Susan Garthus-Niegel, PD Dr. habil., Dipl.- Psych.


Susan Garthus-Niegel is a psychologist and head of the Department of Epidemiology and Women’s Health at the Institute and Outpatient Clinics of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine (PSO), University of Dresden. She also maintains an affiliation with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, where she completed her PhD in 2009. Her core research focus is perinatal mental health with a particular emphasis on risk factors and consequences of childbirth-related posttraumatic stress. Moreover, Dr. Garthus-Niegel’s research scope includes intimate partner violence as well as psychosocial work factors and work family compatibility. Currently, she is leading the DFG-funded project DREAM (Dresden Study on Parenting, Work, and Mental Health), a multi-method prospective cohort study. She has received scholarships at every qualification level of her scientific career, e.g., by the distinguished “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” or the Maria Reiche Scholarship for Female Habilitation Candidates at the TU Dresden. One of Dr. Garthus-Niegel’s publications on childbirth-related posttraumatic stress was ranked as one of the most influential and top cited articles of the journal “Archives of Women’s Mental Health”. Furthermore, in 2017 and 2019 the “German Speaking Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health” consecutively awarded her with the poster price for her work on childbirth-related posttraumatic stress. She has also has been nominated multiple times for the “Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision” of the Graduate Academy at the University of Dresden.  Dr. Garthus-Niegel is member of the “International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health” as well as the “International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology”.


Affiliation: 1University of Dresden, Germany, 2Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway


Phone: +49 176 722 59 886

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Research keywords: Perinatal mental health; Women’s and family health; Intimate partner violence, Psychosocial work factors; Work family compatibility; Epidemiology; Cohort studies; Prevention and intervention research