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Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Ehrlich, PhD

Research focus

  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism
  • Neurobiology (neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, genetics & epigenetics)
  • Neuroimaging (structural & functional MRI, connectomics, multi-site studies)
  • Experimental psychology (e.g. emotion regulation) and online psychiatry (crowdsourcing)
  • Ecological momentary assessment and mHealth

Official position

Head of the Division of Psychological and Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences; Head of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Center at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy


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

Business address

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Academic education and degrees

2000 - 2004

Educational Science and Human Development, Humboldt University Berlin


Doctor of Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Doctoral thesis (Dr. med.): Neurology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Habilitation (Venia legendi): Experimental Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Medicine C. G. Carus


Professional career

2005 - 2008

Charité University Hospital Berlin, Resident in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Resident in Psychiatry

2008 - 2010

Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, MGH, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston: Clinical research fellow

2010 - 2012

TU Dresden, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Professor of Translational Developmental Neuroscience (W2 – tenured), Head of the Eating Disorder Treatment & Research Program

2012 - 2016

TU Dresden, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Professor of Translational Developmental Neuroscience, Deputy Consultant, Deputy Chief Consultant and subsequently Vice Director of the Department, Head of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Center

Since 2016

TU Dresden, Division of Psychological & Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences: Head of the Division (W3); Head of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Center at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Honors, awards and positions

1999 - 2005

German National Academic Foundation - Exceptional Talent Fellow

2002 - 2004

Fellow of the International Academy of Life Science (IALS)


DGKJP August-Homburger-Research-Award


AED Early Career Investigator Fellowship


NARSAD Young Investigator Award: "Intermediate phenotypes in schizophrenia"


Hilde-Bruch-Research Award for Eating Disorders of the DGESS


Christina Barz Research Award for Eating Disorder Research

2012 - 2020

Focus: listed as one of Germany's best physicians (Psychiatry, Eating Disorders)

Since 2018

Working Group Leader: ENIGMA Eating Disorders

Since 2020

German Society of Eating Disorders (DGESS): Vice President


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Since 2014

Member of the editorial board/associate editor of: Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity (2014); Frontiers in Genetics, Section Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics (2015); Nature - Scientific Reports (2016); Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciences (2018); Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2020)


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

  1. Ehrlich S, Geisler D, Yendiki A, Panneck P, Roessner V et al. Associations of WM integrity and cortical thickness in patients with schizophrenia and healthy controls. Schizophr Bull. 2014;40(3):665-74.

  2. King JA, Geisler D, Ritschel F, Schober I, Seidel M … Ehrlich S. Global cortical thinning in anorexia nervosa normalizes following long-term weight restoration. Biol Psychiatry. 2015;77(7):624-32.

  3. Walton E, Geisler D, Lee PH, Hass J, Turner JA ... Ehrlich S. Prefrontal Inefficiency Is Associated With Polygenic Risk for Schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull. 2014; 40(6):1263-71.

  4. Walton E, Hass J, Liu J, Roffman J, Bernardoni F … Ehrlich S. Correspondence of DNA methylation between blood and brain tissue and its application to schizophrenia research. Schizophr Bull. 2016;42(2):406-14.

  5. King JA, Geisler D, Bernardoni F, Ritschel F, Böhm I … Ehrlich S. Altered Neural Efficiency of Decision Making During Temporal Reward Discounting in Anorexia Nervosa. J Am Acad Child Psy. 2016;55(11):972-979.

  6. Tam FI, King JA, Geisler D, Korb FM, Sareng J … Ehrlich S. Altered behavioral and amygdala habituation in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder: an fMRI study. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):13611.

  7. King JA, Frank GKW, Thompson PM, Ehrlich S. Structural Neuroimaging of Anorexia Nervosa: Future Directions in the Quest for Mechanisms Underlying Dynamic Alterations. Biol Psychiatry. 2018;83(3):224-234.

  8. Bernardoni F, Geisler D, King JA, Javadi AH, Ritschel F … Ehrlich S. Altered Medial Frontal Feedback Learning Signals in Anorexia Nervosa. Biol Psychiatry. 2018;83(3):235-243.

  9. Bernardoni F, King JA, Geisler D, Birkenstock J, Tam FI … Ehrlich S. Nutritional Status Affects Cortical Folding: Lessons Learned From Anorexia Nervosa. Biol Psychiatry. 2018;84(9):692-701.

  10. King JA, Ehrlich S. The Elusive Nature of Delay Discounting as a Transdiagnostic Process in Psychiatric Disorders - The Devil Is in the Detail. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(3):325-326.

Foto: Stefan Wiegand

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