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Lisa Müller

Lisa Müller

Department of Psychology - Rehabilitation Psychology and Psychotherapy

Engelbergerstraße 41
79085 Freiburg
Raum 2024
Phone: +49 761 203-3050

PhD student in sub-project G5
"Otium and Illness – Leisure Time and Reorientation in Times of Resignation and Loss"

Academic CV

  • Since January 2017 research fellow and PhD student at the Collaborative Research Centre 1015 “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices”, sub-project G5 “Otium and Illness – Leisure Time and Reorientation in Times of Resignation and Loss” supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen Bengel and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Lucius-Hoene
  • 2015-2017 School support assistant for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • 08/2014 Internship at the hospital in Esslingen, department for psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine for adolescents and young adults
  • 2013-2015 research assistant at Freiburger Ausbildungsinstitut für Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapie (therapeutical institution for children and adolescents)
  • 2013-2015 M.Sc. in Klinische Psychologie, Neuro- und Rehabilitationswissenschaften at the University of Freiburg (clinical psychology, neuro- and rehabilitation sciences)
  • 02/2012-08/2012 Erasmus semester at the University of Seville, Spain
  • 11/2011-02/2012 Internship at the Asklepios Westklinikum Hamburg, department for psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine for adolescents and young adults
  • 2009-2013 B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Jena

Dissertation project

How do patients cope with suddenly emerging leisure time caused by illness? And how can leisure time contribute to concepts of coping and otium? This study utilizes data from the “” project (DIPExGermany), which includes over 300 in-depth interviews with patients with chronic diseases. Applying qualitative research methods like Grounded Theory, Conversation Analysis and Narrative Analysis, analyses will help to identify concepts of leisure and non-leisure time, including its ambivalent social implications.


  • Müller, L. (2020). „Wo viel verloren wird, ist manches zu gewinnen“ – Die Aushandlung von Identität, innerer Haltung und Selbstbestimmung in Krankheitserzählungen chronisch erkrankter Menschen. In: Letizia Dieckmann/Julian Menninger/Michael Navratil (Hg.): Gesundheit erzählen. Ästhetik, Performanz und Ideologie seit 1800 (Narratologia), Berlin/Boston.
  • Bengel, J. & Müller, L. (2018). Chronische Krankheit: Erzwungener Freiraum und Pflicht zur Neurorienterung? In: Arbeitskreis Klinische Psychologie in der Rehabilitation (HRsg.), Körper und Psyche - (nur) gemeinsam stark (S. 12-23). Berlin: Deutscher Psychologen-Verlag.


  • "'I used the Time to contemplate about me, my Life, about how to live on' - Illustrations of Otium in Illness Narratives", 1st Conference of the Association of European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology (EQUiP), Thessaloniki, Greece, June 16-19, 2021
  • "Otium in Times of Illness and Loss - A qualitative Analysis of Narrative Interviews", Posterpräsentation auf der achten Konferenz für Qualitative Research on Mental Health (QRMH), Valletta, Malta, 17.-19. September 2020
  • "Muße in Krankheitszeiten: Welche Rolle spielt Muße bei der Selbstregulation chronischer Krankheiten im Alltag?“, lecture at the conference "Verkörperte Muße. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship between Body, Body and Leisure" (together with Manuela Glattacker), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, 15 October 2019
  • "On Illness Narratives and Otium: Conceptual Thoughts", Workshop on Otium and Narration, University of Freiburg, December 13th, 2018
  • "Chronische Krankheit: Erzwungener Freiraum und Pflicht zur Neurorientierung?", 37th Annual meeting of the working group Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, Berlin-Erkner, November 3rd, 2018
  • "'Wo viel verloren wird, ist manches zu gewinnen' - Verlustverarbeitung, Neuorientierung und Muße-Erfahrung in Zeiten chronischer Krankheit", Conference on Health tell. Aesthetics, Performances and Ideology since 1800, University of Freiburg, October 26th, 2018
  • "Muße in Krankheitszeiten - theoretische und methodische Überlegungen", Research conference of the Department of Rehabiliation Psychology and Psychotherapy, Institute of Psychology, University of Freiburg, July 12th, 2017


   Teaching experiences

  • SS 2020: Seminar "Data Collection" (Master)
  • Continuous supervision of Bachelor and Master theses, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Freiburg
  • Winter semester 2017/18: Supervision empirical-experimental intership, University of Freiburg


   Conference and Administrative Experiences

  • Organisation of the workshop "Otium and Narration" with the graduate school of the collaborative research center 1015 in Freiburg, December 13th-14th, 2018