Short CV/Education and training

Graduate Education:

  • 1973 – 1979
    Psychology at the University of Mainz/Germany

  • 1976 – 1981
    Medical School at the University of Mainz/Germany

  • 1981 – 1982
    Internship in neurology, medicine, general surgery, Städtische Kliniken Darmstadt/Germany

Positions and Professional Activities:

  • 1982 – 1986
    Residency in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Mainz/Germany

  • 1986 – 1988
    Fogarty Research Fellowship, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland/USA

  • 1988 – 1989
    Attending psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Freiburg/Germany (Head: Prof. Dr. Dr. Holsboer)

  • 1988 – 1996
    Head of the clinical research group to study depression and aging at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich/Germany

  • 1989
    Board certification in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

  • 1990 – 1996
    Senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich/Germany

  • 1991 – 1996
    Head of the memory clinic at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich/Germany

  • 1994
    Habilitation and Venia legendi for psychiatry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich/Germany

  • 1995
    Board Certification in Clinical Geriatrics

  • 1996 – 2001
    Deputy director of the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim/Germany

  • 1996 – 2001
    Head of the Memory Clinic at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim/Germany

  • 1996 – 2001
    Head of the sleep-laboratory at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim/Germany

  • 1996 – 2001
    Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg/Germany

  • Since 2001
    Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Charité Universitätsmedzin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin

Selected publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional memberships:

  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie (AGNP) (Association for Neuropsychopharmacology and Pharmacopsychiatry)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafforschung und Schlafmedizin (German Society for Sleep Research and Medicine)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Alternsforschung e.V. (Germany Society for Gerontology)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biologische Psychiatrie (DGBP) (Germany Society of Biological Psychiatry)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Endokrinologie (DGE) (Germany Society for Endocrinology)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geriatrie e.V. (German Society for Geriatrics)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN) (German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology)

  • European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)

  • Hirnliga e.V. (member of the board)

  • International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology

  • International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)

  • International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)

  • Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (German Society of Neuroscience)

  • The New York Academy of Sciences

  • Society of Biological Psychiatry

Member of the Editorial Board of:

  • Journal of Experimental Neurology, Section-editor: Psychiatry

  • Journal of Psychiatric Research

  • Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology

  • Journal of Neural Transmission, Dementia Section

Activities in the scientific community:

  • Past-President of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), since 2011

  • Member of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), since 2011

  • President of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE), 2008 – 2011

  • Member of the European Alzheimer?s Disease Consortium (EADC), since 2008

  • Board Member of the Excellence Cluster "Languages of Emotion", Freie Universitaet Berlin, since 2007

  • Faculty Member of the "Berlin School of Mind and Brain", since 2006

  • Board Member of the Competence Net Dementia, since 2001

  • Member of the Competence Net Schizophrenia, since 2001

  • Speaker of the doctoral program 429 "Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology of aging" (DFG, German Research Foundation), 2001 – 2008

  • Member of the Competence Net Depression, since 2000

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • married to Univ-Prof. Irwin Collier, economist, head of the John F Kennedy Institutes for North American Studies of the 'Freien Universität', Berlin


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