Short CV/Education and training

  • 1999 – 2000
    Research intern at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA; Research assistant at the Institute of Child Development and at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance Research

  • 2002 – 2004
    Research assistant with a graduate fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation in the Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology, University of Jena, Germany

  • 2004 – 2006
    Postdoc in the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany

  • 2006 – 2009
    Head of a junior research group in the Department of Clinical and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz

  • 2009 – 2010
    Emmy Noether junior research group leader; stress and trauma-associated immunological changes and their effects on health; Psychology section, University of Konstanz

  • Since 2010
    Professor of Clinical and Biological Psychology at Ulm University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Boeck, C., Koenig, A. M., Schury, K., Geiger, M. L., Karabatsiakis, A., Wilker, S., Waller, C., Gün-del, H., Fegert, J. M., Calzia, E., Kolassa, I.-T. (2016). Inflammation in adult women with a history of child maltreatment: the involvement of mitochondrial alterations and oxidative stress. Mitochondrion, 30, 197-207.

  • Morath, J., Moreno-Villanueva, M., Hamuni, G., Kolassa, S., Ruf, M., Schauer, M., Bürkle, A., Elbert, T., Kolassa, I.-T. (2014). Effects of psychotherapy on DNA strand break accumulation originating from traumatic stress. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83, 289-297.

  • Karabatsiakis, A., Böck, C., Manrique, J.S., Kolassa, S., Calzia, E., Dietrich, D.E., Kolassa, I.-T. (2014). Mitochondrial respiration in peripheral blood mononuclear cells correlates with depressive subsymptoms and severity of major depression. Translational Psychiatry, 4, e397.

  • Wilker, S., Pfeiffer, A., Kolassa, S., Elbert, T., Lingenfelder, B., Ovuga, E., Papassotiropoulos, A., de Quervain, D., Kolassa, I.-T. (2014). Genetic Variation of FKBP5 Modulates Long-Term Effectiveness of Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy. Translational Psychiatry, 4, e403.

  • Koenig, A.M., Karabatsiakis, A., Stoll, T., Wilker, S., Hennessy, T., Hill, M. M., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2018). Serum profile changes in individuals with a history of childhood maltreatment: a combined metabolite and lipid fingerprinting study. Scientific Reports, 8:e3468.

  • Sommershof, A. et al.: Substantial reduction of naïve and regulatory T cells following traumatic stress. In: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 23, 2009. S. 1117-1124.

  • de Quervain, D. J.-F. et al.: A deletion variant of the alpha-2b-adrenoceptor is related to emotional memory in Europeans and Africans. In: Nature Neuroscience 10(9), 2007. S. 1137-1139.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • BMBF project: Stress resilience in the transgenerational transmission of childhood maltreatment

  • German Red Cross Ulm: Occupational stress and resilience factors in employees of the emergency medical services

  • DFG Emmy Noether project: Stress and trauma-associated immunological changes and their effects on health

  • Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (project in the WIN college): Neuroplasticity and immunology in old age and in dementia

  • DFG project: The influence of genetics on the aetiology and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the selection committee for the Janet Taylor Spence Award, Association for Psychological Science, 2012-2016 (chair of the committee 2014-2016)

  • Elected executive committee member of the University of Konstanz Zukunftskolleg (postdoctoral programme); central facility for the advancement of early-career scientists and a key component of the future initiative "The Konstanz Model – towards a culture of creativity" – Gathering expertise for the design and creation of a postdoctoral programme for the advancement of early-career scientists, 2007 – 2010

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