PD Dr. med. Jochen Kindler

Research Associate / Project Management IGD & FETZ

031 932 86 17
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Postal Address
Bolligenstrasse 111, CH-3000 Bern 60

About me

I am Head Physician at the Outpatient Department of the University Hospital of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Bern. Further, I am Scientific and Clinical Co-Head of the Early Detection and Intervention Centre (FETZ), Bern and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bern. My research focuses on the pathophysiological mechanisms of psychosis from risk stages to full blown schizophrenia. We combine methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation and biomarkers to refine the early detection of psychosis with the ultimate goal to improve prophylactic and therapeutic interventions.

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Michel, Chantal; Flückiger, Rahel; Kindler, Jochen; Hubl, Daniela; Kaess, Michael; Schultze-Lutter, Frauke (2019). The trait-state distinction between schizotypy and clinical high risk: results from a one-year follow-up. World psychiatry, 18(1), pp. 108-109. Wiley 10.1002/wps.20595


Hubl, Daniela; Schultze-Lutter, Frauke; Hauf, Martinus; Dierks, Thomas; Federspiel, Andrea; Kaess, Michael; Michel, Chantal; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Kindler, Jochen (2018). Striatal cerebral blood flow, executive functioning, and fronto-striatal functional connectivity in clinical high risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 201, pp. 231-236. Elsevier 10.1016/j.schres.2018.06.018

Schultze-Lutter, Frauke; Ruhrmann, Stephan; Michel, Chantal; Kindler, Jochen; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Schmidt, Stefanie Julia (2018). Age effects on basic symptoms in the community: A route to gain new insight into the neurodevelopment of psychosis? (In Press). European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience Springer 10.1007/s00406-018-0949-4

Schmidt, Stefanie Julia; Schultze-Lutter, F; Cerne, Ana; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Kindler, Jochen; Hubl, D; Kaess, Michael; Michel, Chantal (October 2018). Negative symptoms as a mediator between neurocognition, social cognition and social functioning in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12(1), p. 54. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Kindler, Jochen; Michel, Chantal; Kaess, Michael; Schultze-Lutter, Frauke; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Hubl, Daniela (October 2018). Striatal cerebral blood flow and executive functioning in clinical high risk for psychosis. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12(1), p. 178. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Kindler, Jochen; Michel, Chantal; Schultze-Lutter, Frauke; Martz-Irngartinger, Alexandra; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Kaess, Michael; Hubl, Daniela; Walther, Sebastian (October 2018). Functional and structural correlates of abnormal involuntary movements in psychosis risk, first episode psychosis and clinical controls. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12(1), p. 179. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Flückiger, Rahel; Michel, Chantal; Kindler, Jochen; Kaess, Michael; Schmidt, Stefanie Julia (October 2018). plan D - Introducing a cognitive-behavioural group therapy program for individuals with depersonalisation and derealisation. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12(1), p. 196. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Kindler, Jochen; Schultze-Lutter, Frauke; Hauf, Martinus; Dierks, Thomas; Federspiel, Andrea; Walther, Sebastian; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Hubl, Daniela (2018). Increased Striatal and Reduced Prefrontal Cerebral Blood Flow in Clinical High Risk for Psychosis. Schizophrenia bulletin, 44(1), pp. 182-192. Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sbx070

Kindler, Jochen (2018). Psychosenfrüherkennung und Therapie (Unpublished). In: Montagsweiterbildung KJP. Bern, Schweiz. 26.11.2018.


Kindler, Jochen (2017). Brain on Fire - Sind psychische Erkrankungen Entzündungen des Gehirns? (Unpublished). (Habilitation, Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Universität Bern, Medizinische Fakultät)

Kindler, J; Schultze-Lutter, F; Hauf, M; Dierks, T; Schimmelmann, BG; Hubl, D (2017). Zerebrale Blutflussmessungen zur Bestimmung des Psychoserisikos bei Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen (Unpublished). In: Dazugehören! XXXV: DGKJP Kongress. Ulm. 22. - 25.03.2017.

