Central German Mental Health Center

Johannes Kruse

Johannes Kruse

Prof. Dr. med., Dept. Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, JLU and UMR, and CMBB

Current position
Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy (W3) and Chair, Dept. Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy
Role within partner site
Representative Faculty

Relevant work experience
BMG ES-RIP, coordinator
since 2011
BMBF Competence Network Diabetes / German Diabetes Research Center (DZD): Chronic Stress and Diabetes, PI
VW Foundation: Interdisciplinary Project about Torture, coordinator

Professional background
since 2011
Head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, UMR
since 2009
Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy and Chair, Dept. Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, G
Associate Professor, University of Duesseldorf
Medical Specialist (Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy)
Dissertation, Dr. med., University of Duesseldorf

Main research foci
  • Psychological factors in diabetes, stress-related disorders, PTSD (neuroendocrine pathways, epidemiology and clinical trials)
  • Psychotherapy and health care research

  • Emeny RT, …, Kruse J, …, Ladwig KH (2018) Anxiety associated increased CpG methylation in the promoter of Asb1: A translational approach evidenced by epidemiological and clinical studies and a murine model. Biol Psychiat 43(2): 342-353.
  • Steinert C, …, Leichsenring F, …, Kruse J (2017) Resource activation for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, co-morbid symptoms and impaired functioning: a randomized controlled trial in Cambodia. Psychol Med 47(3): 553-564.
  • Sack M, …, Kruse J, Stingl M (2016) A comparison of dual attention, eye movements, and exposure only during eye movement desensitization and reprocessing for posttraumatic stress disorder: Results from a randomized clinical trial. Psychother Psychosom 85(
  • Steinert C, …, Leichsenring F,…, Kruse J (2016) Treating post-traumatic stress disorder by resource activation in Cambodia. World Psychiatry 15(2): 183-185.
  • Kruse J, …, Thefeld W (2003) On the association between diabetes and mental disorders in a community sample. Diabetes Care 26: 1841-1846.

Additional information
since 2012
President of the German Association of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy
since 2014
Speaker of the German Conference of the Medical Psychotherapeutic Associations
since 2015
Member of the “Scientific Advisory Board on Psychotherapy“ of the German Medical Association and the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists in Germany
Hans-Römer Prize of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine