Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy deals with how mental disorders arise and are sustained - and how psychotherapy can be further developed, improved and checked. In the department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Hamburg, we place a special focus on researching cognitive and emotional processes that underlie the development and maintenance of psychoses (schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders). We pursue these questions with empirical and experimental methods.
The further and new development of effective psychological interventions for psychotic disorders is also very important to us. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy as a scientifically tested form of treatment, the psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Clinic also benefits those affected by new therapy concepts.
After all, we also feel responsible for ensuring that new knowledge about effective psychotherapy flows into both the course and training for psychotherapists. That is why we are also involved in postgraduate training as psychological psychotherapists. Our goal is to train highly qualified Scientist Practitioners who will later apply their skills responsibly and professionally to important areas of care and further research into mental disorders.