Lisa Felgendreff, M.Sc.


  • 1986 born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg
  • 2007-2010 Bachelor studies of Psychology at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
  • 2007-2010 Student Assistant for the distance learning program "Applied Health Sciences" at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal (FH)
  • 2010-2014 Master studies in Psychology in Work, Education and Society at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
  • 2012-2014 Intern and Working Student at the IMK Institute for Applied Marketing and Communication Research Ltd., Erfurt
  • 2014-2017 Market Researcher at the IMK Institute for Applied Marketing and Communication Research Ltd., Erfurt
  • 2017-2020 Research Assistant at the University of Erfurt (DFG third-party funded project SAFECOMM)
  • 2017 and 2018 member of the organizing team of the Behavioural Insights Summer School at the University of Erfurt in cooperation with WHO (Regional Office for Europe)
  • 2020-2021 Research Assistant at the University of Erfurt (COSMO-Study)
  • 2022 Research Assistant at the University of Erfurt (Chair of Health Communication)
  • Since 2018 PhD Student Health Communication at the University of Erfurt
  • Since July 2023 Research Assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research

Major teaching and research interests

  • Evidence-based health communication
  • Informed vaccination decision
  • Risk communication


Associate in the third-party funded project "National Prevention Project - Improving the Early Detection of Tumors of the Oral Cavity: Formative Multilevel Evaluation for Concept Development of a National Educational Campaign" (funded by the German Association for Dental, Oral and Orthodontics (DGZMK) and the German Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (DGMKG))



Felgendreff, L., Renkewitz, F. & Betsch, C. (2023). How communicating vaccine benefits and harms in fact boxes affects risk perceptions. European Journal of Health Psychology.


Jirsa, V., Petkoski, S., Wang, H., Woodman, M., Fousek, J., Betsch, C., Felgendreff, L., Bohm, R., Lilleholt, L., Zettler, I., Faber, S., Shen, K. & McIntosh, A. R. (2022). Integrating psychosocial variables and societal diversity in epidemic models for predicting COVID-19 transmission dynamics. PLOS Digital Health.

Sprengholz, P., Felgendreff, L., Buyx, A. & Betsch, C. (2023). Toward future triage regulations: Investigating preferred allocation principles of the German public. Health Policy, 134, 104845.

Sprengholz, P., Korn, L., Eitze, S., Felgendreff, L., Siegers, R., Goldhahn, L., De Bock, F., Huebl, L., Böhm, R. & Betsch, C. (2022). Attitude toward a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and its determinants: Evidence from serial cross-sectional surveys conducted throughout the pandemic in Germany. Vaccine.

Sprengholz, P., Korn, L., Felgendreff, L., Eitze, S. & Betsch, C. (2022). A lay perspective on prioritization for intensive care in pandemic times: Vaccination status matters. Clinical Ethics.


Betsch, C., Korn, L., Burgard,T., Gaissmaier, W., Felgendreff, L., Eitze, S., Sprengholz, P., Böhm, R., Stollorz, V., Ramharter, M., Promies, N., De Bock, F., Schmid, P., Renner, B., Wieler, L. H. & Bosnjak, M. (2021). The four weeks before lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany: A weekly serial cross-sectional survey on risk perceptions, knowledge, public trust and behaviour, 3 to 25 March, 2020. Eurosurveillance, 26(42), 2001900.

Betsch, C., Korn, L., Felgendreff, L., Eitze, S. & Thaiss, H. (2021). School opening during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: Public acceptance of wearing fabric masks in class. Public Health in Practice, Vol. 2, 100115.

Betsch, C., Sprengholz, P., Schmid, P., Korn, L., Eitze, S., Ochel, P., Felgendreff, L., Engel, E. & Böhm, R. (2021). Einführung einer Impfpflicht: Eine politische Entscheidung [Compulsory vaccination: A political decision]. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, 118(49), A-2312/B-1899.

