Kareen Heinze

Kareen Heinze

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Neurobiological markers of risk for mental illnesses in young people

Supervisor: Professor Stephen Wood

I am interested in the role of neuroimaging markers and markers of the stress system in the pathophysiology of mental disorders in adolescents and young adults. I plan to test and refine a clinical staging model that aims to predict transition and remission between stages by means of neurobiological markers.


Diploma in Psychology, University of Technology, Dresden, Germany (2004-09)


I completed a First Class diploma in Psychology at the University of Technology in Dresden (Germany) in 2009. During my studies I have been involved in research projects concerning the investigation of the HPA axis during the course of pregnancy and alcohol dependence. I worked as a research assistant at the department of medical psychology, assisting the assessment of psychological factors in patients with physical illnesses such as diabetes and cancer.

After my studies I worked as a clinical psychologist at a mental hospital, where I was in charge of the admission and release of patients, drawing up patient schedules, individual and group therapies, ward rounds, team conferences and on- and off the-job-training.


Research interests

Neuroimaging in mental disorders, Stress & HPA axis, Physical activity and mental health


Stalder, T., Kirschbaum, C., Heinze, K., Steudte, S., Foley, P., Tietze, A., Dettenborn, L., 2010. Use of hair cortisol analysis to detect hypercortisolism during active drinking phases in alcohol-dependent individuals. Biological Psychology, 85(3), 357-360.

Wood, S.J., Reniers, R.L.E.P., Heinze, K., in review. Neuroimaging findings in the at-risk mental state: A review of recent literature. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.