Plank, I. S., Christiansen, L.-N., Kunas, S., Dziobek, I. & Bermpohl, F. (sub.). Motherhood and affect recognition: mothers need more information to correctly recognise emotions of children. Preprint.

Seeger, F.R., Neukel, C., Williams, K., Wenigmann, M., Fleck, L, Georg, A.K., Bermpohl, F., Taubner, S., Kaess, M., & Herpertz, S.C. (in press). Parental Mental Illness, Borderline Personality Disorder and Parenting Behavior: The Moderating Role of Social Support

Bonfig, J., Herpertz, S. C., & Schneider, I. (2022). Altered hormonal patterns in borderline personality disorder mother-child interactions. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 105822.

Roth M, Kluczniok D, Roepke S, Heim C, Herpertz SC, Hindi Attar C, Dittrich K, Boedeker K, Winter SM, Ridder NS, Poppinga SK, Bermpohl F (2022). Relationship between Borderline Personality Disorder, Emotional Availability, and Cortisol Output in Mother-Child Dyads. Psychopathology. 2022 Jan 24:1-12. doi: 10.1159/000521519. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35073545.

Plank, I. S., Attar, C. H., Kunas, S., Bermpohl, F., & Dziobek, I. (2022). Increased child-evoked activation in the precuneus during facial affect recognition in mothers. Human Brain Mapping, 1-12, https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25825.

Williams, K., Moehler, E., Kaess, M., Resch, F., & Fuchs, A. (2022). Dissociation links maternal history of childhood abuse to impaired parenting. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 23(1), 37-51.


Dittrich K, Boedeker K, Kluczniok D, Hindi Attar C, Winter SM, Roepke S, Heim C, Herpertz SC, Bermpohl F. (2021). Elevated inflammatory markers in women with remitted major depressive disorder and the role of early life maltreatment. Brain Behav Immun. 2021 Oct;97:219-225. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2021.07.024. Epub 2021 Jul 30. PMID: 34339804.

Hillmann, K., Neukel, C., Zimmermann, J., Fuchs, A., Zietlow, A. L., Mohler, E., Herpertz, S. C., Kaess, M., Bertsch, K. (2021). Maternal early life maltreatment and psychopathology affect the next generation: Alterations in post‐awakening cortisol levels of primary school‐aged children. Developmental psychobiology, 63(1), 98-107.

Neukel, C., Bermpohl, F., Kaess, M., Taubner, S., Boedeker, K., Williams, K., Dempfle, A., Herpertz, S. C. & the UBICA II consortium (2021). Understanding and breaking the intergenerational cycle of abuse in families enrolled in routine mental health services: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial and two non-interventional trials investigating mechanisms of change within the UBICA II consortium. Trials, 22(1), 1-15.

Plank, I. S., Hindi Attar, C., Kunas, S. L., Dziobek, I., & Bermpohl, F. (2021). Increased activation in the bilateral anterior insulae in response to others in pain in mothers compared to non-mothers. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-12, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-02162-w.

Plank, I. S., Hindi Attar, C., Kunas, S. L., Dziobek, I., & Bermpohl, F. (2021). Motherhood and theory of mind: increased activation in the posterior cingulate cortex and insulae. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsab109, https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsab109.

Schneider, I.*, Neukel, C.*, Bertsch, K., Fuchs, A., Möhler, E., Zietlow, A. L., Brunner, R., Wolf, R. C. & Herpertz, S. C. (2021). Early life maltreatment affects intrinsic neural function in mothers. Journal of psychiatric research, 143, 176-182.


Dittrich K, Bermpohl F, Kluczniok D, Hindi Attar C, Jaite C, Fuchs A, Neukel C, Herpertz SC, Brunner R, Winter SM, Roepke S, Kaess M, Heim C, Boedeker K. (2020) Alterations of empathy in mothers with a history of early life maltreatment, depression, and borderline personality disorder and their effects on child psychopathology. Psychol Med. 50(7):1182-1190

Fuchs, A., Dittrich, K., Neukel, C., Winter, S., Zietlow, A. L., Kluczniok, D., Herpertz, S. C., Hindi Attar, C., Mohler, E., Fydrich, T., Bermpohl, F., Kaess, M., Resch, F., Bodeker, K. (2020). Hair cortisol moderates the association between obstetric complications and child wellbeing. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 121, 104845.

Hillmann, K., Neukel, C., Krauch, M., Spohn, A., Herpertz, S.C.  & Bertsch, K. (2020) Cognitive and affective theory of mind in female BPD patients. J Person Disorders J Pers Disord. 2020 Oct 27:1-19. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2020_34_490.

