Psychotherapy Research

Research Questions

How can existing treatment services for various psychosomatic disorders be improved, and how successful are newly developed treatment approaches?
• Which impact factors exist in the process of psychotherapy?
• What role does the therapeutic relationship play concerning a success in treatment?
• How can digital media be used in the therapeutic process?

Current Projects

ANTOP study (randomized controlled study RCT): 5-year catamnisis after outpatient psychotherapy (behavioral therapy or focal psychodynamic therapy) versus "treatment as usual" in 242 patients with anorexia nervosa. Previous results have shown that an outpatient eating disorder specific psychotherapy is feasible and promising even concerning this severe form of eating disorder.
• RESTART study (feasibility study): outpatient relapse prevention via video conference after inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Previous results suggest a strong demand and a high acceptance of the treatment offer, which contributes to the improved transfer of the treatment progress into everyday life.
• ACF project (randomized controlled pilot study): behavior modification related to impulsiveness in patients with a binge eating disorder. The aim is to examine a group intervention to reduce binge eating.


Development of an Internet-based German registry for eating disorders
• Implementation of large-scale randomized controlled studies after completion of the pilot phase
• Implementation and dissemination of successful innovative therapeutic approaches
• Further catamneses to assess the long-term success of psychotherapy

Research Group Leader

Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Gaby Resmark