Personality Disorders

HerpertzSabine Herpertz

General Psychiatry
Centre of Psychosocial Medicine
Voßstr. 2
69115 Heidelberg
Phone:  +49-6221-5622751
Fax.:  +49-6221-565998

Research Summary:

We study neurobiological underpinnings of disorders of social interaction as they are particularly characteristic of personality disorders. We are interested how basic psychological functions such as social cognitive capabilities, affect regulation, and impulse control contribute to adaptive and maladaptive social interaction, i.e. approach and attachment on the one hand and avoidance and aggression on the other. We use a translational approach that focuses on multimodal imaging and neuropeptides with neurobiological research being based on phenomenological psychopathology and the development of suitable experimental paradigms found in psychology and psychopathology. Our aim is to better understand the mechanisms that underlie psychic disorders and that could be the target of novel treatment strategies, in the realm of psychotherapy in particular.

Structure of the Group:

Group Leader Sabine Herpertz
Senior Scientist Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Psych. Katja Bertsch
Postdoctoral fellows Haang Jeung, Andrea Sauter, linca Schmidinger, Ruth Schmitt
PhD students Falk Mancke, Corinne Neukel, Burkhardt Matzke
Undergraduates Andrea Kuhlmann, Brigitte Schmidt, Jonathan Stübler


Editor: A. Summerfield
Latest Revision: 2020-02-04
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