Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie


PD Dr. phil. Fabian Ramseyer

Klinischer Mitarbeiter / Senior Researcher

+41 31 684 34 18
+41 31 684 41 55
G 304 (3. OG)
Universität Bern
Psychotherapeutische Praxisstelle
Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
3012 Bern


Psychotherapeut; Forschungsprojekte; Lehre; Betreuung von Master-Arbeiten

Head of the Nonverbal Synchrony Lab


Nonverbale Synchronisation
Motion Energy Analysis (MEA)
Interpersonal Distance Analysis (IDA): 
Informationen & download: www.psync.ch

Time-Series Panel Analysis (TSPA): Veränderungsmechanismen in der Psychotherapie


Nonverbales Verhalten; Psychotherapie-Prozessforschung; Zeitreihenanalyse; Träume / Psychologische Traumarbeit


Erdoes, T., & Ramseyer, F. T. (2021). Change process in coaching: Interplay of nonverbal synchrony, working alliance, self-regulation and goal-attainment. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.580351

Zimmermann, R., Fürer, L. E., Kleinbub, J. R., Ramseyer, F. T., Hütten, R., Steppan, M., & Schmeck, K. (2021). Movement synchrony in the psychotherapy of adolescents with borderline personality pathology -a dyadic trait marker for resilience? Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.660516

Cohen, K., Ramseyer, F. T., Shachaf, T., & Zilcha-Mano, S. (2021). Nonverbal synchrony and the alliance in psychotherapy for major depression: Disentangling state-like and trait-like effects. Clinical Psychological Science, Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/2167702620985294

Kleinbub, J. R., & Ramseyer, F. T. (2021). rMEA: An R package to assess nonverbal synchronization in motion energy analysis time-series. Psychotherapy Research, 31(6), 817-830. doi:10.1080/10503307.2020.1844334



Prinz, J. N., Boyle, K., Ramseyer, F., Kabus, W., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Lutz, W. (2020). Within and between associations of nonverbal synchrony in relation to grawe’s general mechanisms of change. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 28(1). 159-168. doi:10.1002/cpp.2498

Zilcha-Mano, S. & Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). Innovative Approaches to Exploring Processes of Change in Counseling Psychology: Insights and Principles for Future Research. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(4), 409-419. doi:10.1037/cou0000426

Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Pfammatter, M. (2020). The social present in psychotherapy – duration of nowness in therapeutic interaction. In M. Ochs, M. Borcsa, & J. Schweitzer (Eds.), Systemic research in individual, couple, and family therapy and counseling (pp. 39-53). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-36560-8_3

Ramseyer, F., Ebert, A., Roser, P., Edel, M-A., Tschacher, W., & Brüne, M. (2020). Exploring nonverbal synchrony in Borderline Personality Disorder: A double-blind placebo-controlled study using oxytocin. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(2), 186-207. doi:10.1111/bjc.12240

Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). Motion Energy Analysis (MEA). A primer on the assessment of motion from video. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(4), 536-549. doi:10.1037/cou0000407

Ramseyer, F. T. (2020). Exploring nonverbal synchrony in psychotherapy dyads: The idiographic perspective provides a different picture. Psychotherapy Research, 30(5), 622-634. doi:10.1080/10503307.2019.1676932



Kleinbub, J.R. & Ramseyer, F. (2018). rMEA: Synchrony in Motion Energy Analysis (MEA) Time-Series [computer software] Retrieved from https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=rMEA

Moulder, R.G., Boker, S.M., Ramseyer, F., & Tschacher, W. (2018). Determining Synchrony Between Behavioral Time Series: An Application of Surrogate Data Generation for Establishing Falsifiable Null-Hypotheses. Psychological Methods, 23(4), 757-773. doi:10.1037/met0000172

