Current Environment:

Recent Publications

*Joint First-Authorship


Kossowsky J, Shuler M, Giulianini F, Berde CB, Reis B, Ridker P, Buring J, Kurth T, Chasman D (In Press). Association of genetic variants with migraine sub-classified by clinical symptoms in adult females. Frontiers in Neurology.

Kossowsky J, Magane K, Levy S, Weitzman ER (In Press). Marijuana Use to Address Symptoms and Side Effects by Youth with Chronic Medical Conditions. Pediatrics.


Nascimento AF, Gaab J, Kirsch I, Kossowsky J, Meyer A, Locher C. Open-label placebo treatment of women with premenstrual syndrome: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ open. 2020 Feb 17;10(2):e032868.

Locher C*, Kossowsky J*, Koechlin H, Lam TL, Barthel J, Berde CB, Gaab J, Schwarzer G, Linde K, Meissner K. Efficacy, Safety and Acceptability of Pharmacological Treatments for Pediatric Migraine Prophylaxis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis. JAMA Peds. 2020 Feb 10; 174(4):341-349.

Czerniak E, Oberlander TF, Weimer K, Kossowsky J, Enck P. “Placebo by Proxy” and “Nocebo by Proxy” in Children: A Review of Parents' Role in Treatment Outcomes. Front Psychiatry. 2020 Mar 11;11:169.

Song W, Torous J, Kossowsky J, Chen CY, Huang H, Wright A. Genome-wide association analysis of insomnia using data from partners Biobank. Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 24;10(1):6928.
Lee-Archer PF, Kossowsky J, Cravero JP. If the watch fits-Wear it. Paediatr Anaesth. 2020 May;30(5):518-519.

Donado C, Friedrich Y, Kossowsky J, Locher C, Koechlin H. Exposure to Parental Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Analysis on the Association with Adolescents' Depressive Symptoms and Adjustment Problems. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Jun 17.

Song W*, Kossowsky J*, Torous J, Chen CY, Huang H, Mukamal KJ, Berde CB, Bates DW, Wright A. Genome-wide association analysis of opioid use disorder: A novel approach using clinical data. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2020 Dec;217:108276.


Locher C**, Nascimento AF, Kossowsky J, Meyer A, Gaab J. Open-label placebo response–Does optimism matter? A secondary-analysis of a randomized controlled trial. J Psychosom Res. 2019 Jan 1;116:25-30.

Gaab J, Kossowsky J, Ehlert U, Locher C. Effects and Components of Placebos with a Psychological Treatment Rationale–Three Randomized-Controlled Studies. Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 5;9(1):1421.

Aeberhard A, Gschwind L, Kossowsky J, Luksys G, de Quervain D, Papassotiropoulos A, Vogler C. Introducing COSMOS: a Web Platform for Multimodal Game-Based Psychological Assessment Geared Towards Open Science Practice. J Technol Behav Sci. 2019 Sep 15;4(3):234-44.


Koechlin H, Coakley R, Schechter N, Werner C, Kossowsky J. The Role of Emotion Regulation in Chronic Pain: A Systematic Literature Review. J Psychosom Res. 2018 Apr; 107:38-45.

Koechlin H, Kossowsky J, Gaab J, Locher C. How to address the placebo response in the prescription SSRIs and SNRIs in children and adolescents. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2018 June; 17(6):537-540.

Koechlin H, Donado C, Berde CB, Kossowsky J. Effects of Childhood Life Events on Adjustment Problems in Adolescence: A Longitudinal Study. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2018 Oct; 39(8):629-641.

Torous J, Kossowsky J. Digital Mental Health for Youth: New Evidence but Still Much Unknown. Psychiatr Times. 2018 Oct;35(10).

Blease C, Bernstein MH, Gaab J, Kaptchuk TJ, Kossowsky J, Mandl KD, Davis RB, DesRoches CM. Computerization and the future of primary care: A survey of general practitioners in the UK. PloS one. 2018 Dec 12;13(12):e0207418.


Ooi YP, Weng SJ, Kossowsky J, Gerger H, Sung M. (2017). Oxytocin and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Pharmacopsychiatry. 2017 Jan; 50(1):5-13.

Birkhäuer J, Gaab J, Kossowsky J, Hasler S, Krummenacher P, Werner C**, Gerger H. Trust in the health care professional and health outcome: A meta-analysis. PloS One. 2017 Feb; 12(2):e0170988.

Faria V, Kossowsky J, Petkov MP, Kaptchuk TJ, Kirsch I, Lebel A, Borsook D. Parental Attitudes About Placebo Use in Children. J Pediatr. 2017 Feb; 181:272-278.

Coakley R, Wihak T, Kossowsky J, Iversen C, Donado C. The Comfort Ability Pain Management Workshop: A Preliminary, Nonrandomized Investigation of a Brief, Cognitive, Biobehavioral, and Parent Training Intervention for Pediatric Chronic Pain. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 Sep; 43(3):252-265.

Locher C, Koechlin H, Zion S, Werner C, Kessler R, Kirsch I, Pine D, Kossowsky J. Efficacy and Safety of SSRIs, SNRIs, and Placebo in Common Psychiatric Disorders: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis in Children and Adolescents. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Oct; 74(10):1011-1020

Locher, C, Frey NA, Kirsch I, Kossowsky J, Meyer A, Gaab J (2017). Is the rationale more important than deception? A randomized controlled trial of open-label placebo analgesia. PAIN. 2017 Dec: 158(12):2320-2328.