Kindler, J (2017). Motorische Auffälligkeiten bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit und ohne Psychoserisiko (Unpublished). In: Dazugehören! XXXV: DGKJP Kongress. Ulm. 22. - 25.03.2017.

Kindler, Jochen; Hauf, Matinus; Hubl, Daniela (2017). The Effects of Transcranial Stimulation on Language Related Large Scale Brain Networks. Epileptologie, 34, pp. 31-37. Schweizerische Liga gegen Epilepsie

Kindler, Jochen; Feldmann, L; Karipidis, II; Straub, J (2017). Neurobiologie (Unpublished). In: XXXV. DGKJP Kongress. Ulm, Deutschland. 22.03.2017-25.03.2017.

Weickert, Thomas; Kindler, Jochen; Zavitsanou, Katerina; Lim, Chai; Guillemin, Gilles; Galletly, Cherrie; Liu, Dennis; Balzan, Ryan; Boerrigter, Danny; Bruggemann, Jason; O’Donnell, Maryanne; Lenroot, Rhoshel; Weickert, Cynthia Shannon (2017). 128. Dysregulation of Kynurenine Metabolism is Related to Proinflammatory Cytokines, Prefrontal Cortex Volume, and Attention in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia bulletin, 43(suppl_1), S70-S70. Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sbx021.186


Schultze-Lutter, F; Debbané, M; Theodoridou, A; Wood, S J; Raballo, A; Michel, C; Schmidt, SJ; Kindler, J; Ruhrmann, S; Uhlhaas, P J (2016). Revisiting the Basic Symptom Concept: Toward Translating Risk Symptoms for Psychosis into Neurobiological Targets. Frontiers in psychiatry, 7(9), p. 9. Frontiers Media 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00009

Kindler, J; Schultze-Lutter, F; Michel, C; Martz-Irngartinger, A; Linder, C; Schmidt, SJ; Stegmayer, K; Schimmelmann, BG; Walther, S (2016). Abnormal involuntary movements are linked to psychosis-risk in children and adolescents: Results of a population-based study. Schizophrenia Research, 174(1-3), pp. 58-64. Elsevier 10.1016/j.schres.2016.04.032

Ji, E; Weickert, C S; Lenroot, R; Kindler, J; Skilleter, A J; Vercammen, A; White, C; Gur, R E; Weickert, T W (2016). Adjunctive selective estrogen receptor modulator increases neural activity in the hippocampus and inferior frontal gyrus during emotional face recognition in schizophrenia. Translational psychiatry, 6(5), e795. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/tp.2016.59

Bühler, T; Kindler, J; Schneider, RC; Strik, Werner; Dierks, Thomas; Hubl, Daniela; König, Thomas (2016). Disturbances of agency and ownership in schizophrenia: An auditory verbal event related potentials study. Brain topography, 29(5), pp. 716-727. Springer 10.1007/s10548-016-0495-1

Kindler, J; Weickert, CS; Schofield, PR; Lenroot, R; Weickert, TW (2016). Raloxifene increases prefrontal activity during emotional inhibition in schizophrenia based on estrogen receptor genotype. European neuropsychopharmacology, 26(12), pp. 1930-1940. Elsevier 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2016.10.009

Michel, C; Theodoridou, A; Kindler, J; Wotruba, D (2016). Symptomatic and Neurobiological Characteristics of Clinical high Risk States of Psychosis. Early intervention in psychiatry, 10(S1), p. 42. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Kindler, J; Schultze-Lutter, F; Hubl, Daniela (2016). Cerebral blood flow in psychosis risk, first episode psychosis and schizophrenia. Early intervention in psychiatry, 10(S1), p. 43. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Schultze-Lutter, F; Ruhrmann, S; Michel, C; Schmidt, SJ; Kindler, J; Schimmelmann, BG (2016). Basic Symptoms in the General Population and their Association with Age. Early intervention in psychiatry, 10(S1), p. 62. Blackwell Publishing Asia

Walther, S; Schultze-Lutter, F; Michel, C; Martz-Irngartinger, A; Linder, C; Schmidt, SJ; Schimmelmann, BG; Kindler, J (2016). Abnorme unwillkürliche Bewegungen und Psychoserisiko bei Kinder und Jugendlichen: Eine populationsbasierte Studie (Unpublished). In: DGPPN. Psyche - Mensch - Gesellschaft. Berlin, Deutschland. 23.11.-26.11.2016.


