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Dr. rer. nat. Nadine Bernhardt, PhD

Research focus

  • Animal models of psychiatric disorders
  • Neurobiology (neuroimaging, neuronal circuits and neurotransmitter systems)
  • Treatment strategies and mechanisms
  • Preclinical testing of new technologies, biomaterials and multimodal neuroprosthetics

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​Official position 

Research Group Leader Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders


Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Business address 

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Academic education and degrees


​Diploma in Biochemistry, University Leipzig, Germany


Ph.D. in Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden

​2019 - present

Lecture qualification (venia legendi), Clinical Neuroscience, TU Dresden


Professional career


Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Sweden


Visiting Scientist Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research, University of Oslo, Norway

​2010 - 2011

Research Fellow Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, USA

​2012 - 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher Systems Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden

​2015 - 2016

Research Assistant Experimental Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden

​2017 - present

Research Group Leader and Provisional Head Section Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden


Honors, awards and positions


​DAAD– Scholar

​2010 - 2011

SwedishResearch Council Postdoc Fellowship

​2019 - 2020

Women Habilitation Promotion, Faculty of Medicine, TU Dresden


Current journal editorial positions


​AcademicEditor PLOS ONE


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 28: SCOPUS h-index: 11)

  1. Obst E, Bernhardt N, Gan G, Plawecki MH, O'Connor S et al. Sensation seeking, impulsivity, and aggression moderate sex effects on adolescent laboratory binging. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 2020 in Press.
  2. Meyerolbersleben L, Winter C, Bernhardt N. Dissociation of wanting and liking in the sucrose preference test in dopamine transporter overexpressing rats. Behavioural Brain Research. 2020;378:112244.
  3. Hadar R, Winter R, Edemann-Callesen H, Wieske F, Habelt B … Bernhardt N et al. Prevention of schizophrenia deficits via non-invasive adolescent frontal cortex stimulation in rats. Mol Psychiatry. 2020;25(4):896–905.
  4. Habelt B, Arvaneh M, Bernhardt N, Minev I. Biomarkers and neuromodulation techniques in substance use disorders. Bioelectron Med. 2020 6(1):4.
  5. Bernhardt N, Petzold J, Groß C, Scheck A, Pooseh S et al. Neurocognitive Dysfunctions and Their Therapeutic Modulation in Patients With Methamphetamine Dependence: A Pilot Study. Front Psychiatry 2020; 11:581.
  6. Bernardoni F, Bernhardt N, Pooseh S, King JA, Geisler D et al. Metabolic state and value-based decision-making in acute and recovered female patients with anorexia nervosa. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2020;45(4):190031.
  7. Bernhardt N, Obst E, Nebe S, Pooseh S, Wurst FM et al. Acute alcohol effects on impulsive choice in adolescents. J Psychopharmacol. 2019; 33(3):316–25.
  8. Edemann-Callesen H, Habelt B, Wieske F, Jackson M, Khadka N … Bernhardt N et al. Non-invasive modulation reduces repetitive behavior in a rat model through the sensorimotor cortico-striatal circuit. Transl Psychiatry. 2018;8(1):11.
  9. Bernhardt N, Lieser MK, Hlusicka E-B, Habelt B, Wieske F et al. Learning deficits in rats overexpressing the dopamine transporter. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):14173.
  10. Bernhardt N, Nebe S, Pooseh S, Sebold M, Sommer C et al. Impulsive Decision Making in Young Adult Social Drinkers and Detoxified Alcohol-Dependent Patients: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2017;41(10):1794–807.
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