In 1998, the Center ÜBERLEBEN founded its research department, making it one of the few German-speaking treatment center for victims of war and torture with such a facility. In close cooperation with the therapeutic team, the researchers develop therapy modules and diagnostic instruments that are used at the Center ÜBERLEBEN as well as other clinical facilities.

Owing to the long-term basic funding provided through Prof. Jan Phillip Reemtsma (Hamburg Institute for Social Research), external funds have been made available for further projects. The original reasearch position could therefore be expanded to a research department.

The ongoing and completedresearch projects by the Center are undertaken in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtity Munich, the Medical School Berlin, and the Icahn School of Medicine of Mt. Sinai, New York, among others.

During our interantional project work in Cambodia and Colombia, we published reports on the results of interviews we conducted with survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime and internally displaced persons of the armed conflict. > Cambodia Report | > Colombia Report

The research department has also produced educational videos on psychotherapy and work with interpreters in Arabic. >YouTube


Dr. Maria Böttche
Dr. Yuriy Nesterko
Tel.: (030) 30 39 06 -79


Dr. Maria Böttche

Dr. Yuriy Nesterko

Head of Department

Dr. Maria Böttche
Dr. Nadine Stammel

Wissen­schaftliche Begleitung

Evaluation der psychosozialen Behandlungen in der ambulanten Abteilung

Internet-basierte Behandlungs­ansätze



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Konsequenzen extremer Traumatisierung

Psychische Folgen bewaffneter Konflikte

Uneindeutiger Verlust




Komplexe PTBS und dissoziativer Subtyp

Psychische Belastung bei Dolmetschenden