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Prof. Dr.
Thomas E. Schläpfer

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Phone: 0049-761-270- 68820


  • Completion of past graduate education in Baltimore, USA
  • Since 1994 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • 1997-2003 Director of Research and Chief Physician, Department of Psychiatry-Outpatients, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2003-2016 Deputy Director, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Bonn
  • Since 2016 Full Professor (joint appointment), Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida (Gainesville)
  • Since 2016 Full Professor of Interventional Biological Psychiatry (W3), Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Focus of research

  • Development of new methods of neuromodulation for the therapy of treatment resistant Depression (TRD)
  • Improvement in the understanding of the neurobiology of affective disorders by using methods of neuromodulation
  • Development of a patient-based learning (PBL) course for medical students in the subject of Psychiatry

Selected publications

  • Schlaepfer TE. Deep Brain Stimulation for Major Depression-Steps on a Long and Winding Road. Biol Psychiatry. 2015;78(4):218-219. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.06.020.
  • Schlaepfer TE, Bewernick BH, Kayser S, Mädler B, Coenen VA. Rapid effects of deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant major ' depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2013; 73(12):1204-12.
  • Schlaepfer TE, Fins JJ. Deep brain stimulation' and the neuroethics of responsible publishing: when one is not enough. JAMA. 2010;303(8):775-6.
  • Lieb K, Schlaepfer TE. Deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. N Engl J Med. 2006; 355(21):2256.
  • Schlaepfer TE, Lieb K. Deep brain stimulation for treatment of refractory depression. Lancet. 2005; 366(9495):1420-2.