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Ilka Boehm

Research Statement

Eating disorders are caused and maintained by a complex interplay of physiological, psychological and social factors. Through my research I try to shed light on these factors, with a focus on the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning anorexia nervosa. In particular, I am currently investigating the ways in which people with anorexia nervosa process aversive and rewarding stimuli, and how these brain processes may be related to the development and maintenance of their illness.

Scientific Education

11/2012 – present
University Hospital of the University of Technology Dresden, PhD student
10/2007 – 11/2012
Dresden University of Technology, Psychology (Diploma)

Professional Experience

10/2011 – 10/2012
Honorary research worker, Section of Eating Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

01/2011 – 06/2012
Research assistant, Unit for Eating Disorders at Dresden University of Technology

10/2009 – 07/2010
Clinical Internship Neuropsychology, Bavaria Klinik, Kreischa

10/2009 – 07/2010
Research assistant, Department for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the University of Technology Dresden

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

Conference Scholarship for the International Conference on Eating Disorder awarded by DAAD 

Conference Scholarship for the International Conference on Eating Disorder awarded by Lutz-Adolf Stiftung

PhD scholarship: Promotionsstipendium des Sonderforschungsbereiches Volition und Kognitive Kontrolle

Selected Publications

Contact Information

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus
Division of Psychological and Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences
Technische Universität Dresden
Fetscherstraße 74, 01307 Dresden
E-Mail: ilka.boehm2(at)