Anke Ehlers

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Anke Ehlers FBA FMedSci (born 11 January 1957) is a German psychologist who works at the University of Oxford as Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Experimental Psychopathology.[1] She is an expert in post traumatic stress disorder;[2] her research has shown that it is a common problem among emergency medical workers,[3] and that a commonly used therapy for PTSD, psychological debriefing, has little provable therapeutic value.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Ehlers studied psychology at the University of Kiel and the University of Tübingen, earning a diploma from Tübingen in 1983. She finished her Ph.D. from the same institution in 1985, and earned a habilitation from the University of Marburg in 1990.[5]

While finishing her Ph.D., Ehlers worked at Stanford University from 1984 to 1985 as assistant director of the Laboratory for Clinical Psychopharmacology and Psychophysiology. After an assistant professorship at the University of Marburg, she became a full professor at the University of Göttingen in 1991, and moved to Oxford as Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in 1993. She moved to King's College London in 2000, but returned to Oxford as Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Experimental Psychopathology in 2012; she retains a visiting position at King's College London.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2004 she was elected a Fellow of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[6] She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010[7] and is also a member of the Academia Europaea.[5]


She was born in Kiel, West Germany. She is married to her colleague David M. Clark.[8]


  1. ^ Faculty listing Archived December 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Oxford Neuroscience, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  2. ^ "Humans 'have six-hour window' to erase memories of fear". BBC News. 10 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Health Ambulance workers 'traumatised by job'", BBC News, September 10, 1999 .
  4. ^ "Report Finds 'No Convincing Evidence' That Psychological Debriefing Reduces Incidence Of PTSD", ScienceDaily, September 19, 2003 .
  5. ^ a b c Academia Europaea member profile, retrieved 2013-01-23.
  6. ^ Leopoldina member profile, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  7. ^ British Academy member profile Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2013-01-22.
  8. ^ Freeman, Daniel; Freeman, Jason (2012), Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction, Very Short Introductions, 318, Oxford University Press, p. 80, ISBN 9780199567157 .