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Academic Career and Research Areas

The research areas of Professor Henningsen (b. 1959) are chronic somatic complaints with inadequate organic explanation. This research deals with somatoform or functional complaints such as pain, functional disturbance and exhaustion. He plays a coordinating role in diagnostic and therapeutic studies and in functional imaging and other psychophysiological studies examining the neurophysiological correlates of the experience of the complaint.

Professor Henningsen studied medicine in Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Freiburg, Berlin and Cambridge (UK). He completed his training as a neurologist in Berlin and Heidelberg before changing to the field of psychosomatic medicine. He acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in 2002 in Heidelberg and in 2005 was given a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. Professor Henningsen was appointed vice dean in 2006 and has held the office of dean of the TUM School of Medicine since 2010. He is spokesman of German full professors of Psychosomatic Medicine and member of the board of the Viktor-von-Weizsäcker Society.


  • Hans Roemer-Preis (2012)
  • DKV-Cochrane-Preis (2000)
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (1977-1984)

Key Publications

Henningsen P, Gündel H, Kop WJ, Löwe B, Martin A, Rief W, Rosmalen JGM, Schröder A, van der Feltz-Cornelis C, Van den Bergh O; EURONET-SOMA Group: "Persistent physical symptoms as perceptual dysregulation: a neuropsychobehavioral model and its clinical implications". Psychosomatic Medicine. 2018; 80:422-431.


Henningsen P, Zipfel S, Sattel H, Creed F: "Management of functional somatic syndromes and bodily distress". Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2018; 87:12-31.


Soykoek S, Mall V, Nehring I, Henningsen P, Aberl S.: "Post-traumatic stress disorder in Syrian children of a German refugee camp". The Lancet. 2017; 389: 903-904.


Sattel H, Lahmann C, Gündel H, Guthrie E, Kruse J, Noll-Hussong M, Ohmann C, Ronel J, Sack M, Sauer N, Schneider G, Henningsen P: "Brief psychodynamic interpersonal psychotherapy for patients with multisomatoform disorder: randomised controlled trial". The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2012; 200: 60-67.


Creed F, Henningsen P, Fink P: "Medically unexplained symptoms, somatisation and bodily distress". Cambridge University Press. 2011.