Dipl.-Psych. Philipp Töpfer

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Luisenstr. 57
10117 Berlin

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  • Neuroendocrinology and Epigenetics of Parenting
  • Gene-environment Interactions and Epigenetic Mechanisms in Perinatal Depression
  • Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions, Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Effects of Maternal Stress on Fetal and Infant Development

Additional information

Selected publications:

Toepfer, P., Heim, C. M., Entringer, S., Binder, E. B., Wadhwa, P. D., & Buss, C. (2017). Oxytocin pathways in the intergenerational transmission of maternal early life stress. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 73, 293 - 308.

Buss, C., Entringer, S., Moog, N. K., Toepfer, P., Fair, D. A., Simhan, H. N., Heim, C.M. & Wadhwa, P. D. (2017). Intergenerational Transmission of Maternal Childhood Maltreatment Exposure: Implications for Fetal Brain Development. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56, 373 – 382.

Vita Dipl.-Psych. Philipp Töpfer

Feb. – March 2017

Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, Montréal, Canada (Supervisor: Kieran O´Donnell, PhD)

Sept. 2016

Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, Translational Research in Psychiatry (Supervisors: Elisabeth B. Binder, PhD & Nadine Provencal, PhD)

Feb. – March 2015

University of California, Irvine, USA (Supervisors: Claudia Buss, PhD & Pathik D. Wadhwa, PhD)

Since Sep. 2014

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Medical Psychology

Doctoral student and researcher (supervisor: Claudia Buss, PhD)

Jan. 2014 – Aug. 2014


Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and University of Osnabrück

Master Thesis: “The Influence of Early Life Stress and Current Depression on Immune Function in Pregnancy”

Aug. 2013 – Nov. 2013


Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC), Department of Psycho-Oncology

Clinical and Research Internship (Supervisor: Ute Goerling, PhD)

Aug. 2010 – Oct. 2010

Columbia University, New York City, USA, Department of Social Psychology, Intergroup and Diversity Lab

Research Internship(Supervisors: Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, PhD & Ruth Ditlmann, PhD)

Oct. 2007 – Aug. 2014

University of Osnabrück, Germany

M.Sc. (Diploma) studies in psychology

Functions / offices

  • Research associate, Institute of Medical Psychology, Charité Berlin
  • Doctoral student, Charité Berlin