Peter Kirsch

Prof. Dr. Peter Kirsch is head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the ZI Mannheim. He has studied psychology at the University of Wuppertal and obtained his venia legend at the University of Giessen. His main research focus is on neural risk mechanisms for severe psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder, and neural systems related to social (dys-)function. He uses a combination of techniques, with a focus on combining neuroimaging and genetic information. He has worked extensively on the characterization of executive processes in prefrontal cortex and prefrontally-linked circuits in healthy humans and psychiatric patients using a combination of multimodal neuroimaging and genetics. In particular, he has investigated the impact of dopaminergic neurotransmission, global changes in connectivity and studied a broad range of candidate and genome-wide significant variants. Peter Kirsch heads a mainly experimental group with theoretical interests in characterizing brain connectivity and complex brain-gene networks.