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Prof. Christine M. Freitag

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Deutschordenstraße 50
60528 Frankfurt am Main

Tel +49 – 69 / 6301-5408
Fax +49 – 69 / 6301-5843



Scientific Focus

Psychiatric genetics, brain imaging, mechanisms and effect of psychotherapy in children and adolescents; disorders: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder


Molecular genetic / biological lab: genotyping, real-time PCR, functional studies
Neurophysiological lab: evoked potentials, TMS
Co-operation with brain imaging center, Frankfurt am Main: fMRI, sMRI, DTI

Selected Publications

Luckhardt C, Kröger A, Cholemkery H, Bender S, Freitag CM (2017) Neural Correlates of Explicit Versus Implicit Facial Emotion Processing in ASD. J Autism Dev Disord 47(7):1944-1955.

Chiocchetti AG, Haslinger D, Stein JL, de la Torre-Ubieta L, Cocchi E, Rothämel T, Lindlar S, Waltes R, Fulda S, Geschwind DH, Freitag CM (2016) Transcriptomic signatures of neuronal differentiation and their association with risk genes for autism spectrum and related neuropsychiatric disorders. Transl Psychiatry 6(8):e864.

Freitag CM, Jensen K, Elsuni L, Sachse M, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Schulte-Rüther M, Hänig S, von Gontard A, Poustka L, Schad-Hansjosten T, Wenzl C, Sinzig S, Taurines R, Geißler J, Kieser M, Cholemkery H (2016) Group based cognitive behavioural psychotherapy for children and adoles¬cents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The randomized, multi-centre, controlled SOSTA – net trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 57(5):596-605

Kitzerow J, Teufel K, Wilker C, Freitag CM (2016). Using the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change (BOSCC) to measure autism specific development. Autism Research 9(9):940-50

Chiocchetti AG, Kopp M, Waltes R, Haslinger D, Duketis E, Jarczok TA, Poustka F, Voran A, Graab U, Meyer J, Klauck SM, Fulda S, Freitag CM (2015) Variants of the CNTNAP2 5′ promoter as risk factors for autism spectrum disorders: a genetic and functional approach. Mol Psychiatry 20(7):839-49.

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