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Curriculum vitae

born 1958 in Munich




Education and Functions

1981-1988Study of medicine, philosophy and history of science

MD in history of medicine: dissertation "The Mechanization of the Heart. Harvey and Descartes" 

1989-1996Psychiatric training at the Technical University Munich
1995Advanced medical degree for psychiatry and psychotherapy
1995-1997Postdoc (habilitation) scholarship of the German Science Foundation (DFG) 
since 1997Senior physician at the Clinic for General Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg, and director of the Section "Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy" 
1999 Habilitation in psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg
1999PhD in philosophy: dissertation "Leib, Raum, Person. Entwurf einer phänomenologischen Anthropologie"
since 2004Head of the section "Philosophical Foundations" of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy" (DGPPN)
since 2005Professor for psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg
2008, 2009Fellow at the Marsilius-Kolleg (Center for Advanced Studies), University of Heidelberg 
Director of the Interdisziplinären Forum for Biomedicine and Cultural Studies (IFBK), University of Heidelberg
2010Habilitation in philosophy at the University of Heidelberg    
Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg




Scientific Working Priorities

    • Phenomenological Psychology, Psychopathology and Anthropology
    • Phenomenology and cognitive Neurosciences
    • Theory and Ethics of Psychiathry and Medicine




    Member of Editorial Boards of International Journals



    Member in Scientific Associations

    • Chairman of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Anthropologie, Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (DGAP)
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Neurologie (DGPPN)
    • Chairman of the Karl-Jaspers-Gesellschaft (Basel)
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phänomenologische Forschung (DGPF)
    • Gesellschaft für Neue Phänomenologie (GNP)
    • Section "Psychopathologie" der Europäischen Psychiatrischen Vereinigung (AEP)
    • Section "Psychopathologie" der World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
    • International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry (INPP)




    • 2012: Margrit-Egnér-Award for Anthropological Psychology, University Zurich
    • 2013: Akademie-Award of the Protestant Academy Bad Herrenalb
    • 2014: Annual Award of the University Heidelberg for research, teaching, and promotion of young reseachers



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