Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Yunbo Yang

Mail: yunbo.yang ~at med.uni-marburg.de

I am a scientific researcher in the project PROTECT-AD, which is founded by the BMBF and aimed to investigate the neural correlates of anxiety disorders and the neurobiological underpinning of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) effect on anxiety disorders. Studies on patients with anxiety diesorders, especially with panic disorder with/out Agoraphobia, has been my research focus since 2011, the beginning of my PhD study.

Besides my scientific career, I have also built up my expertise in psychotherapy. I am a Trainee in the postgraduate psychotherapy (behavior therapy) training program of Aus- und Weiterbildungseinrichtung für klinische Verhaltenstherapie e.V. (AWKV) since 2013. I have finished my 600 theoritical seminars as well as a 18 months internship at the Clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy of Philipps-University Marburg.

Research interests

  • neuropathology of anxiety disorders
  • neural correlates of CBT
  • biological mediater/moderator of psychotherapeutic change
  • neural informed indivialization/personalization of psychotherapy
  • neural correlates of therapeutic interaction, therapeut-patient matching
  • new developments of CBT, such as CBASP, metacognitive therapy, ACT and Schema therapy, and their neural scientific foundation


25.11.2009 DAAD-Prize for foreign student
23.07.2012 Travel Award, Stiftung Felgenhauer und deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurologie
01.08.2012 – 31.01.2013 STIBET-Scholarship, DAAD und Phillips-Universität Marburg
01.01.2013 – 31.03.2015 Doctoral Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
30.11.2014 Poster Prize, Deutschen Gesellschaft der Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN)
07.05.2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, China Scholarhip Council (CSC)



Heinig, I., Pittig, A., Richter, J., Hummel, K., Alt, I., Dickhöver, K., Gamer, J., Hollandt, M., Kölkebeck, K., Maenz, A., Tennie, S., Totzeck, C., Yang, Y., Arolt, V., Deckert, J., Domschke, K., Fydrich, T., Hamm, A., Hoyer, J., Kircher, T., Lüken, U., Margraf, J., Neudeck, P., Pauli, P., Rief, W., Schneider, S., Straube, B., Ströhle, A., & Wittchen, H.-U. (2017). Optimising Exposure-Based CBT for Anxiety Disorders via Enhanced Extinction: Design and Methods of a Multicentre Randomised Clinical Trial. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 26(2), e1560. https://doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1560

Kunas, S. L., Yang, Y., Straube, B., Kircher, T., Gerlach, A. L., Pfleiderer, B., … Lueken, U. (2018). The impact of depressive comorbidity on neural plasticity following cognitive-behavioral therapy in panic disorder with agoraphobia. Journal of Affective Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.JAD.2018.11.026

Seeger, F., Yang, Y., Straube, B., Kircher, T., Höfler, M., Wittchen, H.-U., … Lueken, U. (2018). Clinical and Neurofunctional Substrates of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Secondary Social Anxiety Disorder in Primary Panic Disorder: A Longitudinal fMRI Study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. https://doi.org/10.1159/000493756

Hommers, L. G., Richter, J., Yang, Y., Raab, A., Baumann, C., Lang, K., … Deckert, J. (2018). A functional genetic variation of SLC6A2 repressor hsa-miR-579-3p upregulates sympathetic noradrenergic processes of fear and anxiety. Translational Psychiatry, 8, 226. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-018-0278-4

Yang, Y., Lueken, U., Wittmann, A., Holtz, K., Maslowski, N.I., Herrmann, M.J., Sass, K., Jansen, A., Konrad, C., Ströhle, A., Pfleiderer, B., Lotze, M., Hamm, A., Deckert, J., Arolt, V., Wittchen, H.-U., Kircher, T. & Straube, B. (2016). Neural Correlates of Individual Differences in Anxiety Sensitivity: An fMRI Study using Semantic Priming. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(8), 1245-1254.

Lueken, U., Straube, B., Yang, Y. B., Hahn, T., Beesdo-Baum, K., Wittchen, H. U., . . . Kircher, T. (2015). Separating depressive comorbidity from panic disorder: A combined functional magnetic resonance imaging and machine learning approach. Journal of Affective Disorders, 184, 182-192.

Yang, Y., Kircher, T., Straube, B. (2015) Neurale Korrelate von Psychotherapie bei Panikstörung. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 63, 79-87.

Yang, Y., Kircher, T. & Straube, B. (2014). The neural correlates of exposure based cognitive behavioral therapy: Recent progress in the investigation of patients with panic disorder with agoraphobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 62, 88–96.