Short CV/Education and training

  • 2000
    Diplom degree in psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2004
    PhD in neuropsychology from Heidelberg University, Central Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, Mannheim, Germany

  • 2004
    Licensed as a cognitive behavioural therapist

  • 2004
    Postdoctoral research fellow at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, Mannheim, Germany (Project C1, SFB 636)

  • 2005 – 2007
    Postdoctoral research fellow at CEA-INSERM, U797 "Neuroimaging in psychiatry", IFR 49, Hospital, Department of Frederic Joliot, Orsay, France

  • 2007 – 2008
    Senior lecturer at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, Mannheim

  • 2008
    Parental leave

  • Since 2008
    Head of the "Emotional Processing in Bipolar Disorder" research group at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, Mannheim

  • 2010
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the supervision of research and teaching in clinical psychology, neuropsychology and medical psychology, Heidelberg University. Thesis: "Psychobiological correlates of emotional processing in patients with bipolar disorder and healthy individuals"

  • 2011 – 2013
    Professor for Experimental Psychopathology and Imaging (Experimentelle Psychopathologie und Bildgebung) and leader of this section, Clinic for general Psychiatry, Center for Psychosocial Medicine, University Heidelberg

  • 2013
    Offer of a W3 professorship in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, Mainz University

Selected publications

  • Kanske, P. et al.: Impaired regulation of emotion: neural correlates of reappraisal and distraction in bipolar disorder and unaffected relatives. Translational Psychiatry, 5 (2015), S. 1-9.

  • Linke, J. et al.: Impaired anatomical connectivity and related executive functions: Differentiating vulnerability and disease marker in bipolar disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 74 (2013), S. 908-916.

  • Linke, J. et al.: Increased medial orbitofrontal and amygdala activation: evidence for a systems-level endophenotype of bipolar I disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169 (2012), S. 316-325.

  • Kanske, P. et al.: Neural correlates of emotion regulation deficits in remitted depression: The influence of regulation strategy, habitual regulation use, and emotional valence. Neuroimage, 61(3) (2012). S.686-93.

  • Kanske, P. et al.: How to regulate emotion? Neural networks for reappraisal and distraction. Cerebral Cortex 21 (2011). S. 1379-1388.

  • Wessa, M. et al.: The CACNA1C risk variant for bipolar disorder influences limbic activity. In: Molecular Psychiatry, 15 (2010). S. 1126-1127

  • Linke, J. et al.: Motivational orientation modulates the neural response to reward. In: Neuroimage 49, (2010). S. 2618-2625.

  • Wessa, M. et al.: Increased fractional anisotropy in euthymic bipolar patients: a voxel-based diffusion tensor imaging study. In: Bipolar Disorders, 11 (2009). S. 504-514.

  • Houenou, J. et al.: Increased white matter connectivity in euthymic bipolar patients: Diffusion tensor tractography between the subgenual cingulate and the amygdalo-hippocampal

    complex. In: Molecular Psychiatry 12 (2007). S. 1001-1010.

  • Wessa, M., Flor, H.: Evidence for second-order Pavlovian conditioning with trauma-relevant cues in posttraumatic stress disorder. In: American Journal of Psychiatry 164 (2007). S. 1684-1692.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 636, Subproject C6 (funding period: 2008-2011): Anatomical and functional bases of reinforcement learning and the processing of reinforcement in patients with bipolar affective disorders

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether junior research group (We3638/3-1, funding period: 12/2008 – 11/2013): Mechanisms of emotional processing in bipolar affective disorders: symptom-dependency, specificity of disorder and vulnerability

  • DFG funding (We3638/ 5-1) (duration: 2/2015 – 01/2018): The functional relevance of abnormal changes in white matter during the development of bipolar disorder

Additional qualifications

  • Licensed as a psychological psychotherapist (with an emphasis on behavioural therapy), 2004


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