Dr. rer. nat. Susanne Meinert, M.Sc.
MSc. Psychology, psychological psychotherapist (CBT)

Tel.: +49 (0)251 83-51860

Institute for Translationale Psychiatrie
Institute for Translational Neuroscience
University of Münster
Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, A9a
48149 Münster


  • CV

    Work experience

    05/2021 to present           psychotherapist at institute out-patient clinic, special unit „transition psychiatry“, Universital Hospital Münster, chair: Prof. Dr. Dr. Dannlowski
    11/2020 to present           scientific associate at the Institute for Translational Neuroscience, University of Münster, affiliation with the CRC/SFB1451 „Key Mechanisms of Motor Control in Health and Disease“, project A07 „Role of synaptic lipid modulated cortical excitability in motor control“, chair: Prof. Dr. Dr. Robert Nitsch
    02/2017 to 01/2018          clinical psychologist at the University of Münster (in-patient treatment), special unit „patients with psychosis experience“, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Rebekka Lencer
    06/2016 to present           clinical psychologist at the out-patient clinic „Psychotherapie-Ambulanz (PTA)“, University of Münster
    12/2016 to present           research assistant at the Institute for Translational Psychiatry, University of Münster, affiliation with the FOR2107 „Neurobiology of affective disorders“, project WP1 „Neurobiology in the course of affective disorders – the Marburg-Münster Affective Disorder Corhort Study (MACS)“, Germany, chair: Prof. Dr. Dr. Dannlowski

    Education and training

    04/2022 to present           PhD-student, medical science, at the Institute for Translational Neuroscience, University of Münster, Germany; working title for the dissertation: „Food intake, elevated excitation and diet: Biological action on the cortical synapse“ (Dr. rer. medic.) supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Nitsch / Prof. Dr. Dr. Dannlowski
    04/2016 to 05/2022          PhD-student, psychology, at the Instite for Translational Psychiatry, University of Münster, Germany; dissertation: „The Neural Correlates of the Development, Progression and Outcome of Major Depressive Disorder – Insights from Diffusion Tensor Imaging“ (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude) supervised by Prof. Dr. Schubotz / Prof. Dr. Dr. Dannlowski
    06/2016 to 04/2021          Training as psychotherapist (CBT) at the „Institut für Psychologische Psychotherapieausbildung (IPP)“, University of Münster, Germany
    10/2014 to 03/2016          M.Sc. Psychology, University of Münster
    10/2011 to 09/2014          B.Sc. Psychology, University of Münster

    Awards, scholarships, competitive funds

    2022          congress travel scholarship, DAAD
    2019          invited speaker at the „New findings“ symposium at the ECNP congress 2020
    2019          congress travel scholarship, ECNP Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe 2020
    2018          congress travel scholarship, DAAD
    2018          congress travel scholarship, DGBP
  • Research

    Short profile

    • Graduated with summa cum laude with my doctorate in Psychology in May 2022
    • Certified psychotherapist (speciality: cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT) since April 2021
    • Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Translational Psychiatry: coordination of the recruitment and data management for the DFG FOR2107-cohort study in Münster (www.for2107.de)
    • Coordination of a project about lipidmetabolism and its association with neural signal processing
    • Methodological expertise in neuroimaging of major depressive disorder with a focus on white matter alterations, risk factors and disease courses


    Notable Work

    1. Goltermann, J.*, Meinert, S.*, Hülsmann, C., Dohm, K., Grotegerd, D., Redlich, R., Waltemate, L., Lemke, H., Thiel, K., Mehler, D.M.A., Enneking, V., Borgers, T., Repple, J., Gruber, M., Winter, N.R., Hahn, T., Brosch, K., Meller, T., Ringwald, K.G., Schmitt, S., Stein, F., Pfarr, J.-K., Krug, A., Nenadic, I., Kircher, T., Opel, N., & Dannlowski, U. (accepted). Temporal stability and state-dependence of retrospective self-reports of childhood maltreatment in major depression: a two-year longitudinal analysis of the childhood trauma questionnaire. Psychological Assessment.  https://osf.io/53rdf  Preliminary Journal Impact Factor: 6.08
      *shared first author
    1. Meinert S., Nowack N., Grotegerd D., Repple J., Winter N.R., Abheiden I., Enneking V., Lemke H., Waltemate L., Stein F., Brosch K., Schmitt S., Meller T., Pfarr J.-K., Ringwald K., Steinsträter O., Gruber M., Nenadić I., Krug A., Leehr E.J., Hahn T., Thiel K., Dohm K., Winter A., Opel N., Schubotz R.I., Kircher T., & Dannlowski U. (2021). Association of brain white matter microstructure with cognitive performance in major depressive disorder and healthy controls: a diffusion-tensor imaging study. Molecular Psychiatry, 27, 1103-1110, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-021-01330-8  Journal Impact Factor: 13.44
    2. Meinert, S., Leehr, E.J., Grotegerd, D., Repple, J., Förster, K., Winter, N.R., Enneking, V., Fingas, S.M., Lemke, H., Waltemate, L., Stein, F., Brosch, K., Schmitt, S., Meller, T., Linge, A., Krug, A., Nenadić, I., Jansen, A., Hahn, T., Redlich, R., Opel, N., Schubotz, R.I., Baune, B.T., Kircher, T., Dannlowski, U. (2020). White matter fiber microstructure is associated with prior hospitalizations rather than acute symptomatology in major depressive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 52(6), 1166-1174. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291720002950 
      Journal Impact Factor: 7.72
    3. Repple, J*., Meinert, S.* Bollettini, I., Grotegerd, D., Redlich, R., Zaremba, D., Bürger, C., Förster, K., Dohm, K., Stahl, F., Opel, N., Hahn, T., Enneking, V., Leehr, E.J., Böhnlein, J., Leenings, R., Kaehler, C., Emden, D., Winter, N.R., Heindel, W., Kugel, H., Bauer, J., Arolt, V., Benedetti, F., & Dannlowski, U. (2020). Influence of electroconvulsive therapy on white matter structure in a diffusion tensor imaging study. Psychological Medicine, 50(5), 849-856. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291719000758  Journal Impact Factor: 7.72
      *shared first author
    4. Meinert, S., Repple, J., Nenadic, I., Krug, A., Jansen, A., Grotegerd, D., Förster, K., Enneking, V., Dohm, K., Schmitt, S., Stein, F., Brosch, K., Meller, T., Redlich, R., Böhnlein, J., Sindermann, L., Goltermann, J., Leehr, E.J., Opel, N., Aldermann, L., Reuter, A., Schubotz, R.I., Hahn, T., Kircher, T., & Dannlowski, U. (2019). Reduced fractional anisotropy in depressed patients due to childhood maltreatment rather than diagnosis. Neuropsychopharmacology, 44(12), 2065-2072. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-019-0472-y 
      Journal Impact Factor: 6.75