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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gisch

Professor of Nutritional Psychology


© JLU / Rolf K. Wegst

Tel.: +49 (0)641 99-39100
University of Gießen
Zeughaus, Room 409
Senckenbergstraße 3
35390 Gießen
Consultation hours:
Wednesday, 9-10 am
(only on appointment)

Research areas

  • Psychological determinants of nutrition behavior and weight status
  • New interventions in the treatment of eating and weight disorders
  • Family and eating: Trans- and intragenerational effects
  • Sustainable nutrition behavior
  • Psychodynamic aspects of (pathological) eating and weight

For further information concerning the research areas, please see "Research”.





  • Robert, M., Allès, B., Gisch, U. A., Shankland, R., Hercberg, S., Touvier, M., Leys, C., & Péneau, S. (2024). Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between self-esteem and BMI depends on baseline BMI category in a population-based study. BMC Public Health24, 230.


  • Wortmann, H. R., Gisch, U. A., Jannasch, F., Knüppel, S., Bergmann, M. M., & Warschburger, P. (2023). Dyadic analysis of the relationship between food neophilia and dietary quality among older heterosexual couples: Findings from the NutriAct Family Study. Food Quality and Preference110, 104952.
  • Warschburger, P., Wortmann, H. R., Walter, L. P., Bergmann, M. M., & Gisch, U. A. (2023). Stability and longitudinal association between Body Mass Index and maladaptive eating behaviors in older adults: Results from the NutriAct Family Study (NFS). Eating Behaviors50, 101778.

  • Wortmann, H. R., Gisch, U. A., Bergman, M. M., & Warschburger, P. (2023). Exploring the Longitudinal Stability of Food Neophilia and Dietary Quality and Their Prospective Relationship in Older Adults: A Cross‐Lagged Panel Analysis. Nutrients, 15, 1248.


  • Warschburger, P., Wortmann H. R., Gisch U. A., Baer, N.-R., Schenk, L., Anton, V., & Bergmann, M. M. (2022). An experimental approach to training interoceptive sensitivity: Study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Nutrition Journal, 21:74. 
  • Gisch U. A., Ahlers, E., Lee, D., Heuser-Collier, I., & Somasundaram, R. (2022). A new volunteer program to enhance the quality of emergency department care for older patients with cognitive dysfunction. Geriatric Nursing, 48, 94-102.
  • Gisch, U. A., Robert, M., Berlin, N., Nebout, A., Etilé, F., Teyssier, S., Andreeva, V. A., Hercberg, S., Touvier, M., & Péneau, S. (2022). Mastery is associated with weight status, food intake, snacking and eating disorder symptoms in the NutriNet-Santé cohort study. Frontiers in Nutrition, 9:871669.
  • Robert, M., Allès, B., Gisch, U. A., Shankland, R., Hercberg, S., Touvier, M., Leys, C., & Péneau, S. (2022). Les associations transversales et longitudinales entre l’estime de soi et l’IMC dépendent de la catégorie d’IMC initiale dans la cohorte NutriNet-Santé. Nutrition Clinique et Métabolisme, 36, S87.
  • Gisch, U. A. & Warschburger, P. (2022). IES-2. Intuitive Eating Scale-2 – deutsche Version [Verfahrensdokumentation, Fragebogen und Auswertungssyntax]. In LeibnizInstitut für Psychologie (ZPID) (Hrsg.), Open Test Archive. Trier: ZPID.


  • Wortmann, H. R., Gisch, U. A., & Warschburger, P. (2021). Psychometric evaluation of the German version of the Variety Seeking Tendency Scale (VARSEEK). Food Quality and Preference, 94, 104319.
  • Schindke, C.*, Gisch, U. A.* & Gumz, A. (2021). Wie sollte Yoga in der Therapie der Anorexia nervosa ausgeführt werden? Eine qualitative Pilotstudie zu hilfreich erlebten Yoga-Strategien aus Sicht von Patientinnen [How Should Yoga in Anorexia Nervosa Treatment be Applied? A Qualitative Pilot Study on Yoga Strategies Perceived to be Beneficial from Patients' Perspective]. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie, 71(11), 446-455. *geteilte Erstautorenschaft 



  • Ruzanska, U. A. & Warschburger, P. (2019). Intuitive eating mediates the relationship between self-regulation and BMI - Results from a cross-sectional study in a community sample. Eating Behaviors, 33, 23–29.


  • Schwingshackl, L., Ruzanska, U., Anton, V., Wallroth, R., Ohla, K., Knüppel, S., Schulze, M. B., Pischon, T., Deutschbein, J., Schenk, L., Warschburger, P., Harttig, U., Boeing, H. & Bergmann, M. M. (2018). The NutriAct Family Study: a web-based prospective study on the epidemiological, psychological and sociological basis of food choice. BMC Public Health, 18, 963. 



  • Stein, J., Luppa, M., Ruzanska, U., Sikorski, C., Koenig, H. H. & Riedel-Heller, S. G. (2014). Measuring negative attitudes towards overweight and obesity in the German population - Psychometric properties and reference values for the German short version of the Fat Phobia Scale (FPS). PlosOne, 9(12):e114641.