School of Psychology
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Subject Areas: Health, Psychology
Anja has developed a strong interest in translational neurosciences/health psychology/HE teaching focusing on;
Throughout her career she has enjoyed traversing the interface between different scientific disciplines. She has a strong interest in translational neurosciences focussing on clinical trials, health psychology, psychoneuroendocrinology/ -immunology and biomarkers of psychiatric disorders in context with somatic diseases, neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders and their interaction with psychological wellbeing.
Anja studied Psychology at Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany before completing her PhD on Multiple Sclerosis- associated Depression in the Institute of Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. In her second postdoctoral position at King’s College London (KCL) she have worked on developing a self-help manual aiming to reduce psychological distress in people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Anja is active member of the Brilliant Club, an organisation dedicated to widen participation and address educational disadvantage.
Current research projects include:
Moritz, S., Schroder, J., Klein, J. P., Lincoln, T. M., Andreou, C., Fischer, A.+, & Arlt, S+. (2016). Effects of online intervention for depression on mood and positive symptoms in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2016.04.033 **
2. Fischer, A.*, Schröder*, J., Vettorazzi, E., Pöttgen, J., Lau, S., Heesen, C.,Moritz, S., Gold, S.M.. Effectiveness of a Web-based Treatment Program for Depression in Multiple Sclerosis – A Randomized Controlled Trial. (Lancet Psychiatry, 2015 Mar;2:217-23).
3. Fischer, A., Fischer, M., Nicholls, R. A., Lau, S., Poettgen, J., Patas, K., Heesen, C., Gold, S.M.. Validation of the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS) in Multiple Sclerosis-Associated Depression. (Brain and Behaviour, 2015 Sep;5(9):e00365).
4. Fischer, A., Otte, C., Krieger, T., Nicholls, R.A., Krüger, S., Ziegler, K.J., Schulz, K.H., Heesen, C., Gold, S.M. (2012). Decreased hydrocortisone sensitivity of T cell function in multiple sclerosis-associated major depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology 37,1712-1718.
King’s College London:
King’s College Health Psychology
Links with the following NHS trusts: Leeds, Harrogate, Gloucestershire, York
Jul 2017 Stroke Conference (Leeds, UK)
Jun 2017 Cochrane Systematic Reviews (Nottingham, UK)
Jun 2017 Spontaneous Future Projections in Mental Health (York, UK)
Jun 2016 British Society of Gastroenterology (Liverpool, UK)
Sep 2015 Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015 (London, UK)
Nov 2013 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und
Nervenheilkunde Kongress (Berlin, Germany)
Oct 2013 29th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple
Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Sep 2013 Course on Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) (Hamburg, Germany)
Jun 2013 2nd Conference of the International MS Cognition Society (IMSCOGS) (Zurich, Switzerland)
2012 Joint International Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology (ASRI) and the European Society for Reproductive Immunology (ESRI) (Hamburg, Germany)
2011 41st Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) (Berlin, Germany)