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Prof. Dr. Andrea Pfennig, MD, MSc Epidemiology, Adjunct Professor

Research focus

  • Prevention, early detection and early intervention in psychiatric disorders
  • Development of diagnostic instruments for risk assessment and early intervention strategies
  • Epidemiology and illness course research
  • Development of clinical guidelines (incl. data-based therapy recommender systems)
  • Evaluation of state-of-the-art models of integrated, patient-centered psychiatric care

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Official position 

Head of Early Detection and Intervention Centre for psychiatric disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, Technische Universität Dresden
Senior physician, Day Clinic for Young People at the Centre for Mental Health, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, Medical Faculty, Technische Universität Dresden

Institution 

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Business address 

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

​1990 - 1993

Vocational education, State-qualified Nurse, University of Magdeburg

​1993 - 2000

MD in Medicine, Medical School, University of Magdeburg

​2002

Doctoral thesis, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Magdebur​g

​2006

MSc Epidemiology, TU Berlin and University of Bielefeld

​2008

​Board exams and specialization in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

​2009 - 2015

Assistant Professor for Psychiatric Epidemiology and Illness Course Research, Medical Faculty, Technische Universität Dresden

​2015 - present

​Adjunct Professor, Medical Faculty, Technische Universität Dresden

 

Professional career

​2000 - 2001

Research Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, University Hospital, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

​2001

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Behavioral Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University Boston, USA

​2002 - 2003

Research Physician, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich

​2003 - 2006

Research Physician, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité-University Medicine Berlin, Campus Mitte (CCM)

​2003 - 2007

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Campus Mitte

​2007

​Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden

​2008 - present

Head of Early Detection and Intervention Centre for psychiatric disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, Technische Universität Dresden

​2019 - present

Senior physician, Day Clinic for Young People at the Centre for Mental Health, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, Medical Faculty, Technische Universität Dresden

 

Honors, awards and positions

​2002

​Travel Stipend, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie (AGNP)

​2005

GlaxoSmithKline Stipend for Research on Affective Disorders

​2009

The Mitchell Balter Award, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

​Since 2009

​Executive Committee, Dresdner Bündnis gegen Depression e.V.

​Since 2011

​Executive Committee, Sächsische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Nervenheilkunde e.V. (SWGN)

​Since 2011

Head of Devision on Prevention of Mental Disorders, German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN)

 

Current journal editorial positions

​Since 2012

​Chief Editor, In Balance, official journal of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störungen e.V. (DGBS e.V.)

​Since 2012

Editorial Board, International Journal of Bipolar Disorders

 

10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 254, SCOPUS h-index: 35)

  1. Leopold K, Bauer M, Bechdolf A, Correll CU, Holtmann M … Pfennig A. Efficacy of cognitive-behavioral group therapy in patients at risk for serious mental illness presenting with subthreshold bipolar symptoms: Results from a prespecified interim analysis of a multicenter, randomized, controlled study. Bipolar Disord. 2020 Feb 28. Online ahead of print.

  2. Pfennig A, Ritter PS, Höfler M, Lieb R, Bauer M et al. Symptom characteristics of depressive episodes prior to the onset of mania or hypomania. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2016;133(3):196-204.

  3. Ritter PS, Höfler M, Wittchen HU, Lieb R, Bauer M … Pfennig A et al. Disturbed sleep as risk factor for the subsequent onset of bipolar disorder - data from a 10-year prospective-longitudinal study among adolescents and young adults. J Psychiatr Res. 2015;68:76-82.

  4. Pfennig A, Alda M, Young T, MacQueen G, J Rybakowski et al. Prophylactic lithium treatment and cognitive performance in patients with a long history of bipolar illness: no simple answers in complex disease-treatment interplay. Int J Bipolar Disord. 2014;2:1.

  5. Leopold K, Ratzer S, Correll CU, Rottmann-Wolf M, Pfeiffer S … Pfennig A. Characteristics, symptomatology and naturalistic treatment in individuals at-risk for bipolar disorders: baseline results in the first 180 help-seeking individuals assessed at the Dresden high-risk project. J Affect Disord. 2014;152-154:427-33.

  6. Leopold K, Ritter P, Correll CU, Marx C, Özgürdal S … Pfennig A. Risk constellations prior to the development of bipolar disorders: rationale of a new risk assessment tool. J Affect Disord. 2012;136(3):1000-1010.

  7. Pfennig A, Schlattmann P, Alda M, Grof P, Glenn T et al. Influence of atypical features on the quality of prophylactic effectiveness of long-term lithium treatment in bipolar disorders. Bipolar Disord. 2010;12(4):390-6.

  8. Beesdo K, Höfler M, Leibenluft E, Lieb R, Bauer M, Pfennig A. Mood episodes and mood disorders: patterns of incidence and conversion in the first three decades of life. Bipolar Disord. 2009;11(6):637-49.

  9. Pfennig A, Kunzel HE, Kern N, Ising M, Majer M et al. Hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal system regulation and suicidal behavior in depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2005;57(4):336-42.

  10. Binder EB, Salyakina D, Lichtner P, Wochnik GM, Ising M … Pfennig A et al. Polymorphisms in FKBP5 are associated with increased recurrence of depressive episodes and rapid response to antidepressant treatment. Nat Genet. 2004;36(12):1319-25.

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