Prof. Dr. habil. Silke Wiegand-Grefe

Prof. Dr. habil. Silke Wiegand-Grefe

Professor for Clinical Psychology

Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg

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After a first acacemic degree and work experience from 1989-1996, Professor Silke Wiegand-Grefe studied psychology in Göttingen (Diplom, equiv. M.Sc.). She was then accredited the approbation as psychological psychotherapist with focus on „depth psychology“. She completed a further education module from 1997-2000 to become a psychoanalytical couple- and family therapist and from 1997-2002 she completed the psychoanalytical further education module at the Lou Andreas Salome Institute (DPG) in Gottingen with focus on “Psychoanalysis”.

Following her studies on psychology, she initially worked as psychologist and from 1999-2004 she was leading psychologist in a psychosomatic rehabilitation clinic in the Oberharz, Germany. She continued to work in academia with focus on family therapy at the University of Gottingen and completed her doctoral studies on family therapy issues in 2001 at the University of Gottingen in the Department Biology. Since 2004 she works at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in the clinic for child- and adolescent psychiatry, -psychotherapy, and –psychosomatics. Here, she is director of the research group “Familienforschung” (equiv. genealogical research) and is responsible for the management of several research schemes related to her research focus, i.e. evaluation- and psychotherapy research, genealogical research, transgenerational dissemination processes in families, children of parents with mental disorders and families with chronically-ill children.

For her prevention project for children of mentally-ill parents, she received the innovation award for prevention and early diagnosis of KKH Allianz in 2011. She is member of the scientific advisory council of the journal “Kindheit und Entwicklung”, is member of the working groups OPD-KJ and of the academic guidelines for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Since the winter semester 2011/2012, she is professor for Clinical Psychology – Psychodynamic Therapy at MSH Medical School Hamburg.  


Professor Wiegand-Grefe is involved in teaching medical students of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She also teaches in the further education module for psychological psychotherapists (depth-psychological psychotherapy and psychoanalysis) as lecturer, supervisor and trainer at several institutes for further education, such as the Akademie für Psychotherapie Erfurt. Furthermore, she provides a number of professional further training courses for psychologists and physicians in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She also presents her research at national and international conferences.

Research Focus

Professor Wiegand-Grefe’s key research interest is the development and evaluation of family-based interventions, e.g. for children of sick- or impaired parents or for chronically sick children and their families. One of her research studies investigates in childhood experiences from during the war era at the Hamburger Feuersturm. This is an interdisciplinary research project on transgenerational dissemination processes of traumatic experiences. Further, she is actively involved in the research of the efficacy of psychoanalytic and behavioural therapeutical treatments in children and adults. This includes, for example, children with depression, anxiety and externalizing disorders and patients with anxiety- and personality disorders.


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