Anna Westermair

Anna Westermair, Dr. med.

Academic Associate

Short Bio

Anna Westermair (MD) has been trained in medicine at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Paris V, France, and pursues a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Fernuniversität in Hagen. She is board certified in psychosomatic medicine, psychotherapy and palliative care.

Anna serves on the commission for the German S3 guideline on Psycho-Oncology, the jury of the Media Award for Scientific Journalism of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy (DGPPN), and the joint taskforce on Palliative Psychiatry of the DGPPN, the German Society for Palliative Care (DGP) and the German Society for Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGGPP).

Research Interests

  • Palliative Care Approaches in Psychiatry
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Longterm Mental Health Sequels of Traumatization

Ongoing Projects

  • Charakteristika und Versorgung von Anorexia-nervosa-PatientInnen mit schlechter Prognose – eine qualitative 360°-Analyse
  • Subjective Experience of newly diagnosed Uveal Melanoma Patients and Acceptability of a Short Psycho-Oncological Intervention (EUMAPO) 
  • Exploratory Structural Equation Model of Childhood Adversity, Schemas and Personality Disorder Symptoms



  • Westermair, A. L., Stoll, A. M., Greggersen, W., Kahl, K. G., Hüppe, M., & Schweiger, U. (2018). All Unhappy Childhoods are Unhappy in Their Own Way – Differential Impact of Dimensions of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Mental Health and Health Behavior. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 198. DOI.
  • Schaich, A., Westermair, A. L., Munz, M., Nitsche, S., Willenborg, B., Willenborg, C., . . . Schweiger, U. (2018). Mental Health and Psychosocial Functioning Over the Lifespan of German Patients Undergoing Cardiac Catheterization for Coronary Artery Disease. Front Psychiatry, 9, 338. DOI.
  • Westermair, A. L., Schaich, A., Willenborg, B., Willenborg, C., Nitsche, S., Schunkert, H., . . . Schweiger, U. (2018). Utilization of Mental Health Care, Treatment Patterns, and Course of Psychosocial Functioning in Northern German Coronary Artery Disease Patients with Depressive and/or Anxiety Disorders. Front Psychiatry, 9(75), 75. DOI.
  • Westermair, A. L., Munz, M., Schaich, A., Nitsche, S., Willenborg, B., Venegas, L. M. M., . . . Erdmann, J. (2018). Association of Genetic Variation at AQP4 Locus with Vascular Depression. Biomolecules, 8(4), 164. DOI.
  • Brown, P., Tan, A. C., El-Esawi, M. A., Liehr, T., Blanck, O., Gladue, D. P., . . . Consortium, R. (2019). Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search. Database-the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, 2019. DOI.
  • Kisch, T., Matzkeit, N., Waldmann, A., Stang, F., Kramer, R., Schweiger, U., . . . Westermair, A. L. (2019). The Reason Matters: Deep Wrist Injury Patterns Differ with Intentionality (Accident versus Suicide Attempt). Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 7(5), e2139. DOI.
  • Westermair, A. L., Matzkeit, N., Waldmann, A., Stang, F., Mailänder, P., Schweiger, U., & Kisch, T. (2020). Traumatizing Oneself – Deep Wrist Injuries Self-Inflicted with Suicidal Intention are Associated with More Severe PTSD Symptomatology than Similar Injuries from Accidents. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. DOI.
  • Westermair, A. L., Perrar, K. M., & Schweiger, U. (2020). [A palliative approach for severest anorexia nervosa?]. Nervenarzt, 91(5), 411-416. DOI.
  • Westermair, A. L., Schreiber, W., Dumchen, J., & Perrar, K. M. (2020). [Psychiatrists in palliative care of people with severe psychiatric illnesses and an oncological comorbidity]. Nervenarzt, 91(5), 404-410. DOI.
  • Göttlich, M., Westermair, A. L., Beyer, F., Bußmann, M. L., Schweiger, U., & Krämer, U. M. (2020). Neural basis of shame and guilt experience in women with borderline personality disorder. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. DOI.
  • Breuer, F., Greggersen, W., Kahl, K. G., Schweiger, U., & Westermair, A. L. (2020). Caught in a Web of Trauma: Network Analysis of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental Disorders. Child Abuse and Neglect. DOI.

Editing, Reviewing and Consulting Activities

Editorial activities    

  • Frontiers in Psychiatry, Special Topic “Approaches to Severe and Persistent Mental Illness”

Reviewing activities    

  • Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie (Thieme)
  • Journal of Clinical Medicine (MDPI)
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI)
  • BMC Medical Ethics (Springer Nature)