Ilka Böhm, Dipl.-Psych.

Doctoral researcher VCF

Ilka Böhm

Contact information

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University Hospital C.G. Carus

Technische Universität Dresden
Fetscherstr. 74, 0,1307 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 458-7077

Research Statement

Eating disorders are caused and maintained by a complex interplay of physiological, psychological and social factors. Through my research I try to shed light on these factors, with a focus on the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning anorexia nervosa. In particular, I am currently investigating the ways in which people with anorexia nervosa process aversive and rewarding stimuli, and how these brain processes may be related to the development and maintenance of their illness.

Scientific Education

11/2012 – presentUniversity Hospital of the University of Technology Dresden, PhD student
10/2007 – 11/2012Dresden University of Technology, Psychology (Diploma)       

Professional Experience

10/2011 – 10/2012Honorary research worker, Section of Eating Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
01/2011 – 06/2012Research assistant, Unit for Eating Disorders at Dresden University of Technology
10/2009 – 07/2010Clinical Internship Neuropsychology, Bavaria Klinik, Kreischa
10/2009 – 07/2010Research assistant, Department for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the University of Technology Dresden

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

11/2012PhD scholarship: Promotionsstipendium des Sonderforschungsbereiches Volition und Kognitive Kontrolle
04/2013Conference Scholarship for the International Conference on Eating Disorder awarded by Lutz-Adolf Stiftung
01/2014Conference Scholarship for the International Conference on Eating Disorder  awarded by DAAD

Selected Publications

Schober, I., Sharpe, H., Schmidt, U. (2013) The reporting of fidelity measures in primary prevention programs for eating disorders in schools. European Eating Disorder Review. 21(5), pp. 374-381.

Schober, I., Renwick, B., Kenyon, M., DeJong, H., Sharpe, H., Jacobi, C., Schmidt, U. (in press) Threat-related attentional bias in anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Sharpe, H., Schober, I., Treasure, J., Schmidt, U. (2013) A cluster randomised controlled trial assessing the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of a school-based prevention programme for eating disorders. British Journal of Psychiatry [epub ahead of print].