[Translate to English:] Portrait von Prof. Dr. phil. Beate Ditzen

Prof. Dr. phil. Beate Ditzen

Director (Institute for Psychosocial Medicine)
Head of the Institute (social neuroendocrinology)
Head of the Institute (Psychobiology of stress)


+49 6221 56-8150
+49 6221 56-5303


Medical/Professional background

since 2016

Founder and Head of the Center for Psychosocial Medicine’s biochemical analysis laboratory (Stress Biomarkers Lab: analysis of cortisol, sex-hormones, and alpha amylase from saliva), Heidelberg University

since 2015

Founder and Head of the Outpatient Clinic and Psychotherapy Research Unit (Integrative Couples Therapy for patients with medical or mental illness), Institute of Medical Psychology

since 2015

Psychotherapy supervisor (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT)

since 2014

Director, Institute of Medical Psychology, Heidelberg University

2012 – 2014

Liaison-counseling psychotherapist, University Hospital Zurich, Departments of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Chair: Dr. R. Zimmermann) and Neonatology (Chair: Dr. H. U. Bucher)

since 2010

Board-licensed psychotherapist (Cognitive behavioral therapy & behavioral medicine)

May 2007 – July 2014

Senior research associate [Oberassistentin], University of Zurich (Chair: Prof. Dr. U. Ehlert)

since 2007

Intern, Psychological Liaison Counseling, Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta GA, USA

2002 – 2004

Graduate student, Department of Psychology, Div. of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Chair: Dr. U. Ehlert), University of Zurich

1999 – 2000

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Klinische Psychologie, Forschungsgruppe: Verhaltensneurologie (Leitung: Dr. H. Flor), Berlin, Deutschland

Scientific background

November 2013

Postgraduate education in systemic Liaison-counselling psychotherapy, Institute of ecological-systemic Therapy, Zurich

September 2010

Master of Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy (MASP), postgraduate education in Cognitive Behavioural therapy und behavioural health, University of Zurich

May 2005 – April 2007

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, Depts. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Leitung: Prof. Dr. C.B. Nemeroff), and Obstetrics and Gynecology (Leitung: Prof. Dr. S. Berga) Atlanta, GA USA

May 2004 – May 2005

Scientific Associate, Institute of Psychology, Department of clinical psychology and psychotherapy, University of Zurich (Chair: Prof. Dr. U. Ehlert)

November 2004

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Ph.D.-Program of the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ), Certificate of completion from Prof. Dr. Martin E. Schwab and Dr. Wolfgang Knecht

November 2004

Ph.D. [Dr. phil.], Doctoral degree: Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Title of Ph.D. thesis: “Effects of Romantic Partner Interaction on Psychological and Endocrine Stress Protection in Women”; Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert, Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke

April 2002

M.Sc. [Diplom in Psychologie], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Title of master thesis: “Effects of attachment, relationship quality and social support on psychoneuroendocrine stress responses”; Advisors: PD Dr. Bruno Kopp (Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ehlert (Zurich), & Dr. Markus Heinrichs (Zurich)

October 1998 – September 1998

B.A. [Licence de Psychologie], University of Burgundy, Dijon, France

October 1997

Pre-degree in Psychologie, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany


since 2019

German Psychological Society, Division of Biological Psychology; Betreuerpreis

since 2018

Studienstiftung d. deutschen Volkes; Trust Lecturer, Vertrauensdozentin

since 2016

Studienstiftung d. deutschen Volkes; Trust Lecturer Vertrauensdozentin

since 2012

Associate professorship, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Second-place ranking

since 2012

Full professorship (W3), Health Psychology, University of Ulm; Third-place ranking

since 2009

American Psychosomatic Society (APS), Young Scholars Award

2005 – 2007

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Post-Doctoral Fellowship USA

Professional memberships

since 2020

International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM); Treasurer, board member

since 2020

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Review Board, 110-05 Differential, Clinical and Medical Psychology, Methods; elected member

2019 – 2020

Marsilius-Kolleg Heidelberg University; Fellow

since 2019

Faculty Board, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University; elected member

since 2019

Ethics Board, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University; member

2016 – 2017

Marsilius-Kolleg Heidelberg University; Fellow

since 2016

German Association of Medical Psychology (DGMP), elected board member

2009 – 2016

Management board member, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation (DGVM)

since 2012

Excellence-Database “AcademiaNet”; member

2011 – 2015

International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM); Newsletter Editor, board member

American Psychosomatic Society (APS)

International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)

Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences (IZN) Heidelberg

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN)

Research interests

Neurobiological mechanisms of liaison bounds and health

Psychotherapy for mental and physical diseases, considering especially the partner

Couple interaction, the hormone oxytocin, and psychobiological stress reactivity

Neuroendocrine mechanisms of stress, stress coping and their effects on mental and physical health


Stress and gynecological disorders

Current projects

Current projects in the mentioned interests and their facilitation can be found at rubric research

Editorial boards

since 2020

Psychotherapie Psychosomatik medizinische Psychologie (PPmP) Redaktionsmitglied

2019 – 2020

Scientific Reports, Redaktionsmitglied

since 2014

Since 2014 Psychoneuroendocrinology Editorial Board; member

Consulting Editor Emotion (APA)

Scientific Advisory Board Psychotherapeut (Medizin Springer Verlag)