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Prof. Dr. med. Ludger Tebartz van Elst


  • studies in philosophy and medicine at the University of Freiburg, University of Manchester - UK, New York University, NY – USA, University of Zürich – Switzerland;
  • neurological and psychiatric training at the University of Freiburg, Dept. of Neurology; Institute of Neurology, UCL-London, Dept of Neuropsychiatry; University of Freiburg, Dept. of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy


  • Professor for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
  • Deputy Director of University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • Head of Section for Experimental Neuropsychiatry

Fields of Special Clin. Interest

  • neurobiology and psychotherapy of neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, ADHD, tic disorders and Gilles-de-la-Tourette syndrome
  • neurobiology and therapy of organic and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Fields of Research

  • differential diagnosis, neurobiology and differential therapy of neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, ADHD, tic disorders)
  • diagnosis and treatment of immunological encephalopathy and other organic variants of psychotic, affective and schizophreniform disorders
  • Methodological focus: neuroimaging, neuroinflammation, visual neuroscience
  • Theoretical medicine and philosophy: psychobiology of perception, thinking, emotion and behaviour; free will; intentional structure of metacognition

Academic achievements and awards

  • Scholarship of the Cusanuswerk (1989 – 1995)
  • Dissertation at the clinic of psychiatry of the university clinic Freiburg; »Neurobiology and Psychology of Depression« (1992-1995)
  • Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); studies at the University of Manchester (1991-1992)
  • Research scholarship of the Scientific Society of the University of Freiburg (Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, UCL, London; 1997 - 1998)
  • Research Scholarship of the Raymond Way Neuropsychiatry Researchs Funds (Post-Doc; Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, UCL, London; 1997 - 1998)
  • Gerok Scholarship of the University of Freiburg (set up of research lab for neuroimaging in psychiatry; 1998)
  • Award of the British Neuropsychiatric Association (February 2000)
  • Wilhelm Griesinger Award of the Berlin Societry for Neurology and Psychiatry (2002)
  • Habilitation in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy: »On the pathophysiology of the amygdala and related frontobasal circuits in impuslive and emotional unstable syndromes« (2004)
  • Call onto the list for Biological Psychiatry (C3) of the Humboldt University Berlin (2004)
  • Call onto the chair for C3-Professorship (a.L.) for Psychiatry & Psychotherapy of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (2005, rejected)
  • Call onto the chair Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (W3, Ordinariat) of the Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel (2014, rejected)


More than 145 peer reviewed publications in English language

More than 35 book chapters, monographies and editor books: