Prof. Dr. Anna-Lena Zietlow

Prof. Dr. Anna-Lena Zietlow
Assistant Professor for Clinical Psychology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
L 13, 15–17 – Room 207
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Mondays, 12 – 13 p.m.
Office hours:
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  • Research Interests

    • Effects of early relationship and interaction experiences on child development, especially in relation to attachment, emotions and psychopathologies
    • Parent-child interaction, especially dyadic affect regulation and parental relationship experience
    • (transgenerational) effects of peripartum depression, anxiety disorders and traumatic experiences
    • Postpartum bonding and bonding disorders
    • Psychobiological (cortisol, alpha-amylase, heart rate variability) and neuroendocrine correlates (oxytocin) of social interactions
    • Couple interaction as a predictor of parental interaction behaviour and child development
  • Academic and Professional Career

    Professional Career

    Since 04/2020 Assistant Professor for Clinical Psychology at the University of Mannheim
    10/2019 – 03/2020 Deputy Chairperson in the winter semester 2019/20 for Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Institute for Medical Psychology at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (stood in for Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen)
    03/2019 – 09/2019 Parental leave
    2017 – 2020 Research Group Leader “Parent-Child Studies” (ElKi) at the Center for Psychosocial Medicine, Clinic for General Psychiatry, University Hospital Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
    2011 – 2020 Research Assistant, Department of General Psychiatry and Institute for Medical Psychology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

    Scientifical and Clinical Qualifications

    2020 License in child and adolescent psychotherapy
    03/2017 – 03/2020 Outpatient psychotherapeutic work in the outpatient clinic of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Consultant Psychologist, University Hospital Heidelberg, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    2017 Licence to practise psychological psychotherapy (behavioural therapy)
    2015 PhD, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
    2012 – 2017 Training to become a Psychological Psychotherapist (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Center for Psychological Psychotherapy (ZPP), University Heidelberg
    2011 Diploma in Psychology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
  • Publications

    Year of Publication: 2021

    • Eckstein, M.,  Zietlow, A.-L., Gerchen, M. F. & Levy, J. (2021). Neurobiological Systems Underlying Reward and Emotions in Social Settings. Front Psychiatry, 12, 72.
    • Schweizer, S., Gordon, J. L., Eisenlohr-Moul, T. A., Meltzer-Brody, S., Schmalenberger, K. M., Slopien, R., Zietlow, A.-L., Ehlert, U. & Ditzen, B. (2021). Steroid Hormone Sensitivity in Reproductive Mood Disorders: On the Role of the GABAA Receptor Complex and Stress During Hormonal Transitions. Frontiers in Medicine, 7, 596.
    • Hillmann, K., Neukel, C., Zimmermann, J., Fuchs, A., Zietlow, A.-L., Möhler, E., Herpertz, S. C., Kaess, M. & Bertsch, K. (2021). Maternal Early Life Maltreatment and Psychopathology Affect the Next Generation: Alterations in Post-awakening Cortisol Levels of Primary School-aged Children. Developmental Psychobiology, 63(1), 98-107.

    Year of Publication: 2020

    • Reck, C., Hagl, M. & Zietlow, A.-L. (2020). Resonanz in der Mutter-Kind-Beziehung im Kontext postpartaler Depressionen und Angststörungen. In: Maschsee-Gruppe (Ed.): Die implizite Dimension von Resonanz. Vom Begreifen dessen, was wir im psychotherapeutischen Prozess tun. Jahrbuch Selbstpsychologie Band 3 (pp. 29-50). Brandes & Apsel.
    • Fuchs, A., Dittrich, K., Neukel, C., Winter, S., Zietlow, A.-L., Kluczniok, D., Herpertz, S.C., Hindi Attar, C., Möhler, E., Fydrich, Th., Bermpohl, F., Kaess, M., Resch, F. & Bödeker, K. (2020). Hair Cortisol Moderates the Association Between Obstetric Complications and Child Wellbeing. Psychoneuro-endocrinology, 121, 104845. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104845
    • Mielke, E., Neukel, C., Fuchs, A., Hillmann, K., Zietlow, A.-L., Bertsch, K., Reck, C., Möhler, E. & Herpertz, S. C. (2020). The Cycle of Abuse: Emotional Availability in Resilient and Non-Resilient Mothers with Early Life Maltreatment. Psychopathology. doi: 10.1159/000509904.
    • Fischer, M., Zietlow, A.-L., Ditzen, B., Cohen, M. J. & Baucom, D. H. (2020). Paar­basierte Psychotherapie: Ein Review der Wirksamkeit kognitiv-verhaltenstherapeutischer Ansätze mit Paaren bei psychischen Störungen. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie. 68(4): 207-216. doi: 10.1024/1661-4747/a000419.

    Year of Publication: 2019

    •  Zietlow, A.-L., Nonnenmacher, N., Reck, C., Ditzen, B. & Müller, M. (2019). Emotional Stress during Pregnancy – Associations with Maternal Anxiety Disorders, Infant Cortisol Reactivity and Mother-Child Interaction at Pre-School Age. Frontiers in Psychology, 10: 2179.
    • Monika Eckstein*/ Zietlow, A.-L.*, Gerchen, M. F., Schmitgen, M. M., Ashcroft-Jones, S., Kirsch, P. & Ditzen, B. (2019). The NeMo Real-time fMRI Neurofeedback Study: Protocol of a Randomised Controlled Clinical Intervention Trial in the Neural Foundations of Mother-Infant Bonding. BMJ Open, 9(7), e027747. *shared first authorship
    •  Zietlow, A.-L.*, Eckstein, M.*, Hernandez, C., Nonnenmacher, N., Heinrichs, M., Schär Gmelch, M., Reck, C. & Ditzen, B. (2019). Dyadic Coping and its Underlying Neuroendocrine Mechanisms – Implications for Stress Regulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 2600. * shared first authorship
    • Christiansen, H., Reck, C.,  Zietlow, A.-L., Otto, K., Steinmayr, R., Wirthwein, L., Weigelt, S., Stark, R., Ebert, D., Buntrock, C., Krisam, J., Klose, Ch., Kieser, M. & Schwenck, Ch. (2019). Children of Mentally III Parents at Risk Evaluation (COMPARE): Design and Methods of a Randomized Control-led Multicenter Study—Part I. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10: 128.
    • Reichl, C., Kaess, M., Fuchs, A., Boedeker, K., Zietlow, A.-L., Hartmann, A., Rujescu, D., Parzer, P., Resch, F., Bermpohl, F., Herpertz, S.C. & Brunner, R. (2019). Childhood Adversity and Parenting Behavior: The Role of Oxytocin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms. Journal of Neural Transmission, 126(6): 777-787.
    • Neukel, C., Herpertz, S.C., Hindi-Attar, C., Zietlow, A.-L., Fuchs, A., Moehler, E., Bermpohl, F. & Bertsch, K. (2019). Neural Processing of the Own Child’s Facial Emotions in Mothers with a History of Early Life Maltreatment. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci, 269(2): 171-181.
    • Bödeker, K., Fuchs, A., Führer, D., Reichl, C., Reck, C., Kluczniok, D., Kaess, M., Hindi-Attar, C., Möhler, E., Bierbaum, Zietlow, A.-L., Jaite, C., Lehmkuhl, U., Herpertz, S., Brunner, R., Bermpohl, F. & Resch, F. (2019). Impact of Maternal Early Life Maltreatment and Maternal History of Depression on Child Psychopathology: Mediating Role of Maternal Sensitivity? Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 2: 278-290.

     Year of Publication: 2018

    • Neukel, C., Bertsch, K., Fuchs, A., Zietlow, A.-L., Reck, C., Moehler, E., Brunner, R., Bermpohl, F. & Herpertz, S.C. (2018). The Maternal Brain in Women with a History of Early Life Maltreatment: An Imagination-based fMRI Study on Conflictual vs. Pleasant Interactions with the Child. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN, 43(4): 273-282.
    • Dittrich, K., Fuchs, A., Bermpohl, F., Meyer, J., Führer, D., Reichl, C., Reck, C., Kluczniok, D., Kaess, M., Hindi Attar, C., Möhler, E., Bierbaum, A. L. , Zietlow, A.-L.., Jaite, C., Winter, S. M., Herpertz, S. C., Brunner, R., Bödeker, K. & Resch, F. (2018). Effects of Maternal History of Depression and Early Life Maltreatment on Children's Health-Related Quality of Life. Journal of Affective Disorders, 225 (Supplement C): 280-288.
    • Nonnenmacher, N., Zietlow, A.-L., Noe, D. & Reck, C. (2018). Depressionen in der Peripartalzeit: Mutter-Kind-Beziehung und kindliche Entwicklung im Blickpunkt. Familiendynamik, 43(2): 100-107.
    • Noe, D., Zietlow, A.-L., Haber, S. & Nonnenmacher, N. (2018). Krise nach der Geburt – Behandlungs­ansätze bei postpartaler Depression. Familiendynamik, 43(2): 108-114.

