Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf
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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf


Jürgen Margraf studied psychology, sociology and physiology at the Universities of Brussels, Kiel, Munich and Tübingen (1975-1983). After a research scholarship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University he finished his PhD at the University of Tübingen in 1986 and subsequently held professorships at the Universities of Berlin, Dresden, Basel and Bochum. In 2009 he was the first psychologist to be awarded an Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship, Germany´s most highly endowed scientific award. His work on mental health focuses on the interplay between psychological, biological and social factors, using a combination of etiological, epidemiological and intervention research strategies and leading to some 400 publications. He is a member of the Leopoldina - German National Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and was president of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive The¬rapies (EABCT), the German National Scientific Council on Psychotherapy and the German Society of Psychology.


Curriculum Vitae

Education and psychotherapy qualifications

  • Certified psychotherapist "Aprobation,Psychologischer Psychotherapeut", Germany (1999)
  • Habilitation in Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology, University of Marburg, Germany (1990)
  • Doctoral research Standford Unversity (1983-1986), Ph.D. in Psychology University of Tübingen (1989)
  • Graduate degree („Diplom“) in Psychology, University of Tübingen (1983)
  • Studied of Psychology, Sociology and Physiology, Munich, Brussels, Kiel and Tübingen (1975-1983)
  • High school diploma („Abitur“), Brussels, Belgium (1975)


Current and previous academic positionsZum Seitenanfang  

  • Dean of the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2018-2020)
  • Since March 2010, Alexander von Humboldt-Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Mental Health, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Ordinarius), University of Basel, Switzerland (1999-2010). Director of Dept. of Clinical Psychology of the Psychiatric University Hospital, Basel (1999-2002). Head of the Institute of Psychology (2000-2002), Dean of the Faculty of Psychology (2007-2009), University of Basel.
  • Professor and head of the Dept. of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (C4), and Director of the Behavior Therapy Outpatient Clinic, Technical University of Dresden, Germany (1993-1999)
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology, Free University of Berlin, Germany (1992-1993)
  • Acting Professor („Lehrstuhlvertretung“) of Clinical Psychology, University of Münster, Germany (1990-1992)
  • Assistant Professor („wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter“, „Hochschulassistent“) of Psychology at the Universities of Tübingen and Marburg, Germany (1986-1990)
  • Research Scholar in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, USA. Clinical psychologist and Assistant Director of Laboratory of Clinical Psychopharmacology and Psychophysiology at Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California (1983-1986)



    Major research focusZum Seitenanfang

  • Etiology, assessment and treatment of mental disorders (focus on anxiety and eating disorders); experimental psychopathology; psychotherapy research focusing on cognitive behavior therapy; prevention; public health and clinical psychophysiology. Author of numerous scientific publications in journals and books, including:



Honors and officesZum Seitenanfang

  • Franz-Emmanuel-Weinert Award rewarded by the DGPs (German Society for Psychology)(2020)
  • Visiting Professor at the Anxiety and Depression Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, USA (2015/ 2016)
  • Fellow of Academia Europaea (2015)
  • Honorary Professor, Hebei United University, China (2013)
  • President of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (2012)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society (2011)
  • Member of the Lepoldina Akademie der Naturforscher, German National Academy of Sciences (2010)
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship – International award for research in Germany (2010)
  • Visiting professor at Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxiety, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania (2009-2010)
  • Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research „sesam“, Swiss Etiological Study of Adjustment and Mental Health (2005-2010)
  • President of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT)
  • Chairman of the German National Scientific Council on Psychotherapy, "Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Psychotherapie der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (1999-2005)
  • Speaker of the section of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the German Society
    for Psychology (1998-2000)
  • Colette-Schuler-Voith Research Award, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen (1987)
  • Research Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service(1983-1984)



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