Research fellow

Dr. Stefan Rach

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career
  • since 7/2014 Head of Unit 'Field Work'
    Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS
  • 2012 - 2014 Member of the research center neurosensory sciences
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 7/2012 - 7/2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, Project Leader
    Experimental Psychology Lab, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 5/2010 – 7/2012 Postdoctoral Researcher
    Experimental Psychology Lab, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 1/2006 – 4/2010 Research Associate
    Cognitive Psychology Lab, SFB/TR 31 „The active auditory system“, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 2/2004 – 12/2005 Research Associate
    Jacobs University Bremen

  • 2010 PhD in Psychology
    Jacobs University Bremen
  • 8/2004 - 12/2009 PhD Student in Psychology
    Jacobs University Bremen
  • 2004 Diplom-Psychologe
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 10/1999 - 1/2004 Studies of Psychology
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Selected publications

  • Articles with peer-review

  • Rach S, Günther K, Hadeler B. Participants who were difficult to recruit at baseline are less likely to complete a follow-up questionnaire - Results from the German National Cohort. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2020;20:187.
  • Schipf S, Schöne G, Schmidt B, Günther K, Stübs G, Greiser KH, Bamberg F, Meinke-Franze C, Becher H, Berger K, Brenner H, Castell S, Damms-Machado A, Fischer B, Franzke C-W, Fricke J, Gastell S, Günther M, Hoffmann W, Holleczek B, Jaeschke L, Jagodzinski A, Jöckel K-H, Kaaks R, Kauczor H-U, Kemmling Y, Kluttig A, Krist L, Kurth B-M, Kuß O, Legath N, Leitzmann M, Lieb W, Linseisen J, Löffler M, Michels K, Mikolajczyk R, Pigeot I, Mueller U, Peters A, Rach S, Schikowski T, Schulze MB, Stallmann C, Stang A, Swart E, Waniek S, Wirkner K, Völzke H, Pischon T, Ahrens W. Die Basiserhebung der NAKO Gesundheitsstudie: Teilnahme an den Untersuchungsmodulen, Qualitätssicherung und Nutzung von Sekundärdaten. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2020;63(3):254-266.
  • Thumann B, Börnhorst C, Ahrens W, Arvidsson L, Gwozdz W, Iguacel I, Mårild S, Molnár D, Rach S, Russo P, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, De Henauw S, Michels N, on behalf of the IDEFICS and I.Family consortia. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between psychosocial well-being and cardiometabolic markers in European children and adolescents. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2020;82(8):764-773.
  • Langeheine M, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, Günther K, Rach S. Study invitations with envelopes made from recycled paper do not increase likelihood of active responses or study participation in the German National Cohort. BMC Research Notes. 2019;12:468.
  • Samkange-Zeeb F, Foraita R, Rach S, Brand T. Feasibility of using respondent-driven sampling to recruit participants in superdiverse neighbourhoods for a general health survey. International Journal of Public Health. 2019;64(3):451-459.
  • Steenbock B, Buck C, Zeeb H, Rach S, Pischke CR. Impact of the intervention program "JolinchenKids - Fit and Healthy in Daycare" on energy balance related-behaviors: Results of a cluster controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics. 2019;19:432.
  • van Meer F, van der Laan LN, Eiben G, Lissner L, Wolters M, Rach S, Herrmann M, Erhard P, Molnár D, Orsi G, Viergever MA, Adan R, Smeets P, on behalf of the I.Family consortium. Development and body mass inversely affect children's brain activation in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex during food choice. NeuroImage. 2019;201:116016.
  • Langeheine M, Pohlabeln H, Lauria F, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Molnár D, Eiben G, De Henauw S, Moreno LA, Williams G, Ahrens W, Rach S. Attrition in the European child cohort IDEFICS/I.Family: Exploring associations between attrition and body mass index. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2018;6:212.
  • Langeheine M, Pohlabeln H, Ahrens W, Rach S, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Consequences of an extended recruitment on participation in the follow-up of a child study: Results from the German IDEFICS cohort. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2017;31(1):76-86.