Kluczniok, D., Bertsch, K., Hindi Attar, C., Neukel, C., Jaite, C., Dittrich, K., Bödeker, K., Heinz, A., Winter, S., Brunner, R., Herpertz, S.C., Bermpohl, F. (2020) Maternal history of early life maltreatment and depression. Mediating effect of maternal hair cortisol on child abuse potential. PNEC 2020 Oct;120:104791. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104791. Epub 2020 Jul 6. PMID: 32683140

Mielke E, Neukel C, Fuchs A, Hillmann K, Zietlow AL, Bertsch K, Reck C, Möhler E, Herpertz SC. (2020) The Cycle of Abuse: Emotional Availability in Resilient and Non-Resilient Mothers with Early Life Maltreatment. Psychopathology, 53(5), 298-305. doi: 10.1159/000509904.


Florange J, Herpertz SC (2019) Parenting in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, Sequelae for the Offspring and Approaches to Treatment and Prevention. Current Psychiatry Reports 21(2):9.

Herpertz SC, Grabe HJ (2019) Mentally ill parents and their children. Nervenarzt.  90(3):233-234

Kluczniok D, Dittrich K, Hindi Attar C, Bödeker K, Roth M, Jaite C, Winter S, Herpertz SC, Röpke S, Heim C, Bermpohl F (2019) Oxytocin and Maltreatment Potential: Influence of maternal Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder and Experience of early Childhood Maltreatment. Nervenarzt;90(3):267-276

Neukel C, Hillmann K, Bertsch K, Bermpohl F, Kluczniok D, Möhler E, Reck C, Resch F, Kaess M, Brunner R, Herpertz SC (2019) Impact of early life maltreatment of women on the mother-child relationship: Data from mother-child dyads from Heidelberg and Berlin. Nervenarzt. 90(3):235-242.

Reichl C, Kaess M, Fuchs A, Bödeker K, Hartmann A, Rujescu D, Parzer P, Resch F, Bermpohl F, Herpertz SC, & Brunner R (2019) Childhood adversity and parenting behavior: The role of oxytocin receptor gene polymorphisms. J Neural Transmission 126(6):777-787

Volkert J, Georg A, Hauschild S, Herpertz SC, Neukel C, Byrne G, Taubner S. (2019) Strengthening Attachment Competencies in Parents with Mental Illness: Adaptation and Pilot Testing of the Mentalization-Based Lighthouse Parenting Program. Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr. 68(1):27-42.


Dittrich K, Bödeker K, Kluczniok D, Jaite C, Hindi Attar C, Führer D, Herpertz SC, Brunner R, Winter S; Heinz A, Röpke S, Heim C, Bermpohl F (2018) Child abuse potential in mothers with early life maltreatment, borderline personality disorder and depression. British Journal of Psychiatry 213(1):412-418 doi: 10.1192/bjp.2018.74

Dittrich, K., Fuchs, A., Bermpohl, F., Meyer, J., Führer, D., Reichl, C., Reck, C., Kluczniok, D., Kaess, M., Hindi Attar, C., Möhler, E., Bierbaum, A. L., Zietlow, A. L., Jaite, C., Winter, S. M., Herpertz, S. C., Brunner, R., Bödeker, K. & Resch, F. (2018). Effects of maternal history of depression and early life maltreatment on children’s health-related quality of life. Journal of Affective Disorders, 225, 280–288. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.053

Kluczniok, D., Boedeker, K., Hindi Attar, C., Jaite, C., Bierbaum, A.-L., Fuehrer, D., Paetz, L., Dittrich, K., Herpertz, S. C., Brunner, R., Winter, S., Heinz, A., Roepke, S., Heim, C. & Bermpohl, F. (2018). Emotional availability in mothers with borderline personality disorder and mothers with remitted major depression is differently associated with psychopathology among school-aged children. Journal of Affective Disorders, 231, 63–73. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.001

Firk, C., Konrad, K., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Scharke, W., & Dahmen, B. (2018). Cognitive development in children of adolescent mothers: The impact of socioeconomic risk and maternal sensitivity. Infant Behavior & Development, 50, 238–246. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.02.002

Firk, C., Dahmen, B., Lehmann, C., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., & Konrad, K. (2018). Down-regulation of amygdala response to infant crying: A role for distraction in maternal emotion regulation. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 18(3), 412–423. doi:10.1037/emo0000373

