Stefan Ehrlich, Prof. Dr. med.

Professor (W3) and Attending Physician VCF

Stefan Ehrlich

Contact information

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus
Division of Psychological and Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences

Technische Universität Dresden
Fetscherstraße 74, 01307 Dresden 

Phone: +49 (0)351 458-5214
E-Mail: KJP-AG-Ehrlich@uniklinikum-dresden.de

Research Statement

As a clinician-scientist (and child and adolescent psychiatrist by training), I strive to understand the biological mechanisms underlying mental disorders starting early in life. My research program is focused on two major questions: How do inherited vulnerabilities interact with environmental factors during development to shape brain structure, brain function and abnormal behavior? Can disordered eating be understood in the context of abnormal reward and punishment sensitivity as well as cognitive control? 

Scientific Education

2011Habilitation: Experimental Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Prof. Dr. med. U. Lehmkuhl
2006Promotion: Neurology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Prof. Dr. med. F. Zipp
2005Doctor of Medicine (MD), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2000 – 2004Educational Science and Human Development, Humboldt Universitity Berlin

Professional Experience

since 2016TU Dresden, Division of Psychological & Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences: Head of the Division; Head of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Center at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
since 2015TU Dresden, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Professor of Translational Developmental Neuroscience, Vice Director of the Department, Deputy Chief Consultant and Head of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Center, and Head of the Translational Developmental Neuroscience Research Section
2013 - 2015TU Dresden, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Professor of Translational Developmental Neuroscience, Deputy Chief Consultant and Head of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Center, and Head of the Translational Developmental Neuroscience Research Section
Since 12/2012Technische Universität Dresden, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Director of Eating Disorder Services
Since 09/2010Technische Universität Dresden, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Professor for Translational Developmental Neuroscience and Clinical Attending
09/2008 – 08/2010Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, MGH, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston: Clinical research fellow/ post doc (Prof. R. Gollub, MD, PhD)
09/2007 – 08/2008Charité University Hospital Berlin, Resident in Psychiatry (Prof. Dr. med. A. Heinz) 
Since 10/2007Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brandenburg: Training in Psychotherapy (PD Dr. rer. nat. H. Barchmann and PD Dr. med. W. Kinze)
05/2005 – 08/2007Charité University Hospital Berlin, Resident in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. psych. U. Lehmkuhl)

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

2015Christina Barz Research Award for Eating Disorder Research
2015Focus: listed as one of Germany's best physicians (Psychiatry, Eating Disorders)
2014Focus: listed as one of Germany's best physicians (Psychiatry, Eating Disorders)
2013Focus: listed as one of Germany's best physicians (Psychiatry, Eating Disorders)
2012Hilde-Bruch-Research Award for Eating Disorders of the DGESS   
2012Focus: listed as one of Germany's best physicians (Psychiatry, Eating Disorders)
2011ICOSR Young Investigator Award
2009Trainee Abstract Award for the OHBM Annual meeting
2009DGKJP August-Homburger-Research-Award  
2006DFG Travel Award and Donald J. Cohen Fellow at the 17th World Congress of the IACAPAP, Melbourne, Australia
2005Poster Award, XIII. Conference of Biological Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ZI Mannheim 
2005Conference Fellowship of the Lutz-E. Adolf Foundation (DGKJP Conference)  
2004 – 2005DAAD International Scholarship (final year student)
2003Conference Fellowship for the New York Acadamy of Science Conference 
Since 2002Fellow of the International Academy of Life Science (IALS) 
2002 – 2003German National Academic Foundation - Exceptional Talent Fellow – International Fellowship
2001

Theodor Fontane Award for transnational communication and winner of the  “Start Social” competition of the German chancellor for my work supporting disabled children in Russia 1999-2005 German National Academic Foundation - Exceptional Talent Fellow

since 2007      Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer: Biological Psychiatry, BMC Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychology, Cerebral Cortex, Clinical Nutrition, Eating and Weight Disorders, Epigenetics, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Human Brain Mapping, International Journal of Eating Disorders, International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of  Eating Disorders, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Molecular Psychiatry, Neuroimage, Neuropsychobiology, Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychopharmacology, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review, Pharmacopsychiatry, Plos ONE, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, Psychological Medicine, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Schizophrenia Research, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Translational Psychiatry, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry

Selected Publications

Brauns S, Gollub RL, Roffman JL, Yendiki A, Ho BC, Wassink TH, Heinz A, Ehrlich, S. (2011). DISC1 is associated with cortical thickness and neural efficiency. Neuroimage, 4, 1591-600.

Ehrlich, S., Brauns, S., Yendiki, A., Ho, B.C., Calhoun, V.D., Schulz, S.C., Gollub, R.L., Sponheim, S.R. (2011). Associations of cortical thickness and cognition in healthy controls and patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbr018.

Ehrlich, S., Morrow, E.M., Roffman, J.L., Wallace, S., Naylor, M., Bockholt, H.J., Lundquist, A., Yendiki, A., Ho, B.C., White, T., Manoach, D.S., Clark, V.P., Calhoun, V.D., Gollub, R.L., Holt, D.J. (2010). The COMT Val108/158Met Polymorphism and Medial Temporal Lobe Volumetry in Patients with Schizophrenia and Healthy Adults. Neuroimage, 53(3), 992-1000.

Ehrlich, S., Salbach-Andrae, H., Eckhardt, S., Merle, J.V., Burghardt, R., Pfeiffer, E., Franke, L., Uebelhack, R., Lehmkuhl, U., Hellweg, R. (2009). Serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor and peripheral indicators of the serotonin system in underweight and weight-recovered adolescent girls and women with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 34(4), 323-329.

Ehrlich, S., Noam, G.G., Lyoo, I.K., Kwon, B.J., Clark, M.A., Renshaw, P.F. (2004). White Matter Hyperintensities and their Associations with Suicidality in psychiatrically hospitalized Children and Adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(6), 770-776.

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