I am a psychologist as well as a certified psychotherapist and supervisor in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, and schema therapy specialist. I graduated in psychology at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań (Poland) and the University of Greifswald (Germany). In Greifswald I also obtained a PhD (Sensory processing in high anxiety sensitive persons and spider phobic individuals) and a certificate in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. I was later working at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Gdańsk (2008-2011), at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw (2011-2017), and then at the SWPS University, Faculty in Poznań (since 2017). 2018 I obtained a post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in social sciences. Since October 2019 I have been the Dean at the Faculty of Psychology and Law in Poznań – the branch faculty of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
My research concentrates on the neural correlates of emotional experience as well as the interaction between cognition and emotion. I am also interested in studying neural mechanisms underlying the development, maintenance and treatment of mental problems, such as anxiety disorders, personality disorders and procrastination.
I am/was a Principal Investigator (PI) and a researcher in various research projects, for example on neural correlates of procrastination, neural correlates of observational fear learning, neural mechnisms of imagery-based psychotherapy and the impact of fear on selective attention and memory. I authored or co-authored numerous publications on clinical psychophysiology and psychotherapy of affective and anxiety disorders, published in international journals, such as Scientific Reports, Behavior Research and Therapy, Emotion, International Journal of Psychophysiology, and Social cognitive and affective neuroscience.
- Michalowski, J. M., Melzig, C. A., Weike, A. I., Stockburger, J., Schupp, H. T., & Hamm, A. O. (2009). Brain dynamics in spider-phobic individuals exposed to phobia-relevant and other emotional stimuli. Emotion, 9(3), 306.
- Melzig, C. A., Michalowski, J. M., Holtz, K., & Hamm, A. O. (2008). Anticipation of interoceptive threat in highly anxiety sensitive persons. Behaviour research and therapy, 46(10), 1126-1134.
- Michalowski, J. M., Pané-Farré, C. A., Löw, A., & Hamm, A. O. (2015). Brain dynamics of visual attention during anticipation and encoding of threat-and safe-cues in spider-phobic individuals. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(9), 1177-1186.
- Melzig, C. A., Holtz, K., Michalowski, J. M., & Hamm, A. O. (2011). Interoceptive threat leads to defensive mobilization in highly anxiety sensitive persons. Psychophysiology, 48(6), 745-754.
- Żemojtel‐Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J. P., Osin, E. N., Cieciuch, J., Adams, B. G., Ardi, R., Michałowski, J., … & de Clunie, G. T. (2018). The mental health continuum‐short form: The structure and application for cross‐cultural studies–A 38 nation study. Journal of clinical psychology, 74(6), 1034-1052.
- Marchewka, A., Wypych, M., Michałowski, J. M., Sińczuk, M., Wordecha, M., Jednoróg, K., & Nowicka, A. (2016). What is the effect of basic emotions on directed forgetting? Investigating the role of basic emotions in memory. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 10, 378.