Prof. Dr. Claus Vögele

Claus Vögele

Full professor Health Psychology

Academic Area(s) Public health, health care sciences & services / Animal psychology, ethology & psychobiology / Neurosciences & behavior / Treatment & clinical psychology
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E04 35-210
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9740
Speaks English, French, German
Research Stays in Germany, Luxembourg, United Kingdom

Prof. Claus Vögele, PhD, Dipl.-Psych., CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS

Claus Vögele graduated in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych., equivalent to MSc) at Landau University in 1983, and was awarded his PhD in Psychology from the University of Hamburg in 1988, and his professorial qualification (Habilitation) from the University of Marburg in 1997. Over the last 25 years he has held academic posts at both German and British Universities (St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London; School of Psychology, University of Birmingham; Department of Psychology, University of Marburg; Department of Psychology, University of Luton; School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University, London) before joining the University of Luxembourg in February 2010 as Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology.

Administrative offices and leadership positions in his previous appointments include the directorship of study programmes (MSc in Health Psychology) and of research centres (Clinical and Health Psychology), Assistant Dean Research, RAE Psychology co-ordinator and Chair of the School Ethics Committee. At the University of Luxembourg he is Head of Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, Head of the research group Self-regulation and Health, Director of the Master programme in Psychotherapy, and a founding member and past Chair of the University’s Ethics Review Panel.

In the past he has held honorary appointments with universities in Germany, Switzerland and the UK; currently he holds a guest professorship at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and is a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development (Berlin, Germany).

He is reviewer for numerous research funding organisations (including the EU FP7 programme and Horizon2020), appointed member of a reviewer college (FNRS Scientific Commission Sciences Humaines et Sociales; Belgium), and ad-hoc reviewer for over 50 national and international journals. He is chief-editor of one international and one national journal, and editorial board member of one international and one national journal. In addition, Prof. Vögele is editor of two special issues of a national journal, and of the section Health of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK), an active member of the Standing Committee for Psychology and Health (EFPA), Chair of the Division of Health Psychologyin the German Psychological Society (terms of office: 2011-2013, 2013-2015) and President of the German Society for Behavioural Medicine (DGVM; term of office: 2013-2016, 2016-2018). A chartered Clinical and Health Psychologist (BPS, Health and Care Professions Council) and registered practice supervisor (BPS) he has been practising for the last 25 years and has held a senior position in the National Health Service (UK).

Last updated on: Friday, 04 June 2021

Last updated on: 08 Jan 2019

Prof. Vögele’s main research areas include Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Biological Psychology, Psychophysiology, and Behavioural Medicine. He has published on topics such as the psychophysiology of eating disorders and craving; cardiovascular reactivity and hypertension; psychocardiology; consumers' perception of nutritional profiles; diet, physical activity and body weight regulation in relation to obesity; human decision-making and its neurobiological correlates; emotion regulation, interoception and stress; psychological preparation for surgery; cognitive-behavioural interventions for anxiety disorders; and the psychological consequences of HIV/AIDS. He has been involved in basic experimental work as well as intervention trials, which he has published in journals such as the International Journal of Psychophysiology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Appetite, the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Obesity Reviews, the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Physiology & Behavior, and Depression and Anxiety. His research has been funded by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG, German Research Council), the British Council, the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), the EU (FP7), the “Fonds National de la Recherche” (FNR, Luxembourg) and several universities.

Research supervision

Over the last 15 years Prof. Vögele has supervised 20 doctoral students (PhD) through to completion, and currently supervises 6 doctoral students. In addition, he has been involved in the supervision of more than 15 postdoctoral researchers; with currently 5 supervised postdoctoral co-workers.

Last updated on: 27 Jan 2017

Professional Activities and membership in learned societies


  •     Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (Divisions of Clinical and Health Psychology)
        - Committee member Division of Health Psychology and representative on the Professional Practice Board (2001-2003)
  •     Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK)
  •     Full member of the Association of Psychological Science (USA)
  •     Full member of the German Society for Behavioural Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und
        Verhaltensmodifikation; DGVM)
        - President (terms of office: 2014-2016; 2016-2018)
  •     Full member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)
  •     Full member of the German Society for Psychophysiology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychophysiologie
        und ihre Anwendung; DGPA)
  •     Full Member of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS)
  •     Full member of the German Psychological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie; DGPs)
        (Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Division of Health Psychology)
        - Chair of the Division of Health Psychology, German Psychological Society (DGPs), terms of office: 2011-2013, 2013 - 2015

Last updated on: 31 Jan 2017