Eitze, S., Felgendreff, L., Korn, L., Sprengholz, P., Allen J., Jenny, M. A., Wieler, L., Thaiss, H., De Bock, F. & Betsch, C. (2021). Vertrauen der Bevölkerung in staatliche Institutionen im ersten Halbjahr der Coronapandemie: Erkenntnisse aus dem Projekt COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO) [Public trust in government institutions during the first six months of the Corona pandemic: Findings from the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO) project]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, 64(3), 268-276.

Felgendreff, L., Korn, L., Sprengholz, P., Eitze, S., Siegers, R. & Betsch, C. (2021). Risk information alone is not sufficient to reduce optimistic bias. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

Schmid-Küpke, N. K., Matysiak-Klose, D., Siedler, A., Felgendreff, L., Wieler, L., Thaiss, H. M. & Betsch, C. (2021). Cancelled routine vaccination appointments due to COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Vaccine: X, 100094.

Sprengholz, P., Eitze, S., Felgendreff, L., Korn, L. & Betsch, C. (2021). Money is not everything: Experimental evidence that payments do not increase willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Journal of Medical Ethics, 47(8), 547-548.

Sprengholz, P., Felgendreff, L., Böhm, R. & Betsch, C. (2021). Vaccination policy reactance: Predictors, consequences, and countermeasures. Journal of Health Psychology.


Betsch, C., Korn, L., Sprengholz, P., Felgendreff, L., Eitze, S., Schmid, P. & Böhm, R. (2020). Social and behavioral consequences of mask policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Betsch, C., Wieler, L. H. & Habersaat, K. and the COSMO group. (2020). Rapid, flexible, cost-effective monitoring tool for behavioural insights related to COVID-19 across countries. The Lancet.

Habersaat, K., Betsch, C., (…) Felgendreff, L., Sprengholz, P., Salvi, C. & Butler, R. (2020). Ten considerations for effectively managing the COVID-19 transition. Nature Human Behaviour.  


Betsch, C., Böhm, R., Schmid, P., Korn, L., Steinmeyer, L., Heinemeier, D., Eitze, S. & Küpke, N. K. (2019). Impfverhalten psychologisch erklären, messen und verändern [Psychologically explain, measure and change vaccination behavior]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, 1-10.

Steinmeyer, L., Heinemeier, D. & Betsch, C. (2019). Die Gründe für Impfmüdigkeit messen und Entwicklungen beobachten [Measuring reasons for vaccination fatigue and monitor developments]. Trillium Immunologie, 3(3).


Steinmeyer, L., Betsch, C. & Renkewitz, F. (2018). Können Faktenboxen den Einfluss narrativer Information auf Risikourteile verringern? [Can fact boxes reduce the influence of narrative information on risk judgments?]. In P. Stehr, D. Heinemeier & C. Rossmann (Eds.), Evidenzbasierte/evidenzinformierte Gesundheitskommunikation, 19 [Evidence-based/evidence-informed health communication, 19] (pp. 143-154). Baden-Baden: Nomos.



Felgendreff, L. (2022, January). Evidenz-basierte Impfinformation: Von der Faktenbox zum Storytelling? [Evidence-based vaccination information: From fact box to story telling?]. Paper presented at the Departemental Colloquium Workshop Output, RKI, January 18, 2022, Berlin.


Steinmeyer, L., Betsch, C., & Renkewitz, F. (2019, September). Can fact boxes support informed vaccination decisions? Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, September 3-7, 2019, Dubrovnik, Croatia.


Steinmeyer, L., Betsch, C., & Renkewitz, F. (2017, November). Exploration des Einsatzes von Faktenboxen als Gesundheitskommunikationsmaßnahme zur Verminderung des narrative bias [Exploring the use of fact boxes as a health communication strategy to reduce narrative bias]. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Conference of the German Society of Mass Communication's Expert Group Health Communication, November, 2017, Erfurt.



Lisa Felgendreff, M.Sc.
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Last modified: 2023-08-21

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