Hall, KT*, Kossowsky J*, Oberlander TF, Kaptchuk TJ, Saul JP, Wyller VB, Fagermoen E, Sulheim D, Gjerstad J, Winger A, Mukamal KJ. Genetic variation in catechol-O-methyltransferase modifies effects of clonidine treatment in chronic fatigue syndrome. Pharmacogenomics J. 2016 Oct; 16(5):454-460.

Prätzlich M, Kossowsky J, Gaab J, Krummenacher P. Impact of short-term meditation and expectation on executive brain functions. Behav Brain Res. 2016 Jan; 297:268-276.


Kossowsky, J, Donado C, Berde CB. Immediate Rescue Designs in Pediatric Analgesic Trials: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Anesthesiology. 2015 Jan; 122(1):150-171.

Pfaltz M, Moerstedt B, Meyer AH, Wilhelm FH, Kossowsky J, Michael T. Why can’t I stop thinking about it? A study on mediators of the relationship between neuroticism and obsessive thoughts. Swiss J Psychol. 2015 Mar; 74(2):75-82.

Smith K, Iversen C, Kossowsky J, O’dell S, Gambhir R, Coakley R. Apple apps for the management of pediatric pain and pain-related stress. Clin Pract Pediatr Psychol. 2015 Jun; 3(2):93-107.

Locher C*, Kossowsky J*, Gaab J, Kirsch I, Bain P, Krummenacher P. Moderation of antidepressant and placebo outcomes by baseline severity in late-life depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2015 Aug; 181:50-60.

Kossowsky J, Kaptchuk T. Placebo Effects in Infants, Toddlers, and Parent. JAMA Pediatr. 2015; 169(5)


Kelley J, Kraft-Todd GT, Schapira L, Kossowsky J, Riess, H. The Influence of the Patient-Clinician Relationship on Healthcare Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. PloS One. 2014 Apr; 9(4): e94207.

Simmons K*, Ortiz R*, Kossowsky J, Krummenacher P, Grillon C, Pine D, Colloca L. Pain and placebo in pediatrics: a comprehensive review of laboratory and clinical findings. PAIN. 2014 Nov; 155(11):2229-2235.

Krummenacher P, Kossowsky J, Schwartz C, Brugger P, Kelley J, Meyer A, Gaab J. Effects of analgesia-expectation and magical thinking on the laterality of pain response in children. J Pain. 2014 Dec; 15(12):1282-1293.

2013 and earlier

In-Albon T., Kossowsky J, Schneider S. Vigilance and avoidance in children with separation anxiety disorder using an eye movement paradigm. J Abnorm Child Psycho. 2010 Feb; 38:225-235.

Brand S, Wilhelm F, Kossowsky J, Holsboer-Trachsler E, Schneider S. Children suffering from separation anxiety disorder (SAD) show increased HPA axis activity compared to healthy controls. J Psychiatr Res. 2011 Apr; 45:452-9.

Beck EM, Cavelti M, Wirtz M, Kossowsky J, Vauth R. How do socio-demographic and clinical factors interact with adherence attitude profiles in schizophrenia? A cluster-analytical approach. Psychiatry Res. 2011 May; 187(1-2):55-61.

Kossowsky J, Wilhelm FH., Roth WT, Schneider S. Separation anxiety disorder in children: disorder specific responses to experimental separation from the mother. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 Feb; 53(2):178-187.

Cavelti M, Beck EM, Kvrgic S, Kossowsky J, Vauth R. The Role of Subjective Illness Beliefs and Attitude Toward Recovery Within the Relationship of Insight and Depressive Symptoms Among People With Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. J Clin Psychol. 2012 Apr; 68(4):462-476

Cavelti M, Kvrgic S, Beck EM, Kossowsky J, Vauth R. (2012). Assessing recovery from schizophrenia as an individual process. A review of self-report instruments. Eur Psychiatry. 2012 Apr;1(27):19-32.

Cavelti M, Contin G, Beck, EM, Kvrgic S, Kossowsky J, Stieglitz RD, Vauth R. Validation of the Illness Perception Questionnaire for Schizophrenia (IPQS) in a German speaking sample of outpatients with chronic schizophrenia. Psychopathology. 2012 Jun; 45:259-269.

Kvrgic S, Beck EM, Cavelti M, Kossowsky J, Stieglitz RD, Vauth R. Focusing on the adult attachment style in schizophenia in Community Mental Health Centres: Validation of the Psychosis Attachment Measure (PAM) in a German-speaking sample. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2012 Jul; 58(4):362-373.

Kossowsky J, Pfaltz M, Schneider S, Taemans J, Locher C, Gaab J. The separation anxiety hypothesis of panic disorder revisited: a meta-analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2013 Jul; 170(7):768-781.

Kossowsky J, Wilhelm FH, Schneider S. Responses to voluntary hyperventilation in children with separation anxiety disorder: implications for the separation anxiety hypothesis of panic disorder. J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Oct; 27(7):627-634.