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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

Schober I, Sharpe H, Schmidt U. (2013) The reporting of fidelity measures in primary prevention programs for eating disorders in schools. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 21(5), pp. 374-381.

Sharpe H, Schober I, Treasure J, Schmidt U. Feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of a school-based prevention programme for eating disorders: cluster randomised controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry 2013 Dec;203(6):428-35.

Schober I
, Renwick B, Kenyon M, DeJong H, Sharpe H, Jacobi C, Schmidt, U. Threat-related attentional bias in anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Mar;47(2):168-73.

Boehm I
, Geisler D, King JA, Ritschel F, Seidel M, Deza Araujo Y, Petermann J, Lohmeier H, Weiss J, Walter M, Roessner V, Ehrlich S. Increased resting state functional connectivity in the fronto-parietal and default mode network in anorexia nervosa. Front Behav Neurosci. 2014 Oct 2;8:346. eCollection 2014.

King JA, Geisler D, Ritschel F, Schober I, Seidel M, Roschinski B, Soltwedel L, Zwipp J, Pfuhl G, Marxen M, Roessner V, Ehrlich S. Global cortical thinning in anorexia nervosa normalizes following long-term weight restoration. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Apr 1;77(7):624-32.

Ehrlich S, Lord AR, Geisler D, Borchardt V, Boehm I, Seidel M, Ritschel F, Schulze A, King JA, Weidner K, Roessner V, Walter M. Reduced functional connectivity in the thalamo-insular subnetwork in patients with acute anorexia nervosa. Human Brain Mapp. 2015 May;36(5):1772-81.

Ehrlich S, Geisler D, Ritschel F, King JA, Seidel M, Boehm I, Breier M, Clas S, Weiss J, Marxen M, Smolka MN, Roessner V, Kroemer NB. Elevated cognitive control over reward processing in recovered female patients with anorexia nervosa. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2015 Jun 23;40(4):140249.

Geisler D, Borchardt V, Lord A, Boehm I, Ritschel F, Zwipp J, Clas S, King JA, Wolff-Stephan S, Roessner V, Walter M, Ehrlich S. (2015): Abnormal functional global and local brain connectivity in female patients with anorexia nervosa. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2016 Jan;41(1):6-15.

Boehm I, Geisler D, Tam F, King JA, Ritschel F, Seidel M, Bernardoni F, Murr J, Goschke T, Calhoun VD, Roessner V, Ehrlich S. Partially restored resting-state functional connectivity in women recovered from anorexia nervosa. J Psychiatry Neurosci. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2016 Apr 1;41(3):150259.

Seidel M, Petermann J, Diestel S, Ritschel F, Boehm I, King JA, Geisler D, Bernardoni F, Roessner V, Goschke T, Ehrlich S. A Naturalistic Examination of Negative Affect and Disease-related Rumination in Anorexia Nervosa. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 Nov;25(11):1207-1216.

Schmidt U, Adan R, Boehm I, Campbell IC, Dingemans A, Ehrlich S, Elzakkers I, Favaro A, Giel K, Harrison A, Himmerich H, Hoek HW, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Kas MJ, Seitz J, Smeets P, Sternheim L, Tenconi E, van Elburg A, van Furth E, Zipfel S. Eating disorders: the big issue. Lancet Psychiatry. Apr; 3(4): 313-15.

Boehm I, Finke B, Tam FI, Fittig E, Scholz M, Gantchev K, Roessner V, Ehrlich S. Effects of perceptual body image distortion and early weight gain on long-term outcome of adolescent anorexia nervosa.
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016 Dec;25(12):1319-1326.

Bernardoni F, King JA, Geisler D, Stein E, Jaite C, Naetsch D, Tam FI, Boehm I, Seidel M, Roessner V, Ehrlich S. Weight restoration therapy rapidly reverses cortical thinning in anorexia nervosa: A longitudinal study. Neuroimage. 2016 Apr 15;130:214-22.

King JA, Geisler D, Bernardoni F, Ritschel F, Boehm I, Seidel M, Mennigen E, Ripke S, Smolka MN, Roessner V, Ehrlich S. Altered Neural Efficiency of Decision Making During Temporal Reward Discounting in Anorexia Nervosa. J Am Acad Child Psy. 2016 Nov;55(11):972-979.

Geisler D, Ritschel F, King JA, Bernardoni F, Seidel M, Boehm I, Runge F, Goschke T, Roessner V, Smolka MN, Ehrlich S. Increased anterior cingulate cortex response precedes behavioural adaptation in anorexia nervosa. Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 13;7:42066.

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)