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Prof. Anette Kersting, Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy

​​​Research focus

  • ​Psychotherapy research including internet psychotherapy and E-Mental-Health in patients
  • Pro​longed Grief Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • automatic processing of emotions 

Official position

Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Leipzig, Director of the Clinic and Policlinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of the University Leipzig


Clinic and Policlinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of the University Leipzig

Business address

Semmelweisstr. 10
04103 Leipzig

Academic education and degrees

1979 - 1985

​Medical School (MD at the Medical University Hannover


​Doctoral degree at the Medical University of Hannover


​Specialist for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Professional career

​1985 - 1990

Residency in the State Psychiatric Hospital Wunstorf (1986 – 1987 and 1988 – 1990 as chief resident)

1990 - 1996

Research fellow at the Clinic of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy of the Medical University of Hannover

1996 - 1998

Research fellow at the Hospital of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel

1998 - 2009

Senior physician (Oberärztin) and head of the Department of Psychotherapy at the Clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Münster


Venia legend (Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)

since 2010

Full Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine, Director of the Clinic of Psychosomatic Medicine of the University Leipzig


Honors, awards and positions


​Christina Barz-Award


​Poster Award of the annual meeting of the German Society for Psychosomatic Medicine and Gynecology


​Presentation Award of the annual meeting of the German Society for Psychosomatic Medicine and Gynecology​


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Associate Editor

Archives of Women's Mental Health 

Editor Board

​Editor Board, Nervenarzt

​Editor Board

Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie

Editor Board

Editor Board, Psychodynamische Psychotherapie​

 10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 198, Scopus h-index: 42)

  1. KaiserJ, Hanschmidt F, Kersting A. The association between therapeutic alliance and outcome in internet-based psychological intervention: A meta-analysis. Computers in Human Behavior 106512; 2020
  2. Bodenschatz, C. M., Skopinceva, M., Ruß, T., Kersting, A., & Suslow, T.  Face perception without subjective awareness – Emotional expressions guide early gaze behavior in clinically depressed and healthy individuals. Journal of Affective Disorders 2020,265, 91-98
  3. Hanschmidt F, Kaiser J, Stepan H, Kersting A. The Change in Attitudes Towards Abortion in Former West and East Germany After Reunification: A Latent Class Analysis and Implications for Abortion Access. Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd. 2020 Jan;80(1):84-94.
  4. Renner A, Hoffmann R, Nagl M, Roehr S, …, Kersting A. Syrian refugees in Germany: Perspectives on mental health and coping strategies. (2019) Journal Psychosom Res. 2020 Feb;129:109906. Epub 2019 Dec 17.
  5. Peterhänsel C, Linde K, Wagner B, Dietrich A, Kersting A. Subtypes of Personality and 'Locus of Control' in Bariatric Patients and their Effect on Weight Loss, Eating Disorder and Depressive Symptoms, and Quality of Life. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2017 Sep;25(5):397-405.​
  6. Große J, Treml J, Kersting A. Impact of caregiver burden on mental health in bereaved caregivers of cancer patients: A systematic review. Psychooncology. 2018 Mar;27(3):757-767. doi: 10.1002/pon.4529. Epub 2017 Sep 7.
  7. Singer S, Danker H, Roick J, Einenkel J, …, Kersting A. Effects of stepped psychooncological care on referral to psychosocial services and emotional well-being in cancer patients: A cluster-randomized phase III trial. Psychooncology. 2017 Oct;26(10):1675-1683. doi: 10.1002/pon.4492. Epub 2017 Jul 20.
  8. Hanschmidt F, Linde K, Hilbert A, Riedel-Heller SG, Kersting A. Abortion Stigma: A Systematic Review. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2016 Dec;48(4):169-177. doi: 10.1363/48e8516. Epub 2016 Mar 31.
  9. Kersting A, Dölemeyer R, Steinig J, Walter F, Kroker K, et. al. Brief Internet-based intervention reduces posttraumatic stress and prolonged grief in parents after the loss of a child during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Psychother Psychosom. 2013;82(6):372-81.​
  10. Kersting A, Ohrmann P, Pedersen A, Kroker K, Samberg D, et al. Neural activation underlying acute grief in women after the loss of an unborn child. Am J ​Psychiatry. 2009 Dec;166(12):1402-10. doi:​​​10.1176/appi.ajp.2009.08121875. Epub 2009 Nov 2.​ 

Foto: Anette Kersting

Semmelweisstraße 10, Haus 13
04103 Leipzig
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