Dr. Fabian Rottstädt

Head of Outpatient Clinic - Fabian studied psychology and received his PhD in Dresden. After that, he worked in pain therapy and in a private practice. In 2021, he joined our department for clinical psychology. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, he tries to understand psychotherapy a little better from day to day. He’s specifically interested in mechanisms of change and modern technologies in psychotherapy as well as social interaction dynamics. He loves ball sports and produces music.​


Since 2021: Training as a group psychotherapist

Since 2020: Training as a special pain psychotherapist

2015 to 2020: Training as a psychological psychotherapist in the field of behavioral therapy, initially at the Dresden Academy for Psychotherapy and from 2018 at the WPP Jena (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

2015 to 2019: PhD (Dr. rer. Medic.) at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

2009 to 2014: Diploma in Psychology at the Technical University of Dresden, specialization: Clinical Psychology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology



Since August 2021: Head of the teaching and research outpatient clinic of the Department of Clinical Psychology at FSU Jena.

2020 to 2021: Self-employed as psychological psychotherapist

2019 to 2020: Psychological psychotherapist in the pain day clinic of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Jena

2016 to 2017: Psychologist in the outpatient clinic for early detection and treatment of dementia-related disorders at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University Hospital Carl-Gustav-Carus Dresden

2015 to 2018: Psychologist in the anxiety and obsessive-compulsive day clinic at the Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

2013 to 2014: Research assistant in the Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus

2011 to 2013: Research Assistant at the Department of Differential and Personality Psychology and the Department of Diagnostics and Intervention at the Faculty of Psychology of the Technical University of Dresden


Research Interest:

Psychotherapy research:

  • new methods in psychotherapy
  • psychotherapeutic interaction and relationship
  • efficacy and mechanisms of action of psychotherapy

Correlates of mental disorders:

  • neuromarkers
  • predictive coding

Teaching Activities:

2016 to 2018: case seminars for students of human medicine with a focus on anamnesis and diagnostics in psychosomatic disorders

Crongress Participaitons:

10/2019 German Pain Congress, Mannheim

06/2018 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore, Poster: Pre-aging of the olfactory bulb in major depression with high comorbidity of mental disorders

02/2018 Human CHEMOSENSATION 2018, presentation: Pre-aging of the olfactory bulb in major depression with high comorbidity of mental disorders

06/2017 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Vancouver, Poster: Reduced olfactory bulb volume in depression - a structural moderator analysis.

08/2016 Research conference of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Talk: The olfactory bulb as a possible biomarker for depression? Lecture award for the best lecture

03/2016 German College for Psychosomatic Medicine, Potsdam. Poster: Change in the volume of the bulbus olfaktorius in psychosomatic patients experiencing intentional trauma


Hoferichter, E., Schmidt, R., Höfler, M., Hoyer, J., Rottstädt, F., Weidner, K., & Noack, R. (2020). Symptombezogene Subgruppen von Patienten mit agoraphobischer Angst. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie.

Daniels, J. K., Schulz, A., Schellong, J., Han, P., Rottstädt, F., Diers, K., ... & Croy, I. (2019). Gray matter alterations associated with dissociation in female survivors of childhood trauma. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 738.

Noack, R., Schmidt, R., Lorenz, T., Rottstaedt, F., Beiling, P., Schurig, S., ... & Weidner, K. (2019). Intensive Expositionsbehandlung bei Angststörungen in einem spezialisierten tagesklinischen Versorgungssetting. Verhaltenstherapie, 29(1), 10-17.

Strauss, T., Rottstädt, F., Sailer, U., Schellong, J., Hamilton, J. P., Raue, C., ... & Croy, I. (2019). Touch aversion in patients with interpersonal traumatization. Depression and anxiety, 36(7), 635-646.

Strauss, T., Kämpe, R., Hamilton, J. P., Olausson, H., Rottstädt, F., Raue, C., & Croy, I. (2019). Deactivation of default mode network during touch. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-11.

Rottstädt, F., Han, P., Weidner, K., Schellong, J., Wolff‐Stephan, S., Strauß, T., ... & Croy, I. (2018). Reduced olfactory bulb volume in depression—A structural moderator analysis. Human brain mapping, 39(6), 2573-2582.

Rottstaedt, F., Weidner, K., Strauß, T., Schellong, J., Kitzler, H., Wolff-Stephan, S., ... & Croy, I. (2018). Size matters–The olfactory bulb as a marker for depression. Journal of affective disorders, 229, 193-198.

Rottstaedt, F., Weidner, K., Hummel, T., & Croy, I. (2018). Pre-aging of the olfactory bulb in major depression with high comorbidity of mental disorders. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 10, 354.

Wäßnig, N. K., Günther, M., Quick, S., Pfluecke, C., Rottstädt, F., Szymkiewicz, S. J., ... & Speiser, U. (2016). Experience with the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator in patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death. Circulation, 134(9), 635-643.