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Prof. Heide Glaesmer, PhD

​Research focus

  • ​Psychotraumatology, e.g. refugees mental health, conflict related sexual violence and children born of war
  • Migration research
  • Suicidality research
  • Epidemiology of mental disorders

Official position

Deputy Chair, Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology


University Medical Center Leipzig, Medical Faculty 

Business address

Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 55
04103 Leipzig

Academic education and degrees


Appointment as associate professor


Postdoctoral qualification (habilitation/venia legend Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology), Faculty of Medicine, University of Leipzig


Licence („Approbation“) as psychological psychotherapist (Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy)


PhD, Department of Public Health, Technical University Berlin (Germany)

​1999 - 2002

Fellowship at a PhD program from the Technical University, Free University, Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany) funded by the German Research Foundation

1992 - 1999

Diploma Psychology, Department of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology, University of Leipzig


Professional career

Since 2014

Deputy Head of Department for Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University of Leipzig and Head of the working group “Psychotraumatology and Migration research” and “Suicidality research”

2007 - 2014

Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Medical Psychology and Sociology, University of Leipzig


Research Assistant, University of Leipzig, Department of Psychiatry

2005 - 2006

​Parental leave

2002 - 2005

Principal Investigator, DETECT-project* (Diabetes Cardiovascular Risk-Evaluation: Targets and Essential Data for Commitment of Treatment), Institute for clinical psychology, TU Dresden

2000 - 2001

Research Assistant, University of Leipzig, Department of Psychiatry ​​

Honors, awards and positions


Hans-Heimann Tandem Award (PhD candidate and supervisor) of the DGPPN together with Dr. Marie Kaiser


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

​Since 2016

Scientificadvisory board of the helpline for sexual abuse  


Günter-Jantschek-Award of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)


Award of the German-speaking Sociey for Psychotraumatology and the Falk-von-Reichenbach-Foundation

​2012 - 2016

Elected member of the faculty council of the Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig


Gert-Sommer-Award for Peace Psychology for the habilitation thesis „Traumatic experiences and posttraumatic stress disorder in the German elderly population – associations with mental and physical health and health care utilization“


Poster Award of the German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN)


Young Investigators Award of Volkswagen Foundation

Since 2008

member of the research commission of the Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Since 2020

Review Editor of International Journal of Public Health​​

​Since 2016

​Editor of Tra​uma und Gewalt – Forschung und Praxisfelder​​​, (Klett-Cotta)

​Since 2013

Associate Editor, Trauma Section, BMC Psychiatry​​

Since 2011

Editorial board, Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie (Thieme)​​


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 472, Scopus h-index: 71)

  1. Lucht L, Höller I, Forkmann T, Teismann T, Schönfelder A, Rath D, Paashaus L, Stengler K, Glaesmer H (2020). Validation of the motivational phase of the Integrated Motivational–Volitional Model of Suicidal Behavior in a German high-risk sample. J Affect Disord, 274, 9871-879.

  2. Mitreuter S, Kaiser M, Roupetz S, Stelzl-Marx B, Kuwert P, Glaesmer H (2019). Questions of Identity in Children Born of War – Embarking on a Search for the unknown soldier fathers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(11), 3220-3229. doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01501-w.

  3. Anderson K, Delic A, Komproe I, Avdibegovic E, van Ee E, Glaesmer H (2019). Coping as a predictor of Posttraumatic Growth in Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conflict & Health, 13, 23, DOI:10.1186/s13031-019-0201-5

  4. Schönfelder A, Hallensleben N, Spangenberg L, Forkmann T, Rath D, Hegerl U, Kersting A, Glaesmer H (2019). Childhood abuse and the components of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in a Clinical Sample. J Affect Disord, 245, 788-797.

  5. Nesterko Y, Meiwes-Turrion C, Friedrich M, Glaesmer H (2019). Trajectories of health-related quality of life in immigrants and non-immigrants in Germany: a population-based longitudinal study. International Journal of Public Health, 64, 49-58.

  6. Forkmann T, Spangenberg L, Rath D, Hallensleben N, Hegerl U, Kersting A, Glaesmer H (2018). Assessing suicidality in real time: A psychometric evaluation of self-report items for the assessment of suicidal ideation and its proximal risk factors using ecological momentary assessments. J Abnorm Psychol, 127 (8), 758-769.

  7. Hallensleben N, Spangenberg L, Forkmann T, Rath D, Hegerl U, Kersting A, Kallert TW, Glaesmer H (2018). Investigating the dynamics of suicidal ideation: Preliminary findings from a study using ecological momentary assessments in psychiatric inpatients. Crisis, 39, 65-69.

  8. Romppel M, Hinz A, Finck C, Young J, Brähler E, Glaesmer H (2017). Cross-cultural measurement invariance of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) in a German and a Colombian population sample. IJMPR, 26 (4), e1532.

  9. Glaesmer H, Hallensleben N, Forkmann T, Spangenberg L, Kapusta N, Teismann T (2017). Testing the main predictions of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in a representative sample of the German general population. J Affect Disord, 211, 150-152.

  10. Glaesmer H, Romppel M, Braehler E, Hinz A, Maercker A (2015). Adjustment Disorder as proposed for ICD-11: Dimensionality and symptom differentiation. Psychiatry Research, 229, 940-948.

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