Research groups

Emotional Dysregulation in Psychiatric Disorders

Emotional Dysregulation in Psychiatric Disorders

Research Group Leader

PD Dr. med. Katharina Stegmayer


  • Dr. med. Lea Schäppi
  • Prof. Dr. med. Katharina Stegmayer
  • Dr. med. Andrea Cantisani
  • Prof. Dr. med. Werner Strik
  • Dr. med. Georgios Schoretsanitis
  • Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Walther

Research focuses

  • Biomarkers of interpersonal space regulation in schizophrenia: a physiological and neuroimaging study.
  • Markers of quality of life in multiple sclerosis: the impact of nonverbal social communication.
  • Interpersonal space regulation in subjects at risk for psychosis.

Short description

With our research we attempt to clarify emotional dysregulation in psychiatric conditions. We developed and validated a modern, dimensional assessment of psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia. Applying this scale, we were able to map for the first time a dimension of schizophrenia psychopathology (affect dysregulation) to brain structure and brain function. Such a form of behavioural neurology (or biological psychology) is innovative and seems to us necessary to make progress in schizophrenia research.