Dr. Anne-Kathrin Bräscher




12/2015 Licensure for psychological psychotherapy for childhood and youth (ZPP, Heidelberg)
09/2015 Licensure for psychological psychotherapy (ZPP, Mannheim)
04/2014 Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim (“Cognitive and Behavioral Context of Pain Facilitation - Nocebo Conditioning and Uncontrollability-Induced Sensitization”, supervised by Prof. Dr. Rupert Hölzl
03 - 08/2011 Research visit at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (AECRP), McGill University, Montreal (Canada), supervised by Prof. Dr. Petra Schweinhardt
09/2009 - 08/2012 PhD studies at the “Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences” of the “Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences”, University of Mannheim
08/2009 Diploma in psychology (excellent)


Academic and Clinical Positions


since 09/2015 Clinical psychologist, outpatient department, University of Mainz
since 10/2014 Research assistant, Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy & experimental Psychopathology (Prof. Dr. Witthöft), University of Mainz, Germany
09/2012 - 09/2014 Research assistant, pain center (PD Dr. Justus Benrath), University Medical Center Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim
04 - 09/2013 Research assistant, research outpatient department (Forschungsambulanz), Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
10/2012 - 03/2013 Psychological training II, outpatient clinic, Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapeutic Medicine, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
09/2011 - 09/2012 Psychological training I, ward 4B, Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapeutic Medicine, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
11/2007 - 08/2009 Student assistant, University of Mannheim, Otto Selz Institute for Applied Psychology, Mannheim, Germany


Scholarships and Awards


09/2010 - 08/2012 PhD scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
09/2010 PhD scholarship from the German Pain Society (4000 €)
09/2009 - 08/2010 Scholarship from the Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences (DFG excellence initiative)
03/2010 Scholarship from the DGPs group “Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology” for the spring school “fMRI in psychological research”
06/2007 - 08/2009 Student scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation




Bräscher, A.-K.*, Becker, S.*, Hoeppli, M.-E., Schweinhardt, P. (2016). Different brain circuitries mediating controllable and uncontrollable pain. Journal of Neuroscience 36(18) 5013-5025.

Bräscher, A.-K.*, Zuran, D.* Feldmann, R. E., Benrath, J. (in press). Patient survey on the evaluation of different materials of aligners in Invisalign® therapy. Journal of Orofacial and Orthopedics/Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie.

Bräscher, A.-K. (2015). [Behavior therapy: case video clips for diagnostics and treatment]. Verhaltenstherapie 25(1) 69-70. (DVD Review)

Bräscher, A.-K.*, Blunk, J. A.*, Bauer, K., Feldmann, R. E., Benrath, J. (2014). Comprehensive curriculum for phantom-based training of ultrasound-guided intercostal and stellate ganglion blocks. Pain Medicine 15(10) 1647-1656. PMID: 24506310

Bräscher, A.-K.*, Blunk, J.*, Söhle, S., Feldmann, Jr., R. E., Bauer, M., Benrath, J. (2014). [Cost minimization analysis in postoperative pain management: economic efficiency and effectiveness of two infusion pump systems]. Der Anästhesist 63(10) 783-792. PMID: 25189935

Dusch, M.*, Bräscher, A.-K.*, Kopf, A., Treede, R. E., Benrath, J. (2014). [Medical educational evaluation of the German Pain Congress 2012. In the context of the CanMEDS physician competency framework]. Der Schmerz 28(5) 520-527. PMID: 25245595

Wei, K., Feldmann Jr., R. E., Bräscher, A.-K., Benrath, J. (2014). Ultrasound-guided stellate ganglion blocks combined with pharmacological and occupational therapy in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): a pilot case series ad interim. Pain Medicine 15(12) 2120-7. PMID: 25537318

Kortüm, F., Bräscher, A.-K., Schmitz-Buchholz, D., Feldmann Jr., R. E., Benrath, J. (2014). [Interventional pain therapy: Results of a survey among specialized pain physicians in Germany]. Der Schmerz 28(6) 591-599. PMID: 25261339

Puetzler, J., Feldmann Jr., R. E., Bräscher, A.-K., Gerhardt, A., Benrath, J. (2014). Improvements in Health-Related Quality of Life by Comprehensive Cancer Pain Therapy: A Pilot Study with Breast Cancer Outpatients under Palliative Chemotherapy. Oncology Research and Treatment 37(9) 456-462. PMID: 25231685


Professional Affiliations

  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)


 Research Interests

  • pain perception, psychological pain modulation
  • placebo and nocebo effects
  • classical conditioning
  • psychophysiology, fMRI