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Allgemeine Psychiatrie
Zentrum für Psychosoziale Medizin

PD Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Psych. Katja Bertsch


Psychologische Leiterin der Arbeitsgruppe Persönlichkeitsstörungen
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Klinik für Allgemeine Psychiatrie
Zentrum für Psychosoziale Medizin
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

Voßstr. 2
69115 Heidelberg / Deutschland
Tel.: 06221 – 56 36502
Fax: 06221 – 56 5374
Email: katja.bertsch@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Forschungsschwerpunkte

Emotionen und soziale Interaktionen
Ärger und Aggression, soziale Angst, neurobiologische Grundlagen von Emotionen

Psychoneuroendokrinologie
Einfluss von Stress-, Geschlechts- und Bindungshormone auf soziale Kognitionen und Interaktionen

Persönlichkeitsstörungen und ihre Vorläufer
Borderline und antisoziale Persönlichkeitsstörung

Methodenschwerpunkte
Experimentelle Psychopathologie, funktionelle und strukturelle Bildgebung, Psychophysiologie, Eyetrackung, Endokrinologie



Publikationen

Buchbeiträge

Bertsch, K. (2017). Soziale Verträglichkeit, Impulskontrolle und Aggressivität. In S. C. Herpertz, F. Caspar, & K. Lieb. (Eds.) Psychotherapie: Funktions- und störungsorientiertes Vorgehen (1 ed.). München Elsevier.

Bertsch, K. (2017). Affekte, Spannung, Impulsivität und APD. In B. Dulz, P. Briken, O. F. Kernberg, & U. Rauchfleisch (Eds.), Handbuch der antisozialen Persönlichkeitsstörung. Stuttgart: Schattauer Verlag.

Herpertz, S. C., Mancke, F., & Bertsch, K. (2014). Aggressivität bei der Borderline-Persönlichkeitsstörung – eine psychiatrische Perspektive. Marsilius-Akademie: Gewalt und Altruismus.

Bertsch, K. (2011). Neurobiologie der Aggression. In F. Schneider (Ed.), Positionen der Psychiatrie (pp.89–94). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Zeitschriftenartikel

2017

Bertsch, K., Krauch, M., Stopfer, K., Haeussler, K., Herpertz, S.C., & Gamer, M. (2017). Interpersonal threat sensitivity in borderline personality disorder – an eye tracking study. Journal of Personality Disorders. doi:10.1521/pedi_2017_31_273.

Herpertz, S. C., Nagy, K., Ueltzhöffer, K., Schmitt, R., Mancke, F., Schmahl, C., & Bertsch, K. (2017). Brain mechanisms underlying reactive aggression in borderline personality disorder – sex matters. Biological Psychiatry, doi:10.1016/j.biopsch.2017.02.1175.

Mancke, F., Herpertz, S. C., Kleindienst, N., & Bertsch, K. (2017). Emotion dysregulation and trait anger sequentially mediate the association between borderline personality disorder and aggression. Journal of Personality Disorders, 31, 256-272.


2016

Herpertz, S. C. & Bertsch, K. (2016). Oxytocin effects on brain functioning in humans. Biological Psychiatry, 79, 631-632.

Hillmann, K., Neukel, C., Hagemann, D., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2016). Resilience factors in women with severe early life maltreatment. Psychopathology, 49, 261-268.

Izurieta Hidalgo, N. A., Oelkers-Ax, R., Nagy, K., Mancke, F., Bohus, M., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2016). Time course of facial emotion processing in women with borderline personality disorder – an ERP study. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 41, 16–26.

Mancke, Herpertz, S. C., Hirjak, D., Knies, R., & Bertsch, K. (2016). Amygdala structure and aggressiveness in borderline personality disorder. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

Meyer, P.-W. Müller, L. E., Zastrow, A., Schmidinger, I., Bohus, M., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2016). Heart rate variability in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder or borderline personality disorder – relationship to early life maltreatment. Journal of Neural Transmission,123, 1107-1118.

Meyhöfer, I., Bertsch, K., Esser, M., & Ettinger, U. (2016). Variance in saccadic eye movements reflects stable traits. Psychophysiology, 53, 566-578.

Mielke, E., Neukel, C., Bertsch, K., Reck, C., Möhler, E., & Herpertz, S.C. (2016). Maternal sensitivity and the empathetic brain: influences of early life maltreatment. Journal of Psychiatry Research, 77, 59–66.

Paret, C., Ruf, M., Gerchen, M.F., Kluetsch, R., Demirakca, T., Jungkunz, M., Bertsch, K., Schmahl, C., & Ende, G. (2016). fMRI neurofeedback of amygdala response to aversive stimuli enhances prefrontal-limbic brain connectivity. Neuroimage, 125, 182–188.


2015

Herpertz, S. C. & Bertsch, K. (2015). A new perspective on the pathophysiology of borderline personality disorder: a model of the role of oxytocin. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 840–851.

Mancke, F., Bertsch, K., & Herpertz, S. C. (2015). Gender differences in aggression of borderline personality disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 2:7, doi: 10.1186/s40479-015-0028-7.

Mancke, F., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2015a). Aggression in borderline personality disorder – a multidimensional model. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment, 6, 278–291.

Mancke, F., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2015b). Core questions and next steps in research on aggression in borderline personality disorder: Rejoinder for „Aggression in borderline personality disorder-A multidimensional model“. Personality Disorders: Theory, Reseach and Treatment, 6, 298-299.

Müller, L. E., Schulz, A., Andermann, M., Gäbel, A., Gescher, D. M., Spohn, A., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2015). Cortical representation of afferent bodily signals in borderline personality disorder: Neural correlates and relationship to emotional dysregulation. JAMA Psychiatry, 72, 1077–1086.

