Sara Dainese, PhD

Sara Dainese is a psychologist and federally certified psychotherapist who has been working clinically since 2009. Through her doctorate at the University of Zurich on the topic of stress in pregnancy and the effects on mother and child and her former work as a consultant psychologist in the field of obstetrics and neonatology, she has a broad expertise in pregnancy and parenting.

Having worked in accident rehabilitation for several years, Sara Dainese is well-versed in psychosomatics, somatopsychic disorders, chronic pain, and post-accident trauma and stress disorders but also insurance medicine. As a former manager with appropriate advanced training, she also advises in the area of leadership and management.

With a great deal of experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine, as well as training in various areas of psychotherapeutic areas, a client-specific, cross-method approach is central to Sara Dainese, and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professionals is important.

Clinical work

  • Psychotherapist at the practice Psychologie Anderegg
  • Delegated psychotherapist in a large group practice with two locations in Zurich, later with management function
  • Clinical psychologist at the Bellikon rehabilitation clinic, later also rehabilitation manager there
  • Psychotherapist in advanced training at the outpatient clinic of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Zurich
  • Consultant psychologist in the departments of obstetrics and neonatology at the University Hospital Zurich

Curriculum Vitae

  • Further training as a federally recognized psychotherapist at the University of Zurich in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine (MASP, Master of Advanced Studies)
  • Doctoral student in the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) funded project on stress during pregnancy and the effects on mother and child, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrike Ehlert, Prof. Dr. med. Roland Zimmermann)
  • Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University in the area of Affective Neuroscience (Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D., John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences)
  • Licentiate (equivalent to Master of Science in Psychology) in Psychology major with minor in Psychopathology of Adulthood and Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich


  • Former lectures at the UZH (master level psychology) in the fields of behavioral medicine, therapy conception and imaging techniques as well as supervision and guidance of the student tutors of the interactive proseminar (assessment year psychology)
  • Lectures for professionals such as psychologists, psychotherapists, physicians, pharmacists and physiotherapists on specialized psychological topics (e.g. stress during pregnancy, psychological factors in somatic rehabilitation, psychotherapeutic approaches to irritable bowel syndrome, skin and psyche, salutogenetic factors in midlife) and in the field of management