Katja Beesdo-Baum, Prof. Dr.

Professor (W3) VCF

Katja Beesdo-Baum

Contact information

Technische Universität Dresden
Faculty of Science
Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Behavioral Epidemiology
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Longitudinal Studies (CELOS)

01062 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 - 463 36989
E-Mail: Katja.Beesdo-Baum@tu-dresden.de

Research Statement

My research focusses on the clinical descriptive and causal-analytic epidemiology, clinical psychological and developmental aspects of the etiology and pathogenic mechanisms (cognitive-affective, behavioral, environmental, neurobiologic) of mental disorders. For this, we conduct large-scale, multi-faceted population-based observational studies as well as experimental/ intervention studies in healthy and clinically affected individuals.

Scientific Education

2010Habilitation (Psychology), TU Dresden (mentors: Prof. Dr. H.-U Wittchen, Dr. D.S. Pine)
2006Dissertation (Psychology), Dr. rer. nat., TU Dresden (mentor: Prof. Dr. H.-U. Wittchen)
2000Diploma Psychology, TU Dresden (advisor: Prof. Dr. E.S. Becker)  

Professional Experience

Since 04/2014Full Professor (W3) of Behavioral Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Longitudinal Studies (CELOS), Technische Universität Dresden  
10/2011 - 03/2014Assistant Professor of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (head: Prof. Dr. H.-U. Wittchen); independent research group: Clinical Developmental Psychopathology  
10/2010 - 09/2011Maternity leave (twins)  
03/2008 - 06/2010Postgraduate Training in Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy, IPT Leipzig / DGVT Dresden (certificate)
04/2007 - 06/2007fMRI Training, Mood and Anxiety Program, Section on Emotional Development and Affective Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (head: Daniel S. Pine)  
07/2006 - 10/2010Postdoctoral Fellow, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (head: Prof. Dr. H.-U. Wittchen); work group leader: Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology
01/2004 - 03/2005Postgraduate Research Assistant (Psychiatric Intern), Clinic of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University Hospital, Technische Universität Dresden (head: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Joraschky)
11/2000 - 05/2005Postgraduate Psychotherapy Training (CBT, adults), Technische Universität Dresden (Board Certifiction/Approbation)
11/2000 - 06/2006Research and Teaching assistant (doctorate), Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (head: Prof. Dr. H.-U. Wittchen)

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

Since 2015Associate Editor: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
Since 2014Reviewer for several funding organizations (selection: German Research Foundation, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Britisch Medical Research Council)
Since 2014Editorial Board Member: Child Psychiatry & Human Development
Since 2013Member of the ICD-11 Global Clinical Practice Network, World Health Organization  
2012ECNP Fellowship Award, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
2008Appointment as Advisor to the DSM-5 Task Force, Anxiety Disorder Study Group, American Psychiatric Association
Since 2007Scientific Advisory Panel on Anxiety Disorders and Anxiolytics, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
2006Dr.-Walter-Seipp-Dissertation-Award (Commerzbank-Stiftung), Technische Universität Dresden
Since 2004Several Career Development, Travel, and Poster Awards (Anxiety Disorder Association of America, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American Psychopathological Association, Society of Biological Psychiatry)  
Since 2004Reviewer for several journals (selection: Archives of General Psychology / JAMA Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews)

Selected Publications

Hilbert, K., Pine, D. S., Muehlhan, M., Lueken, U., Steudte-Schmiedgen, S., & Beesdo-Baum, K. (2015). Gray and white matter volume abnormalities in generalized anxiety disorder by categorical and dimensional characterization. Psychiatry Research-Neuroimaging, 234(3), 314-320.

Hilbert K, Lueken U, Beesdo-Baum K. (2014). Neural structures, functioning and connectivity in Generalized Anxiety Disorder and interaction with neuroendocrine systems: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders 158:114-126.

Kirschner H, Hilbert K, Hoyer J, Lueken U, Beesdo-Baum K. (2015). Psychophysiological reactivity during uncertainty and ambiguity processing in high and low worriers. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 50, 97-105.

Lueken U, Hilbert K, Stolyar V, Maslowski NI, Beesdo-Baum K, Wittchen H-U. (2014). Neural substrates of defensive reactivity in two subtypes of specific phobia. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 9, 1668-1675.

Lueken U, Straube B, Yang Y, Hahn T, Beesdo-Baum K, Wittchen H-U, Konrad C, Ströhle A, Wittmann A, Gerlach AL, Pfleiderer B, Arolt V, Kircher T. (2015). Separating depressive comorbidity from panic disorder: a combined functional magnetic resonance imaging and machine learning approach. Journal of Affective Disorders 184, 182–192.