Alexandra Philipsen

Alexandra-Philipsen.jpgAlexandra Philipsen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Freiburg. She is also head of department and research group of borderline personality disorder and adult ADHD.

Prof. Alexandra Philipsen studied medicine and classical philology at the University of Freiburg, Germany from 1990-1998, and received her MD (Dr. med. magna cum laude) from the University of Freiburg in 1998. Since 1999 she was resident, since 2000 assistant doctor at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Centre Freiburg, Germany. Since 2006 she works as senior physician and is the head of two large research groups on Borderline Personality Disorder and adult ADHD. 2009 she received her Habilitation at the University of Freiburg (advisor: Prof. Dr. M. Berger).

Main research domains:

Neurobiology and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and ADHD, development and evaluation of new psychotherapeutic approaches for impulsive behaviour and emotion dysregulation.


  • Psychotherapy Award of the German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 2012
  • Saarland ADHD Research Award 2012
  • Poster Awards 1996, 2010, 2011

Additional qualification

  • Supervisor for cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Intern Quality Manager
  • Reviewer for international journals (eg. British Journal of Psychiatry) and funding organizations


  • Malik Management Certificate
  • Coordinating Investigator Certificate