Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy

Cara Luisa Wicher, M.Sc.

Graduate Student (currently on internship)
Tel.: 0202-439 5509
Room: RG3.03.025

I study social and emotional risk and protective factors of self-harm (i.e., non-suicidal self-injury; suicidal thoughts and behaviors) in childhood and adolescence (e.g., loneliness, connectedness with peers, emotion regulation). Because encouraging individuals to “reach out” and disclose self-harming thoughts or behaviors to those around them is key to suicide prevention, I am particularly interested to better understand circumstances under which youth feel safe to share intentions of self-harm and what may help them overcome suicidal crises in everyday life (e.g., reasons for living). To reliably investigate these rare but potentially consequential phenomena, I use intensive longitudinal data to capture relevant processes and their fluctuations via Ecological Momentary Assessment in youths’ everyday lives.

Academic background

since 01/2024 Clinical Internship, Psychotherapeutic Practice, Wuppertal
since 01/2024 Graduate Student at the University of Wuppertal, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy
01/2023 – 12/2023 Clinical Internship, Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic Medicine and Neurology, Evangelical Foundation Tannenhof, Remscheid
since 01/2023 Clinical Training (Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy), APP Cologne
12/2022 – 12/2023 Research Assistant, Chair of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Kaurin), University of Wuppertal
somce 12/2022 Doctoral Studies, School for Human and Social Sciences, University of Wuppertal
2021 – 2022 Research Assistant, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany (Jun.-Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Kaurin)
2019 – 2022 Student Clinician, Pediatric Outpatient Psychiatry Service, Klinik Walstedde, Drensteinfurt, Germany
2021 – 2022 Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
2017 – 2021 Bachelor of Science Psychology, University of Cologne, Germany

Recent preregistrations

Wicher, C. L., Kaurin, A., Dombrovski, A., Hallquist, M., Buecker, S., & Wright, A. G. C. (2023). Daily loneliness and suicidal ideation. 

Last modified: 08.01.2024

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