Anja Kräplin, Dr. rer. nat.

Postdoctoral Researcher VCF

Anja Kräplin

Contact information

Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Technische Universität Dresden

Chemnitzer Straße 46
01187 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-39848

Research Statement

My main research interest is in the relevance of cognitive control in onset, course and cessation of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. The main focus of my work is in experimental studies on the association of inhibitory control and decision-making in gambling disorder.



Scientific Education


Dr.rer.nat. in Psychology (summa cum laude), TU Dresden, Thesis title: Impulsivity in pathological gambling: Decomposing the construct to detect disorder-specific characteristics (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bühringer)

2008Diploma in Psychology, Technische Universität, Dresden

Professional Experience


Future Career Program: Academia” of the TU Dresden Graduate Academy


Participation in the European Post-Graduate School in Addiction Research (ESADD)

2010Research stay at the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research
2008Graduate assistant at the Department of Differential and Personality Psychology, TU Dresden, in the project: "Neurobiology of Emotion Regulation"
since 2008Research assistant at the Chair of Addiction, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden, Germany

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

Since 2015Member of the German Association for Addiction Research and Therapy (“DG Sucht”)    
2016Funding support of the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden to pilot the project “Tracking down the causes of gambling disorder: The role of cognitive dysfunctions in predicting real-life gambling behaviour”  
2015Travel grant of the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der TU Dresden e.V. to attend the 2nd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions 16.-18.03.2015 in Budapest
2014 Werner-Straub-Award of the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden „For excellent achievements in scientific qualification”    

Teaching award „Karl-und-Charlotte-Bühler“ of the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden for the seminar “Pathological Gambling and comparable disorders”

Travel grant of the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der TU Dresden e.V. to attend the 14. Wissenschaftliches Gespräch der DG-Sucht 17.-19.04.2013 in Tutzing    


Teaching award „Karl-und-Charlotte-Bühler“ of the Department of Psychology, TU Dresden for the seminar “Pathological Gambling”

Poster prize at the “28. Symposium der Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)“

Selected Publications

Kräplin, A. (2017). Conceptualizing behavioural addiction in children and adolescents. Addiction. doi:10.1111/add.13846


Kräplin, A., & Bühringer, G. (2016). Störung durch Glücksspielen - Ein Überblick [Gambling Disorder - An overview]. Report Psychologie, 41(5), 204-214.


Kräplin, A., Scherbaum, S., Bühringer, G., & Goschke, T. (2016). Retest reliabilities of decision-making and cognitive control measures in addictive disorders. Sucht, 62(4), 191–202. doi:10.1024/0939-5911/a000430


Kräplin, A., Behrendt, S., Scherbaum, S., Dshemuchadse, M., Bühringer, G., & Goschke, T. (2015). Increased impulsivity in pathological gambling: Considering nicotine dependence. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37(4), 367-378. doi:10.1080/13803395.2015.1018145


Braun, B., Kräplin, A., & Bühringer, G. (2014). Verhaltensprävention von pathologischem Glücksspielen. In K. Mann (Ed.), Verhaltenssüchte - Grundlagen, Diagnostik, Therapie, Prävention (pp. 177-193). Heidelberg: Springer.

Kräplin, A., Bühringer, G., Oosterlaan, J., van den Brink, W., Goschke, T., & Goudriaan, A. E. (2014). Dimensions and disorder specificity of impulsivity in pathological gambling. Addictive Behaviors, 39(11), 1646-1651. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.05.021

Kräplin, A., Dshemuchadse, M., Behrendt, S., Scherbaum, S., Goschke, T., & Bühringer, G. (2014). Dysfunctional decision-making in pathological gambling: Pattern specificity and the role of impulsivity. Psychiatry Research, 215(3), 675–682. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.12.041

Bühringer, G., Braun, B., Kräplin, A., Neumann, M., & Sleczka, P. (2013). Gambling - two sides of the same coin: recreational activity and public health problem. ALICE RAP Policy Paper Series, Policy Brief 2, 1-15.

Bühringer, G., Kräplin, A., Behrendt, S. (2012). Universal characteristics and consequences of the addiction syndrome. In Howard J. Shaffer (Ed.) The APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook (Vol. 1. Foundations, Influences, and Expressions of Addiction). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

Ludwig, M., Kräplin, A., Braun, B. & Kraus, L. (2012). Gambling experiences, problems, research and policy: gambling in Germany. Addiction. doi: 10.1111/j.1360‐0443.2012.04025.x

Kräplin, A., & Bühringer, G. (2011). Pathologisches Glücksspielen und vergleichbare Störungen In H.‐U. Wittchen & J. Hoyer (Eds.), Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Vol. 2, pp. 783‐796).Heidelberg: Springer.