Prof. Dr.
Christina Stadler

Senior psychologist Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, head of the day clinic of the UPK-KJ and head of the research department

University Psychiatric Clinic Basel

Phone +41 61 325 82 00



Research Focus


Area of Research

My special interest lies in investigating the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of deficits in emotion processing in mental health disorders, e.g. Disruptive Behaviour Disorders or autism. From my clinical experience, it seems evident that for example children and youths with Disruptive Behaviour Disorder have difficulties in understanding and regulating their emotions. However, as these children are characterized by very heterogeneous symptomatology, my team aimed to clarify whether specific neurocognitive and neurobiological correlates are related to various clinical subtypes, e.g. hot-tempered or cold-blooded aggression. In cooperation with national and international experts in the field (see for example ( we investigate the interplay between psychosocial and neurobiological risk factors on maladjustment in patients and in typically developing adolescents by using psychophysiological, endocrinological, and neurocognitive assessment tools. Currently, we are also highly interested in better understanding early individual, environmental, and societal risk factors contributing to deficient learning of emotion processing, including the use of digital media. Finally, we are working on further developing and testing more tailored intervention approaches for various vulnerable patient groups (e.g. adolescents in youth welfare institutions, and migrants) aiming to enhance emotion regulation and resilience.

Approved Research Projects

  • SNF funding (December 2013 - July 2017) Neural correlates of emotion processes in adolescents with conduct disorder
  • FP7 EU funding (October 2013 – September 2018): Neurobiology and Treatment of Adolescent Female Conduct Disorder: The Central Role of Emotion Processing ( Collaborating partner in the cross-sectional and longitudinal trial, PI of the RCT multi-center intervention trial investigating the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral intervention in CD and studying neural correlates of emotion processing pre/post to intervention


National Collaborations

International Collaborations

  • femNAT consortium (
  • ENIGMA Antisocial Behaviour (

Ongoing Research Projects

  • SNF funding (September 2019 – August 2022): Investigating the specificity of neuronal correlates for emotion processing deficits in conduct disorder and autism spectrum disorders
  • Bundesamt für Justiz (April 2020 – Dezember 2024): Modellversuch – Entwicklung und Überprüfung einer e-Version des Skillstraining START NOW
  • Gertrud Thalmann Fond (Februar 2023 –Dezember 2025): Adapting and testing the efficacy of culturally-adapted mental health interventions for conflict-affected migrant populations
  • Forschungsfonds University of Basel (January 2021 – July 2023): Study on Mobile Phone Addiction, Relationship Ties, Social Interactions, Emotion Regulation, and Stress (SMARTIES)

Research Team

Dr. Eva Unternährer

Senior Researcher

Phone +41 61 325 80 30

Stefan Weiss


Phone +41 61 325 82 99

Madlaina Kapoor

Psychologist/ Research Assistant

Phone +41 61 325 80 34

Dr. Donja Brunner

Senior Researcher

Phone +41 61 325 80 31

Dr. Chilla Chiara

Psychologist/ Researcher

Phone  -

Antonia Tkalcec

Doctoral Researcher

Phone +41 61 325 82 96

Andreas Papageorgiou


Phone +41 61 325 82 98

Valentine Savary

Research Assistant

Phone  -

Lyla Schwartz

Doctoral Researcher

Phone +41 61 325 80 48