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Department of Psychology Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention

Andreas Maercker

Andreas Maercker, Prof. Dr. Dr.

  • Full Professor and Head of Division
+41 (0) 44 635 73 10
+41 (0) 44 635 73 10
Binzmühlestrasse 14/17, 8050 Zürich
Room number
BIN 3.E.14

Licensure and certification

  • Licensed psychological psychotherapist (FSP)
  • Licensed psychiatrist & psychotherapist (Canton Zurich)
  • License Psychotherapeutic Medicine (Germany)
  • Psychosomatic und Psychosocial Medicine certificate (APPM, Switzerland)
  • Certificate Specialized Psychotraumatology (DeGPT)
  • Certified Supervisor

Research areas

  • Psychological trauma and PTSD
  • Complicated grief (maladaptive bereavement) and adjustment disorders
  • Clinical gerontopsychology
  • Epidemiology
  • Intervention research
  • Cultural Clinical Psychology


Andreas Maercker, PhD, MD, completed his medical and psychological education in Halle/Saale and Berlin. He received his MD at Humboldt University and his PhD at Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. After academic positions in Dresden and Trier, he was appointed 2005 as chair and full professor of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention at the University of Zurich. He is co-director of the Institute’s outpatient clinic services. Professor Maercker is or has been principal and co-investigator in numerous national and international studies in traumatic stress research, clinical geropsychology, and internet-assisted mental health and has published more than 200 peer review articles. From 2011-2018 he chaired a work group at WHO for revising the International Classification of Diseases in the area of trauma- and stress-related disorders. From 2017 he chairs the Historical Commission of the German Psychological Society on Stasi psychology in the former East Germany. He authored or edited 14 scientific or therapeutic books. Keywords characterizing the expertise: PTSD, stress-response syndromes, lifespan developmental psychopathology, treatment, e-mental health. In 2017, he was awarded the highest order in Germany, the Federal Cross of Merit, as well as the Wolter de Loos Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychotraumatology in Europe from the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for his scientific work.

Curriculum Vitae

CV September 2022 (PDF, 225 KB)

Board membership

  • Chair, Working group on stress-related disorders in preparation of ICD-11 at WHO, Geneva (2011-2019)
  • Chair, Historical Commission of the German Psychological Society on “Instrumentalization of psychology in the GDR”
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, Federal Multisite Project on Long-Term Health Consequences of Political Persecution in the GDR
  • Member, Advisory Board, Foundation Survival (formerly: Treatment Centre for Trauma Victims), Berlin
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Psychotrauma Center, German Armed Forces
  • Member, Board of Center of Competence for Gerontology, University of Zurich (2006-2012)
  • Member, Steering Committee, M.A.S. Applied History, University of Zurich (2016-2021)
  • Member, Editorial Board, journal International Perspectives in Psychology
  • Member, Editorial Board, journal Clinical Psychology in Europe
  • Member, Patronage, C. G. Jung Institute Zurich



Research Gate Profile: ResearchGate Andreas Maercker
PubMed: Andreas Maercker


Selected recent publications

Maercker, A., Ben-Ezra, M., Esparza, O. A., & Augsburger, M. (2019). Fatalism as a traditional cultural belief potentially relevant to trauma sequelae: Measurement equivalence, extent and associations in six countries. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1), 1657371.

Killikelly, C., & Maercker, A. (2018). Prolonged grief disorder for ICD-11: the primacy of clinical utility and international applicability. European Journal of Psychotraumatology8(6), 1476441.

Maercker, A., & Lorenz, L. (2018). Adjustment disorder diagnosis: Improving clinical utility. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry19, S3-S13.

Maercker, A., & Guski-Leinwand, S. (2018). Psychologists’ involvement in repressive “Stasi” secret police activities in former East Germany. International Perspectives in Psychology7(2), 107-119.

Maercker, A., & Horn, A. (2013). A socio-interpersonal perspective of PTSD: The case for environments and interpersonal processes. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. doi: 10.1002/cpp.1805

Book editions

Maercker, A., Cloitre, M., Bachem, R., Schlumpf, Y. R., Khoury, B., Hitchcock, C., & Bohus, M. (2022). Complex post-traumatic stress disorder. The Lancet, 400(10345), 60-72.
Maercker, A., Bernays, F., Rohner, S. L., & Thoma, M. V. (2022). A cascade model of complex posttraumatic stress disorder centered on childhood trauma and maltreatment, attachment, and socio‐interpersonal factors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 35(2), 446-460.
Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Maercker, A. (2019). Cultural scripts of traumatic stress: Outline, illustrations, and research opportunities. Frontiers in Psychology, 10: 2528.
Maercker, A., & Guski-Leinwand, S. (2018). Psychologists’ involvement in repressive “Stasi” secret police activities in former East Germany. International Perspectives in Psychology, 7(2), 107-119.
Maercker, A., Hilpert, P., & Burri, A. (2016). Childhood trauma and resilience in old age: Applying a context model of resilience to a sample of former indentured child laborers. Aging & Mental Health, 20(6), 616-626.


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