Main Topics

Borderline Personality Disorder

Focusing on understanding the developmental pathways, neurobiological underpinnings and treatment outcomes of the most prevalent personality disorder in youth.

Depressive disorder

Major depression is the leading cause for reduced quality of life due to illness worldwide. We investigate mechanisms of rapid-acting antidepressant treatment.

Memory disturbances

The aim is to investigate and distinguish causes for cognitive impairment to improve diagnostics and non-medical interventions.

Movement disturbances in neuropsychiatry

The aim is to study the assessment, clinical course, and neurobiology of movement abnormalities across psychiatric disorders to develop novel targeted treatment options.

Pathological internet use

Studying the consequences and antecedences of an emerging youth mental health problem with increasing prevalence worldwide.

Prediction of therapeutic efficiency in cognitive disturbances

By combining neuropsychological testing, MRI and non-invasive brain stimulation, the aim is to develop individualized and therefore effective cognitive interventions.


Sleep and mental health are highly interrelated. The aim of this line of research is to investigate and modulate sleep to improve mental health.

Suicidality and self-injurious behavior in childhood and adolescents

Assessing the clinical, psychosocial and biological concomitants of critical risk-taking and self-harm behaviors with societal impact in youth.

Systems Neuroscience of Psychosis (Synopsis)

A disruptive approach to understanding mental disorders linking specific symptoms onto large-scale brain systems.


Characterize development of brain-body interactions in association with psychosocial functioning, identifying early physiological precursors of psychopathology and predictors of outcome to inform clinical practice.