Ann-Kathrin Arend

Dr. Ann-Kathrin Arend

Department of Psychology
Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Tel.: +43 662 80445102


Twitter: @AnnKathrinArend

Consultation hour: on appointment
Research group: Eating Behavior Laboratory Salzburg


  • 2018-2022 PhD Psychology at the Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg
  • 2016-2018 Master Psychology at the Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg
  • 2013-2016 Bachelor Psychology at the Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg

Academic Position:

  • since 2022 Postdoc in the FWF-funded project “Cognitive affective Mechanisms of Food Biases Trainings” [P 34542-8] (50%) and at the Department of Psychology, Paris Lodron University Salzburg (50%)
  • 2018-2022 PhD student in the ERC-funded project “Transdiagnostic view on eating disorders and obesity and new approaches for treatment”; CCNS (Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience), Department of Psychology; Division of Health Psychology, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
  • 2018 Student assistant Department of Psychology; Division of Health Psychology, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg


Since my bachelor’s studies, I am interested in eating behavior. For my master thesis, I researched the interactive influences of social and emotional context factors on eating behavior in everyday life, applying ecological momentary assessment (EMA). My dissertation revolved around nomothetic (psychometric, experimental and naturalistic paradigms) and idiographic (Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions; JITAIs) approaches of emotional eating research across the eating disorder spectrum. My research focus still lies on emotional eating and potential moderating factors of the emotion-eating relationship in healthy, obese and eating disordered individuals. I employ smartphone based assessment and intervention technology (EMA, EMI, JITAI), experimental designs (emotion induction, picture ratings), psychophysiological measures (EMG, EOG, ECG) and clinical diagnostic interviews (SCID, EDE).

Key publications:

  • Arend, A.-K., Schnepper, R., Lutz, A. P. C., Eichin, K. N., & Blechert, J. (2022). Prone to food in bad mood—Emotion‐potentiated food‐cue reactivity in patients with binge‐eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 55(4), 564-569.  link.
  • Arend, A.-K., Blechert, J., Pannicke, B., & Reichenberger, J. (2021). Increased screen use on days with increased perceived COVID-19-related confinements–A day level ecological momentary assessment study. Frontiers in Public Health8, 1062.  link.
  • Reichenberger, J., Schnepper, R., Arend, A.-K. & Blechert, J. (2020). Emotional eating in healthy individuals and patients with an eating disorder – Evidence from psychometric, experimental and naturalistic studies. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 1-10.  link.
  • Reichenberger, J., Schnepper, R., Arend, A.-K., Richard, A., Voderholzer, U., Naab, S., & Blechert, J. (2021). Emotional eating across different eating disorders and the role of body mass, restriction, and binge eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 54(5), 773-784.  link.
  • Schnepper, R., Georgii, C., Eichin, K., Arend, A.-K., Wilhelm, F. H., Vögele, C., Lutz, A., Van Dyck, Z. & Blechert, J. (2020). Fight, flight, – or grab a bite! Trait emotional and restrained eating style predicts food cue responding under negative emotions. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14:91.  link.
  • Schnepper R, Richard A, Georgii C, Arend A.-K., Naab, S., Voderholzer, U., Wilhelm, F., H., Blechert, J. (2021). Bad mood food? Increased versus decreased food cue reactivity in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa during negative emotions. European Eating Disorders Review: the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 29(5), 756-769.   link.