Jun.-Prof. Dr. Anselm Crombach

Prof. junior Dr. Anselm Crombach
Titulaire de la chaire
Psychologie Clinique et Psychothérapie
de l'enfant et de l'adolescent 

Bâtiment C5 4, salle 1.04
Heures de consultation : Sur rendez-vous
Téléphone : +49 (0) 681 302 3544
E-Mail: anselm.crombach(at)uni-saarland.de





Rukundo‐Zeller, A. C., Bambonye, M., Mugisha, H., Muhoza, J. A., Ndayikengurukiye, T., Nitanga, L., ... & Crombach, A. (2022). Is shame the missing link between traumatic experiences and post‐traumatic stress disorder in Burundian children living on the streets?. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. Doi: 10.1002/cpp.2725


Kaltenbach, E., Chisholm, M., Xiong, T., Thomson, D., Crombach, A., & McGrath, P. J. (2021). Online narrative exposure therapy for parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities suffering from posttraumatic stress symptoms–study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12(1), 1991650.

Kaltenbach, E., McGrath, P. J., Schauer, M., Kaiser, E., Crombach, A., & Robjant, K. (2021). Practical guidelines for online Narrative Exposure Therapy (e-NET)–a short-term treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder adapted for remote delivery. European Journal of Psychotraumatology12(1), 1881728.

Weierstall R, Crombach A, Nandi C, Bambonyé M, Probst T and Pryss R (2021) Effective Adoption of Tablets for Psychodiagnostic Assessments in Rural Burundi: Evidence for the Usability and Validity of Mobile Technology in the Example of Differentiating Symptom Profiles in AMISOM Soldiers 1 Year After Deployment. Front. Public Health 9:490604. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.490604

Siehl, S., Wilhelms, l., & Crombach, A. (2021). Commentary on Raghuraman et al. (2020). On the long-term efficacy and effectiveness of Narrative Exposure Therapy. Frontiers in Psychology. Accepted for publication.


Nandi, C., Crombach, A., Elbert, T., Bambonye, M., Pryss, R., Schobel, J., & Weierstall‐Pust, R. (2020). The cycle of violence as a function of PTSD and appetitive aggression: A longitudinal study with Burundian soldiers. Aggressive behavior46(5), 391-399.


Crombach, A. & Siehl, S. (2018). Impact and cultural acceptance of the Narrative Exposure Therapy in the aftermath of a natural disaster in Burundi. BMC Psychiatry, 18:233. doi: 10.1186/s12888-018-1799-3


Augsburger, M., Meyer-Parlapanis, D., Elbert, T., Nandi, C., Bambonye, M., & Crombach, A. (2017). Succumbing to the Call of Violence–Sex-Linked Development of Appetitive Aggression in Relation to Familial and Organized Violence. Frontiers in Psychology8:751. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00751

Bluemke, M., Crombach, A., Hecker, T., Schalinski, I., Elbert, T., & Weierstall, R. (2017). Is the Implicit Association Test for Aggressive Attitudes a measure for attraction to violence or traumatization? Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 225(1), 54–63. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000281

Hinsberger, M., Holtzhausen, L., Sommer, J., Kaminer, D., Elbert, T., Seedat, S., Wilker, S., Crombach, A., & Weierstall, R. (2017). Feasibility and effectiveness of narrative exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in a context of ongoing violence in South Africa. Psychological trauma: theory, research, practice, and policy9(3), 282. doi: 10.1037/tra0000197

Moran, J. K., Crombach, A., Elbert, T., Nandi, C., Bambonyé, M., Wienbruch, C., ... & Weierstall, R. (2017). The individual contribution of DSM 5 symptom clusters of PTSD, life events, and childhood adversity to frontal oscillatory brain asymmetry in a large sample of active combatants. Biological Psychology129, 305-313. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.09.014

Nandi, C., Elbert, T., Bambonye, M., Weierstall, R., Reichert, M., Zeller, A., & Crombach, A. (2017). Predicting Domestic and Community Violence by Soldiers Living in a Conflict Region. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. doi: 10.1037/tra0000262


Meyer-Parlapanis, D., Weierstall, R., Nandi, C., Bambonyé, M., Elbert, T., & Crombach, A. (2016). Appetitive aggression in women: Comparing male and female war combatants. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1972. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01972

Nandi, C., Crombach, A., Bambonyé, M., Elbert, T., & Weierstall, R. (2016). Appetitive aggression and its relation to posttraumatic stress in Burundian ex-combatants. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 22(2), 102-108. doi: 10.1037/pac0000138


Augsburger, M., Meyer-Parlapanis, D., Bambonyé, M., Elbert, T., & Crombach, A. (2015). Appetitive aggression and adverse childhood experiences shape violent behavior in females formerly associated with combat. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1758. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01756

Crombach, A., & Bambonyé, M. (2015). Intergenerational violence in Burundi: Experienced childhood maltreatment increases the risk of abusive child rearing and intimate partner violence. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6: 26995. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v6.26995

Crombach, A., & Elbert, T. (2015). Controlling offensive behavior using Narrative Exposure Therapy: A randomized controlled trial of former street children. Clinical Psychological Science, 3(2), 270-282. doi: 10.1177/2167702614534239

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Crombach, A., & Elbert, T. (2015). Treating traumatized offenders and veterans by means of narrative exposure therapy. Frontiers in Psychiatry6: 80. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00080

Köbach, A., Nandi, C., Crombach, A., Bambonyé, M., Westner, B., & Elbert, T. (2015). Violent offending promotes appetitive aggression rather than Posttraumatic stress—A replication study with Burundian ex-combatants. Frontiers in psychology6:1755. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01755

Nandi, C., Crombach, A., Bambonye, M., Elbert, T., & Weierstall, R. (2015). Predictors of post-traumatic stress and appetitive aggression in active soldiers and former combatants. European Journal of Traumatology, 6:26553. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v6.26553


Crombach A., Bambonyé, M., and Elbert, T. (2014) A study on reintegration of street children in Burundi: experienced violence and maltreatment are associated with mental health impairments and impeded educational progress. Frontiers inPsychology, 5:1441. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01441

Crombach, A., & Elbert, T. (2014). The benefits of aggressive traits: a study with street and former street children in Burundi. Child Abuse & Neglect. 38, 1041-1050.  doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.12.003.


