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Institute for Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Psychotherapy (IPPP)


Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Martin Bohus

Phone: +49 621 1703-4002

Fax: +49 621 1703-4005


K 3, 21, 4th Floor, Room 308


Assistant: Sabine Irle-Bieker
Phone: +49 621 1703-4002 E-Mail

K 3, 21, 4th Floor, Room 312


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Health Care
The Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy integrates clinical and research activities focusing on the development and application of psychotherapy for trauma-related disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to adverse childhood experience.

The research activities of the department align to the three research pillars of the CIMH:

Mental disorders across the life span: RG Experimental Psychopathology, RG Experimental Psychotherapy, RG Experimental Psychology.

Neuronal Plasticity: RG Experimental Psychopathology, RG Experimental Psychotherapy, RG Experimental Psychology

Therapy research: RG Experimental Psychopathology, RG Experimental Psychotherapy, RGExperimental Psychology

Within the last five years, the department contributed several publications to highly ranked international journals such as Archives of General Psychiatry, Blood, or Biological Psychiatry. In funding, highlights include the establishment of the DFG Clinical Research Unit (KFO 256) “Pathomechansims of Emotion Regulation in Borderline Personality Disorders” (headed by M. Bohus as spokesperson and C. Schmahl as research coordinator), the BMBF network grant “Psychosocial and Neural Consequences in Adulthood of Interpersonal Violence During Childhood: Mechanisms and Treatment” (RELEASE), several DFG individual grants as well as contributions to SFB 636.

The department actively encourages and supports outstanding young scientists. In this area, it currently hosts the following funded research groups and fellowships: Petra Ludaescher (Olympia Morata); Georgia Koppe (SFB 636); Janine Thome (SFB 636), Franziska Willis (KFO 256), Sarah Kuniss (KFO 256), Janina Naoum (KFO 256), and Sarah Reitz (KFO 256).

Long-standing collaborations within the CIMH have been established with the department of psychiatry and psychotherapy, the institute of neuropsychology and clinical psychology, the institute of psychopharmacology, and the department of neuroimaging, most of them in the context of SFB 636 and KFO 256.

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