     Year of Publication: 2017

    •  Zietlow, A.-L., Nonnenmacher, N., Reck, C., Müller, M., Herpertz, S.C., Neukel, C., Fuchs, A., Bermpohl, F., Führer, D., Kluczniok, D., Hindi Attar, C., Jaite, C., Dittrich, K. & Boedeker, K. (2017). Early Life Maltreatment but not Lifetime Depression Predicts Insecure Attachment in Adult Females. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 20(4): 477-486. doi: 10.1007/s00737-017-0731-z [Epub ahead of print].
    •  Zietlow, A.-L. & Reck, C. (2017). Die Bedeutung postpartaler Depression und Angststörungen für das mütterliche Beziehungs­erleben, die Mutter-Kind-Interaktion und die kindliche Entwicklung. In: Brisch, K.H. (Hrsg.): Bindung und emotionale Gewalt. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 98-122. 
    • Dittrich, K., Fuchs, A., Führer, D., Bermpohl, F., Kluczniok, D., Hindi-Attar, C., Jaite, C., Zietlow, A.-L., Licata, M., Reck, C., Herpertz, S., Brunner, R., Möhler, E., Resch, F., Winter, S., Lehmkuhl, U. & Bödeker, K. (2017). Observational Context of Mother-Child Interaction: Impact of a Stress Context on Emotional Availability. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(6): 1583–1591.

     Year of Publication: 2016

    •  Zietlow, A.-L., Heinrichs, M. & Ditzen, B. (2016). Psychobiologie sozialer Nähe: Zusammenhänge mit Stress und Gesundheit im Entwicklungs­verlauf. Psychotherapie im Dialog (PiD), 3: 82-85.
    • Reck, C., Zietlow, A.-L., Müller, M. & Dubber, S. (2016). Perceived Parenting Stress in the Course of Postpartum Depression: The Buffering Effect of Maternal Bonding. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 19(3): 473-482.
    • Licata, M., Zietlow, A.-L., Träuble, B., Sodian, B. & Reck, C. (2016). Maternal Emotional Availability and its Association with Maternal Psychopathology, Attachment Style Insecurity and Theory of Mind. Psychopathology, 49(5): 334-34.
    • Reck, C., Nonnenmacher, N. & Zietlow, A.-L. (2016). Intergenerational Transmission of Internalizing Behavior: The Role of Maternal Psychopathology, Child Responsiveness and Maternal Attachment Style Insecurity. Psychopathology, 49(4): 277-284.
    • Müller, M.*, Tronick E.Z.*, Zietlow, A.-L., Nonnenmacher, N., Verschoor S. & Träuble, B. (2016). Effects of Maternal Anxiety Disorders on Infant Self-Comforting Behaviors: The Role of Maternal Bonding, Infant Gender and Age. Psychopathology, 49(4): 295-304. *shared first authorship
    • Fuchs, A., Führer, D., Bierbaum, Zietlow, A.-L., A.-L., Hindi-Attar, C., Neukel, C., Kluczniok, D., Kaess, M., Kramschuster, A., Reck, C., Möhler, E., Lehmkuhl, U., Bermpohl, F., Brunner, R., Resch, F. & Bödeker, K. (2016). Transgenerationale Einflussfaktoren kindlicher Inhibitions­kontrolle: Mütterliche Trauma-Erfahrung, Depression und Impulsivität. Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie, 65: 423-440.

     Year of Publication: 2015

    • Müller, M., Zietlow, A.-L., Tronick, E.Z. & Reck, C. (2015). What Dyadic Reparation Is Meant to Do: An Association with Infant Cortisol Reactivity. Psychopathology, 48(1): 386-399.
    • Meiser, S., Zietlow, A.-L., Reck, C. & Träuble, B. (2015). The Impact of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Disorders on Childrenʼs Facial Emotional Expression Processing at Pre-School Age. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 18(5): 707-716.
    • Brunner, R., Reichl, C., Bermpohl, F., Bertsch, K., Bock, J., Bödeker, K., Firk, C., Fuchs, A., Führer, D., Gröger, N., Heinz, A., Herpertz-Dahlmann, B., Herpertz, S.C. , Dahmen, B., Hindi-Attar, C., Klucz-niok, D., Konrad, K., Lehmkuhl, U., Möhler, E., Neukel, C., Reck, C., Resch, F., Rether, K., Zietlow, A.-L., Ziegenhain, U., Schury, K., Karabatsiakis, A., Braun, A.K., Gündel, H., Kindler, H., Buchheim, A., Meysen, T., Kolassa, I. & Fegert, J.M. (2015). Mechanismen der generations­übergreifenden Transmission belastender Kindheitserfahrungen: Theoretischer Hintergrund, Forschungs­designs und erste Ergebnisse zweier multizentrischer Studien in Deutschland. Trauma & Gewalt, 9(2): 137-147.

     Year of Publication: 2014

    •  Zietlow, A.-L., Schlüter, M. K., Nonnenmacher, N., Müller, M., & Reck, C. (2014). Maternal Self-Confidence Postpartum and at Pre-School Age: The Role of Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Maternal Attachment Insecurity. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(8): 1873-1880.
    • Tietz, A., Zietlow, A.-L., & Reck, C. (2014). Maternal Bonding in Mothers with Postpartum Anxiety Disorder: The Crucial Role of Subclinical Depressive Symptoms and Maternal Avoidance Behaviour. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 17(5): 433-442.