Kindler, Jochen; Jann, Kay; Homan, Philipp; Hauf, Martinus; Walther, Sebastian; Strik, Werner; Dierks, Thomas; Hubl, Daniela (2015). Static and dynamic characteristics of cerebral blood flow during the resting state in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia bulletin, 41(1), pp. 163-170. Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sbt180


Hubl, Daniela; Schneider, Rahel C; Kottlow, Mara; Kindler, Jochen; Strik, Werner; Dierks, Thomas; Koenig, Thomas (2014). Agency and ownership are independent components of 'sensing the self' in the auditory-verbal domain. Brain topography, 27(5), pp. 672-682. Springer 10.1007/s10548-014-0351-0

Homan, Philipp; Kindler, Jochen; Morishima, Yosuke; Dierks, Thomas; Hubl, Daniela (2014). From the neurobiology of origin and treatment of auditory verbal hallucinations. Schizophrenia Research, 153, S71. Elsevier 10.1016/S0920-9964(14)70230-0

Woodward, T. S.; Jung, K.; Hwang, H.; Yin, J.; Taylor, L.; Menon, M.; Peters, E.; Kuipers, E.; Waters, F.; Lecomte, T.; Sommer, I. E.; Daalman, K.; van Lutterveld, R.; Hubl, Daniela; Kindler, Jochen; Homan, Philipp; Badcock, J. C.; Chhabra, S.; Cella, M.; Keedy, S.; ... (2014). Symptom Dimensions of the Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales in Psychosis: A Multisite Study. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl 4), S265-S274. Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sbu014


Kindler, Jochen; Homan, Philipp; Flury, Richard; Strik, Werner; Dierks, Thomas; Hubl, Daniela (2013). Theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of auditory verbal hallucinations: results of a randomized controlled study. Psychiatry research, 209(1), pp. 114-117. Elsevier 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.03.029

Homan, Philipp; Kindler, Jochen; Hauf, Martinus; Walther, Sebastian; Hubl, Daniela; Dierks, Thomas (2013). Repeated measurements of cerebral blood flow in the left superior temporal gyrus reveal tonic hyperactivity in patients with auditory verbal hallucinations: a possible trait marker. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7, p. 304. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00304

Kindler, Jochen; Homan, Philipp; Jann, Kay; Federspiel, Andrea; Flury, Richard; Hauf, Martinus; Strik, Werner; Dierks, Thomas; Hubl, Daniela (2013). Reduced neuronal activity in language-related regions after transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations. Biological psychiatry, 73(6), pp. 518-24. New York, N.Y.: Elsevier 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.06.019

Kindler, Jochen; Schwienbacher, Klaus; Plattner, Bellinda; Nurcombe, Barry; Steiner, Hans (2013). Störungen nach sexuellem Missbrauch. In: Lehmkuhl, Gerd; Poustka, Fritz; Holtmann, Martin; Steiner, Hans (eds.) Lehrbuch der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie 2 (pp. 1190-1207). Göttingen: Hogrefe

Plattner, Belinda; Koopman, Cheryl; Kindler, Jochen; Huemer, Julia; Steiner, Hans (2013). Dissoziative Störungen und Konversionsstörungen. In: Lehmkuhl, Gerd; Poustka, Fritz; Holtmann, Martin; Steiner, Hans (eds.) Lehrbuch der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie 2 (pp. 962-981). Göttingen: Hogrefe


