Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Diploma, Psychology, University of Tübingen

  • 1981 – 1983
    Yale University, New Haven, CT, DAAD Fellow, Department of Psychology, Training in behavioral therapy

  • 1981 – 1984
    Research Associate, Pain Management Program, West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center, West Haven, CT, USA

  • 1983
    University of Tübingen, Ph.D., Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • 1983 – 1984
    Yale University, New Haven, CT, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology

  • 1984
    Research Associate to Dr. P. F. Schlottke, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical and Physiological Psychology, University of Tübingen

  • 1984 – 1985
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical and Applied Psychology, University of Bonn

  • 1985 – 1987
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 1987 – 1989
    Habilitation scholarship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Department of Clinical and Physiological Psychology, University of Tübingen

  • 1989 – 1990
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Clinical and Physiological Psychology, University of Tübingen

  • 1990
    Habilitation, Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Tübingen, Germany; venia legendi for clinical psychology and psychophysiology

  • 1990 – 1991
    Interim Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Marburg

  • 1991 – 1993
    Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Department of Clinical and Physiological Psychology, University of Tübingen

  • 1993 – 1995
    Professor of Clinical and Somatic Psychology, Department of Psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin

  • 1995 – 2000
    Professor and Chair of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin

  • 1999 – 2000
    Interim Professor (C4) for Clinical Psychology, University of Marburg

  • Since 2000
    Scientific Director, Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim and Professor and Chair for Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University

  • Since 2006
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Center for Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim

Selected publications

  • Flor, H., Elbert, T., Knecht, S., Wienbruch, C., Pantev, C., Birbaumer, N., Larbig, W., & Taub, E. (1995). Phantom limb pain as a perceptual correlate of cortical reorganization. Nature, 357, 482-484.

  • Birbaumer, N., Ghanayim, N., Hinterberger, T., Iversen, I., Kotchoubey, B., Kübler, A., Perelmouter, J., Taub, E., & Flor, H. (1999). A spelling device for the paralyzed. Nature, 398, 297-298.

  • Flor, H., Nikolajsen, L., & Jensen, T. S. (2006). Phantom limb pain – a case of maladaptive central nervous system plasticity? Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7, 873-881.

  • Wessa, M., & Flor, H. (2007). Failure of extinction of fear responses in posttraumatic stress disorder: evidence from second-order conditioning. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 1684-1692.

  • Flor, H., & Turk, D. C. (2011). Chronic pain. An integrated biobehavioral approach. Seattle, WA: IASP Press.


Selected projects

  • Projects on pain, learning, cortical reorganization, conditioning, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, German Society for Behavioural Therapy, German Academic Exchange Service, British Council, Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, Humboldt Foundation, German-American Council, American Tinnitus Association, Tinnitus Research Initiative and European Union.

Coordinating functions:

  • Research network "The modulation of pain perception by emotional and cognitive processes: Basic research and insights from clinical groups" supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Coordinator: H. Flor), 2005 – 2008

  • Collaborative Research Center 636 "Learning, memory and brain plasticity: Implications for the psychopathology" and interdisciplinary graduate programme "Translational Neurosciences", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Spokesperson: H. Flor), 2004 – 2015

  • Clinical Research Unit "Neuronal plasticity and learning processes in pain chronicity: basic research, prevention, therapy", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Coordinator: H. Flor until 2004), 2001 – 2007

  • Research Training Group "Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience" at the Free University and Humboldt-University, Berlin, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Spokesperson: H. Flor), 1997 – 1999

  • Research unit "Cortical plasticity" at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Spokesperson: H. Flor), 1995 – 2001

  • Priority program "Mechanisms of associative learning", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Spokesperson: H. Flor, together with T. Elbert and A. Hamm), 1995 – 2001

  • Clinical Research Unit "Clinical psychophysiology of Pain", University of Tübingen, Germany, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Spokesperson: N. Birbaumer, Director: H. Flor), 1992 – 1997

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Councilor of the International Association of Pain, 2012 – 2018

  • Member of the Research Board, Heidelberg-Karlsruhe Research Partnership, 2012 – 2016

  • Member of the Foundation Council, the Foundation Board and the Foundation Board of Medicine of the University of Göttingen, since 2011

  • President of the German Neuroscience Society, 2011 – 2013

  • Vice president of the German Neuroscience Society, 2009 – 2011

  • Member of the Research Advisory Board of the Cluster of Excellence "NeuroCure" at Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, since 2010

  • Member of the Advisory University Council of the Hochschule Mannheim, University of Applied Sciences, 2009 – 2017

  • Member of the Excellence-Cluster "Cellular Networks" at the Heidelberg University and the "Graduate School Behavioral and Social Sciences" at the University Mannheim within the framework of the Excellence Initiative, 2007 – 2017

  • Member of the Academic Senate of the Heidelberg University, 2007 – 2010

  • Member of the Program Committee of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, 2007

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Society for Neuropsychology, 2006 – 2010

  • Member of the Faculty Board and the Faculty Executive Committee of the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the Heidelberg University, 2006 – 2010

  • Board Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2006 – 2009

  • Member of the Scientific Committee Health Research of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, 2005 – 2008

  • Member of the Program Committee of the XIIth World Congress on Pain in Glasgow 2008, 2005 – 2008

  • Member of the Review Board for Neuroscience and associated member of the Review Board for Psychology of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2004 – 2011

  • Member of the Research Committee and the Publication Committee of the International Association for the Study of Pain, 2002 – 2011

  • Chairperson of the Program Committee of the 11th World Congress on Pain in Sydney 2005, 2002 – 2005

  • Member of the Faculty Board and the Faculty Executive Committee; Member of the Presidential Commission Bioquant, Heidelberg University, 2001 – 2005

  • Member of the commission for Dr. sc. hum. of the Faculty for Clinical Medicine of the Heidelberg University (partly as chairperson), since 2000

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Society for the Study of Pain (DGSS), 2000 – 2002/2007 -2013

  • Member of the Berlin Committee for the promotion of young researchers, 1999 – 2000

  • Program Committee of the Congresses of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, the European Federation of IASP Chapters, the German Society for Behavioral Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the German Society for the Study of Pain, the World Congress of Pain, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, since 1994

  • Member of the Editorial Board or Associate Editor, Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, der Psychotherapeut, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Verhaltenstherapie und Verhaltensmodifikation, Pain, Clinical Journal of Pain, International Journal of Psychology, Journal of Psychology, Psychophysiology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics, European Journal of Pain, since 1993

  • Member of the Board of the German Society for Behavioral Medicine, 1992 – 1996

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