Crombach, A., Weierstall, R., Hecker, T., Schalinski, I., Elbert, T. (2013). Social status and the desire to resort to violence – using the example of Uganda’s former child soldiers. Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. 22 (5), 559-575.


Weierstall, R., Schalinski, I., Crombach, A., Hecker, T., & Elbert, T. (2012). When combat prevents PTSD symptoms--results from a survey with former child soldiers in Northern Uganda. BMC Psychiatry, 12, 41. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-12-41.

Chapitres de livres


McGrath, P., Crombach, A., Preston, J. & Kaltenbach, E. (2022). Modernizing the Traditional Psychologist Role: Paraprofessionals in Psychological Health Care. In G. J. G. Asmundson & M. Noel (Eds.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology: Emerging Issues and Future Directions (2nd ed., pp. 77-88). Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818697-8.00148-5


Hecker, T., Hermenau, K. Koebach, A., Robjant, K., & Crombach, A. (2021). Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Koebach, A., Robjant, K. & Crombach, A. (2021). FORNET: narratieve exposuretherapie voor getraumatiseerde daders [FORNET: An adaptation of Narrative Exposure Therapy for traumatized individuals who have been actively involved in violence]. In Jongedijk, R., Levensverhalen & Psychotrama (pp. 247-270). Boom.


Crombach, A., Wilker, S., Hermenau, K., Wieling, E., & Hecker, T. (2017). Treating and Preventing Psychological Trauma of Children and Adolescents in Post-Conflict Settings. In Evidence-Based Treatments for Trauma Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents (pp. 483-504). Springer International Publishing.


Articles de conférence sélectionnés

Crombach, A., Schneider, J., Rukundo-Zeller, A., Bambonyé, M., Ndayikengurukiye T., Nitanga L., Muhoza J.-A., Rushoza A. A. (2022, June).  Preventing PTSD in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse in Burundi. In M. Odenwald & C. Musyimi (Chairs): The development of targeted psychotherapeutic interventions addressing specific needs in Africa. Symposium held at the 30th European Congress of Psychiatry, Budapest, Hungary.

Crombach, A., Ndayikengurukiye T., Nitanga L., Mugisha H., Muhoza J.-A., Rushoza A. A., & Geissler, S. (2019, June).  Parental rejection & peer victimization - does social withdrawal as a reaction to shame mediate the link? In V. Ertl (Chair):  How social environments shape traumatization and its impact: mental health after radicalization, stigmatization and familial rejection – studies from crisis and post-conflict regions.  Symposium held at the XVI. ESTSS Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Crombach, A., Ndayikengurukiye T., Nitanga L., Mugisha H., Muhoza J.-A., & Rushoza A. A. (2017, June). Feasibility of reintegrating street children in post-conflict regions. In R. Charak (Chair): Conflict in Africa. Symposium held at the XV. ESTSS Conference, Odense, Denmark. 

Crombach, A. (2016, February). Addressing trauma-related psychopathology and violence among displaced persons and former combatants. Keynote held at the at the German-African Research Workshop for Innovation in African Health Care Systems: Psychological Needs of Refugees and Internally Displaced People, Nairobi, Kenya. 

Crombach, A., Nandi, C., Bambonyé, M., Elbert, T., & Weierstall, R. (2015, June). Preventing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Burundian soldiers deployed in the African Union Mission in Somalia. In A. Crombach (Chair): Traumatic stress in former combatants and active soldiers of African crisis regions: risk factors, prevention and treatment in offender populations. Symposium held at the XIV. ESTSS Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Crombach, A., Nandi, C., Bambonye, M., Liebrecht, M., Pryss, R., Reichert, M., ... & Weierstall, R. (2013, June). Screening for mental disorders in post-conflict regions using computer apps-a feasibility study from Burundi. In R. Weierstall (Chair): Symposium: Trauma assessment 2.0: using customized computer apps in clinical research and praxis. Symposium held at the XIII. ESTSS Conference, Bologna, Italy. 

Parcours professionnel

10/2021 - actuellement                    Professeur junior de Psychologie Clinique et Psycothérapie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent 
Saarebruck                                         à l'Université de la Sarre
04/2021 – 09/2021                             Collaborateur scientifique de l'université de Constance, département de psychologie
10/2017 – 03/2021                             Remplacement de la chaire de Psychologie Clinique de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, 
Constance                                           université de Constance

01/2014 – 09/2017                              Collaborateur scienifique de l'université de Constance, département de psychologie
Constance, Bujumbura/Burundi      Enseignant à l'Université Lumière de Bujumbura

08/2010 – 12/2013                              Doctorat à l'université de Constance, département de psychologie
Constance, Bujumbura/Burundi

10/2005 – 07/2010                              Études de psychologie à l'université Philipps de Marburg