Priv. Doz. Dr. med. habil. Dieter Schoepf

Current position

  • Hospital director Vitos Weil-Lahn, Hessen, Germany
  • Leader CBASP Competence centre (scientific workgroup and supervision of clinical offer)
  • External Lecturer of the faculty of Bonn, clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy


Former positions and academic grades

Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University clinic of Bonn (Prof. Dr. W. Maier)
  • 2008-2018: Managing senior physician
  • 2006-2018: Leader of competence centre CBASP
  • 2016: Habilitation in psychiatry and psychotherapy at University clinic of Bonn
  • 2003-2008: Senior physician
  • 2002-2003: Senior consultant
  • 2002: Medical specialist for psychiatry and psychotherapy
  • 1998-2002: Scientific assistant
Clinic for psychotherapy and behavioural medicine, University clinic of Marburg (Prof. Dr. M. Pohlen)
  • 1996-1997: Scientific assistant, participation in "Marburger Psychotherapieprogramm"
Clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy, University clinic of Lübeck (Prof. Dr. H. Dilling)
  • 1994-1996: Internship doctor and scientific assistant
Study and doctorate
  • 1996: Doctorate in medicine, University of Hamburg, „magna cum laude“
  • 1987-1994: Study of human medicine, University of Hamburg


Clinical focus and further qualifications

  • Affective and schizoaffective disorders over the entire life panorama
  • Disorder-specific psychotherapy
  • Convulsive and non-convulsive brain stimulation procedure
  • Further qualifications in form of certificates: DeGPT (Spezielle Psychotraumapsychotherapie); PITT (Psychodynamisch imaginative Traumatherapie); CBASP (USA, Europa, Therapeut, Trainer und Supervisor); EMDR (EMDRIA, Stufe II); OPD-II (operationalisierte psychodynamische Diagnostik); DGHP (Nicht-invasive nicht-konvulsive Hirnstimulationsverfahren); Mag & More (1. Depressionsbehandlung und 2. rTMS); Mibeg-Institut (1. Krankenhausleitung Ärztliche Direktoren und 2. Health Management)


Scientific focus

  • Clinical epidemiology with a focus on comorbidity and mortality studies in common psychiatric disorders
  • Differential therapy approaches for affective disorders


Main publications

  • Schramm E, Kriston L, Zobel I … Schoepf D, et al. (2017). Effect of disorder-specific versus non-specific psychotherapy for chronic depression: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA Psychiatry 74 (3): 233 – 242
  • Schmaal L, Veltman DJ, van Erp TGM, … Schoepf D, et al. (2016) Subcortical brain alterations in major depressive disorder: findings from the ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder working group. Molecular Psychiatry 21: 806 – 812
  • Schoepf D, Uppal H, Potluri R, Heun R (2014) Physical comorbidity and its relevance on mortality in schizophrenia: A naturalistic 12-year follow-up in general hospital admissions. EAPCN 264 (1): 3-28