MSc. Alexandra Hinterberger


PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name Alexandra Hinterberger
Address Hellbrunner Straße 34
5020 Salzburg
Austria
alexandra.hinterberger[at]plus.ac.at
Web page www.sleepscience.at
Date of birth 15th February 1998
Nationality Austria/Poland

EDUCATION

since March 2023 PhD student at the Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Research, Department of Psychology, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria. Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus
October 2020 – February 2023 Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Psychology at the Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria. Master thesis: “Pocket-sized sleep lab: Changes in subjectively and objectively assessed sleep parameters through CBT-I oriented app-training – a pilot study” (Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus)
October 2017 –
September 2020
Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Psychology at the Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria. Bachelor thesis: “Sex differences in face perception – Comparison of object perception and face perception” (Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Belinda Pletzer)
2009 – 2016 Gymnasium Fürstenried in Munich, Germany

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & INTERNSHIPS

August 2023 – October 2023
Research Internship/Study Abroad at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Laboratory for Sleep & Cognition (head: Prof. Eus van Someren), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
October 2022 – January 2023
Study Assistant for the Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Research (head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus), Department of Psychology, University of Salzburg, Austria
March – June 2022 Teaching Assistant for the Empirical Seminar “Interaction and Attachment in Early Childhood” (Department of Psychology) at the University of Salzburg, Austria
July 2021 – February 2023 Student Employee in the Research project: “Das virtuelle Schlaflabor: Digitale Schlafanalyse & Schlaf-Coaching X” funded by the County of Salzburg (Project lead: Univ-Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus) at the Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness Research (Center for Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of Salzburg, Austria
June – August 2021 Clinical Internship at the Christian-Doppler-Clinic, Salzburg, Austria (Divisions: Psychosomatic Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry)
since December 2020 Voluntary Work as psychological adviser at “JugendNotmail” (online counseling platform for children and adolescents)
July – August 2019 Forensic-Psychological Internship at the „Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Gerichts- und Rechtspsychologie“ (GWG), Munich, Germany

PUBLICATIONS

2023 Hinterberger, A., Eigl, E.-S., Schwemlein, R. N., Topalidis, P., & Schabus, M. (2023). Investigating the subjective and objective efficacy of a cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)-based smartphone app on sleep: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Sleep Research, e14136. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsr.14136
2023 Topalidis, P., Baron, S., Heib, D. P. J., Eigl, E.-S., Hinterberger, A., & Schabus, M. (2023). From Pulses to Sleep Stages: Towards Optimized Sleep Classification Using Heart-Rate Variability. Sensors, 23(22), 9077. https://doi.org/10.3390/s23229077
2023 Topalidis, P., Heib, D. P. J., Baron, S., Eigl, E.-S., Hinterberger, A., & Schabus, M. (2023). The Virtual Sleep Lab – A Novel Method for Accurate Four-Class Sleep Staging Using Heart-Rate Variability from Low-Cost Wearables. Sensors, 23(5), 2390. https://doi.org/10.3390/s23052390

TALKS

December 2023 Eine RCT-Studie zur Untersuchung der Wirksamkeit einer KVT-I basierten Smartphone-App zur Verbsserung der Schlafqualität und Insomnie-Symptomatik. Talk presented at the 31st Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafmedizin und Schlafforschung (DGSM), Berlin, Germany, December 7th-9th 2023.
February 2023 First evaluation and clinical relevance of NUKKUAA – an innovative smartphone-app for treating insomnia. Talk presented at the 5th Wintersymposium on Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness, Werfenweng, Austria, February 8th-12th 2023.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS
(presenting author underlined)

