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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Basic and Clinical Research,

Insomnia, Sleep Disorders: Clinical Research

Affective Disorders, Functional Neuroimaging

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Ulrich Voderholzer, M.D., Prof., Master of Medical Education


University Medical Center Freiburg, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Internal Collaborations (University / University Medical Center Freiburg)

    Department of Neurology
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • External Collaborations

    Prof. Henrik Walter, University of Bonn, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
    Prof. Dr. Fritz Hohagen, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital, Luebeck
    Prof. Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum, University of Dresden


    • Clinical Research in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy of obsessive compulsive disorder
    • Functional Neuroimaging
    • Neuropsychology
    • Sleep Medicine, Insomnia
    • Affective Disorders


Experienced in all areas of psychiatry and psychotherapy, especially affective disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and sleep disorders


    1. Kuelz  A, Hohagen F, Voderholzer U (2004). Neuropsychological performance in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a critical review. Biological Psychology 65: 185-236. (IF 7,154)

    2. Voderholzer U, Hohagen F, Klein T, Jungnickel J, Kirschbaum C, Berger M, Riemann D (2004) Impact of sleep deprivation and subsequent recovery sleep on cortisol in unmedicated depressed patients. Am J Psychiatry 161: 1404-1410.      (IF 8,250)

    3. Hornyak M, Kopasz M, Berger M, Riemann D, Voderholzer U (2005) Impact of sleep-related complaints on depressive symptoms in patients with restless legs syndrome. J Clin Psychiat 66: 1139-1145.   (IF 5,533)

    4. Voderholzer U, Riemann D, Huwig-Poppe C, Kordon A, Bruestle K, Berger M, Hohagen F (2007) Sleep in obsessive compulsive disorder: Polysomnographic studies under baseline conditions and after experimentally induced serotonin deficiency. Eur Arch Psychiat Clin Neurosci 257: 173-182.  (IF 3,042)

    5. Hornyak M, Rupp A, Riemann D, Feige B, Berger M, Voderholzer U (2008) Low-dose hydrocortisone in the evening reduces symptom severity in restless legs syndrome: An experimental study with randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind design. Neurology, in press (IF 5,69).


  • Neuroimaging projects in patients with OCD
  • Neuropsychological and clinical predictors of psychotherapy in obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Sleep in obsessive compulsive disorder
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