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Beate Ditzen, Ph.D.

Professor of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Director
Institute of Medical Psychology at the Center for Psychosocial Medicine  (Opens window for sending emailE-Mail)

Current Research Focus

  • Neurobiological mechanisms of close relationships and their impact on health
  • Neuroendocrine effects of stress and stress coping on mental and somatic health
  • Couple interaction, the hormone oxytocin and psychobiological stress reactivity
  • Stress and gynecological disorders
  • Psychotherapy for patients with mental and somatic diseases with particular emphasis on the couple relationship

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Curriculum Vitae

Education and Professional Training
  • M.A.S. [Master of Advanced Studies] in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine. Postgraduate Advanced Master Program in Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine at the Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich (2010). Board-licensed psychotherapist since 2010.
  • Ph.D. [Dr. phil.], University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Title of Ph.D. thesis: “Effects of Romantic Partner Interaction on Psychological and Endocrine Stress Protection in Women”, Advisors: U. Ehlert Ph.D., L. Jäncke Ph.D. (2004)
  • M.Sc. [Diploma in Psychology], Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Title of master thesis: “Effects of attachment, relationship quality and social support on psychoneuroendocrine stress responses”, Advisors: Dr. Bruno Kopp (Berlin), U. Ehlert Ph.D. & M. Heinrichs Ph.D. (Zurich) (2002)
  • B.A. [Licence de Psychologie], University of Burgundy, Dijon, France (1998)
Positions
  • University Professor (Full Professorship) in Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Head of the Institute of Medical Psychology at the Center for Psychosocial Medicine, University Hospital, Heidelberg University (September 2014 - present)
  • Senior research associate [Oberassistentin], Department of Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Chair: U. Ehlert Ph.D.), University of Zurich (May 2007 – August 2014)
  • Group leader within the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ), Endocrine and Autonomic Regulation, Neuroimmunology Branch, Zurich (May 2012 – August 2014)
  • Post-doctoral research fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Group leader: Christine Heim Ph.D.), Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA (May 05 – April 07)
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Chair: U. Ehlert Ph.D.), University of Zurich (May 2004 – April 2005)
  • Graduate student, Department of Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Group leader: M. Heinrichs Ph.D.; Chair: U. Ehlert Ph.D.), University of Zurich (May 2002 – April 2004)
  • Research assistant at Humboldt University of Berlin, Clinical Psychology, Research Group Behavioral Neuroscience (Chair: H. Flor Ph.D), Berlin, Germany (1999 - 2000)

Scientific and Clinical Services

Clinical Work
  • Head of the Outpatient Clinic and Psychotherapy Research Unit at the Institute of Medical Psychology, University Hospital Heidelberg (since 2014)
  • CBT supervisor to psychotherapists in training (since 2014)
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