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Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Profile of the research cluster

A core aim of this research cluster is to identify the (pre-)conditions that prevent psychological disorders and diseases. Therefore, we examine the healthy development of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. We focus on questions, such as »Which environmental conditions, attitudes and lifestyle behaviors support a healthy and normal development?«

It is critical to consider the increasing diversity of our society, both in regards to people with different cultural backgrounds, as well as in regards to the demographic change and subsequent population aging. This requires a culturally- and age-related sensitive research approach that explores the criteria for healthy developmental processes. Besides, the research focus on mental health, its preservation and prevention measures are of high societal value as psychological- and psychosomatic disorders as well as addictive disorders are the most common causes of absence from work, early retirement and premature mortality.

Another objective of this research cluster is the development and evaluation of therapeutic programs for clinical pictures and the investigation of cause-and-effect of psychotherapy.

Areas of research in the research cluster Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Therapy evaluation – proof of efficacy of specific therapeutic methods

In the currently emerging field of therapy evaluation we run projects that aim to proof the efficacy of specific therapeutic methods.

Therapeutic processes – individual demands during therapeutic stages

The treatment of people suffering from psychological disorders differs largely and methods depend on the separate therapeutic stages: During the ambulatory crisis intervention and the acute clinical treatment stage, supportive interventions aim to primarily stabilize the patient. With an increasing stabilization of the patients’ psychological well-being, a more specific and individually targeted treatment of the patient continues. This is also reflected in the change of settings from the in-patient to the day-patient across to the out-patient therapy and aims to re-integrate the patient into his everyday life. As such, the therapeutic processes require a variety of skills both from the person treating the patient as well as from the selection of intervention methods.

Psychological disorders under the disorder-specific and disorder cross-cutting lense

This field of research is dedicated to disorder-specific and disorder cross-cutting aspects of psychological disorders. For the translation of scientific questions from the clinical field, we involve a variety of populations. These include:

  • Populations of different diagnoses with indication for psychotherapy needs
  • Populations with different diagnoses and indications for psychotherapy and psychopathology, related to workplace-based stressors
  • Populations with trauma spectrum disorders
  • Populations with sub-clinical stress demands without indication for psychotherapy needs
  • Control populations without indication for psychotherapy needs.

Treatment plan

Research at the Academic Clinic at MSH aims to examine and establish the implementation of intervention services for ambulatory psychotherapeutic treatment.


Current research projects in the research cluster Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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