Dr Nils Niederstrasser

Job: Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 366 4365

E: nils.niederstrasser@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

My research covers a variety of areas related to pain, cognition, injury recovery, ageing and frailty. My current areas of interests focus on (but are not limited to):

  • Pain perception and assessment - especially in cognitively impaired individuals
  • Psychology of Pain – how psychological factors influence how we perceive pain
  • Pain and cognition – interactions between cognition and pain
  • Pain and dementia – focussed on how to assess to treat pain in dementia patients
  • Injury Recovery – how pain influences recovery from injury
  • Ageing – the effects of age on pain
  • Frailty – how to prevent frailty

Publications and outputs 

Steiger, B., Welsch, K., Niederstrasser, N., Hartmann, S., Nilges, P., Ljutow, A., & Ettlin, D. (2018). Validation of the German-language version of the Injustice Experience Questionnaire (IEQ) in five outpatient clinics. Schmerz (Berlin, Germany).

Niederstrasser, N., Steiger, B., Welsch, K., Hartmann, S., Nilges, P., Ljutow, A., & Ettlin, D. (2018). German transcultural translation of the Injustice Experience Questionnaire. Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)32(6), 442-448.

Summers, M. J., Rainero, I., Vercelli, A. E., Aumayr, G., de Rosario, H., Mönter, M., ... & Carbone, C. (2018). The My Active and Healthy Aging (My-AHA) ICT platform to detect and prevent frailty in older adults: Randomized control trial design and protocol. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions4, 252-262.

Attridge, N., & Niederstrasser, N. G. (2018). Interventions for attentional disruption in pain: cognition-general, mechanism-specific, or exercise-based?. Pain159(4), 621-622.

Von Leupoldt, A., Mangelschots, E., Niederstrasser, N. G., Braeken, M., Billiet, T., & Van den Bergh, B. R. (2017). Prenatal stress exposure is associated with increased dyspnoea perception in adulthood. European Respiratory Journal50(2).

Niederstrasser, N. G., Meulders, A., Meulders, M., Struyf, D., & Vlaeyen, J. W. (2017). Executive functions deficits impair extinction of generalization of fear of movement‐related pain. European Journal of Pain21(5), 886-899.

Niederstrasser, N. G., Meulders, A., Meulders, M., Slepian, P. M., Vlaeyen, J. W., & Sullivan, M. J. (2015). Pain catastrophizing and fear of pain predict the experience of pain in body parts not targeted by a delayed-onset muscle soreness procedure. The Journal of Pain16(11), 1065-1076.

Martin, L. J., Hathaway, G., Isbester, K., Mirali, S., Acland, E. L., Niederstrasser, N., ... & Sternberg, W. F. (2015). Reducing social stress elicits emotional contagion of pain in mouse and human strangers. Current Biology25(3), 326-332.

Niederstrasser, N. G., Slepian, P. M., Mankovsky-Arnold, T., Larivière, C., Vlaeyen, J. W., & Sullivan, M. J. (2014). An experimental approach to examining psychological contributions to multisite musculoskeletal pain. The Journal of Pain15(11), 1156-1165.

Karos, K., Niederstrasser, N., Abidi, L., Bernstein, D. P., & Bader, K. (2014). Factor structure, reliability, and known groups validity of the German version of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (Short-form) in Swiss patients and nonpatients. Journal of child sexual abuse23(4), 418-430.

Slepian, P., Bernier, E., Scott, W., Niederstrasser, N. G., Wideman, T., & Sullivan, M. (2014). Changes in pain catastrophizing following physical therapy for musculoskeletal injury: the influence of depressive and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Journal of occupational rehabilitation24(1), 22-31.

Research interests/expertise

Pain perception and assessment

Psychology of Pain

Pain and cognition

Pain and dementia

Injury Recovery

Ageing Frailty


PhD, MSc, BSc

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