Prof. Dr. Tanja Michael

Department chair

Building:  A1 3

Room: 1.17

Email: t.michael(at)

Phone:  +49 681 302 71001
Fax: +49 681 302 4437

Curriculum vitae



Full Professor (W3): Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (2009 – present) & Director of the Psychotherapy Outpatient Unit of Saarland University



Habilitation. Venia legendi in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland. Title of cumulative professorial dissertation: ‘Cognitive Behavioural Processes in Anxiety Disorders’ (2007)

D. Phil., Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK. Title of doctoral dissertation: ‘The Nature of Trauma Memory and Intrusive Cognitions in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’ (2001)

Degree in Psychology (Diplom), University of Braunschweig, Germany (1997).



Licence to practise psychotherapy (Approbation) in Germany (2009) and Switzerland (2007)

MAS (Master of Advanced Studies) in Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy, University of Basel (2007)




Since 2009: Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Saarland University

2000-2009: Assistant professor (Oberassistentin) in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Maternity leave: January - June 2007 March - August 2007

Deputised the head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Professor Margraf) at the University of Basel (winter term 2002 - 2003)

1997-2000: Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford


Director of the Psychotherapy Outpatient Unit of Saarland University (2009 – present)

Psychotherapist at the Psychiatric Hospital and the Centre of Psychotherapy, University of Basel, CH (2000-2009)




2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: Member of the list of the best medical practitioners in Germany (issued by the Focus magazine)

2004: Award for Outstanding Research, University of Basel

2003: Best Young Scientist Award of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Division of the German Association for Psychology

2002: Best Newcomer Research Award of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

1997–2000: Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship



German Research Foundation (DFG, IRTG 1457) (2012 – 2017). Three PhD projects within the International Research Training Group (IRTG) „Adaptive Minds: Neural and Environmental Constraints on Learning and Memory”

German Research Foundation (DFG, MI 1537/1-1) (2011 – 2014): „Cortisol als mögliche medikamentöse Unterstützung zur Reduktion von Wiedererlebenssymptomen nach traumatischen Ereignissen – Analogstudien“ (Cortisol as a possible pharmacological aid for the reduction of intrusive memories after traumatic events – analogue studies). Principal investigators: Tanja Michael & Johanna Lass-Hennemann

Research Fund of the Saarland University (2011-2012): „Einfluss der Tageszeit auf den Behandlungserfolg von Konfrontationstherapie – eine kontrollierte, randomisierte Therapiestudie“ (Influence of circadian effects on the outcome of exposure therapy – a randomised controlled trial). Principal investigators: Tanja Michael & Johanna Lass-Hennemann.

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) (2004–2007): ‘Aversive and evaluative conditionability of experiential, behavioural, and physiological anxiety responses in panic disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder’. Principal investigators: Tanja Michael, Frank Wilhelm, & Jürgen Margraf

University of Basel Trust for the Promotion of Young Scientists (2005–2006): ‘Learning mechanisms in anxiety disorders’. Principal Investigator: Tanja Michael.

Academic Society of Basel (2004-2006): ‘Fear reduction mechanisms’. Principal Investigator: Tanja Michael

Uarda Frutiger Trust (2004–2005): ‘The role of affective learning in common dysfunctional behaviour: Anxiety and addiction’. Principal Investigators: Tanja Michael & Chantal Martin-Soelch

Jacqueline Spengler Trust (2001–2004): ‘GO!-Project: Prevention of anxiety and depression in adolescents’. Principal Investigators: Tanja Michael & Jürgen Margraf



Memory and Learning Processes in Psychological Disorders / Intrusive Cognitions in Anxiety Disorders and Depression / Psychotherapy Outcome Research / Ambulatory Monitoring of Symptoms / Psychophysiological Signature of Anxiety Disorders



Behaviour Research and Therapy / Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy /
Biological Psychology / Biological Psychiatry /
British Journal of Health Psychology / Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy /
Depression and Anxiety / Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry /
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology / Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease /
Journal of Traumatic Stress / Memory / Psychophysiology / Verhaltenstherapie /
Swiss Journal of Psychology / Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie