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Svenja Taubner 

Prof. Dr. phil.

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Primary fields of Research

  • Mentalizing
  • Conduct disorder
  • Personality disorders 
  • Competence development of health care professionals


Selected publications

  • Taubner, Svenja, Zimmermann, Laura, Ramberg, Axel & Schröder, Paul. (2016). Do mentalization and attachment mediate the relation between childhood maltreatment and adolescent potential for violence? Psychopathology, 49,4
  • Kirsch, Holger, Brockmann, Joseph & Taubner, Svenja (2016). Mentalisieren in der psychotherapeutischen Praxis. Klett-Cotta: Stuttgart.
  • Taubner, Svenja (2015). Konzept Mentalisieren. Eine Einführung in Forschung und Praxis. Psychosozial-Verlag: Gießen.
  • Taubner, Svenja, Zimmermann, Johannes, Kächele, Horst, Möller, Heidi & Sell, Christian (2013). The Relationship of Introject Affiliation and Personal Therapy to Trainee Self-Efficacy: A Longitudinal Study among Psychotherapy Trainees. Psychotherapy 50(2), 167-177.
  • Taubner, Svenja, White, Lars, Zimmermann, Johannes, Fonagy, Peter & Nolte, Tobias (2013). Attachment-related mentalization moderates the relationship between psychopathic traits and aggression in adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s10802-013-9736-x
  • Buchheim, Anna, Viviani, Roberto, Kessler, Henrik, Kächele, Horst, Cierpka, Manfred, Roth, Gerhard, George, Carol, Kernberg, Otto, Bruns, Georg & Taubner, Svenja (2012) Changes in Prefrontal-Limbic Function in Major Depression after 15 months of Long-Term Psychotherapy. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33745. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033745


  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapist for Adults, Adolescents, and Children (DPG, German psychoanalytic Society)
  • Supervisor and Trainer in Mentalization-based Therapy for Adolescents (MBT-A) (Anna-Freud-Centre London)
  • Trainer in the Reflective Functioning Scale
  • Reliable coder of the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System


  • February 1998 – April 2004  Mediator at the Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich Bremen e. V., Leitung der Sektion Ost
  • August 2002 – January 2006: Researcher at the University of Bremen, Bremer Institut für Theoretische und Angewandte Psychoanalyse, Prof. Ellen Reinke
  • February 2006 – April 2009: Self-employed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in Training
  • January 2007 – July 2008: Researcher at the University of Ulm, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Prof. Horst Kächele
  • August 2008 – August 2013: Researcher at the University of Kassel, Institute for Psychology, Prof. Heidi Möller
  • October 2010 - August 2013: Assistant Professor of Developmental psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
  • April 2012 – August 2012: Ad-Interim Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kassel, Institute of Psychology (Substitution for Prof. Benecke)
  • September 2012 – August 2013: Parental leave
  • September 2013 – December 2015: Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the   Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt.
  • January 2016 - Today: W3-Professor of Psychosocial Prevention and Director of the Institute for Psychosocial Prevention at the University of Heidelberg


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