Dr Kareen Heinze PhD

Dr Kareen Heinze

School of Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Kareen Heinze is a HCPC registered clinical psychologist. Her research interests are in the field of youth mental health and using dimensional approaches to mental health, such as clinical staging. She is especially interested in the neurobiological bases of mental health problems as measured by MRI and cortisol and ways to improve mental health, e.g. by means of exercise.


  • Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to BSc & MSc; TU of Dresden, Germany)
  • PhD in Psychology (University of Birmingham, UK)


Dr Kareen Heinze worked as a clinical psychologist in Germany after completing her diploma in 2009. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2015 and worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Keele University.


Dr Kareen Heinze teaches on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Psychobiology
  • Adult neuropsychological Syndromes 


Research interests

Youth mental health, clinical staging, neurobiological bases of mental health (MRI, cortisol), ultra-high risk for and first episode in psychosis, effects of exercise on mental health


Heinze, K., Lin, A., Reniers, R. L. E. P., Wood, S. J. (2016).Longer-term increased cortisol levels in young people with mental health problems. Psychiatry Research, 236, 98-104.

Heinze, K., Reniers, R.L.E.P., Nelson, B., Yung, A.R., Lin, A., Harrison, B.J., Pantelis, C., Velacoulis, D., McGorry, P.D., Wood, S.J. (2015). Discrete alterations of brain network structural covariance in individuals at ultra-high risk for psychosis. Biological Psychiatry, 77 (11), 989-996. 

Johnson, J., Jones, C., Lin, A., Wood, S.J., Heinze, K., Jackson, C. (2014). Shame Amplifies the Impact of Life Stress upon Paranoia Amongst Young Adults using Mental Health Services: Implications for Understanding Risk and Psychological Resilience. Psychiatry Research, 220, (1-2), 217-225. 

Wood, S.J., Reniers, R.L.E.P., Heinze, K., (2013). Neuroimaging findings in the at-risk mental state: A review of recent literature. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 58 (1), 13-18. 

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