I am a research psychiatrist with a scientific focus on improving
biological assessment, diagnosis and therapy of severe forms of mood
I have been trained in clinical psychiatry at the Medical University
of Vienna, Austria. Currently, I am an
attending psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry and
Psychotherapy. I am certified to practice cognitive behavioral therapy
and to apply electroconvulsive therapy. As academic, I completed a
PhD-thesis on serotonin
and neuroplasticity in the Clinical Neurosciences Program at the Medical
University of Vienna working with PET and MRI. In addition, I conducted
a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental
Health in Bethesda, U.S.A., working on resting
state fMRI markers of Major Depressive Disorder.
My aims are to improve clinical diagnosis and treatments of severely ill patients with psychiatric neuroscience. Thereby, I use neurobiological information on the brain’s structure and function gained by invasive and non-invasive assessments. For example, reliable diagnostic and therapeutic markers are urgently needed to inform patients, their relatives and healthcare providers on disease severity and future outcomes of depression.
I have a special interest in finding novel therapeutics, whereby the safety assessment of psychedelics is one of my current research goals.