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Dr. Christina Vesterling

Research Assistant

I am a graduate psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist. I work as a research assistant at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. My research is embedded in the field of developmental psychology as well as psychology in special needs education and rehabilitation with a focus on somatoform symptoms in childhood and adolescence. 

Research Interests:

  • Somatoform symptoms in childhood and adolescence.
  • Attachment in childhood
  • Emotion regulation


Winter term 2023 / 2024

Summer term 2023

Winter term 2022 / 2023

Summer term 2022

Winter term 2021 / 2022

Summer term 2021

Winter term 2020 / 2021

Summer term 2020

Winter term 2019 / 2020

Summer term 2019

Winter term 2018 / 2019

Summer term 2018

Winter term 2017 / 2018

Summer term 2017



Vesterling, C. (2023). Cross-lagged Relations of Children’s Somatoform Complaints: Embedment within Learning Theory and Secondary Gain Concept. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-14.

Vesterling, C., Schütz-Wilke, J., Goagoses, N., Eilts, J., Rademacher, A., Bolz, T., Schipper-Bäker, J., & Koglin, U. (2023). Epidemiology of Somatoform Symptoms and Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Health & Social Care in the Community. 6242678, 1-16.

Goagoses, N., Bolz, T., Eilts, J., Schipper, N., Schütz, J., Rademacher, A., Vesterling, C., Koglin, U. (2022). Parenting dimensions/styles and emotion dysregulation in childhood and adolescence: a systematic review and Meta-analysis. Current Psychology, 1-25.

Vesterling, C., Koglin, U, (2021). Somatoform complaints in middle childhood A developmental path-analysis. Curr Psychol.

Goagoses, N., Bolz, T., Vesterling, C., & Koglin, U. (2021). Maternal attachment and behaviour problems: comparison between children in regular and special education schools. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 1-16.

Vesterling, C. & Koglin, U. (2020). The relationship between attachment and somatoform symptoms in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research,


Vesterling, C. (2023, November). Rehabilitationspädagogische Aspekte der Kommunikation und Beratung bei somatoformen Beschwerden im Kindesalter. [Rehabilitation pedagogical aspects of communication and counseling for somatoform complaints in childhood]. Presentation at the 15th Annual Conference of the Weser-Ems Working Group and the Lower Saxony State Office, Oldenburg.

Vesterling, C., Wilke, J., Rademacher, A., von Düring, U. & Bolz, T. (2023, November). Die mediierende Rolle der Schüler*innen-Lehrkraft-Beziehung beim Zusammenhang zwischen kindlicher Emotionsregulation und Verhaltensproblemen. [The mediating role of the student-teacher relationship in the association between children's emotion regulation and behavior problems] [presentation]. AESF Fall Conference 2023, Working Group on Empirical Research in Special Education. November 3-4, 2023, Münster, Germany.

Vesterling, C., Bolz, T., & Schütz, J. (2021, May). Factor Analysis and Construct Validation of the German Adaptation of the Experiences in Close Relationship Scale-Revised for use with children and adolescents (ECR-RC) [Poster]. Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2021 Virtual Convention, Online.

Vesterling, C. & Koglin, U. (2019, September). Zusammenhänge zwischen Emotionsregulationsstrategien und somatoformen Symptomen in der mittleren Kindheit. [Relationships between emotion regulation strategies and somatoform symptoms in middle childhood]. Poster presented at the PaEpsy Conference 2019, Leipzig.

Vesterling, C. (2018, November). Bindung & somatoforme Symptome im Kindesalter [Attachment & somatoform symptoms in childhood]. Presentation at the 11th Annual Conference of the Weser-Ems Working Group and the Lower Saxony State Office, Oldenburg.

Vesterling, C. & Koglin, U. (2018, September). Entstehungsfaktoren und aufrechterhaltende Bedingungen somatoformer Symptome im Kindesalter mit Fokus auf kindliche Bindungsmuster. [Developmental factors and maintaining conditions of somatoform symptoms in childhood with a focus on childhood attachment patterns]. Poster presented at the 51st Congress of the German Psychological Society, Frankfurt am Main.

University tasks

Master's Examination Committee Rehabilitation Education (representation)

Equal Opportunities Officer (representation)

Doctoral committee (representation)


  • DGPs (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie) [German Society for Psychology]
  • APS (Association for Psychological Science)
  • PKN (Chamber of Psychotherapists of Lower Saxony)


Special qualifications

  • Quantitative research methods (SPSS Statistics, SPSS Process, SPSS AMOS)


  • Systematic Reviews I
  • Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews
  • Structural Equation Modeling with AMOS
  • Basics of Interpretation of Regression Models
  • Introduction to Bayesian hypothesis testing 
  • Research ethics in (qualitative) social research
  • HeFDI – Data Week

Therapy assistance dog in training

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I am a therapy assistance dog in training and often accompany my owner to the University of Oldenburg!

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