Fuchs, A., Jaite, C., Neukel, C., Dittrich, K., Bertsch, K., Kluczniok, D., Möhler, E., Attar, C. H., Brunner, R., Bödeker, K., Resch, F., Bermpohl, F. & Kaess, M. (2018).Link between children’s hair cortisol and psychopathology or quality of life moderated by childhood adversity risk. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 90, 52–60. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.02.003

Mielke, E. L., Neukel, C., Bertsch, K., Reck, C., Mohler, E., & Herpertz, S. C. (2018). Alterations of brain volumes in women with early life maltreatment and their associations with oxytocin. Horm Behav, 97, 128-136. doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2017.11.005

Neukel, C., Bertsch, K., Fuchs PhD, A., Zietlow, A.-L., Reck, C., Moehler, E., Brunner, R., Bermpohl, F. & Herpertz, S. C. (2018). The maternal brain in women with a history of early-life maltreatment: an imagination-based fMRI study of conflictual versus pleasant interactions with children. Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience: JPN, 43(4), 170026.

Neukel C, Herpertz SC, Hindi-Attar C, Zietlow A-L, Fuchs A, Moehler E, Bermpohl F, Bertsch K (2018) Neural processing of the own child's facial emotions in mothers with a history of early life maltreatment. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 43(4):273-282.


Braun, K., Bock, J., Wainstock, T., Matas, E., Gaisler-Salomon, I., Fegert, J.,Ziegenhain, U. & Segal, M. (2017). Experience-induced transgenerational (re-)programming of neuronal structure and functions: Impact of stress prior and during pregnancy. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. doi:Opens external link in new window10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.05.021

Zietlow, A.-L., Nonnenmacher, N., Reck, C., Mueller, M., Herpertz, S. C., Neukel, C., Fuchs, A., Bermpohl, F., Fuehrer, D., Kluczniok, D., Attar, C.H., Jaite, C., Dittrich, K., & Boedeker, K. (2017). Early life maltreatment but not lifetime depression predicts insecure attachment in women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20(4), 477–486. doi:10.1007/s00737-017-0731-z

Kluczniok, D., Hindi Attar, C., Stein, J., Poppinga, S., Fydrich, T., Jaite, C., Kappel, V., Brunner, R., Herpertz, S. C., Boedeker, K. & Bermpohl, F. (2017). Dissociating maternal responses to sad and happy facial expressions of their own child: An fMRI study. PloS One, 12(8), e0182476. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182476

Bock, J., Breuer, S., Poeggel, G., & Braun, K. (2017). Early life stress induces attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like behavioral symptoms: Functional imaging of methylphenidate treatment in an animal model. Brain Structure and Functioning, 222(2), 765-780.

Dittrich, K., Fuchs, A., Führer, D., Bermpohl, F., Kluczniok, D., Hindi-Attar, C., Jaite, C., Zietlow, A., Licata, M., Reck, C., Herpertz, S., Brunner, R., Möhler, E., Resch, F., Winter, S., Lehmkuhl, U., & Bödeker, K. (2017). Observational Context of Mother-Child Interaction: Impact of a stress context on Emotional Availability. Journal of Child and Family Studies. [Epub ahead of print]

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Niessen, A., Dahmen, B., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Konrad, K., Firk, C. (in press). Recognizing infants’ emotional expressions: Are adolescents less sensitive to infants’ cues? Infant Mental Health Journal.

Reichl, C., Brunner, R., Fuchs, A., Holz, B., Parzer, P., Fischer-Waldschmidt, G., Resch, F., & Kaess, M. (2017). Mind the fathers: Associations of parental childhood adversities with borderline personality disorder pathology in female adolescents. Journal of Personality Disorders, 31, 1-17.


Matas, E., Bock, J., & Braun, K. (2016). The Impact of Parent-Infant Interaction on Epigenetic Plasticity Mediating Synaptic Adaptations in the Infant Brain. Psychopathology, 49(4), 201–210. doi:10.1159/000448055

Behrendt, H.F., Konrad, K., Goecke, T.W., Fakhrabadi, R., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., & Firk, C. (2016). Postnatal mother-to-infant attachment in sub-clinically depressed mothers: Dyads at risk? Psychopathology, 49, 269-276.

Bock, J., Poeschel, J., Schindler, J., Börner, F., Shachar-Dadon, A., Ferdman, N., Gaisler-Salomon, I., Leshem, M., Braun, K., & Poeggel, G. (2016). Transgenerational sex-specific impact of preconception stress on the development of dendritic spines and dendritic length in the medial prefrontal cortex. Brain Structure and Functioning, 221, 855-863.

