Dr. Rania Christoforou

Pauwelsstraße 30, 52074 Aachen
Tel.: 0241 80-83143

Short biography


  • 2016 - 2020: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2014 - 2015: Master of Science (MSc) in Mental Health Studies, King's College London, UK
  • 2010 - 2014: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology, University of Bath, United Kingdom


Professional career
  • since 03/2021: Postdoctoral Researcher in the teaching and research area Healthy Living Spaces, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • 2016 - 2020: Clinical Psychology Intern, Centre for Therapy, Education and Research (KESY), Cyprus
  • 2015: Assistant Psychologist, McKenzie Recovery Ward, Lambeth Hospital, UK
  • 2015: Assistant Psychologist, National Psychosis Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital, UK
  • 2012 - 2013: Student Assistant, University of Cambridge, UK


Research interests
  • Emotion regulation
  • Risk and resilience factors influencing mental health
  • Recovery-oriented strategies to improve the quality of life of people with mental health problems
  • Influences of light and temperature on regulatory processes and psychosocial variables, such as empathy and social connectedness
  • The effects of working from home on health and wellbeing



Christoforou, R. & Ferreira, N. (2022). The serial mediational role of attachment and emotion regulation in the relationship between early life adverse experiences and self-harm in a group of individuals enaging in self-harm who interact in self-harm focused online platforms. European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 6, 100259.

Christoforou, R., Boyes, M., & Hasking, P. (2021). Emotion profiles of university students engaging in non-suicidal self-injury: Association with functions of self-injury and other mental health concerns. Psychiatry Research, 114253.

Christoforou, R. & Ferreira, N. (2020). Psychometric Assessment of Adverse Childhood Experiences International Questionnaire (ACE-IQ) with Adults Engaging in Non-suicidal Self-injury. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 8(3).

Christoforou, R., Clarke, A., & Bell, V. (2018). Pilot evaluation of a recovery group for psychosis inpatient wards: Patient’s views and Recommendations. Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, 14(1), 25-31.