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Prof. Jürgen Hoyer, Dipl. Psych., PhD, Professor of Psychology

Research focus

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Sexual disorders
  • Psychotherapy research

​Official position 

Chair of Behavioral Psychology, Head of TU Dresden Outpatient Clinic for Psychotherapy


TU Dresden, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Business address 

Hohe Str. 53
D-01187 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

​1977 - 1984

Diploma in Psychology, University of Goettingen, Germany


PhD in psychology (Dr. phil) at Goethe University Frankfurt


Postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) in Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt


Professional career

1984 - 1987

​Clinical psychologist at the Niedersächsisches Landeskrankenhaus Moringen (Forensic Psychiatric Hospital)

​​1987 - 1992

Research Assistant, Goethe University Frankfurt

​​1992 - 1999

​Assistant Professor, Goethe University Frankfurt

​1999 - 2001

​Assistant Professor („Oberassistent“), Technische Universität Dresden

​2001 - 2002

​Professor at Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal (Germany)

​2002 - 2012

Associate Professor and head of outpatient clinic, Technische Universität Dresden

​2013 - present

Full Professor of Behavioral Psychotherapy and head of outpatient clinic, Technische Universität Dresden


Honors, awards and positions


​“Schönstes Lehrbuch 2006“, Stiftung Buchkunst (along with H.-U. Wittchen)


Heigl-Prize (Universität Düsseldorf ) for the „Sophonet research network“ (Co-Founder: J. Hoyer)


Scientific Paper Award 2017 of the American Psychoanalytic Association (along with C. Steiner, S. Rabung, T. Munder, F. Leichsenring)

​Since 2013

​Speaker of a Germany-wide research network of university-bound outpatient clinics (Forschungsverbund Koordination derDatenerhebung und -auswertung an Forschungs-, Lehr- und Ausbildungsambulanzenfür Psychotherapie [KODAP])


Current journal editorial positions

​Since 2013

​Advisory editor, Psychotherapy research

​Since 2015

Co-editor and editor (2019/2020) Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung​

​Editorial board

​Diagnostica, Psychotherapie im Dialog


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 207, Scopus H-index: 34)

  1. Hoyer J, Becker ES, Margraf J. Generalized anxiety disorder and clinical worry episodes in young women. Psychological Medicine. 2002;32:1227-37.

  2. Hoyer J, Becker ES, Roth WT. Characteristics of worry in GAD patients, social phobics, and controls. Depression and Anxiety. 2001;13:89-96.

  3. Wittchen H-U, Kessler RC, Beesdo K, Krause P, Höfler M, Hoyer J. Generalized anxiety and depression in primary care: Prevalence, recognition and management. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2002;63:24-34.

  4. Hoyer J, Eifert GH, Einsle F, Zimmermann K, Krauss S et al. Heart-focused anxiety before and after cardiac surgery. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2008;64:291-7.

  5. Hoyer J, Beesdo K, Gloster AT, Runge J, Höfler M, Becker ES. Worry exposure versus applied relaxation in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2009;78:106-15.

  6. Hoyer J, Bräuer D, Crawcour S, Klumbies E, Kirschbaum C. Depersonalisation/derealisation during acute social stress in social phobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2013;27:178-87.

  7. Hoyer J, Wiltink J, Hiller W, Leibing E, Miller R et al. Baseline patient characteristics predicting outcome and attrition in cognitive therapy for social phobia: Results from a large multicentre trial.  Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 2016;23:35-46.

  8. Hoyer J, Čolić J, Pittig A, Crawcour S, Moeser M et al. Manualized cognitive therapy versus cognitive-behavioral treatment-as-usual for social anxiety disorder in routine practice: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2017;95:87-98.

  9. Hoyer J, Čolić J, Grübler G, Gloster AT. Valued living before and after CBT. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 2020;50; 37-45.

  10. Hoyer J, Hoefler M, Wuellhorst V. Activity and subsequent depression levels: a causal analysis of behavioural activation group treatment with weekly assessments over 8 weeks. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 2020;27(3):330-6.


Foto: Janice Bresch

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