Prof. Dr. Georg W. Alpers


1991 - 1997

Study of psychology at Philipps-Universität, Marburg; Member of German National Merit Foundation (Studienstifung des Deutschen Volkes); Graduation equivalent to Master's degree in Psychology ("Diplom-Psychologe"), summa cum laude (major in Clinical and Educational Psychology)


Licensed to provide health care services as a psychologist (HPG)

1998 - 1999

Fellowship with German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

1998 - 2001

Fellowship with the State of Hessen, Germany (Hessische Graduiertenförderung)

1998 - 2001

Research associate at Stanford University and Veterans Affairs Hospital, Palo Alto, California, USA, at the Clinical Psychopharmacology and Psychophysiology Lab (Prof. Dr. Roth)

1999 - 2001

Research associate and psychotherapist-in-training at Behavioral Medicine Laboratory, Department (Prof. Dr. Taylor), Stanford University, US

2001 - 2002

Research associate at Department of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. Pauli), Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg


Awarded Doctorate from Philipps-Universität, Marburg (Prof. Dr. Florin † and Prof. Dr. Rief)

2002 - 2010

Assistant Professor (C1 rank) at Julius-Maximilians Universität, Würzburg


Habilitation (Dr. phil. habil.) and Venia Legendi (Psychology)

2007 - 2008

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (W3 rank) at University of Bielefeld

2008 - 2012

Election (and reelection) to member of the speaker group of Section Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the DGP

2008 - 2010

Professor of Clinical and Biological Psychology (W3 rank) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt

since 2010

Professor of Clinical and Biological Psychology and Psychotherapy (W3 rank) at University of Mannheim

since 2011

  Executive director of Otto-Selz-Institut, Mannheim

Research Interests

  • Psychological disorders: anxiety disorders (specific phobias, panic disorder/agoraphobia, social phobia, anxiety sensitivity), eating disorders (bulimia), psychopathy, pain, alexithymia, ADHD, somatic diseases with mental distress (cancer, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, facial anomalies, implanted cardiodefibrilators, traumatic brain injury)
  • Emotions and visual perception (binocular rivalry, eye tracking, startle, EMG of face muscles, EEG and imaging) 
  • Ambulatory monitoring (psychophysiology and psychoneuroendocrinology)
  • Internet (counselling and therapy, social support, computer-aided text analysis)

Psychotherapeutic Qualifications

  • Registered Psychotherapist (CBT)
  • Approved Supervisor