Prof. Dr. Stefan R. Schweinberger
    Dr. rer.soc. , Dipl.-Psych. CPsychol

    Stefan R. Schweinberger is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Jena. He is interested in the cognitive, social, and brain processes that mediate human per-ception and communication. He also currently directs the DFG Research Unit Person Perception. Prof. Schweinberger builds contacts with national and international autism researchers, coordinates research, intervention and management, and connects SPA with local research facilities.

    Room: 111, Am Steiger 3/1
    Phone: +49 (0)3641 945 181
    stefan.schweinberger [at]

    Director of Research 

    Dr. Dana Schneider
    PhD, BA (Hon I)

    Dr. Dana Schneider is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Jena. She is interested in how we manage to process the large amount of social information we encounter every day in an efficient and seemingly effortless manner. She is also interested in which brain mechanisms are crucially involved in these processes. Dr. Schneider investigated various aspects of social and communication behaviors in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the past and wishes to further shed light onto the qualitative differences in ASD. Dr. Schneider coordinates and directs research activities within the SPA unit, builds contacts with national and international autism researchers and coordinates and delivers teaching courses in Psychology on ASD.

    Room: 104, Humboldtstrasse 26
    Phone: +49 (0)3641 945 251
    dana.schneider [at]

    Student Associates

    • Maria Glaser, B.Sc.
    • Franziska Martin, B.Sc.
    • Senta Kiermeier, B.Sc.


    Dr. Jürgen Kaufmann

    Institute of Psychology
    General Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences
    & DFG Research Unit Person Perception

    Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Redies

    School of Medicine
    Institute of Anatomy I

    Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Jürgen Bär

    Jena University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

    Associated Investigators

    Prof. Romina Palermo, Ph.D.

    The University of Western Australia


    Dr. Matthias Schurz

    Paris Lodron University Salzburg


    Dr. Tobias Schuwerk

    Ludwig Maximilians University Munich


    Prof. Dr. Luise Poustka

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospital


    Prof. Jim Tanaka, Ph.D.

    University of Victoria,


    Prof. Peter Mitchell, Ph.D.

    The University of Nottingham

    United Kingdom

    Dr. Atsushi Senju, Ph.D.

    Birbeck College London

    United Kingdom

    Ass. Prof. Sarah Weigelt, Ph.D.

    Ruhr University Bochum


    Clinical Partners

    Head of Service

    Gabriele Kühn

    Early Education and Advisory Centre Jena

    Jena University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

    Clinic for Autismus Spectrum Disorders

    Autism Clinic

    Information about Autism Clinic Jena

    Associated Clinical Partners

    Dr. Daniela Schulze-Henning, PhD


    ASD Assessment Service- NELFT NHS Foundation Trust

    United Kingdom