Prof. Dr. Steffen Moritz

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Curriculum Vitae

1998 - present Head of Clinical Neuropsychology Working Group, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
2010 Clinical neuropsychologist (GNP-certification)
2008 Professor of clinical psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Clinical Neuropsychology Working Group, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
2004 Habilitation in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (German qualification to apply for tenureship) and Venia legend (German licence to lecture),
University of Hamburg, Department of Medicine, Germany
2001 Visiting researcher at the Psychology Department of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (funded by the German Academic Exchange Services [DAAD])
2000 Ph.D. dissertation on cognitive correlates of the positive, negative and disorganized syndromes of schizophrenia,
University of Hamburg, Germany
1991 - 1997 Diploma in Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany

Research interests

  • metacognitive interventions
  • cognitive biases
  • information processing in schizophrenia, OCD, depression, and PTSD

Selected independent research funding

2011 Hamburg Award on Personality Disorders (with Katja Wingenfeld and Carsten Spitzer) for a study on cognitive biases in borderline personality disorder
2009 Funding (with Tania Lincoln) for a study on the impact of stress on
cognitive biases and psychosis from the German
Research Foundation (DFG)
2009 Funding for an intervention study on association
splitting in alcohol substance disorder from the
Werner Otto Foundation (WOI)
2009 Funding (with Lena Jelinek) for a study on association splitting in OCD from the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2008 Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance
for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
2006 Funding of multicenter study on metacognitive
training in schizophrenia from the German Research
Foundation, Clinical Studies Program (DFG, Mo 969/6-1)
2006 Research Award from the German Society for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (DGZ)
2006 Young Investigator Award from the University
Medical Center Hamburg (FFM-project)
2005 Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance
for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
2003 Young Investigator Award from the University
Medical Center Hamburg (FFM-project)
2002 Funding of study on source memory in schizophrenia from the German Research Foundation (DFG, Mo 969/4-1)
2001 Scholarship for a research stay in Canada from the
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2000 - 2002 Funding for a study on spatial cognition in OCD from
the German Research Foundation (DFG, Mo 969/1-1)

Selected Publications

Moritz, S., Veckenstedt, R., Andreou, C., Bohn, F., Hottenrott, B., Leighton, L.L., Köther, U., Woodward, T. S., Treszl, A., Menon, M., Schneider, B. C., Pfueller, U. & Roesch-Ely D. (2014). Sustained and "sleeper" effects of group metacognitive training for schizophrenia: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 1103-1111.

Moritz, S., Andreou, C., Schneider, B. C., Wittekind, C. E., Menon, M., Balzan, R. P., & Woodward, T. S. (2014). Sowing the seeds of doubt: A narrative review on metacognitive training in schizophrenia. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 358-366.

Moritz, S., Andreou, C., Klingberg, S., Thöring, T., & Peters, M. J. V. (2013). Assessment of subjective cognitive and emotional effects of antipsychotic drugs: Effect by defect? Neuropharmacology, 72, 179-186.

Moritz, S., Hottenrott, B., Jelinek, L., Brooks, A. M., & Scheurich, A. (2012). Effects of obsessive-compulsive symptoms on neuropsychological test performance: Complicating an already complicated story. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 26, 31-44.

Moritz, S., Schilling, L., Hauschildt, M., Schröder, J., & Treszl, A. (2012). A randomized controlled trial of Internet-based therapy in depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 513-521.