arnold, M., Langhans, W., Kuebler, U. & Ehlert, U. (2021). Dysfunctional eating behaviour and leptin in middle-aged women - role of menopause and a history of anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28, 641-6.

von Salis, S., Ehlert, U. & Fischer, S. (2021). Altered experienced thermoregulation in depression - no evidence for an effect of early life stress. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 620656.

Fischer, S.*, Schumacher, S.*, Skoluda, N. & Strahler, J. (2020). Fingernail cortisol - state of research and future directions. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.

Laferton, J. A. C., Fischer, S., Ebert, D. D., Stenzel, N. & Zimmermann, J. (2020). The influence of stress beliefs on daily stress responses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54, 258-67.

Schumacher, S. & Fischer, S. (2020). What can biological markers do for behavior therapy? Verhaltenstherapie, 30, 5-7.



Fischer, S., Ehlert, U. & Amiel Castro, R. (2019). Hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis in male depressive disorders - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.

Duncko, R.*, Fischer, S.*, Hatch, S. L., Frissa, S., Goodwin, L., Papadopoulos, A., Cleare, A. J. & Hotopf, M. (2019). Recurrence of depression in relation to history of childhood trauma and hair cortisol concentration in a community based sample. Neuropsychobiology, 78, 48-57.

Fischer, S. & Ehlert, U. (2019). Psychneuroendocrinology and clinical psychology. Clinical Psychology in Europe, 1, 33030.

Fischer, S., Gardini, E. S., Haas, F. & Cleare, A. J. (2019). Polymorphisms in genes related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and antidepressant response - systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 96, 182-96.

Fischer, S., Obrist, R. & Ehlert, U. (2019). How and when to use dried blood spots in psychoneuroendocrinological research. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 108, 190-6.

Fischer, S., Spoerri, C., Gmuer, A., Wingeier, M., Nater, U.M., Gaab, J., Ehlert, U. & Ditzen, B. (2019). Psychobiological impact of speaking a second language in healthy young men. Stress, 22, 403-7.

Fischer, S., Strahler, J., Markert, C., Skoluda, N., Doerr, J. M., Kappert, M. & Nater, U. M. (2019). Effects of acute psychosocial stress on the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyorid (HPT) axis. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Stojiljkovic-Drobnjak, S., Fischer, S., Arnold, M., Langhans, W. & Ehlert, U. (2019). Menopause is associated with decreased postprandial ghrelin, whereas a history of anorexia nervosa is associated with increased total ghrelin. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 31, e12661.



Fischer, S. & Ehlert, U. (2018). Hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis functioning in anxiety disorders. A systematic review. Depression and Anxiety, 35, 98-110.

Fischer, S., King, S., Papadopoulos, A., Young, A. H., Hotopf, M. & Cleare, A. J. (2018). Hair cortisol and childhood trauma predict psychological therapy response in depression and anxiety disorders. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 138, 526-35.

Fischer, S., Markert, C., Strahler, J., Doerr, J. M., Skoluda, N. & Nater, U. M. (2018). Thyroid functioning and fatigue in women with functional somatic syndromes – role of early life adversity. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 564.

Herane Vives, A., Cleare, A. J, Chang, C.-K., de Angel, V., Papadopoulos, A., Fischer, S., Halari, R., Cheung, E. & Young, A. H. (2018). Cortisol levels in fingernails, neurocognitive performance and clinical variables in euthymic bipolar I disorder. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 19, 633-44.

Herane Vives, A., Fischer, S., de Angel, V., Wise, T., Cheung, E., Arnone, D., Chua, C.-K., Young, A. H. & Cleare, A. J. (2018). Elevated fingernail cortisol levels in major depressive episodes. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 88, 17-23.

Noser, E., Fischer, S., Ruppen, J. & Ehlert, U. (2018). Psychobiological stress in vital exhaustion. Findings from the Men Stress 40+ study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 105, 14-20.

Strahler, J. & Fischer, S. (2018). Diurnal cortisol and alpha-amylase in the daily lives of older adults with vital exhaustion. Physiology & Behavior, 185, 39-45.



Doerr, J. M., Fischer, S., Nater, U. M. & Strahler, J. (2017). Influence of stress systems and physical activity on different dimensions of fatigue in female fibromyalgia patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 93, 55-61.

Fischer, S. & Cleare, A. J. (2017). Cortisol as a predictor of psychological therapy response in anxiety disorders – systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 47, 60-8.

Fischer, S.*, Duncko, R.*, Hatch, S. L., Papadopoulos, A., Goodwin, L., Frissa, S., Hotopf, M. & Cleare, A. J. (2017). Sociodemographic, lifestyle, and psychosocial determinants of hair cortisol – evidence from a South London community sample. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 76, 144-53.

Fischer, S., Macare, C. & Cleare, A. J. (2017). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning as predictor of antidepressant response – meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 83, 200-11.

Fischer, S., Nater, U. M., Strahler, J., Skoluda, N., Dieterich, L, Özcan, O. & Mewes, R. (2017). Psychobiological impact of ethnic discrimination in Turkish immigrants living in Germany. Stress, 20, 167-74.

Fischer, S., Strawbridge, R., Herane Vives, A. & Cleare, A. J. (2017). Cortisol as a predictor of psychological therapy response in depressive disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 210, 105-9.



Fischer, S., Doerr, J. M., Strahler, J., Mewes, R. & Nater, U. M. (2016). Stress exacerbates pain in the everyday lives of women with fibromyalgia syndrome – the role of cortisol and alpha-amylase. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 68-77.

Fischer, S., Nater, U. M. & Laferton, J. A. C. (2016). Negative stress beliefs predict increased somatic symptoms in students under academic stress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 746-51.

Klaus, K., Fischer, S., Doerr, J. M., Nater, U. M. & Mewes, R. (2016). Classifying fibromyalgia as a psychiatric disorder? An ambulatory assessment study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24, 230-8.

Laferton, J. A. C., Stenzel, N. & Fischer, S. (2016). The Beliefs About Stress Scale (BASS): development, reliability, and validity. International Journal of Stress Management.

Witthöft, M., Fischer, S., Jasper, F., Rist, F. & Nater, U. M. (2016). Clarifying the latent structure and correlates of somatic symptom distress: A bifactor model approach. Psychological Assessment, 28, 109-15.


2015 and before

Linnemann, A., Kappert, M., Fischer, S., Doerr, J. M., Strahler, J. & Nater, U. M. (2015). The effects of music listening on pain and stress in the daily life of fibromyalgia patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 434.

Skoluda, N., Strahler, J., Schlotz, W., Niederberger, L., Marques, S., Fischer, S., Thoma, M. V., Spoerri, C., Ehlert, U. & Nater, U. M. (2015). Intra-individual psychological and physiological responses to acute laboratory stressors of different intensity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 51, 227-36.

Fischer, S., Lemmer, G., Gollwitzer, M. & Nater, U. M. (2014). Stress and resilience in functional somatic syndromes – a structural equation modeling approach. PLOS ONE, 9, e111214.

Fischer, S. & Nater, U. M. (2014). Functional somatic syndromes: Asking about exclusionary medical conditions results in decreased prevalence and overlap rates. BMC Public Health, 14, 1034.

Fischer, S., Gaab, J., Ehlert, U. & Nater, U. M. (2013). Prevalence, overlap, and predictors of functional somatic syndromes in a student sample. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 184-93.

Fischer, S. & Nater, U. M. (2013). Aetiopathogenetic factors in functional somatic syndromes. Verhaltenstherapie & Verhaltensmedizin, 34, 419-43.

Jasper, F., Nater, U. M., Hiller, W., Ehlert, U., Fischer, S. & Witthöft, M. (2013). Rasch scalability of the somatosensory amplification scale: A mixture distribution approach. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 74, 469-78.

Strahler, J.*, Fischer, S.*, Nater, U.M., Ehlert, U. & Gaab, J. (2013). Norepinephrine and epinephrine responses to physiological and pharmacological stimulation in chronic fatigue syndrome. Biological Psychology, 94, 160-6.

Fischer, S. & Nater, U. M. (2012). Functional somatic syndromes - conceptualisation, epidemiology, and treatment. Zeitschrift für Medizinische Psychologie, 21, 148-60.

Nater, U. M., Fischer, S. & Ehlert, U. (2011). Stress as a pathophysiological factor in functional somatic syndromes. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 7, 152-69.

Nater, U. M., Fischer, S., Latanzio, S., Ruoss, D. & Gaab, J. (2011). FFSS - Questionnaire on functional somatic syndromes. Verhaltenstherapie, 21, 263-5.

*Shared first authorship

Book chapters

Mernone, L., Fischer, S. & Ehlert, U. (submitted). Neurobiologie der Resilienz, eine frauenspezifische Perspektive. In F. Fiebach, M. Fingerle & S. Forstmeier (Hrsg.), Neuropsychologie der Resilienz. Berlin: Springer.

Knobel, A., Hanusch, K., Auen, N., Rübener, F., Fischer, S., Borzim, C., Heinz, A. & Schäfer, M. (in press). Whole-body hyperthermia in psychiatry. In P. Vaupel (Ed.), Water-filtered Infrared wIRA Irradiation: From Principles to Clinical Practice. Introduction. Berlin: Springer.

Fischer, S. (2021). The hypothalamus in anxiety disorders. In D. F. Swaab, F. Kreiner, P. J. Lucassen, A. Salehi & R. M. Buijs, Handbook of Clinical Neurology. The Human Hypothalamus: Middle and posterior hypothalamus. Elsevier.

Fischer, S., Mernone, L. & Ehlert, U. (2020). Resilienzforschung. In U. Egle, C. Heim, B. Strauss & R. von Känel (Hrsg.), Psychosomatische Medizin. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

Fischer, S. & Nater, U. M. (2020). Stress-related disorders. In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (2nd edition). New York: Springer.

Suess, H. & Fischer, S. (2020). Resilience: Measurement. In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (2nd edition). New York: Springer.

Nater, U. M., Fischer, S. & Mewes, R. (2016). Funktionelle Syndrome und Beschwerden. In U. Ehlert (Eds.), Verhaltensmedizin. Heidelberg: Springer.

Strahler, J. & Fischer, S. (2015). Stress. Leading Opinions Neurologie & Psychiatrie, 4, 38-41.

Fischer, S. & Nater, U. M. (2015). Autonomic Nervous System. In W. Rief & P. Henningsen (Eds.), Psychosomatik und Verhaltensmedizin. Stuttgart: Schattauer.

Fischer, S. & Nater, U. M. (2014). Illness perception and management in chronic fatigue syndrome. In C. Hudson (Ed.), Chronic fatigue syndrome: Risk factors, management and impact on daily life. Hauppauge: NOVA Science Publishers.

Fischer, S. (2013). Resilience: Measurement. In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 1673-5). New York: Springer.