Rausch, J., Gäbel, A., Nagy, K., Kleindienst, N., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2015). Increased testosterone levels and cortisol awakening responses in patients with borderline personality disorder: gender and trait aggressiveness matter. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 55, 116-127.


2014

Herpertz, S. C. & Bertsch, K. (2014). The social-cognitive basis of personality disorder. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 27, 73–77.

Herpertz, S. C., Mancke, F., Jeung, H., & Bertsch, K. (2014). Social dysfunctioning and brain in borderline personality disorder. Psychopathology, 47, 417-424.

Schmahl, C., Herpertz, S. C., Bertsch, K., Ende, G., Flor, H., Kirsch, P., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Rietschel, M., Schneider, M., Spanagel, R., Treede, R.-D., & Bohus, M. (2014). Mechanisms of disturbed emotion processing and social interaction in borderline personality disorder: state of knowledge and research agenda of the German Clinical Research Unit. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation. doi:10.1186/2051-6673-1-12.


2013

Bertsch, K., Gamer, M., Schmidt, B., Schmidinger, I., Walther, S., Kaestel, T., Schnell, K., Büchel, C., & Herpertz, S. C. (2013). Oxytocin reduces social threat hypersensitivity in females with borderline personality disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 1169–1177.

Bertsch, K., Grothe, M., Prehn, K., Vohs, K., Berger, C. Hauenstein, K., Keiper, P., Domes, G., Teipel, S., & Herpertz, S. C. (2013). Brain volumes differ between diagnostic groups of violent criminal offenders. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 263, 593–606.

Bertsch, K., Schmidinger, I., Neumann, I. D., & Herpertz, S. C. (2013). Reduced plasma oxytocin levels in female patients with borderline personality disorder. Hormones and Behavior, 63, 424–429.

Henze, R., Barth, J., Parzer, P., Bertsch, K., Schmitt, R., Lenzen, C., Herpertz, S., Resch, F., Brunner, F., & Kaess, M. (2013). Validierung eines Screening-Instruments zur Borderline-Persönlichkeitsstörung im Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter – Gütekriterien und Zusammenhang mit dem Selbstwertgefühl der Patienten. Fortschritte der Neurologie – Psychiatrie, 81, 324–330.

Kuhlmann, A.*, Bertsch, K.*, Schmidinger, I., Thomann, P.A., & Herpertz, S. C. (2013). Morphometric differences in central stress-regulating structures between women with and without borderline personality disorder. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 38, 129–137. *shared first-authorship

2012

Bertsch, K., Hagemann, D., Naumann, E., Schächinger, H., & Schulz, A., (2012). Stability of heart rate variability indices reflecting parasympathetic activity. Psychophysiology, 49, 672– 682.

2011

Bertsch, K. & Herpertz, S.C. (2011). Oxytocin – ein prosoziales Hormon: Effekte in und außerhalb des Wochenbetts. Gynäkologische Endokrinologie, 9, 36–40.


2010

Bertsch, K., Böhnke R., Kruk, M. R., Richter, S., & Naumann, E. (2010). Exogenous cortisol facilitates responses to social threat under high provocation. Hormones and Behavior, 59, 428-434.

Böhnke, R., Bertsch, K., Kruk, M. R., & Naumann, E., (2010). The relationship of basal and acute HPA axis activity and aggressive behavior in healthy adults. Journal of Neural Transmission, 117, 629–637.

Böhnke, R., Bertsch, K., Kruk, M. R., Richter, S. & Naumann, E. (2010). Exogenous cortisol enhances aggressive behavior in females, but not in males. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35, 1034–1044.


2009

Bertsch, K., Hagemann, D., Hermes, M., Walter, C., Khan, R., & Naumann, E. (2009). Resting Cerebral Blood Flow, Attention, and Aging. Brain Research, 1267, 77-88.

Hermes, M., Hagemann, D., Britz, P., Lieser, S., Bertsch, K., Naumann, E., & Walter, C. (2009). Latent state-trait structure of cerebral blood flow in a resting state. Biological Psychology, 80, 196-202.


Drittmittelprojekte

2015-2018 DFG – Klinische Forschergruppe 256 (PI Bertsch & Herpertz): Biobehavioral Mechanisms Underlying Reactice Aggression in Borderline Personality Disorder: Validation and Pharmacological Modulation
2015-2018 DFG – Klinische Forschergruppe 256 (PI Herpertz & Bertsch): Hypersensitivity to Social Threat, Anger, and Aggression in Borderline Personality Disorder – Development of a Mechanism-Based Psychotherapy
2013-2016    DFG (PI Bertsch) Oxytocinergic Effects on Socio-emotional Functioning in Socially Anxious Individuals
2014-2015DFG – Klinische Forschergruppe (PI Bertsch): Neural Correlates of Reactive Aggression in Borderline Personality Disorder – Development and Testing of a New Paradigm
2013-2018EU FP-7-Health – FemNat-CD (PI Herpertz & Bertsch): The Role of Oxytocin in Social Threat Perception and Aggression in Antisocial Personality Disorder: Pharmaco-challenge snd Investigation of Gender Differences
2013-2014Friedrich-Fischer Foundation (PI Bertsch): Threat Sensitivity in Borderline Personality Disorder: an Eyetracking Study
2012-2015BMBF – UBICA (PI Herpertz, Reck, Möhler, Resch & Bertsch): Behavioral and Neural Effects of Mothers’ History of Childhood Abuse on the Interaction with their Child – a Study on the Intergenerational Cycle of Violence
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