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Prof. Dr Michèle Wessa

Research Group Leader LIR, Professor and Head Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Contact

Leibniz-Institut für Resilienzforschung gGmbH
Wallstraße 7
55131 Mainz

+49 (0)6131 39-39259
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General Information
Year of Birth

1975

Current Position

Research Group Leader, Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR), Mainz, Germany

Professor and Head Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

University training and degrees
10/2000 – 04/2004

Postgraduate Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, GAP Frankfurt/Main Germany, License to practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Approbation)

04/1997 – 04/2000

Dipl.-Psych.; Psychology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Herta Flor)

10/1994 – 03/1997

Psychology; University of Mannheim, Germany

 

Advanced academic qualifications
2010

Habilitation for Clinical Psychology, Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Germany (supervisor: H. Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim)

2004

Dr. sc. hum.: Neuropsychology, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University, Germany (supervisor: H. Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim)

Postgraduate professional career
Since 01/2020

Research Group Leader at the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR), Mainz, Germany

Since 01/2018

Research Group Leader at the German Resilience Center (DRZ) Mainz, Germany

Since 04/2013

Professor for Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology (W3) and Head of the corresponding Department, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

10/2011 – 03/2013

Professor for Experimental Psychopathology and Neuroimaging (W3), Department of General Psychiatry, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

12/2008 – 09/2011

DFG Emmy Noether research group leader, Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Universiy of Heidelberg, Germany (director: H. Flor)

04/2007 – 11/2008

Assisstant Professor, Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany

03/2005 – 03/2007

Postdoctoral researcher, CEA Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot, Orsay, France; Research group “Neuroimaging in Psychiatry” (supervisor: J.-L. Martinot)

02/2004 – 02/2005

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany (supervisor: H. Flor)

04/2000 – 01/2004

Doctoral student, Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany (supervisor: H. Flor)

Other professional activities or honors
2008 – present

DFG Emmy Noether research group (We3638/3-1)

2007

Lilly Travel Fellowship for 7th International Conference on Bipolar Disorder

2000 – 2003

Ph.D. Scholarship from the Studientstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

1997 – 1999

Study Scholarship from the Studientstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Selected Publications

Kollmann B, Yuen K, Scholz V, Wessa M (2019) Cognitive variability in bipolar I disorder: A cluster-analytic approach informed by resting-state data. Neuropharmacol 156:1–14.

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Zeier P, Sandner M, Wessa M (2019) Script-based Reappraisal Test introducing a new paradigm to investigate the effect of reappraisal inventiveness on reappraisal effectiveness. Cogn Emot. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2019.1663153.

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Kaurin A, Schönfelder S, Wessa M (2018) Self-compassion buffers the link between self-criticism and depression in trauma-exposed firefighters. J Couns Psychol 65:453–462.

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Lois G, Kirsch P, Sandner M, Plichta MM, Wessa M (2018) Experimental and methodological factors affecting test-retest reliability of amygdala BOLD responses. Psychophysiology 55(12):e13220. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13220.

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Linke J, Wessa M (2017) Mental imagery training increases wanting of rewards and reward sensitivity and reduces depressive symptoms. Behav Therapy 48:695–706.

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Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Forneck J, Wessa M (2013) Neural correlates of emotional distractibility in Bipolar Disorder patients, unaffected Relatives, and individuals with hypomanic personality. Am J Psychiatry 170:1487–1496.

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Linke J, King AV, Poupon C, Hennerici MG, Gass A, Wessa M (2013) Impaired anatomical connectivity and related executive functions: differentiating vulnerability and disease marker in bipolar disorder. Biol Psychiatry 74:908–916.

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Linke J, King AV, Rietschel M, Strohmaier J, Hennerici MG, Gass A, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Wessa M (2012) Increased medial orbitofrontal and amygdala activation: evidence for a systems-level endophenotype of bipolar I disorder. Am J Psychiatry 169:316–325.

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Kanske P, Heissler J, Schönfelder S, Bongers A, Wessa M (2011) How to regulate emotion? Neural networks for reappraisal and distraction. Cereb Cortex 21:1379–1388.

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Wessa M, Linke J, Witt S, Nieratschker V, Esslinger C, Kirsch P, Grimm O, Hennerici MG, Gass A, King AV, Rietschel M (2010) The CACNA1C risk variant for bipolar disorder influences limbic activity. Mol Psychiatry 15:1126–1127.

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Contact
Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR)
Wallstraße 7
55122 Mainz
Phone: +49 (0)6131 39-39259
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