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Charlotte Schulz

​Psychologist

​Phone:​+49 341 - 97 24078
​Fax:​+49 341 - 97 24019


Research Focus: Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment

Research Project: AMIS

Curriculum Vitae:

​1991​Born in Berlin
​2010 - 2016​Diploma in Psychology
Philipps University of Marburg (Germany)

Title of diploma thesis: “Mommy Always Protects Me (?)” – Influence of Physical Abuse and Maternal Care on Hippocampal Volumes and Related Behavioral Manifestations

2014 - 2015

Exchange Student in Psychology

University of California, Berkeley, USA
Scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

​2016​Research Assistant in the AMIS Project
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Leipzig University (Prof. Dr. Kai von Klitzing)
​2017​Research Associate in the AMIS Follow-up Study
("Analyzing pathways from childhood maltreatment to internalizing symptoms & disorders in children and adolescents")
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Leipzig University (Prof. Dr. Kai von Klitzing)
​since 2017​PhD Student at the International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity (IMPRS NeuroCom) Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF)

Title of the PhD project: „Trauma and Brain Development during Childhood: Global and / or Specific Effects?”

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kai von Klitzing, Dr. Lars O. White (Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Leipzig University)

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences), Prof. Dr. Erich Schröger (Leipzig University, Faculty of Life Sciences, Cognitive and Biological Psychology)


PhD Project:

„Trauma and Brain Development during Childhood: Global and / or Specific Effects?”

Childhood maltreatment causes numerous severe physical and psychological consequences, which are associated with enormous economic costs and suffering of the affected individuals. Previous studies provided evidence for the association between childhood maltreatment in general and neuroanatomical changes. However, the differential effects of specific types of maltreatment on the neuroanatomy of children and adolescents have not received much attention yet.
Our study will include 60 maltreated children and adolescents and 20 non-maltreated controls (N=80). The participants with maltreatment experiences mainly suffered either physical neglect, physical abuse or emotional maltreatment (ni=20). All children will be examined regarding their maltreatment experiences, social support, and neuroanatomy using Child Protection Service files, interviews as well as structural magnetic resonance imaging. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity will be investigated based on hair cortisol concentrations. Simultaneously, several confounding factors (e.g., age, gender, and socioeconomic status) will be controlled.

This research project aims to broaden our knowledge about the effects of specific types of maltreatment during childhood on brain structure in distinction from the effects of childhood maltreatment in general. This should provide a starting point for the development of new prevention and intervention programs for childhood maltreatment.

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).


Presentations / Conferences:

Schulz, C. C., Ising, M., Stalder, T., Müller-Myhsok, B., Sierau, S., Michel, A., Quintero Garzón, L., Kroll, M., Klein, A. M., Kirschbaum, C., von Klitzing, K., Uhr, M., & White, L. O.. Effekte von Misshandlung auf die neuroendokrine Stressreaktion im Kindes- und Jugendalter [Effects of maltreatment on neuroendocrine stress reactivity during childhood and adolescence]. Poster presented at the 35th Conference of the German Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and Psychotherapy (DGKJP), Ulm, Germany, March 22-25, 2017.

Schulz, C. C., Ising, M., Stalder, T., Müller-Myhsok, B., Sierau, S., Michel, A., Quintero Garzón, L., Kroll, M., Klein, A. M., Kirschbaum, C., von Klitzing, K., Uhr, M., & White, L. O.. Neurobiological stress reactivity in youth: Relevance of maltreatment and social support. Poster presented at the 7th IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School, London, UK, July 12-14, 2017.

Schulz, C. C., Ising, M., Stalder, T., Müller-Myhsok, B., Sierau, S., Michel, A., Quintero Garzón, L., Kroll, M., Klein, A. M., Kirschbaum, C., von Klitzing, K., Uhr, M., & White, L. O.. Neurobiological stress reactivity in youth: Relevance of maltreatment and social support. Poster presented at the 18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (ECDP), Utrecht, Netherlands, August 29 - September 1, 2017.

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