Prof. Dr. Kathrin Seifert


• Art therapist

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 09/2019 Professorship at the Hochschule für Künste im Sozialen, Ottersberg
  • 2017/18: Deputy professorship of Arts in Social Affairs, Ottersberg near Bremen / Special vocation from University Hospital Bonn
  • since 1996: Art therapist at Bonn University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2013: Doctorate at the University of Cologne, Faculty of Human Sciences


  • 2018 - DGPPN-Award for "Pflege und Gesundheitsfachberufe"

Clinical focus

  • Art therapy treatment of depression and anxiety diseases, schizophrenia, neurodegenerative diseases, addiction diseases, personality, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic disorders, as well as stress reactions, identity and life crises and Burn-Out-Syndrome

Scientific focus

  • Affective disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Pain

Scientific publications (selection)

  • 2018 Seifert K: Photo-therapy in the treatment of patients with depression in a clinical setting: Development and evaluation through a Randomised Controlled Trial: Zubala A, Karkou V (Eds.) Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression. International Research in the Arts Therapies. Routledge, London
  • 2017 Seifert K: The Arts Therapies of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Congress. 43. Mitgliederrundbrief DFKGT, S. 24-26
  • 2017 Seifert K, Spottke A, Fliessbach K: Effects of sculpture based art therapy in dementia patients - a pilot study. Heliyon 3(11): S.e0046
  • 2017 Seifert K: Art Therapy. In: Hautzinger M, Fellgiebel A (Eds.) Depression of the Elderly. An interdisciplinary handbook. Springer, Berlin, S.167-176
  • 2017 Fenner P, Abdelazim RS, Bräuninger I, Strehlow G, Seifert K: Provision of arts therapies for people with severe mental illness. Curr Opin Psychiatry, 30(4): S. 306-311
  • 2016 Gruber H, Seifert K: Actualization of the Rehab-Quality Safeguards. Handling of the Classification of Therapeutic Management. 40. Mitgliederrundbrief DFKGT, S. 3-7
  • 2015 Seifert K: Study of the Application and Evaluation of a photo therapeutic treatment model for inpatients with Depression. Zeitschrift für Musik-, Tanz- und Kunsttherapie 26(2): S. 88-102
  • 2014 Seifert K: The effect of photo-therapy in the treatment of depression in an inpatient setting: research findings from a study conducted at the clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital in Bonn. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 5(1)
  • 2013 Seifert K: Art Therapy of inpatients with Depression. Development, implementation and evaluation for a photo-therapeutic model.Richter, Köln.
  • 2008 Seifert K: Unused Space: an art therapy project in a psychiatric clinic. In: Institut für Weiterbildung im Deutschen Arbeitskreis Gestaltungstherapie/Klinische Kunsttherapie, Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin (Eds.) Konvergenzen, Divergenzen, Transformation: das Merken und Wirken im kunsttherapeutischen-gestaltungs-therapeutischen Prozess. Institut für Weiterbildung, KHSB, Berlin, S. 384-398
  • 2007 Seifert K: Effectiveness of Art Therapy in a Psychiatrie clinic. Kunst & Therapie: Zeitschrift für bildnerische Therapien 1: S. 92-95