Dr. rer. nat. Katharina Koch (geb. Dohm)
postdoctoral research fellow
Institut für Translationale Psychiatrie
Albert-Schweitzer-Straße 1, Gebäude A9a
Psychotherapist, Psychotherapy Ambulance Muenster and private practice Muenster
Research scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Münster (DFG-founded research group FOR2107)
2015 - 2016
Clinical psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Muenster
2014 - 2015
Research assistant, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Muenster
2009 - 2012
Research assistant, Department of Psychology, Psycholinguistic and cognitive Neuroscience, University of Muenster
Education and Training
Advanced training in 'Specific trauma therapy for adults'
2014 - 2018
PhD in Psychology (Dr. rer. nat.), Westfaelischen Wilhelms-University Muenster
2014 - 2018
Postgraduate Training in cognitive psychotherapy, IPP Muenster
2010 - 2012
Master of Science in Psychology, Westfaelischen Wilhelms-University Muenster
2007 - 2010
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Westfaelischen Wilhelms-University Muenster
Group Leader: IMF-project "Characterizing brain structure and function in the course of affective disorders"
Affective disorders are severe and predominantly chronic diseases characterized by impairments in social and neuropsychological development. Neuroimaging techniques may provide insights into the underlying neural mechanisms associated with a benign or detrimental course of disease. While many studies have investigated the neurobiological mechanisms in cross-sectional designs, there is a lack of well-designed longitudinal neuroimaging studies in affective disorders. Furthermore, it is crucial and mostly neglected by available research to consider the course of illness and other confounding influences between MRI measurements.
The objective of this research group is to identify longitudinal changes in brain structure (gray matter, white matter, and structural connectivity) and brain function (automatic and controlled stages of emotion processing, reward processing) in the course of affective dirsorders. Therefore, we conduct a detailed assessment of the clinical course, risk and protective factors for affective disorders in order to account for differential influences on brain structure and function.