Central German Mental Health Center

Falk Leichsenring

Falk Leichsenring

Prof. Dr. rer nat., Dipl.-Psych, Dept. Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, JÖU, and CMBB

Current position
Professor of Psychotherapy Research
Role within partner site
Representative Faculty

Relevant work experience
BMBF ENHANCE, coordinator
BMBF SOPHO-NET, coordinator

Professional background
since 2009
Professor of Psychotherapy Research (W2) Dept. Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, JLU
Professor of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology (apl.), Dept. Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Georg-August- University of Göttingen
Dissertation, Dr. rer. nat., University of Göttingen

Main research foci
  • Psychotherapy research (outcome, meta-analyses, treatment manuals)
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Anxiety disorders, PTSD, depressive disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders
  • Research methods (philosophy of science, statistics, evaluation)

  • Leichsenring F, Sarrar L, Steinert C (2019) Drop-outs in psychotherapy: a change of perspective. World Psychiatry 18: 32-33.
  • Leichsenring F, Leweke F (2017) Social anxiety disorder. New England Journal of Medicine 376: 2255-2264.
  • Leichsenring F, ..., Steinert C (2015) Psychodynamic Therapy Meets Evidence-Based Medicine: A Systematic Review Using Updated Criteria. Lancet Psychiatry 2: 648-660.
  • Leichsenring F, Leibing E, Kruse J, Leweke F (2011) Borderline personality disorder. Lancet 377: 74-84.
  • Leichsenring F, Rabung S (2008) Effectiveness of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: a meta-analysis. JAMA 300: 1551-1565.

Additional information
since 2001
Member of the Scientific Board of Psychotherapy of Germany (WBP)
Heigl Prize for Psychotherapy Research
Hamburg Prize for Research in Personality
Adolf-Ernst-Meyer Prize for Psychotherapy Research
Heigl Prize for Psychotherapy Research