Kirschbaum, Clemens, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology
Institute of General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods of Psychology, TUD
Professor of Biopsychology (since 2003)
Dean of the School of Science (since 2014)
Role within partner site
Research on psychoendocrinology, psychoimmunology and molecular genetics; the influence of acute stress on cognitive control processes
Relevant work experience
Biopsychologist with focus on effects of stress on physiological and psychological functions
2017- Past-President, International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
2013- Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina
2010- Member of the Senate of the TUD
2008-16 Member of the DFG Fachkollegium 110 „Psychology“
1999-03 Professor of Psychophysiology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
1996-99 Research fellow (Heisenberg scholarship from the German Research Foundation, DFG) at the Center for Psychobiological and Psychosomatic Research, Trier University
1991-96 Assistant professor, Trier University
1992-93 Postdoc at the University of Rochester, Department of Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology; N.Y., USA
Main research focus
Stress and its effects on the physiological and psychological functions of the body; psychoendocrinology, psychoimmunology and molecular genetics; the influence of acute stress on cognitive control processes
5 out of 397; SCOPUS h-index 101
Ilg L, Kirschbaum C et al. Persistent effects of antenatal synthetic glucocorticoids on endocrine stress reactivity from childhood to adolescence. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2019;104:827-34.
Stalder T, …, Kirschbaum C. Cortisol in hair, body mass index and stress-related measures. Biol Psychol 2012;90:218-23.
Stalder T, Kirschbaum C. Analysis of cortisol in hair – state of the art and future directions. Brain Behav Immun 2012;26:1019-29. (~350 citations)
Fries E, …, Kirschbaum C. The cortisol awakening response (CAR): facts and future directions. Int J Psychophysiol 2009;72:67-73.
Kirschbaum C, …, Hellhammer DH. The ‚Trier Social Stress Test‘–a tool for investigating psychobiological stress responses in a laboratory setting. Neuropsychobiology 1993;28:76-81.
Elsevier Citation Award for the Top Cited Paper in 2006 and 2007 (2008); Innovation Award, Foundation for the Advancement of the Center for Psychobiology and Psychosomatic Research (1997); Neil Miller Award, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (1995); Young Investigator Award, Society for the Immunocompromised Host (1992)