Peer-Reviewed Articles

Heekerens, J. B., Schulze, L., Enge, J., Renneberg, B., & Roepke, S. (2022). The temporal relation of arousal and perceived rejection in patients with borderline personality disorder and depressive disorders: An experience sampling approach. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/per0000546. Preprint available at doi: 10.31234/ Data and code are available at

Heekerens, J. B., Eid, M., Heinitz, K., & Merkle, B. (2022). Cognitive-affective responses to online positive-psychological interventions: The effects of optimistic, grateful, and self-compassionate writing. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12326 (Download)

Heekerens, J. B., & Eid, M. (2020). Inducing positive affect and positive future expectations using the best-possible-self intervention: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 16(3), 322-347. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2020.1716052

Heekerens, J. B., Heinitz, K., & Eid, M. (2019). Dealing with conflict: Reducing goal ambivalence using the best-possible-self intervention. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(3), 325-337. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1610479

Jarden, A., Rashid, T., Roache, A., Lomas, T., Heekerens, J. B., & Dreisörner, A. (2019). Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice (version 1.0: German). International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(3), 1-30. doi: 10.5502/ijw.v9i3.993 (Download)

Heekerens, J. B., & Heinitz, K. (2019). Looking forward: The effect of the best-possible-self intervention on thriving through relative intrinsic goal pursuits. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20, 1379-1395. doi: 10.1007/s10902-018-9999-6

Doctoral Thesis

Heekerens, J. B. (2020). Cultivating happiness: Effects, underlying mechanisms, and moderators of positive-psychological interventions [Doctoral dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin]. Refubium. (Download)

Book Chapters

Koch, T., Holtmann, J., & Heekerens, J. B. (2021). Construction of informative priors for the application of CFA – MTMM models in small samples: A model-free approach. In J. L. Helm (Ed.), Advanced multitrait-multimethod analyses for the behavioral and social sciences (1st ed.). Routlege.