Kindler, Jochen; Schumacher, Rahel; Cazzoli, Dario; Gutbrod, Klemens; Koenig, Monica; Nyffeler, Thomas; Dierks, Thomas; Müri, René M (2012). Theta Burst Stimulation Over the Right Broca's Homologue Induces Improvement of Naming in Aphasic Patients. Stroke, 43(8), pp. 2175-2179. Baltimore, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.647503

Homan, Philipp; Kindler, Jochen; Hubl, Daniela; Dierks, Thomas (2012). Auditory verbal hallucinations: imaging, analysis, and intervention. European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience, 262 Suppl 2, S91-S95. Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg 10.1007/s00406-012-0355-2

Ford, Judith M.; Dierks, Thomas; Fisher, Derek J.; Herrmann, Christoph S.; Hubl, Daniela; Kindler, Jochen; König, Thomas; Mathalon, Daniel H.; Spencer, Kevin M.; Strik, Werner; van Lutterveld, Remko (2012). Neurophysiological Studies of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp. 715-723. Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sbs009


Kindler, J; Hubl, D; Strik, W K; Dierks, T; Koenig, T (2011). Resting-state EEG in schizophrenia: auditory verbal hallucinations are related to shortening of specific microstates. Clinical neurophysiology, 122(6), pp. 1179-82. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.clinph.2010.10.042

Kindler, Jochen; Bailer, Ursula; de Zwaan, Martina; Fuchs, Karoline; Leisch, Friedrich; Grün, Bettina; Strnad, Alexandra; Stojanovic, Mirjana; Windisch, Julia; Lennkh-Wolfsberg, Claudia; El-Giamal, Nadja; Sieghart, Werner; Kasper, Siegfried; Aschauer, Harald (2011). No association of the neuropeptide Y (Leu7Pro) and ghrelin gene (Arg51Gln, Leu72Met, Gln90Leu) single nucleotide polymorphisms with eating disorders. Nordic journal of psychiatry, 65(3), pp. 203-7. Oslo: Informa Healthcare 10.3109/08039488.2010.525258

Homan, Philipp; Kindler, Jochen; Federspiel, Andrea; Flury, Richard; Hubl, Daniela; Hauf, Martinus; Dierks, Thomas (2011). Muting the voice: a case of arterial spin labeling-monitored transcranial direct current stimulation treatment of auditory verbal hallucinations. American journal of psychiatry, 168(8), pp. 853-4. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association 10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11030496

Schosser, Alexandra; Schloegelhofer, Monika; Fuchs, Karoline; Stojanovic, Mirjana; Mossaheb, Nilufar; Kindler, Jochen; Cohen-Woods, Sarah; Hosang, Georgina; Farmer, Anne; Craig, Ian; McGuffin, Peter; Aschauer, Harald (2011). Bipolar disorder susceptibility region on chromosome 3q29 not confirmed in a case-control association study. World journal of biological psychiatry, 12(4), pp. 309-15. London: Informa Healthcare 10.3109/15622975.2010.551407


Banzer, Peter; Kindler, Jochen; Quabis, Susanne; Peschel, Ulf; Leuchs, Gerd (2010). Extraordinary transmission through a single coaxial aperture in a thin metal film. Optics express, 18(10), pp. 10896-904. Washington, D.C.: Optical Society of America 10.1364/OE.18.010896

Schosser, Alexandra; Fuchs, Karoline; Scharl, Theresa; Schloegelhofer, Monika; Kindler, Jochen; Mossaheb, Nilufar; Kaufmann, Rainer M; Leisch, Friedrich; Kasper, Siegfried; Sieghart, Werner; Aschauer, Harald N (2010). Interaction between serotonin 5-HT2A receptor gene and dopamine transporter (DAT1) gene polymorphisms influences personality trait of persistence in Austrian Caucasians. World journal of biological psychiatry, 11(2 Pt 2), pp. 417-24. London: Informa Healthcare 10.3109/15622970801935586

Bach, D R; Kindler, J; Strik, W K (2010). Elevated bilirubin in acute and transient psychotic disorder. Pharmacopsychiatry, 43(1), pp. 12-6. Stuttgart: Thieme 10.1055/s-0029-1237376