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apl. Prof. Dr. Viola Oertel


Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
University Hospital Frankfurt am Main – Goethe University
Heinrich-Hoffmann-Str. 10
60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


+49 (0)69 6301-7181



Scientific Focus

The research focus is on applied imaging in affective disorders and psychosis. Of particular interest are cognitions in psychiatry (perceptual disorders, hallucinations, emotions, episodic memory) and their genetic and brain-physiological associations.The effects of new psychotherapy methods on patients’ symptoms are also examined.


fMRI, biofeedback, virtual-reality (VR) therapy


Selected Publications

Stäblein, M., Sieprath, L., Knöchel, C., Landertinger, A., Schmied, C., Ghinea, D., Mayer, J., Bittner, R., Reif, A., Oertel-Knöchel, V. Impaired Working Memory for Visual Motion Direction in Schizophrenia: Absence of Recency Effects and Association With Psychopathology. Neuropsychology. 2016 Jan 11. Originalarbeit.

Knöchel, C., Stäblein, M., Prvulovic, D., Ghinea, D., Wenzler, S., Pantel, J., Alves, G., Linden, D.E., Harrison, O., Carvalho, A., Reif, A., Oertel-Knöchel, V. Shared and distinct gray matter abnormalities in schizophrenia, schizophrenia relatives and bipolar disorder in association with cognitive impairment. Schizophr Res. 2016 Mar;171(1-3):140-8.

Knöchel, C., Reuter, J., Reinke, B., Stäblein, M., Marbach, K., Feddern, R., Kuhlmann, K., Alves, G., Prvulovic, D., Wenzler, S., Linden, D.E., Oertel-Knöchel, V. Cortical thinning in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2016 Apr;172(1-3):78-85. Originalarbeit

Knöchel, C., Schmied, C., Linden, D.E., Stäblein, M., Prvulovic, D., de A de Carvalho, L., Harrison, O., Barros, P.O. Junior, Carvalho, A.F., Reif, A., Alves, G.S., Oertel-Knöchel, V. White matter abnormalities in the fornix are linked to cognitive performance in SZ but not in BD disorder: An exploratory analysis with DTI deterministic tractography. J Affect Disord. 2016 Apr 18;201:64-78.

Bieber M, Görgülü E, Schmidt D, Zabel K, Etyemez S, Friedrichs B, Prvulovic D, Reif A, Oertel V. Effects of body-oriented yoga: a RCT study for patients with major depressive disorder.  Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2021 Oct;271(7):1217-1229
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