Kati Thieme

University of Marburg, Germany

Present academic position: Professor of Medical Psychology, Head of Outpatient Clinic for Psychological Pain Therapy, University of Marburg

Education, academic and clinical positions
· Study of Psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin (1983-1989), Diploma Psychology (1989)
· Clinical Psychologist, Hospital for Rheumatology (1989-1999)
· License for Psychological Psychotherapy (1999)
· Dissertation (PhD), University of Tubingen, PhD (1999) supported by Dr. Niels Birbaumer, PhD
· License for Psychological Pain Therapy (2001)
· Head of the Clinic for Psychotherapy and Diagnostics at Psychology Dept., Humboldt-University Berlin (1999-2002)
· Head of the Research Dept. at the Hospital for Psychosomatics, Central Institute of Mental Health,
· Mannheim (2002-2003)
· Postdoc at the Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement & Effectiveness (C-PRIME), Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle (2003-2005) supported by Dr. Dennis C. Turk, PhD
· Habilitation, Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, 2006, supported by Dr. Herta Flor, PhD
· Scholarship Holder (DFG) at the Center for Pain Research and Innovation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2009-2011) supported by Dr. William Maixner, DDS, PhD
· Full Professor of Medical Psychology, University of Marburg, since 2011

Research interests
· Psychophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia
· Neuropsychological impairment in patients suffering from anxiety, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, lower back pain
· Plasticity in fibromyalgia
· Chronic pain’s influence on baroreceptors, HRV. BP, and other biometric values
· Effect of CBT and OBT on pain, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia
· Empathy and Psychopathy in Medical Students
· Efficacy of Assertiveness Training in Medical students


· 2004 Poster Award of German Association of Rheumatology
· 2007 Research Award of Pain by German Association for Study of Pain
· 2008 International Award for Fibromyalgia Research
· 2009 Nomination for the Award of the European Federation of IASP Chapters
· 2012 German Pain Prize, Frankfurt, 2012
· Adjunct Professor, Center for Pain Research and Innovation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (since 2011)
· Invited Expert in AWMF-Guidelines for etiopathogenetic, diagnostics and therapy in fibromyalgia (since 2008)

Publications (max. 5; only clinical trials; only last 5 years):

Evers AW, Zautra A, Thieme K. Stress and Resilience in rheumatic diseases: a review and glimpse into the future. Nature Review Rheumatology 2011 7(7): 409-415.

Fischer S, Doerr JM, Strahler J, Thieme K, Nater U. Stress exacerbates pain in the everyday lives of women with fibromyalgia syndrome—The role of cortisol and alpha-amylase. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2016 63:68–77.

Thieme K, Turk DC, Gracely RH, Maixner W, Flor H. The relationship among psychological and psychophysiological characteristics of fibromyalgia patients. J Pain. 2015 16(2): 186-196.

Thieme K, Turk DC, Gracely RH, Flor H. Differential psychophysiological effects of operant and cognitive behavioural treatments in women with fibromyalgia. Eur J Pain. 2016 Jun 15. doi: 10.1002/ejp.872.

Thieme K, Meller T, Evermann U, Malinowski R, Mathys M, Gracely RH, Maixner W, Turk DC. Efficacy of Systolic Extinction Training (SET) in Fibromyalgia Patients with elevated Blood Pressure Response to Stress – A Tailored RCT Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Jun 8. doi: 10.1002/acr.23615.

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