Prof. Dr. Alexandra Philipsen


  • director of the clinic


Curriculum vitae


management functions

  • Since 2018 director and W3 professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Bonn
  • 2014-2017 director and W3 professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy, Karl Jaspers Clinic, Medical Campus University of Oldenburg
  • 2011-2014 managing senior physician, department of psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Freiburg (previously senior physician from 2006)

academic career

  • 2016-2017 Vice Dean for University Clinical Affairs, Medical Campus, University of Oldenburg
  • 2012 Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 2009 Habilitation "On etiology, clinic and therapy of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder in adulthood", Prof. Mathias Berger, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 1999 Doctorate on "Botulinum toxin A as a new therapeutic option in neuropediatrics", Prof. Korinthenberg, Dept. Neuropediatrics and muscular diseases,

calls for W3 professorships in psychiatry and psychotherapy

  • 2017 University of Bonn (accepted)
  • 2017 Paracelsus University Salzburg, Nuremberg (rejected)
  • 2017 Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (rejected)
  • 2014 Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (accepted)
  • 2014 Kiel University (rejected)

additional list places

  • 2014 second place to fill the W3 professorship for psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Cologne
  • 2010 second place to fill the W2 professorship for clinical psychiatry, Charité Berlin

scientific focus

  • translational therapy research on attention and emotion regulation
  • development and evaluation of innovative pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, especially in adult ADHD
  • psychotherapy research
  • clinical studies and personalized medicine

clinical priorities

  • diagnosis and treatment of the entire spectrum of mental illnesses, in particular of affective disorders such as depression, stress-associated diseases, ADHD in adulthood and personality disorders
  • crisis intervention and suicidality
  • disorder oriented psychotherapy

commitment to teaching

  • 2006-2010 Lecturer in psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Freiburg, compilation of the learning objectives catalog and conceptualization of the block practical course

additional qualifications

  • supervisor for behavior therapy (Freiburger Ausbildungsinstitut)
  • trainer and supervisor for dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Malik Management certificate with distinction
  • certified study director
  • medical QM commissioner


  • best paper award, Neurologist, DGPPN 2016
  • DGPPN prize for medical psychotherapy 2012
  • Saarland ADHS research award 2012
  • Posterpreise 1996, 2010, 2011, 2012 (PhD, ADHD Research)
  • Humanismus heute 1989


  • Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Borderline Personality and Emotion Dysregulation (Section Editor)
  • Verhaltenstherapie

reviewer activities

  • for numerous national and international magazines such as Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry
  • assessment for BMBF, Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Program, Medical Research Council (UK), King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium)
  • member of the "Weiterbildungsausschuss"(further education committee) of the Medical Association Baden-Württemberg 2008-2014


  • German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology (DGPPN)
  • working group for neuropsychopharmacology and pharmacopsychiatry (AGNP)
  • founding member world federation ADHD
  • european society for the study of personality disorders (ESSPD)
  • umbrella association dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE)

research funding

  • by BMBF, DFG, research cooperations with industry, foundations (eg. Robert-Bosch)
  • COMPAS, AIMAC, Multicentre Studies for the Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ADHD, FKZ 01GV0605, 01GV0606
  • ESCAlife (Evidence-based, Stepped Care of ADHD along the life-span), multicenter study on the gradual treatment of ADHD in young adulthood, FKZ 01EE1408D
  • AwareMe (, FKZ V5IKM052) medical technology for self-management of attention problems
  • ATTENTION, ADHD Therapy by Transcranial Electrical Neurostimulation
  • own contribution to the volume of third party funds EUR 4.8 million

scientific publications (excerpt)

  • Siegmann EM, Müller HHO, Luecke C, Philipsen A, Kornhuber J, Grömer TW. Association of Depression and Anxiety Disorders With Autoimmune Thyroiditis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 1;75(6):577-584.
  • Bachmann K, Lam AP, Sörös P, Kanat M, Hoxhaj E, Matthies S, Feige B, Müller H,Özyurt J, Thiel CM, Philipsen A. Effects of mindfulness and psychoeducation on working memory in adult ADHD: A randomised, controlled fMRI study. Behav Res Ther. 2018 Jul;106:47-56.
  • Tebartz van Elst L, Maier S, Klöppel S, Graf E, Killius C, Rump M, Sobanski E, Ebert D, Berger M, Warnke A, Matthies S, Perlov E, Philipsen A. The effect of methylphenidate intake on brain structure in adults with ADHD in a placebo-controlled randomized trial. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2016
  • Philipsen A, Jans T, Graf E, Matthies S, Borel P, Colla M, Gentschow L, Langner D, Jacob C, Groß-Lesch S, Sobanski E, Alm B, Schumacher-Stien M, Roesler M, Retz W, Retz-Junginger P, Kis B, Abdel-Hamid M, Heinrich V, Huss M, Kornmann C, Bürger A, Perlov E, Ihorst G, Schlander M, Berger M, Tebartz van Elst L;Comparison of Methylphenidate and Psychotherapy in Adult ADHD Study (COMPAS) Consortium. Effects of Group Psychotherapy, Individual Counseling,Methylphenidate, and Placebo in the Treatment of Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Dec;72(12):1199-210.
  • Jans T, Jacob C, Warnke A, Zwanzger U, Groß-Lesch S, Matthies S, Borel P, Hennighausen K, Haack-Dees B, Rösler M, Retz W, von Gontard A, Hänig S, Sobanski E, Alm B, Poustka L, Hohmann S, Colla M, Gentschow L, Jaite C, Kappel V, Becker K, Holtmann M, Freitag C, Graf E, Ihorst G, Philipsen A. Does intensive multimodal treatment for maternal ADHD improve the efficacy of parent training for children with ADHD? A randomized controlled multicenter trial. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2015 Dec;56(12):1298-313.

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