Elisa Berdica

 

Postal Address
Universität Mannheim
Lehrstuhl für Klinische und Biologische
Psychologie und Psychotherapie
68131 Mannheim

Campus Address
L13,17,
2. Floor Room 211

Phone: +49 (0)621 181-2193
E-Mail: eberdica@mail.uni-mannheim.de

Office hours: by arrangement


 

Education

2005 - 2008

B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Shkodra, Albania
Thesis: Sexuality in Adolescence

2008 - 2010

M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, University of Bologna, Italy
Thesis: Personality traits and Psychological Well-being

Since Sept. 2011

PhD Student, University of Mannheim, Germany
Scholarship awarded by the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science


 

Research Interests

  • Anxiety disorders (specific phobias, social phobia, panic disorder)
  • Processing of emotional visual information, attention, attentional bias
  • Methods: Eye tracking, EEG

 

Teaching

  • "Diversity in clinical psychology: Cross-cultural differences in therapy, research, and beyond." Seminar: Q2 Ausgewählte Probleme der Klinischen Psychologie II (FSS 2015)
  • "Emotions: Everyday life aspects and psychopathology" Seminar: P2 Schwerpunkte der Klinischen Psychologie (FSS 2014)


Publications

Berdica, E., White, A.J., Gerdes, A.B, Alpers, G.W., Attention to threat-related animals and faces: an eye-tracking study. Status: In preparation.

Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B.M., & Alpers, G.W. (2017). A Comprehensive Look at Phobic Fear in Inhibition of Return: Spiders as Cues and Targets. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 54, 158-164.

Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B.M., Pittig, A., & Alpers, G.W. (2014) “Inhibition of Return in Fear of Spiders: Discrepant Eye Movement and Reaction Time Data,” Journal of Ophthalmology, Article ID 183924, 8 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/183924

Berdica, E., & Kavcioglu, F.C. (2013). Aufmerksamkeitstraining bei Sozialer Ängstlichkeit,
Verhaltenstherapie & Verhaltensmedizin, 34 (2), 201-203.


Conference participation

2016

Berdica, E., White, A.J., Gerdes, A.B, Bublatzky, F., Alpers, G.W., (July 2016) Attention to threat-related animals and faces: an eye-tracking study. Poster presentation at the CERE (Consortium of European Research on Emotion Conference, Leiden, Netherlands.

2015

Berdica, E., Alpers, G.W.,  Dyer, A., Bublatzky, F., (October 2015) Attentional biases toward pictures of overweight bodies: An ERP study, 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Seattle, USA.

Berdica, E., White, A.J., Gerdes, A.B, Bublatzky, F., Kavcioglu, F.C., Alpers, G.W., (September 2015) "Attention to threat vs. safety: an eye-tracking study", 45 Annual Conference of EABCT, Jeruzalem, Israel.

Berdica, E., Alpers, G.W.,  Dyer, A., Bublatzky, F., (May 2015) Visual and verbal cues in body perception: An ERP study. Poster presentation at the 33. Symposium of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dresden, Germany. 


2014

Berdica, E., White, A.J., Bublatzky, F., Gerdes, A.B., Alpers, G.W., (September 2014) Attention to faces vs. spiders in an eye-tracking study. Poster presentation at the 54th Annual meeting of the Society of Psychophysiological Research. Atlanta, USA.

Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B., Pittig, A., Alpers, G.W., (March 2014) Does emotion drive attention? Evidence from inhibition of return. Poster presentation at the CERE (Consortium of European Research on Emotion Conference) Berlin, Germany.

2013:

Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B., Alpers, G.W. (2013) Inhibition of return in discrimination: An eye-tracking study. Poster presentation at the SPR (53th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research). Florence, Italy


Berdica, E., Alpers, G.W. (2013) Novel research methods in clinical psychology: Implementation of eye-tracking methodology in the laboratory. Presentation at the ICRAE  (1st International conference on research and education challenges towards the future). Shkoder, Albania


Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B., Alpers, G.W. (2013) Fear and inhibition of return. Does the target matter? Poster presentation at the TEAP (55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists). Wien, Austria


2012:

Pittig, A., Craske, M.G., Alpers, G.W., & Berdica, E., (2012) A learning account of avoidance: The impact of fear conditioning on decision-making. Poster presentation at the SPR (52th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research). New Orleans, USA.

Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B., Alpers, G.W. (2012) Is inhibition of return stable even in phobia-related cues?. Poster presentation at the Symposium of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. Luxembourg.

Berdica, E., Gerdes, A.B., Alpers, G.W. (2012) Inhibition of Return with emotional stimuli. Poster presentation at the TEAP (54th Conference of Experimental Psychologists). Mannheim, Germany.


Training

2013: LETA eye-tracking intensive course - Lund, Humanities Lab, Sweeden

2012: I CRAE Summer School on EEG and ERP signal processing - University of Porto, Portugal