Dr. Emanuel Brunner

Lehre Departement Gesundheit Studiengangsleiter Bachelor in Physiotherapie

+41 58 257 14 61emanuel.brunner@ost.ch

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2018 PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences an der University of Leuven (KU Leuven), in Belgein
  • 2012 MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy an der KU Leuven, in Belgien
  • 2010 BSc in Physiotherapie an der ZHAW, in Winterthur

Berufliche Tätigkeit:

  • Seit 2021: Studiengangsleiter BSc in Physiotherapie OST
  • 2020 - 2021: Dozent für Physiotherapie an der OST - Ostschweizer Fachhochschule
  • Seit 2013: Physiotherapeut am Kantonsspital Winterthur


  • Mitglied der Schweizer Arbeitsgruppe für Physiotherapie in der Psychosomatik und Psychiatrie (SAG PPP)
  • Mitglied physioswiss
  • 2018 - 2021: Kassier der International Organisation of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH)

Competence profile

  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation in Mental Health Care
  • Chronic Pain

Peer reviewed:

  • Emanuel Brunner, André Meichtry, Davy Vancampfort, Reinhard Imoberdorf, David Gisi, Wim Dankaerts, Anita Graf, Stefanie Wipf Rebsamen, Daniela Suter, Lukas Martin Wildi, Stefan Buechi & Cornel Sieber. (2021). Influence of weekday of admission and level of distress on length of hospital stay in patients with low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 22(656). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-021-04529-6 
  • Emanuel Brunner, Maurizio Trippolini, Andrea Daurù, Niklaus Egloff, Roman Schleifer & Davy Vancampfort. (2021). Bewegung gegen Depression und Angst: Wie wir das Potenzial des ­körperlichen Trainings besser ­nutzen können. Swiss Medical Forum. 21(0910):154-156. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4414/smf.2021.08672
  • Emanuel Brunner, Wim Dankaerts, Kieran O’Sullivan, André Meichtry, Christoph Bauer & Michel Probst. (2019). Associations between alliance, physiotherapists’ confidence in managing the patient and patient-reported distress in chronic low back pain practice. European Journal of Physiotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/21679169.2019.1672786
  • Emanuel Brunner, Wim Dankaerts, André Meichtry, Kieran O’Sullivan & Michel Probst. (2018). Physical Therapists’ Ability to Identify Psychological Factors and Their Self-Reported Competence to Manage Chronic Low Back Pain. Physical Therapy, Volume 98, Issue 6, June 2018, Pages 471–479, https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzy012
  • Emanuel Brunner, André Meichtry, Kieran O’Sullivan, Se-Sergio Baldew, Wim Dankaerts & Michel Probst. (2018). Factor structure of the German version of the pain attitudes and beliefs scale for physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 35:10, 995-1003. DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1461285 
  • Emanuel Brunner, Michel Probst, André Meichtry, Hannu Luomajoki & Wim Dankaerts. (2016). Comparison of clinical vignettes and standardized patients as measures of physiotherapists’ activity and work recommendations in patients with non-specific low back pain. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(1), 85–94. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215515570499
  • Amber De Herdt, Jan Knapen, Davy Vancampfort, Marc De Hert, Emanuel Brunner & Michel Probst. (2013). Social anxiety in physical activity participation in patients with mental illness: a cross sectional multicenter study. Depression & Anxiety, 30: 757-762. doi:10.1002/da.22059
  • Amber De Herdt, Martien Wampers, Davy Vancampfort, Marc De Hert, Luc Vanhees, Hella Demunter, Ludwina Van Bouwel, Emanuel Brunner & Michel Probst. (2013). Neurocognition in clinical high risk young adults who did or did not convert to a first schizophrenic psychosis: A meta-analysis. Schizophrenia Research, 149(1–3), 48-55, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2013.06.017.
  • Emanuel Brunner, Amber De Herdt, Philippe Minguet, Se-Sergio Baldew & Michel Probst. (2013). Can cognitive behavioural therapy based strategies be integrated into physiotherapy for the prevention of chronic low back pain? A systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35:1, 1-10, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.683848

Publikation in akademischem Buch:

  • Emanuel Brunner & Wim Dankaerts. Physiotherapy for patients with nonspecific chronic low back pain and comorbid mental illnesses. In: Michel Probst & Liv Skjaerven (eds.). Physiotherapy in Mental Health and Psychiatry: a scientific and clinical based approach. Elsevier; 2017, pages:160-167.

Fachzeitschrift (nicht peer-reviewed):

  • Emanuel Brunner, Stefan Büchi & Michel Probst. (2018). Physiotherapie und Psychiatrie. Physioactive, 6, 7-12.