Fuchs, A., Möhler, E., Resch, F., & Kaess, M. (2016). Sex-specific differences in adrenocortical attunement in mothers with a history of childhood abuse and their 5-month-old boys and girls. Journal of Neural Transmission 123(9), 1-10.

Gröger, N., Bock, J., Goehler, D., Blume, N., Lisson, N., Poeggel, G., & Braun, K. (2016). Stress in utero alters neonatal stress-induced regulation of the synaptic plasticity proteins Arc and Egr1 in a sex-specific manner. Brain Structure and Function, 221(1), 679-685.

Gröger, N., Matas, E., Gos, T., Lesse, A., Poeggel, G., Braun, K., & Bock, J. (2016). The transgenerational Transmission of childhood adversity: Behavioral, cellular, and epigenetic correlates. Journal of Neural Transmission, 123(9), 1037-1052.

Hillmann, K., Neukel, C., Hagemann, D., Herpertz, S. C., & Bertsch, K. (2016). Resilience factors in women with severe early life maltreatment. Psychopathology, 49(4), 261-268.

Kluczniok, D., Boedeker, K., Fuchs, A., Hindi Attar, C., Fydrich, T., Fuehrer, D., Dittrich, K., Reck, C., Winter, S., Heinz, A., Herpertz, S.C., Brunner, R., & Bermpohl, F. (2016). Emotional availability in mother-child interaction: The effects of maternal depression in remission and additional history of childhood abuse. Depression and Anxiety, 33(7), 648-57.

Kluczniok, D., Hindi Attar, C., Fydrich, T., Fuehrer, D., Jaite, C., Domes, G., Winter, S., Herpertz, S.C., Brunner, R., Boedeker, K., & Bermpohl, F. (2016): Transgenerational effects of maternal depression on affect recognition in children. Journal of Affective Disorders, 189, 233-9.

Lesse, A., Rether, K., Gröger, N., Braun, K., & Bock, J. (2016). Chronic postnatal stress induces depressive-like behavior in male mice and programs second-hit stress-induced gene expression patterns of OxtR and AvpR1a in adulthood. Molecular Neurobiology. [Epub ahead of print]

Mielke, E.L., Neukel, C., Bertsch, K., Reck, C., Möhler, E., & Herpertz, S.C. (2016). Maternal sensitivity and the empathic brain: Influences of early life maltreatment. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 77, 59-66.


Bock, J., Wainstock, T., Braun, K., & Segal, M. (2015). Stress in utero: Prenatal programming of brain plasticity and cognition. Biological Psychiatry, 78(5), 315-326.

Brunner, R., Reichl, C., Bermpohl, F., Bertsch, K., Bock, J., Bödeker, K., Firk, C., Fuchs, A., Führer, D., Gröger, N., Heinz, A., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Herpertz, S.C., Dahmen, B., Hindi-Attar, C., Kluczniok, D., Konrad, K., Lehmkuhl, U., Möhler, E., Neukel, C., Reck, C., Resch, F., Rether, K., Zietlow, A.-L., Ziegenhain, U., Schury, K., Braun, K., Gündel, H., Kindler, H., Buchheim, A., Meysen, T., Kolassa, I.T., & Fegert, J.M. (2015). Mechanismen der generationsübergreifenden Transmission belastender Kindheitserfahrungen: Theoretischer Hintergrund, Forschungsdesigns und erste Ergebnisse zweier multizentrischer Studien in Deutschland. Trauma & Gewalt, 9(2), 137-147.

Firk, C,. Dahmen, B., Lehmann, C., Niessen, A., Koslowski, J., Rauch, G., Schwarte, R., Stich, K., Konrad, K., & Herpertz-Dahlmann, B. (2015). A mother-child intervention program in adolescent mothers and their children to improve maternal sensitivity, child responsiveness and child development (the TeeMo study): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16(1):230.

Fuchs, A., Möhler, E., Resch, F., & Kaess, M. (2015). Impact of a maternal history of childhood abuse on the development of mother-infant interaction during the first year of life. Child Abuse & Neglect, 48, 179-189.

Herpertz, S.C., & Bertsch, K. (2015). A new perspective on the pathophysiology of borderline personality disorder: A model of the role of oxytocin. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(9), 840-51.

Kunzler, J., Braun, K., & Bock, J. (2015). Early life stress and sex-specific sensitivity of the catecholaminergic systems in prefrontal and limbic regions of Octodon degus. Brain Structure and Functioning, 220(2), 861-868.

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