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Prof. Dr. Katja Beesdo-Baum, PhD, Professor of Behavioral Epidemiology

Research focus

  • Descriptive, analytic, and experimental epidemiology of mental and behavioral disorders
  • Developmentally sensitive models of mental health and disease
  • Etiologic and pathogenic mechanisms (cognitive-affective, behavioral, environmental, neurobiologic, genetic) of anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Novel strategies for early identification and targeted intervention
  • Development and application of novel diagnostic and real life monitoring tools

​Official position 

Chair, Behavioral Epidemiology


Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Business address 

Chemnitzer Str. 46
01187 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

1995 - 2000

​Diploma in Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Germany

​2000 - 2005

Postgraduate Studies Psychotherapy, TUDIAS/IAP GmbH, Germany


Board exam Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Germany


​PhD in Psychology, TUD, Germany

​2008 - 2010

Postgraduate Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, IPT Leipzig / DGVT Dresden, Germany


Habilitation (Venia legendi) in Psychology, TUD, Germany


Professional career

​2000 - 2006​

Research and Teaching assistant (Doctorate), Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, TUD, Germany

​2004 - 2005

Research Assistant & Clinical Internship, Clinic of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, TUD, Germany

​2006 - 2010

Postdoctoral Researcher, Head of Research Group: Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TUD, Germany


Visiting Researcher, Mood and Anxiety Program, Section on Emotional Development and Affective Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

​2010 - 2011

Career Break (Parental leave, twins)

​2011 - 2014

Associate Professor, Head of Independent Research Group: Clinical Developmental Psychopathology, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TUD, Germany

​Since 2014

Full Professor and Chair of Behavioral Epidemiology, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TUD, Germany


Honors, awards and positions

​Since 2004

Several Career Development, Travel, and Poster Awards (Anxiety Disorder Association of America, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American Psychopathological Association, Society of Biological Psychiatry)


​Dr.-Walter-Seipp-Dissertation-Award (Commerzbank-Stiftung)

​Since 2007

Scientific Advisory Panel on Anxiety Disorders, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)

​2008 - 2013

Appointment as Advisor to the DSM-5 Task Force, Anxiety Disorder Study Group, American Psychiatric Association (APA)


ECNP Fellowship Award, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology

​Since 2019

Appointment as F1000 Prime Faculty Member - Psychology

​Since 2019

Appointment as Contributor to the DSM-5 Text Revision Task Force, Anxiety Disorder Group, American Psychiatric Association (APA)

​Since 2020

Member of the Anxiety Disorder Research Network, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology


Current Journal Editorial positions

​Since 2014

Editorial board Journal of Child Psychiatry & Human Development

​Since 2016

Associate Editor International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

​Since 2018

Editorial board Depression and Anxiety (The official Journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA)

​Since 2020

Editorial board Clinical Psychological Science


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 142, Scopus h-index: 42)

  1. Beesdo-Baum K, Voss C, Venz J, Hoyer J, Berwanger J et al. The Behavior and Mind Health (BeMIND) study: Methods, design and baseline sample characteristics of a cohort study among adolescents and young adults. Int J Meth Psychiatr Res. 2020;29(1):e1804.

  2. Hoyer J, Voss C, Strehle J, Venz J, Pieper L … Beesdo-Baum K. Test-retest reliability of the computer-assisted DIA-X-5 interview for mental disorders. BMC Psychiatr. 2020;20(1):280.

  3. Voss C, Ollmann TM, Miche M, Venz J, Hoyer J … Beesdo-Baum K. Prevalence, Onset, and Course of Suicidal Behavior Among Adolescents and Young Adults in Germany. JAMA network open. 2019;2(10):e1914386.

  4. Beesdo-Baum K, Knappe S, Einsle F, Knothe L, Wieder G et al. How frequently are depressive disorders recognized in primary care patients?  A cross-sectional epidemiological study in Germany. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2018;61(1):52-64.

  5. Asselmann E, Wittchen HU, Lieb R, Beesdo-Baum K. A 10-year prospective-longitudinal study of daily hassles and incident psychopathology among adolescents and young adults: interactions with gender, perceived coping efficacy, and negative life events. Soc Psych Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2017;52(11):1353-62.

  6. Beesdo-Baum K, Knappe S, Asselmann E, Zimmermann P, Brückl T et al. The 'Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology (EDSP) study': A 20 year review of methods and findings. Soc Psych Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2015;50(6):851-66.

  7. Beesdo K, Pine DS, Lieb R, Wittchen HU. Incidence and risk patterns of anxiety and depressive disorders and categorization of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatr. 2010;67(1):47-57.

  8. Beesdo K, Lau JYF, Guyer AE, McClure-Tone EB, Monk CS et al. Common and distinct amygdala-function perturbations in depressed vs anxious adolescents. Arch Gen Psychiatr. 2009;66(3):275-85.

  9. Beesdo K, Knappe S, Pine DS. Anxiety and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents: Developmental issues and implications for DSM-V. Psychiatr Clin North America. 2009;32(3):483-524.

  10. Beesdo K, Bittner A, Pine DS, Stein MB, Hofler M et al. Incidence of social anxiety disorder and the consistent risk for secondary depression in the first three decades of life. Arch Gen Psychiatr. 2007;64(8):903-12.

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