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Department of Psychology Clinical Psychology for Children/Adolescents and Couples/Families

Katharina Weitkamp

Katharina Weitkamp

  • Senior Research Associate
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Academic Work

since 2019

Senior research associate (Oberassistenz) at the Department of Clinical Psychology for Children/Adolescents and Couples/Families, University of Zurich (Prof. Dr. G. Bodenmann)


Research associate and scientific head of the department “Research innovation and young scientist support” at the MSH Medical School Hamburg


Post-doc Fellowship at the Anna Freud Centre in London, UK (DFG grant)


Research associate and scientific head of the Centre for clinical research and family research (ZKPF) at the MSH Medical School Hamburg


Research associate at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf; study: „Evaluation of psychodynamic outpatient treatment of children and adolescents“


Research associate at Institute for Medical Psychology, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf; study „Quality assurance in health promotion and prevention“


Therapist for children and adolescents with AD(H)D, dyslexia, or dyscalculia



Doctoral thesis 2013

„Measuring anxiety, depression, and quality of life in children and adolescents at the beginning of psychodynamic therapy: psychometric properties of self- and parent report“

Diploma thesis 2007

„Empirical test of a model for the prevention of eating disorders of adolescent girls focusing on body comparisons and the subjective meaning of body weight“


Research focus

My research interests
    • Relationship and dyadic coping
    • Female sexuality – holistic view and treatment for dysfunctions
    • Adolescent mental health and parental behaviour
    • Psychotherapy research
    • Therapy expectations, experience and drop-outs in adolescence
    • Body and movement in psychotherapy


Funding of Research Projects (Grants awarded)

What is needed for a strong and lasting intimate relationship? The impact of stress and dyadic coping across a decade. Swiss National Science Foundation (Nr. 10001C_192420) decade (zusammen mit Prof. Guy Bodenmann)

Therapy expectations of adolescents with depression. Post-Doc Fellowship, DFG, German Research Foundation (Nr. WE 5615/1-1)



University of Zurich
Interdependences and their statistical implications (seminar, MSc)
Experimentalpsychologische Praktikum (BSc)

Medical School Hamburg
Empirical Science (lecture, seminar, BSc)
Research methods (lecture, seminar, MSc)
Clinical diagnostics (seminar, BSc)
Systemic and hypnotherapeutic interventions (lecture, MSc)

MSH Medical School Hamburg in cooperation with the ZHAW Zürich
Introduction to qualitative research methods (MSc, PhD)

DGVT Ausbildungsinstitut Hamburg
Psychotherapy research (psychotherapists in training)


Clinical work


Training Systemic Therapy (SG)


Membership & Committee Assignments

2017 - 2020

Vice-chair of the „Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy Research (CAFTR)“ of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)

Since 2017

Member of the Systemische Gesellschaft (SG)

Since 2016

Member of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)

2012 - 2020

Member of the Steering Committee of the Special Interest Section „Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy Research (CaFTR)“ of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)

Since 2012

Member of the Arbeitskreis Operationalisierte Psychodynamische Diagnostik im Kindes- und Jugendalter (OPD-KJ)