  • Pohlabeln H, Rach S, De Henauw S, Eiben G, Gwozdz W, Hadjigeorgiou C, Molnár D, Moreno LA, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Further evidence for the role of pregnancy-induced hypertension and other early life influences in the development of ADHD: Results from the IDEFICS study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2017;26(8):957-967.
  • Schierholz I, Finke M, Kral A, Büchner A, Rach S, Lenarz T, Dengler R, Sandmann P. Auditory and audio-visual processing in patients with cochlear, auditory brainstem, and auditory midbrain implants: An EEG study. Human Brain Mapping. 2017;38(4):2206-2225.
  • Steenbock B, Zeeb H, Rach S, Pohlabeln H, Pischke CR. Design and methods for a cluster-controlled trial conducted at sixty-eight daycare facilities evaluating the impact of "JolinchenKids - Fit and Healthy in Daycare", a program for health promotion in 3- to 6-year-old children. BMC Public Health. 2017;18:6.
  • Hauthal N, Debener S, Rach S, Sandmann P, Thorne JD. Visuo-tactile interactions in the congenitally deaf: A behavioral and event-related potential study. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 2015;8:98.
  • Schierholz I, Finke M, Schulte S, Hauthal N, Kantzke C, Rach S, Büchner A, Dengler R, Sandmann P. Enhanced audio-visual interactions in the auditory cortex of elderly cochlear-implant users. Hearing Research. 2015;328:133-147.
  • Strüber D, Rach S, Neuling T, Herrmann CS. On the possible role of stimulation duration for after-effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 2015;9:311.
  • Helfrich RF, Knepper H, Nolte G, Strüber D, Rach S, Herrmann CS, Schneider TR, Engel AK. Selective modulation of interhemispheric functional connectivity by HD-tACS shapes perception. PLoS Biology. 2014;12(12):e1002031.
  • Helfrich RF, Schneider TR, Rach S, Trautmann-Lengsfeld SA, Engel AF, Herrmann CS. Entrainment of brain oscillations by transcranial alternating current stimulation. Current Biology. 2014;24(3):333-339.
  • Herrmann CS, Rach S, Vosskuhl J, Strüber D. Time-frequency analysis of event-related potentials: A brief tutorial. Brain Topography. 2014;27(4):438-450.
  • Rach S, Huster RJ. In search of causal mechanisms underlying bistable perception. Journal of Neuroscience. 2014;34(3):689-690.
  • Strüber D, Rach S, Trautmann-Lengsfeld SA, Engel AK, Herrmann CS. Antiphasic 40 Hz oscillatory current stimulation affects bistable motion perception. Brain Topography. 2014;27(1):158-171.
  • Herrmann CS, Rach S, Neuling T, Strüber D. Transcranial alternating current stimulation: A review of the underlying mechanisms and modulation of cognitive processes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2013;7:279.
  • Neuling T, Rach S, Herrmann CS. Orchestrating neuronal networks: Sustained after-effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation depend upon brain states. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2013;7:161.
  • Neuling T, Rach S, Wagner S, Wolters C, Herrmann CS. Good vibrations: Oscillatory phase shapes perception. NeuroImage. 2012;63(2):771-778.
  • Naue N, Rach S, Strüber D, Huster RJ, Zaehle T, Körner U, Herrmann CS. Auditory event-related response in visual cortex modulates subsequent visual responses in humans. Journal of Neuroscience. 2011;31(21):7729-7736.
  • Naue N, Strüber D, Fründ I, Schadow J, Lenz D, Rach S, Körner U, Herrmann CS. Gamma in motion: Pattern reversal elicits stronger gamma-band responses than motion. NeuroImage. 2011;55(2):808-817.
  • Rach S, Diederich A, Colonius H. On quantifying multisensory interaction effects in reaction time and detection rate. Psychological Research. 2011;75(2):77-94.
  • Rach S, Diederich A, Steenken R, Colonius H. The race model inequality for censored reaction time distributions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. 2010;72(3):839-847.
  • Zaehle T, Rach S, Herrmann CS. Transcranial alternating current stimulation enhances individual alpha activity in human EEG. PLOS ONE. 2010;5(11):e13766.
  • Steenken R, Colonius H, Diederich A, Rach S. Visual-auditory interaction in saccadic reaction time: Effects of auditory masker level. Brain Research. 2008;1220:150-156.
  • Rach S, Diederich A. Visual-tactile integration: Does stimulus duration influence the relative amount of response enhancement? Experimental Brain Research. 2006;173(3):514-520.
  • Contributions to books and proceedings

  • Reineke A, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, Rach S. MODYS - A modular control and documentation system for epidemiological studies. In: Bammann K, Lissner L, Pigeot I, Ahrens W, editors. Instruments for health surveys in children and adolescents. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2019. S. 25-45.

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