Veronika Ringgold, M.Sc.

Academic CV

since 10/2021 Researcher and PhD Candidate

Chair of Health Psychology
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab,
Department of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering (AIBE), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

05/2020-08/2021 Researcher

Bamberg Living Lab for Dementia Research (BamLiD)
University of Bamberg

09/2017-03/2020 M.Sc. in Psychology

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Majors: Health Psychology, Law Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Master’s Thesis: “Putting a STRAIN on Resilience: Exploring the Role of Resilience in Adverse Life Circumstances and Investigating its Effects on Stress Appraisal and Psychological Health”

08/2019-03/2020 Research Assistant

Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

01/2018-08/2020 Research Assistant

Chair of Psychological Diagnostics, Methodology and Law Psychology
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

10/2014-07/2017 B.Sc. in Psychology

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Bachelor’s Thesis: “Cognitive Flexibility and Resilience: Introducing a Salience Component Into a Task-Switching Paradigm and Integrating Data from Resilience (Mechanism) Questionnaires”

Research Assistant

Fiebach Lab – Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Student Theses

Year Name Title
2023 Jana Reinwald Triggering an endocrine stress response in the Virtual Reality Stroop Room through social-evaluative stress
(Master’s Thesis; MaD Lab)
2023 Birte Höft

Implementing an augmented reality application to improve stereoscopic vision
(Co-supervision; Master’s Thesis; MaD Lab)

2023 Ira von Lindeiner

Effects of the Virtual Reality Stroop Room on affect and stress parameters
(Master’s Thesis; Health Psychology)

2023 Jonathan Schumacher

The relationship between various biomarkers, psychosocial stress, and movement patterns: Freezing, the neglected stress response
(Co-supervision; Master’s Thesis; Health Psychology)

2023 Sabrina Heumann

Fight, Flight or Freeze? – Changes in body movements under acute stress with a focus on gender differences
(Master’s Thesis; Health Psychology)

2022 Paula Kaiser
2022 Nicole Merz

The Effects of Visual and Auditory Instructions during Virtual Reality Technician Training on Stress Perception
(Bachelor’s Thesis; Health Psychology)

2021 Benjamin Zenke

stress+ – Development and Evaluation of a Web Application for Remote, Internet-based Induction of Acute Psychosocial Stress
(Co-supervision; Master’s Thesis; MaD Lab)

Research Focus

The biological stress response (HR, HRV, EDA, cortisol, alpha-amylase) to cognitive and social-evaluative stress in the Virtual Reality Stroop Room.


  • Ringgold, V., Mehringer, W., Eskofier, B., & Rohleder, N. (2023, April 11–13). Stroop, Stress, and VR: Developing the Virtual Reality Stroop Room [Conference presentation]. Wuertual Reality XR Meeting 2023, Wuerzburg, Germany.
  • Herzer, L., Muecke, A., Richer, R., Albrecht, N. C., Heyder, M., Jaeger, K. M., … & Eskofier, B. M. (2022, September). Influence of Sensor Position and Body Movements on Radar-Based Heart Rate Monitoring. In 2022 IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) (pp. 1-4). IEEE.

Prizes, Awards, Scholarships

  • Best Presentation Award EmpkinS iRTG Retreat (February 2022)
  • PhD-Scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation


Applied Data Science in Medicine & Psychology (2023; lecture & exercise; FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Digital Psychology Lab (2023; seminar; FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Digital Psychology Lab (2022/23; seminar; FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Digital Psychology Lab (2021/22; seminar; FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Neuropsychological Diagnostics in People with Dementia (2020; seminar; University of Augsburg)

Basic Design Principles for PhDs (2014; seminar; University of Freiburg)

Further Qualifications

Statistical data analysis in R


FACS coding (Facial Action Coding System; certificate of the Paul Ekman Group)

Advanced Training in Trauma Therapy (2020; BMBF funded project “ECQAT” of the University Hospital Ulm and the University of Bielefeld)

Diploma in Communication Design with focus on Information Design (2010; SfG Ravensburg)