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Prof. Anja Mehnert-Theuerkauf, PhD, Professor of Medical Psychology

Research focus

  • Epidemiology of mental disorders in patients with severe medical conditions
  • Psychotherapy research in patients with severe medical conditions
  • mHealth, digital health literacy and patient-reported outcomes
  • Health services and survivorship research
  • Employment, work and mental health

Official position

Chair, Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology


University Medical Center Leipzig, Medical Faculty

Business address

Philipp-Rosenthal-Strasse 55, 04103 Leipzig

Academic education and degrees


Licence („Approbation“) as psychological psychotherapist (behavioral therapy)


Habilitation in Medical Psychology and Clinical Psychology, and Venia Legendi, Medical Faculty, University of Hamburg


PhD, University of Hamburg („summa cum laude“)


Postgraduate study and certificate in Health Economics, European Business School (ebs) International University Schloss Reichartshausen, Oestrich- Winkel

1993 - 1999

Study and graduation in Psychology (Diploma), University of Hamburg


Professional career


Appointment as professor Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University Medical Center Leipzig

2013 - 2014

Interim chair, Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University Medical Center Leipzig

2012 - 2015           

Chair, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, University Medical Center Leipzig


​​Appointment as professor for psychosocial oncology, University Medical Center Leipzig

2008 - 2012           

Senior Lecturer in medical psychology and head of the psycho-oncology and palliative health services research group, Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

2010 - 2011           

Interim chair, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Hamburg

​2007 - 2008

Postdoctoral Research and Clinical Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York City, NY, USA

​1999 - 2007


Postgraduate and postdoctoral research staff, Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Honors, awards and positions

​Since 2020

Boardmember German Cancer Society (DKG)

Since 2019Advisory board German Cancer Aid Foundation (DKH)
Since 2019

Member of the expert committee "Healthcare Measures and Research with Health / Structural Policy Orientation" of the German Cancer Aid Foundation (Deputy Spokeswoman since 10/2019) (DKH)

​Since 2018

Supervisory board member, University Medical Center Düsseldorf

Since 2018

Member of the working group of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) "Long-term survival after cancer" (AG LONKO) within the National Cancer Plan (NKP) (spokeswoman U-AG 1)


Congress President of the joint annual conference of the German Society for Medical Psychology (DGMP) and the German Society for Medical Sociology (DGMS): "From global challenges in health care to community-based and individual psychosocial intervention strategies", Leipzig


Congress President: 19th International Psycho-Oncology (IPOS) Society Congress „Cancer throughout the lifespan – Meeting the psychosocial needs of different cancer populations“ Berlin

Since 2017

Board member, University Center of Health Services Research (UZVF) University of Leipzig


German Cancer Award (Clinical Research) from the German Cancer Society (DKG)


1st Research and Innovation Award of the Society for Rehabilitation Sciences

Since 2015

Board member German College of Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)

Since 2015

Invited member International Faculty: Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative andEnd-of-Life Care (GIPPEC)

2015 - 2020

Member of the senate of the University of Leipzig

Since 2013

Member of the management and steering committee of the University Cancer Center Leipzig (UCCL)

​2012 - 2020

Board member and chair (2014 – 2018) of the Psycho-Oncology workgroup (PSO) within the German Cancer Society (DKG)

​2012 - 2019

Board member International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)


Hans Roemer Award 2009 of the German College for Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)


International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award


Rehabilitation Science Promotional Award 2007, Karlsruhe Sanatorium AG (KASANAG)


Young Scientist Award from the German Society for Medical Psychology (DGMP)


PhD award bio-psycho-social medicine 2004 of the German College for Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)


International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) New Investigator Award


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Since 2020

Specialty Chief Editor, Frontiers inPsycho-Oncology (Frontiers)

​Since 2014

Associate Editor, Journal of Cancer Survivorship (Springer)

​Since 2014

​Associate Editor, Psychotherapie PsychosomatikMedizinische Psychologie (Thieme)

​Since 2019

​Editorial board, Zeitschrift für Palliativmedizin (Thieme)

​Since 2018

Editorial board, Oncology Research and Treatment (Karger)

Since 2012

Editorial board, Psycho-Oncology (Wiley)


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 254, Scopus h-index: 38)

  1. Mehnert A, Koranyi S, Philipp R, Scheffold K, Kriston L et al. Efficacy of the Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) individual psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer: A single-blind randomized controlled trial. Psychooncology. 2020; doi: 10.1002/pon.5521.

  2. Esser P, Glaesmer H, Faller H, Koch U … Mehnert A. Posttraumatic stress disorder among cancer patients-Findings from a large and representative interview-based study in Germany. Psychooncology. 2019;28(6):1278-1285.

  3. Mehnert A, Hartung TJ, Friedrich M, Vehling S, Brähler E et al. One in two cancer patients is significantly distressed: Prevalence and indicators of distress. Psychooncology. 2018;27(1):75-82.

  4. Hartung TJ, Brähler E, Faller H, Härter M, Hinz A … Mehnert A. The risk of being depressed is significantly higher in cancer patients than in the general population: Prevalence and severity of depressive symptoms across major cancer types. Eur J Cancer. 2017;72:46-53.

  5. Vehling S, Kissane DW, Lo C, Glaesmer H, Hartung TJ, Rodin G, Mehnert A. The association of demoralization with mental disorders and suicidal ideation in patients with cancer. Cancer. 2017;123(17):3394-3401.

  6. Kuhnt S, Brähler E, Faller H, Härter M, Keller M … Mehnert A. Twelve-Month and Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Disorders in Cancer Patients. Psychother Psychosom. 2016;85(5):289-96.

  7. Mehnert A, Brähler E, Faller H, Härter M, Keller M et al. Four-week prevalence of mental disorders in patients with cancer across major tumor entities. J Clin Oncol. 2014;32(31):3540-6.

  8. Mehnert A, de Boer A, Feuerstein M. Employment challenges for cancer survivors. Cancer. 2013;119(11):2151-9.

  9. Mehnert A. Employment and work-related issues in cancer survivors. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2011;77(2):109-30.

  10. Mehnert A, Koch U. Psychological comorbidity and health-related quality of life and its association with awareness, utilization, and need for psychosocial support in a cancer register-based sample of long-term breast cancer survivors. J Psychosom Res. 2008;64(4):383-91.

Foto: André Heeger

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