Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

M.A. Simone Kirst

M.A. Simone Kirst
research assistant
simone.kirst (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Klinische Psychologie Sozialer Interaktion
Function / Working Area
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Visiting address
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Room 215
Phone number
(030) 2093-1737
(030) 2093-89751
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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Since 10/2018


Institut für Psychologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Speaker of the Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions

(WGAS e.V.)

since 04/2015

Predoctoral research fellow

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Scholarship of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain


Predoctoral research fellow

Freie Universität Berlin; Scholarship of the Stiftung Irene


University degree (Magister) in linguistics, psychology & cognitive science

University of Potsdam


Autism Therapist

Oberlinhaus Potsdam/Autism center; AutisMut, Berlin


Research Interests

  • Social cognition, emotion recognition, emotional awareness, emotion regulation
  • Atypicalities in socio-emotional competencies in autism spectrum conditions 
  • Development and validation of technology-based interventions targeting socio-emotional competencies (i.a. for autism therapy)


I am interested mainly in the effectiveness and the therapeutic potential of technology-based interventions for people with impairments in social and emotional competencies. Within my PhD project, I developed a tablet-based intervention ( fostering emotion awareness, emotion recognition and empathy and demonstrated its effectiveness in a rondomized-controlled trial with children in the autism spectrum. Currently, I focus on the development of robot-child interaction strategies within the joint BMBF funded project "ERIK“. The main goal is the enhancement of emotion awareness and regulation in children with autism using an emotion-sensitive robotic platform in therapeutic settings.



Zoerner, D., Schütze, J., Kirst, S., Dziobek, I., Lucke, U.: Zirkus Empathico – Mobile Training of Socio-Emotional Competences for Children with Autism. 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), Austin (Texas), 2016                     

Kirst, S., Zoerner, D., Schütze, J., Lucke, U., Dziobek, I.: Zirkus Empathico: Eine mobile Applikation zum Training sozioemotionaler Kompetenzen bei Kindern im Autismus-Spektrum. Pongratz, H., Keil, R. (Hrsg.): Die 13. e-Learning Fachtagung Informatik, Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), Gesellschaft für Informatik, Bonn 2015