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Prof. Kerstin Weidner, MD, Professor of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy

Research focus

  • ​Mother-child bonding
  • Risk and protective factors during pregnancy
  • Prevention/intervention studies and health care research on the perinatal period
  • Mental health of women
  • Trauma and trauma related disorders

Official position

Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Director and Physician-in-Chief, Psychosomatic Hospital and Outpatient Clinics


University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus,Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Business address

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Academic education and degrees


MD in Medicine, Humboldt - University Berlin, Germany


POL-tutor, Harvard Medical School, Boston


Postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) in Psychosomatic Medicine, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


Visiting researcher, Center for Bioethics & Health Law, U.S.A.,University of Pittsburgh


Professional career

1994 - 2004           

Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal medicine, Psychiatry, Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy, Friedrichstadt Hospital and University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden

2004 - 2011

Senior physician, Department of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Since 2011


Director, Physician-in-Chief, Department of  Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden


Honors, awards and positions

2000 - 2011

Executive committee German Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DGPFG)

2001, 2005, 2016

Carl-Gustav-Carus-price für „Excellent Teaching at the Medical University, Technische Universität Dresden"

2003 - 2004

Scholarship of the SMWK

2004. 2010, 2013

Research award of the German Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology

2008 - 2012


Steering committee S3 guide line development AWMF on Psychosomatic, psychiatric and medical-psychological consiliary liaison care in acute care hospitals

2010, 2018

Steering committee S3 guide line development AWMF  on chronic pelvic pain

2013 - 2015           

Advisory Board on the Development of an international Delphiconsensus recommendation for a patient-relevant outcome set to measure the effectiveness of multimodal pain therapy

Since 2011

Advisory Board of the German Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DGPFG)

2012 - 2015

Executive committee of the German Society of Psychosomatic council of Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)

Since 2014

Executive committee of the German Society of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy (DGPM e.V.)

Since 2018


Assistant chairwoman  of the German Society of Psychosomatic für Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy (DGPM e.V.)


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Editorial board


Zeitschrift Psychotherapie Psychosomatik und Medizinische Psychologie,  Zeitschrift Ärztliche Psychotherapie, Zeitschrift Psychotherapie im Dialog, Zeitschrift Psychosomatische Medizin


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 96, Scholar h-index: 22. Scopus: 17)

  1. Weidner K, Bittner A, Beutel M, Goeckenjan M, Brähler E, Garthus-Niegel S. The role of stress and self-efficacy in somatic and psychological symptoms during the climacteric period – is there a specific association? Maturitas. 2020;136:1-6.

  2. Bittner A, Junge-Hoffmeister J, Treichel T, Coenen A, Weidner K. Maladaptive personality styles in a clinical sample of women with postpartum depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020;263:318-325.

  3. Schaber R, Karl M, Kopp M, Kress V, Weidner K et al. My job, my child, my house: the predictive value of job- and housework-related factors on depressive symptoms during the postpartum period. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020;272:388-397.

  4. Hanko C, Bittner A, Junge-Hoffmeister J, Mogwitz S, Nitzsche K, Weidner K. Course of mental health and mother-infant bonding in hospitalized women with threatened preterm birth. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetric. 2020;301(1):119-128.

  5. Schellong J, Lorenz P, Weidner K. Proposing a standardized, step-by-step model for creating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related mobile mental health apps in a framework based on technical and medical norms. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2019;10(1):1611090.

  6. Bittner A, Peukert J, Zimmermann C, Junge-Hoffmeister J, Parker LS ... Weidner K. Early Intervention in Pregnant Women With Elevated Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms: Efficacy of a Cognitive-Behavioral Group Program. The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing. 2014;28(3):185-195.

  7. Siepmann M, Hennig UD, Nitzsche K, Siepmann T, Mück-Weymann M ... Weidner K. The effects of heart rate variability biofeedback in patients with preterm labour. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2014;39(1):27-35.

  8. Weidner K, Richter J, Bittner A, Stöbel-Richter Y, Brähler E. Klimakterische Beschwerden über die Lebensspanne? Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Umfrage in der deutschen Allgemeinbevölkerung. Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie. 2012;62(07):266-275.

  9. Stöbel-Richter Y, Geue K, Borkenhagen A, Brähler E, Weidner K. What do you know about reproductive medicine? - Results of a German representative survey. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e50113.

  10. Weidner K, Einsle F, Stöbel-Richter Y, Siedentopf F, Distler W, Joraschky P. Psychological and Physical Factors influencing the health-related Quality of Life of Patients of a Department of Gynaecology in a University Hospital. Journal of Psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology. 2006;27(4):257-265.

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