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Geriatric psychiatry and psychotherapy

Our research group focuses on the improvement of treatment for elderly patients with psychiatric disorders.

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The research group Geriatric psychiatry and psychotherapy focuses on investigation of psychiatric disorders and their treatment in elderly patients.

One main area of research are polypharmacy and drug-drug interactions, since polypharmacy is a common issue in elderly patients with potential severe side effects. We also investigate clinical and genetic factors influencing response to psychopharmacological treatment.

Further research projects examine psychosocial risk and protective factors in elderly people and develop diagnostic standards for dementia and delirium as well as new concepts for palliative care for geriatric psychiatric patients. Further, we investigate possibilities to improve neuropsychological diagnostics in patients with dementia. Besides the projects in elderly patients, we also conduct research projects focusing on psychiatric care for parents with mental disorders.   

We cooperate, among others, with the Pharmacogenetics Research Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada and with the research group delirium and cognition at the Department for Anesthesiology at Charité Campus.

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PD Dr. med. Eva Janina Brandl

Senior physician, head of research group Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Selected research projects

  • Polypharmacy in geriatric psychiatry
  • Implementation and evaluation of an interdisciplinary polypharmacy review board
  • Psychosocial risk and protective factors in elderly patients with psychiatric disorders
  • Genetic and clinical factors influencing antidepressant response
  • Diagnostic standards for dementia & delirium


Dr. med. Dipl.-Psych. Thomas Riemer

Assistant physician, neuropsychologist

Dr. med. Magdalena Seethaler

Physician, research fellow research group Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Dr. med. Philip Stötzner

Assistenzarzt, research fellow, research group Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

  • Sandra Just     
  • Franz Kromp                            
  • Andrea Lohse            
  • Dario Jalilzadeh Masah

Doctoral students

  • Alana Wesch
  • Lea Ligerman
  • Susanne Nitsche
  • Rodolfo Ferrebus
  • Hanna Ababneh


For a full list of publications, please see Google Scholar.