Paulick, J., Deisenhofer, A.-K., Ramseyer, F., Tschacher, W., Boyle, K., Rubel, J., & Lutz, W. (2018). Nonverbal Synchrony: A New Approach to Better Understand Psychotherapeutic Processes and Drop-Out. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 28(3), 367-384. doi:10.1037/int0000099

Dutschke, L., Stegmayer, K., Ramseyer, F., Bohlhalter, S., Vanbellingen, T., Strik, W., & Walther, S. (2018). Gesture impairments in schizophrenia are linked to increased movement and prolonged motor planning and execution. Schizophrenia Research, 200, 42-49. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2017.07.012

Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Koole, S.L. (2018). Sharing the Now in the Social Present: Duration of Nonverbal Synchrony Is Linked With Personality. Journal of Personality, 86(2). 129–138. doi:10.1111/jopy.12298



Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2017). Synchronie in dyadischer Interaktion: Verkörperte Kommunikation in Psychotherapie, Beratung, Paargesprächen. In: T. Breyer, M. Buchholz, A. Hamburger, S. Pfänder, E. Schumann (Hrsg). Resonanz - Rhythmus - Synchronisierung: Interaktionen in Alltag, Therapie und Kunst (S. 319-334). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2017). Nonverbal synchrony. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (Vol. 7, pp. 2298-2298). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781483365817.n922



Nelson, A., Grahe, J., & Ramseyer, F. (2016). Interacting in Flow: An Analysis of Rapport-Based Behavior as Optimal Experience. SAGE Open, 6(4), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2158244016684173

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2016). Movement coordination in psychotherapy: Synchrony of hand movements is associated with session outcome. A single-case study. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 20(2), 145-166.

Babl, A., Grosse Holtforth, M., Heer, S., Lin, M., Stähli, A., Holstein, D., Belz, M., Egenolf, Y., Frischknecht, E., Ramseyer, F., Regli, D., Schmied, E., Flückiger, C., Brodbeck, J., Berger, T., & Caspar, F. (2016). Psychotherapy integration under scrutiny: investigating the impact of integrating emotion-focused components into a CBT-based approach: a study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1), 423. doi:10.1186/s12888-016-1136-7



Kupper, Z., Ramseyer, F., Hoffmann, H., & Tschacher, W. (2015). Nonverbal Synchrony in Social Interactions of Patients with Schizophrenia Indicates Socio-Communicative Deficits. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145882



Ramseyer, F., Kupper, Z., Caspar, F., Znoj, H., & Tschacher, W. (2014). Time-Series Panel Analysis (TSPA) – Multivariate modeling of temporal associations in psychotherapy process. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(5). 828-838 doi:10.1037/a0037168

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2014). Nonverbal synchrony of head- and body-movement in psychotherapy: different signals have different associations with outcome. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:979. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00979

Nelson, A., Grahe, J., Ramseyer, F., & Serier, K. (2014). Psychological Data from an Exploration of the Rapport / Synchrony Interplay Using Motion Energy Analysis. Journal of Open Psychology Data, 2(1):e5, doi:10.5334/jopd.ae

Walther, S., Ramseyer, F., Horn, H., Strik, W., & Tschacher, W. (2014). Less structured movement patterns predict severity of positive syndrome, excitement and disorganization. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(3), 585-591. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbt038

Tschacher, W., Rees, G. M., & Ramseyer, F. (2014). Nonverbal synchrony and affect in dyadic interactions. Personality and Social Psychology, 5, 1323.

Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2014). Modeling psychotherapy process by time-series panel analysis (TSPA). In: W. Lutz, & S. Knox (Eds.), Quantitative and qualitative methods in psychotherapy research. (pp. 168-188). London: Routledge.



Ramseyer, F. (2013). Synchronized Movement in Social Interaction. Proceedings of the 2013 Inputs-Outputs Conference: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Engagement in HCI and Performance, 1-5. doi: 10.1145/2557595.2557597

Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Bergomi, C. (2013). The subjective present and its modulation in clinical contexts. Timing & Time Perception, 1(2), 239-259. doi: 10.1163/22134468-00002013



Tschacher, W., Zorn, P., & Ramseyer, F. (2012). Change mechanisms of schema-centered group psychotherapy with personality disorder patients. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39687.

