Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989
    Abitur (A-levels), Erfurt, Germany

  • 1990 – 1992
    Studied psychology at the University of Leipzig, Germany, completing the Vordiplom (intermediate examination)

  • 1992 – 1996
    Diplom degree in psychology from the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1994 – 1995
    Master of Science in neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK

  • 2000
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr rer. nat.), University of Göttingen

  • 2007
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of psychology – in particular clinical psychology and psychotherapy, as well as neuropsychology, Marburg University

  • Since 2011
    Professor of clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the University of Leipzig

Selected publications

  • Exner, C.: Integration von Verhaltenstherapie und Neuropsychologie. In: Verhaltenstherapie 20, 2010. pp. 119-126.

  • Exner, C. et al.: Metacognition and episodic memory in obsessive-compulsive disorder. In: Journal of Anxiety Disorders 23, 2009. pp. 624-631.

  • Exner, C. et al.: Impaired implicit learning and reduced pre-supplementary motor cortex size in early-onset major depression with melancholic features. In: Journal of Affective Disorders 119, 2009. pp. 156-162.

  • Exner, C. et al.: Reduced size of the pre-supplementary motor cortex and impaired motor sequence learning in first-episode-schizophrenia. In: Schizophrenia Research 84, 2006. pp. 386-396.

  • Exner, C. et al.: Implicit and explicit memory after focal thalamic lesions. In: Neurology 57, 2001. pp. 2054-2063.


Selected projects

  • Metacognition and memory in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, project sponsor: German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2011

  • Dealing with probabilistic information concerning patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (project sponsor: DFG), since 2007

  • Evaluation of an outpatient neuropsychological psychotherapy programme (project sponsor: Outpatient Psychotherapy Clinic of Marburg, Germany), since 2007

Additional qualifications

  • Licensed as a psychological psychotherapist, specialising in behavioural therapy, 1999

  • Additional qualification in clinical neuropsychology


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Balancing family and a scientific career


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two children


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