Prof. Dr. Peter Henningsen
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 from 2010 to 2019. He is a member of the Medical Committee of the German Science Council, spokesman of German full professors of Psychosomatic Medicine and member of the board of the Viktor-von-Weizsäcker Society.
- Hans Roemer Prize (2012)
- DKV Cochrane Prize (2000)
- Study Foundation of the German People (1977-1984)
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.Abstract
Henningsen P, Zipfel S, Sattel H, Creed F: "Management of functional somatic syndromes and bodily distress". Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2018; 87:12-31.Abstract
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.Abstract
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.Abstract
Creed F, Henningsen P, Fink P: "Medically unexplained symptoms, somatisation and bodily distress". Cambridge University Press. 2011.Abstract