Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory

Department of Psychology                  Director: Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D
Boston University


Dr. Hofmann received the 2021 Humboldt Professorship, the most-highly endowed German research prize (5 Million Euros), and the 2021 LOEWE Spitzenprofessur (2.52 million Euros), to conduct research on translational clinical psychology for 5 years at the Philipps-University Marburg in Germany. He will not be accepting any new students or staff in Boston until 2026, but he is currently inviting staff and students to work with him in Germany.

Dr. Hofmann


    • Dr. Hofmann in HHReporter speaking on social anxiety in the work place

    • Check out this TWU lecture by Dr. Hofmann on Process Based Therapy!

    • Dr. Hofmann discusses embracing our core competencies in the Psychotherapy Networker

    • Check out Dr. Hofmann recently featured in TIME magazine

    • Another Guardian piece featuring Dr. Hofmann on ways to get talking to strangers!

    • Dr. Hofmann featured in the Guardian discussing social anxiety during lockdown

    • Check out Dr. Hofmann discuss dealing with social anxiety in meetings, featured in the Atlantic!

    • Dr. Hofmann recently featured on Spotify and Apple Podcasts

    • NYT piece featuring Dr. Hofmann

    • Check out Dr. Hofmann's latest podcast on Simple CBT and Mindfulness Strategies to Overcome Anxiety, Fear, and Worr‪y‬

    • Dr. Hofmann has been elected as an AAAS fellow! Check it out here

    • Congrats to Dr. Hofmann for being elected as a 2020 AAAS Fellow!

    • Check out Dr. Hofmann quoted in this Vice piece on a new app for weight loss 

    • Dr. Hofmann quoted in the New York Times on coping with the pandemic this fall

    • Interview with Dr. Hofmann on Mechanisms and Effective Interventions for social Anxiety

    • The New York Times features Dr. Hofmann in an article on the negative impact COVID-19 has had on social interaction
    • Dr. Hofmann is featured in a Medscape article about the timing of D-cycloserine administration.
    • The Atlantic features Dr. Hofmann in an article about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Dr. Hofmann speaks about Process Based Therapy on the Better Thinking Podcast.

Student News

Previous News
    • WBUR features Dr. Hofmann on Understanding how Anxiety Might be Different for Men
    • A Newsweek article on our scientific understanding of anxiety and how treatment strategies must catch up
    • Dr. Eric Morris features Dr. Hofmann and Dr. Hayes' views on Process Based CBT in his blog
    • An interview with the ACT Argentina Blog about Dr. Hofmann's background and current research
    • The Moth Podcast features Dr. Hofmann on "Talking to Strangers"
    • Dr. Hofmann is featured in The Stress-less Life Podcast episode on happiness
    • The Stress-less Life Podcast features Dr. Hofmann in the episode on social anxiety
    • An article in the Washington Post on the increase in sales of books on stress and anxiety
    • A Beehive article on talking with a friend about depression
    • A Daily Mail article on talking to strangers
    • Dr. Hofmann was featured on the podcast ON POINT to discuss psychologist Enrico Gnaulati's book "Saving Talk Therapy"
    • An article on panic attacks and panic disorder
    • The Guardian's article on overcoming social anxiety
    • A STAT News article on a startup's controversial idea to market propranolol 
    • Today's article on strategies that help deal with stress and anxiety
    • An article on PsyPost discussing the impact of treatment on patients' quality of life
    • An article at US News on how social anxiety impacts career
    • An article in Alghad News on the impact of digital anxiety
    • Business Wire's article on the James S. McDonnell 2016 21st Century Science Initiative awards
    • Image's article on combating social anxiety
    • 2016 ABCT Gold Challenge to raise funds for Student Travel and Research! Click here to watch
    • W.O. McCormick's Academic Day on the theme "Psychotherapies in Clinical Practice: A Potpourri". Click here to watch
    • Dr. Hofmann was awarded the Academy of Cognitive Therapy's 2015 Aaron T. Beck award, which honors significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. Read here
       and listen to his conversation with Dr. Hayes after the award.
    • South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group interviewed Dr. Hofmann on how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be used effectively in the treatment of illnesses such as obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, depression, and anxiety. Click here to read the article. Click here and here to watch two of the interviews.
    • Nature on the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression
    • The IOL Daily News story on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy reducing mental health costs
    • Guest lecture on emotion and health as a part of Professor June Gruber's "Human Emotion" video series at Yale University. Click here to watch.  
    • Dr. Hofmann was awarded the 2012 Award for Excellence in Contributions to CBT by the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College. Click here to see the video.
    • Ty Sawyer, a PERL graduate student, was awarded the NIMH's National Research Service Award for her study, "Attention Retraining for Social Anxiety Disorder: An fMRI Study."