Tschacher, W., Tomicic, A., Martinez, C., & Ramseyer, F. (2012). Formen der Synchronie in dyadischer Interaktion [Modes of synchrony in dyadic social interaction]. In E. H. Witte & S. Petersen (Eds.), Sozialpsychologie, Psychotherapie und Gesundheit. (pp. 38-57). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.



Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2011). Nonverbal Synchrony in Psychotherapy: Coordinated Body-Movement Reflects Relationship Quality and Outcome. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(3), 284-295.

Ramseyer, F. (2011). Nonverbal synchrony in psychotherapy: Embodiment at the level of the dyad. In W. Tschacher & C. Bergomi (Eds.), The implications of embodiment. Cognition and communication (pp. 193-207). Exeter, United Kingdom: Imprint Academic.



Kupper, Z., Ramseyer, F., Hoffmann, H., Kalbermatten, S., & Tschacher, W. (2010). Video-based quantification of body movement during social interaction indicates the severity of negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 121(1-3), 90-100.

Ramseyer, F. (2010). Nonverbale Synchronisation in der Psychotherapie. [Nonverbal synchrony in psychotherapy]. Systeme, 24(1), 5-30.

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2010). Nonverbal synchrony or random coincidence? How to tell the difference. In A. Esposito, N. Campbell, C. Vogel, A. Hussain, & A. Nijholt (Eds.), Development of Multimodal Interfaces: Active Listening and Synchrony (pp. 182-196). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Reidsma, D., Nijholt, A., Tschacher, W., & Ramseyer, F. (2010). Measuring multimodal synchrony for human-computer interaction. In A. Sourin (Ed.), 2010 International Conference on Cyberworlds (pp. 67-71). Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press.

Ramseyer, F. (2010). Nonverbale Synchronisation in therapeutischer Interaktion [Nonverbal synchrony in therapeutic interaction]. In S. Bender (Ed.), Bewegungsanalyse von Interaktionen [Movement analysis of interaction] (pp. 11-32). Berlin, Germany: Logos.



Tschacher, W. & Ramseyer, F. (2009). Modeling psychotherapy process by time-series panel analysis (TSPA). Psychotherapy Research, 19(4-5), 469-481.



Funkhouser, A., Würmle, O., Carnes, K., Locher, P., Ramseyer, F., & Bahro, M. (2008). Boundary questionnaire results and dream recall among persons going through retirement. International Journal of Dream Research, 1(2), 6-12.

Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2008). Synchrony in dyadic psychotherapy sessions. In S. Vrobel, O. E. Rössler, & T. Marks-Tarlow (Eds.), Simultaneity: Temporal Structures and Observer Perspectives (pp. 329-347). Singapore: World Scientific.



Tschacher, W., Ramseyer, F., & Grawe, K. (2007). Der Ordnungseffekt im Psychotherapieprozess: Replikation einer systemtheoretischen Vorhersage und Zusammenhang mit dem Therapieerfolg. [The order effect in the psychotherapy process: Replication of a systems theory prediction and process-outcome relationships]. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 36(1), 18-25.



Ramseyer, F. & Tschacher, W. (2006). Synchrony: A core concept for a constructivist approach to psychotherapy. Constructivism in the Human Sciences, 11(1-2), 150-171.



Ramseyer, F., Genner, R., & Brenner, H. (Eds.) (2005). Die Schweizer Psychiatrieversorgung im internationalen Vergleich. Berner Gespräche zur Sozialpsychiatrie. [The Swiss Psychiatric Services in International Comparison. Bernese Talks on Social Psychiatry]. Zürich, Switzerland: edition 8.