► Institute of Psychology and Education  

Clinical & Biological Psychology

The Department of Clinical & Biological Psychology investigates the interaction of biological and psychological processes in the development, symptomatology and therapy of mental illnesses. Our focus is on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, but also borderline personality disorder. The lifetime perspective is our central paradigm. The confrontation with critical life events as well as traumatic and chronic stress leads to a constantly increasing risk for a broad spectrum of mental disorders and the premature occurrence of age-degenerative diseases. Multiple traumatization and chronic stress in critical phases of life, such as abuse and neglect in childhood and adolescence, play a special role. The increasing risk of disease is mediated by a multitude of psychological and biological changes. The aim of the working group is to use innovative, transdisciplinary methods to investigate the (epi-)genetic, molecular, cellular, immunological, endocrine, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, but also family, social and nutritional processes of disorder development and to link them in the sense of an improved understanding of prevention and therapy. To this end, we carry out scientific studies in a wide range of different samples, including survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, people with depression or Alzheimer’s dementia, traumatised mothers after the birth of their children, rescue workers, complex traumatised persons with trauma disorders.

Our research areas:   
•    Molecular psychotraumatology
•    General mental health unter extreme stress and trauma
•    Lifestyle and neurocognitive health
•    Disorders of consciousness

The work group is part of the German Center for Mental Health (DZP) - ZIHub and also part of the German Center for Child & Adolescent Health site Ulm ( Ulm Child Health).


Head of Group
Prof. Dr. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa

Margit Zeller
☎ +49-(0)731/50 26591
Π 47.2.232

Postal address
University of Ulm
Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology
Institute of Psychology and Education
Dept. Clinical & Biological Psychology
Germany - 89069 Ulm

Visitor address
Albert-Einstein-Allee 47
Germany - 89081 Ulm

Tramway and bus stop "Manfred-Börner-Straße", lines 2 and 5
about 15 minutes from central station
Campus-Navigator Universität Ulm

Teaching Lab
Albert-Einstein-Allee 47,
89081 Ulm
Π 47.1.259 Serviceroom
Π 47.1.261 Teaching Lab
☎ +49-(0)731/50 26556
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