Mission

The central mission of our research group is to leverage the synergy between the advancement of psychobiological methodology through digital innovations and the evaluation and improvement of digital innovations through these advancements.

Within our interdisciplinary and interprofessional team of psychologists, medical doctors, and technicians, we want to gain a better understanding of the pathophysiological causes and consequences of chronic stress in an increasingly digitized world, as well as to develop digital prevention and intervention programs which are applicable in daily life.

PsychoDigital Research Lab

At the Wekenborg lab, we are passionately driven by enthusiasm and curiosity in exploring the interplay between the body and brain in relation to processes of digitalization and chronic stress and its psychopathological consequences. The core of our research concept revolves around the integrated use of established and innovative psychobiological methods in both laboratory and everyday settings.

  • Josefine Ferdinand
  • B.Sc. Josi Harzbecker
  • Kyra Iglesias
  • Laura Kaiser
  • Toni Kleditzsch
  • Dr. med. Justus Klein
  • B.Sc. Georg Kurze
  • Florian Märtin
  • Lara Tauchmann

Dr. rer. nat.
Magdalena Katharina Wekenborg

Dr. Magdalena Wekenborg is a psychobiologist and junior research group leader at the Else Kröner Fresenius Center for Digital Health. Her research focuses on the application of psychobiological methods to investigate the foundations and consequences of psychological and physiological stressors in digitized workplaces and beyond.

Wekenborg M, Förster K, Schweden F, Weidemann R, Bechtolsheim F, Kirschbaum C, Weitz J, Ditzen B
Differences in Physicians’ Ratings of Work Stressors and Resources Associated With Digital Transformation: Cross-Sectional Study, J Med Internet Res 2024;26:e49581, DOI: 10.2196/49581

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Who We Are

Group Leader

Dr. Magdalena Wekenborg is a psychobiologist and junior research group leader at the Else Kröner Fresenius Center for Digital Health. Her research focuses on the application of psychobiological methods to investigate the foundations and

Group Members

Josefin Ferdinand, psychology student at TU Dresden, joined the team in April 2024. She currently assists with different tasks and projects as required by the department.

Josi Harzbecker joined the Wekenborg lab in 2021. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the TU Dresden, she started her Master’s degree with a focus on Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience in 2023.

Kyra has been studying psychology since 2022. She began her bachelor’s degree at TU Dresden and then transferred to FU Berlin. She is part of the Wekenborg lab since 2023 with a focus on participant communication and psychophysiological data collection.

Laura joined the research group through a research internship in 2024. She completed her bachelors degree in Psychology and will graduate with a masters degree in psychological medicine at the London Metropolitan University in 2025. She is continuing her work at the team as a research assistant.

Toni studies psychology at FernUniversität in Hagen and joined the Wekenborg Lab in June 2024. He supports our team with contributions to the projects on the digital patient communication and Post-Covid exhaustion.

Justus joined the group as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2024. He studied medicine at the Carl Gustav Carus Universitätsklinikum Dresden. Following his medical thesis in the cardiovascular field, he is now involved in biopsychological studies at the university hospital Dresden within the PsychoDigital research group.

M. Sc. Georg Kurze

Georg Kurze joined the research group in 2024 after completing his Master’s thesis on stress. In his thesis, he explored the psychological and physiological impacts of stress. Now, as a PhD student, he continues his research, focusing on the intricate interactions between stress, exhaustion and the immune system.

Florian Märtin

Florian is studying Psychology at TU Dresden since 2023. Following his internship at the EKFZ in 2023, he works as a student assistant on Magdalena Wekenborg’s team.

Lara Tauchmann

Lara studies Psychology at the Technische Universität Dresden and joined the Wekenborg Lab: PsychoDigitalResearch in 2023. Currently she is a student assistant mainly involved in data collection.

Contact

We are always looking for collaboration partners and members (interns, thesis projects, employees) to join our research group.

If you are interested, please send an email to Magdalena.wekenborg@tu-dresden.de

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