Dr. Julia Reichenberger
Senior Scientist

Department of Psychology
Hellbrunner Strasse 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Tel.: +43 662 80445106

Office hours: by appointment
Research Group:  Eating Behavior Laboratory


  • 2014-2017 PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Salzburg.
  • 2011-2014 Master studies in Psychology at the University of Salzburg
  • 2008-2011 Bachelor studies in Psychology at the University of Salzburg

Academic Positions:

  • Since 2019 Senior Scientist at the Department of Psychology at the University of Salzburg.
  • 2017-2020 Postdoc in the ERC project NewEat, University of Salzburg.


I study eating behaviors in different populations (individuals with or without eating disorders, with or without overweight/obesity) and here I am particularly interested in predictors of overeating or binge eating, such as emotions, stress, or craving. In addition, I examine fear of negative and positive evaluation as components of social anxiety disorder. For this, I use smartphone surveys in everyday life, questionnaires (e.g. Salzburg Stress Eating Scale), as well as experimental paradigms (e.g. social-evaluative videos, E.Vids) with subjective as well as psychophysiological measures.

Key publications:

  • 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, 79, 290-299.
  • Reichenberger, J., Wiggert, N., Wilhelm, F. H., Liedlgruber, M., Voderholzer, U., Hillert, A., Timmer, B., & Blechert, J. (2019). Fear of negative and positive evaluation and reactivity to social-evaluative videos in social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 116, 140-148.
  • Reichenberger, J., & Blechert, J. (2018). Malaise with praise: A narrative review of 10 years of research on the concept of Fear of Positive Evaluation in social anxiety. Depression and Anxiety, 35(12), 1228-1238.
  • Reichenberger, J., Kuppens, P., Liedlgruber, M., Wilhelm, F.H., Tiefengrabner, M., Ginzinger, S., & Blechert, J. (2018). No haste, more taste: An EMA study of the effects of stress, negative and positive emotions on eating behavior. Biological Psychology, 131, 54-62.
  • Reichenberger, J., Richard, A., Smyth, J. M., Fischer, D., Pollatos, O., & Blechert, J. (2018). It’s craving time: time-of-day effects on momentary hunger and craving in a naturalistic study. Nutrition, 55-56, 15-20.