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Prof. Dr. Dr.
Katharina Domschke

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Medical Director
Phone: 0049-761-270-65060


  • 1997-2004 Studies of Medicine, University of Muenster/ Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; M.A. Program in Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2004 Dissertation (M.D.), University of Muenster
  • 2005-2010 Residency  in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Universities of Bonn and Muenster, Germany (2010: Board Certification Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)
  • 2008 Habilitation
  • 2010-2011 Associate Professor and Consultant, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Muenster, Germany
  • 2010 Dissertation (Ph.D.), University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • 2012-2016 Professor of Psychiatry (W2), Managing Director, Vice Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Wuerzburg
  • Since 2016 Full Professor of Psychiatry (W3) and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Center – University of Freiburg
  • Since 2016 Adjunct Professor, Medical University Vienna, Austria
  • Since 2017 Member of the Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences

Focus of research

  • Prediction, indicated prevention and personalized treatment of anxiety and affective disorders
  • Genetics / epigenetics / imaging genetics / therapy(epi)genetics of anxiety and affective disorders

Selected publications

  • Domschke K et al. Neuropeptide S Receptor Gene Variation Differentially Modulates Fronto-Limbic Effective Connectivity in Childhood and Adolescence. Cereb Cortex. 2017; 27(1):554-566.
  • Ziegler C, … Domschke K. MAOA gene hypomethylation in panic disorder-reversibility of an epigenetic risk pattern by psychotherapy. Transl Psychiatry. 2016; 6:e773.
  • Ziegler C1, … Domschke K. Oxytocin receptor gene methylation: converging multilevel evidence for a role in social anxiety. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015; 40(6):1528-38.
  • Domschke K et al. ADORA2A Gene variation, caffeine, and emotional processing: a multi-level interaction on startle refl ex. Neuropsychophar macology. 2012; 37(3):759-69.
  • Domschke K et al. Neuropeptide S receptor gene - converging evidence for a role in panic disorder. Mol Psychiatry. 2011; 16(9):938-48.