June 2023 Hinterberger, A., Eigl, E.-S., Topalidis, P., & Schabus, M. (2023). Evaluierung der klinischen Relevanz von NUKKUAA – einer innovativen Smartphone-App zur Behandlung von Insomnie. Poster presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Austrian Sleep Research Association (ASRA), Linz, Austria, June 23rd – 24th 2023.
June 2023 Topalidis, P., Heib, D., Baron, S., Eigl, E.-S., Hinterberger, A., & Schabus, M. (2023). The Virtual Sleep Lab – A novel method for accurate four-class sleep staging using heart-rate variability from low-cost wearables. Poster presented at the 31th Annual Meeting of the Austrian Sleep Research Association (ASRA), Linz, Austria, June 23rd – 24th 2023.
June 2023 Hinterberger, A., Eigl, E.-S., Topalidis, P., & Schabus, M. (2023). The influence of personality traits and technical affinity on insomnia severity and sleep quality in app-based digital CBT-I – Preliminary results. Poster presented at 48th Annual Meeting Psychologie und Gehirn (PuG), Tübingen, Germany, June 8th – 10th 2023.
November 2022 Hinterberger, A., Eigl, E.-S., Hauser T., Topalidis, P., & Schabus, M. (2022). NUKKUAA: Insomnie-Behandlung mittels neuer Smartphone-App – erste Ergebnisse und klinische Relevanz. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM), Wiesbaden, Germany, November 10th – 12th 2022.
November 2022 Schabus, M., Eigl, E.-S., Hinterberger, A., Hauser T., & Topalidis P. (2022). Nukkuaa – Eine innovative App zur Schlafanalyse und zur Behandlung von Schlaflosigkeit: Eine erste Wirksamkeitsstudie. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM), Wiesbaden, Germany, November 10th – 12th 2022.
September 2022 Hinterberger, A., Eigl, E.-S., Hauser T., Topalidis, P., & Schabus, M. (2022). Nukkuaa: Insomnia treatment using a novel smartphone app – first results and clinical data. Poster presented at the 26th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Athens, Greece, September 27th – 30th 2022.
September 2022 Schabus, M., Eigl, E.-S., Hinterberger, A., Hauser T., & Topalidis P. (2022). Nukkuaa: A novel mobile phone app for tracking sleep and treating insomnia: a first efficacy study. Poster presented at the 26th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Athens, Greece, September 27th – 30th 2022.

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

December 2023 Merit Scholarship for Academic Performance (M.Sc. in Psychology) at the University of Salzburg, Austria
August 2023 Erasmus+ Funding for Research Internship at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 1.820€
February 2023 Best Blitz Presentation (2nd prize) – 5th Wintersymposium on Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness, Werfenweng, Austria, February 08th – 12th.

ATTENDED CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS

December 2023
Conference: 31st Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafmedizin und Schlafforschung (DGSM), Berlin, Germany, December 7th – 9th 2023.
October 2023
Institute Meeting: Institute Meeting of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) & the Donders Institute, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, October 6th 2023.
June 2023
Conference: 31st Annual Meeting of the Austrian Sleep Research Society (ASRA), Linz, Austria, June 23rd – 24th 2023.
June 2023
Conference: 48th Annual Meeting Psychologie & Gehirn (PuG), Tübingen, Germany, June 08th – 10th 2023.
February 2023
Conference: 5th Wintersymposium on Sleep, Cognition and Consciousness, Werfenweng, Austria, February 08th – 12th 2023.
November 2022
Conference: 30th Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafmedizin und Schlafforschung (DGSM), Wiesbaden, Germany, November 10th – 12th 2022.
September 2022
Conference: 26th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), Athens, Greece, September 26th – 30th 2022.
July 2022
Conference: Salzburg Mind Brain Annual Meeting (SAMBA), Salzburg, Austria, July 14th – 15th 2022.
April 2022
Workshop (online): Diagnose und Therapie von Schlafstörungen (“diagnostis and therapy of sleep disorders”), Akademie für Schlafmedizin (academy for sleep medicine), April 29th – 30th 2022.
April 2022
Spring School (online): Science Communication by “congressa” and “Wissenschaft im Dialog”, April 4th – 7th 2022.
March – April 2022
Workshop (online): Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) by Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann, March 31st – April 2nd 2022.

SOFTWARE SKILLS

General Microsoft Office (Advanced)
Limesurvey (Intermediate)
Matlab (Beginner)
R (Beginner)
Statistics SPSS (Advanced)
EEG acquisition Brainvision Recorder (Beginner)
EEG data processing Brainvision Analyzer (Beginner)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Sleep & Insomnia
  • Physiology of healthy and disordered sleep
  • Subjective and objective measurements of sleep & their potential clinical and therapeutic effects
  • Efficacy of interventions and treatment for insomnia
  • (Digital) cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
Interaction &
Attachment
  • Attachment and mother-child-interactions in early childhood