PhD student (Seminar für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft)

Visiting address

Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Cindy Holtmann


Research focus

  • Psychology and health decision making
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Risk perception and communication

I studied psychology at the University of Erfurt and am now a PhD student at the Centre for Empirical Economic and Behavioral Research (CEREB), where I am specifically concerned with individual and social aspects of antibiotic use. In order to investigate individual behavior in connection with the use of antibiotics and their externalities, I have developed a dynamic common pool resource dilemma game, the "Mutant Game". I was part of the APACI team interested in culturally sensitive health communication and cultural differences in vaccine communication. I helped to develop a crisis communication reference book for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe and was involved in a technical report on measles and rubella control for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. As a member of the GENIA network of the University of Erfurt, I am interested in various perspectives and approaches in health research.

Dissertation project

Development of an Interactive Game to Examine Individual Behavior in View of Antimicrobial Resistance


Curriculum Vitae

Current memberships

  • Since 2015 member of the Center of Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences CEREB
  • Since 2015 member of the University of Erfurt network GENIA

Academic career

  • 2013 – 2015: Master (M.Sc.) - Thesis: Antimicrobial Resistance - Development of an Interactive Game to Examine Individual Behavior in View of Decreasing Medicine Effectivity
  • 2010 - 2013: Bachelor (B.A.) - Thesis: All for one or one for all? - Stressing Benefits of Herd Immunity in Individualistic and Collectivistic Cultures and Their Intention to Undergo Vaccination
  • 2006: Abitur (German university entrance diploma), Anne-Frank Gesamtschule, Gütersloh


  • 10/2015 – current: Christoph-Martin Wieland scholarship at University Erfurt; Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences (CEREB)
  • 10/2017 – 04/2018: Lectureship at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt - Course: Introduction to Data Analysis with SPSS
  • 10/2016 – 04/2017: Lectureship at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt - Course: Introduction to Data Analysis with SPSS
  • 09/2011- 10/2015: University of Erfurt: research assistant

Other activities

  • 09/2017: Part of the organizational team for the first BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 at the University of Erfurt. In cooperation with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • 02/2015 – 04/2015: Internship at the Chair of Health Psychology Professor Dr. Knoll in the project "Days in Motion: A Planning Intervention Study with Couples to Enhance Daily Physical Activity", Free University of Berlin
  • 10/2012 – 10/2013: Student representative in the faculty council of Educational Science at the University of Erfurt
  • 02/2009 – 10/2010: Team leadership and individual assistance in the field of group offerings for disabled teenagers and young adults with integrated family support at the Family Support Center of the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel, Gütersloh

Publications & preprints

  • Betsch C, Schmid P, Heinemeier D, Korn L, Holtmann C, Böhm R (2018) Beyond confidence: Development of a measure assessing the 5C psychological antecedents of vaccination. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208601.  Open Data Open Material
  • Betsch, C., Schmid, P., Holtmann, C., Heinemeier, D. & Korn, L. (2018). Erklärung und Veränderung von Präventionsverhalten. In: Kohlmann, C.-W., Salewski, C., Wirtz, M. A. (Hrsg.) (2018). Psychologie in der Gesundheitsförderung. Bern: Hogrefe.
  • Betsch, C., Böhm, R., Korn, L., & Holtmann, C. (2017). On the benefits of explaining herd immunity in vaccine advocacy. Nature Human Behaviour, doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0056 Open Data
  • World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (2017). Vaccination and trust – How concerns arise and the role of communication in mitigating crises. Authored by Cornelia Betsch, Constanze Rossmann, Katrine Bach-Habersaat, Philipp Schmid, Cindy Holtmann, Lars Korn, Jascha Wiehn, Linda Mummer.
  • Böhm, R., Betsch, C, Korn, L, & Holtmann, C. (2016). Exploring and promoting pro-social vaccination: A cross-cultural experiment on vaccination of health care personnel. BioMed Research International, 2016, 6870984.
  • Betsch, C., Korn, L., Holtmann, C. (2015). Don’t try to convert the anti-vaccinators, instead target the fence-sitters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(49): E6725–E6726.
  • Korn, L., Holtmann, C., Betsch, C. & Böhm, R. (2015). Die Impfbereitschaft verstehen und verbessern: Wenn persönliche Impfentscheidungen im Konflikt mit dem Gemeinwohl stehen und wie man dieses Dilemma auflösen kann. In-mind, 2/2015.