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Prof. Dr. med. Claas Lahmann

University Hospital Freiburg
Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy
Internal Senior Fellow
October 2017 - July 2018


Dr. Lahmann finished his residency training in internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine & psychotherapy in Regensburg and Munich with the board certification in psychosomatic medicine & psychotherapy in 2008. In 2010 he became private lecturer (“Privatdozent”) at the Technical University Munich and finished his board certification in specific pain management. With research activities and major clinical interests in the area of somatoform & somatopsychic disorders, work- and stress-related psychosomatic disorders as well as body psychotherapy research and embodiment he continued his work as Deputy head of the Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Technical University Munich until he took over the chair position at the Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Freiburg. He received awards for medical education in Regensburg and Munich as well as the Adolf-Ernst-Meyer-Award for psychotherapy research and – as part of the PISO working group – the Roemer-Award for Psychosomatic Medicine.

Selected Publications

  • Lahmann C, Gerhardt M, Sattel H et al. (2017). A randomized controlled trial on Functional Relaxation as an Adjunct to Psychoeducation for Stress. Frontiers in psychology 8:1553. (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01553)
  • Probst T, Sattel H, […], Lahmann C (2017). Alexithymia as a Moderator of Treatment Outcomes in a Randomized Controlled Trial on Brief Psychodynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Patients with Multisomatoform Disorder. Psychother Psychosom 86:57-59.
  • Limburg K, Sattel H, Radziej K, Lahmann C (2016). DSM-5 somatic symptom disorder in patients with vertigo and dizziness symptoms. J Psychosom Res 91:26-32.
  • Lahmann C, Henningsen P, […], Schmid G (2015). Psychiatric comorbidity and psychosocial impairment among patients with vertigo and dizziness. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 86:302-8.
  • Sattel H, Lahmann C, Gündel H, et al. (2012). Brief psychodynamic-interpersonal psychotherapy for patients with multisomatoform disorder: A randomised controlled trial. Brit J Psychiatry 200:60-7.

FRIAS Project

Research Focus: Synchronization in Embodied Interaction

In embodied interaction, participants achieve resonance by drawing on a variety of embodied resources that include but are not limited to body sway, gestures, gaze, and speech. A large variety of resonance phenomena can be empirically identified and operationalized in terms of the synchronization of bodily movements that are temporally attuned both across interactants and across the different modes of expression of an individual. Our research questions are contextualized within the broader perspective of research in interaction, with a focus on pragmatic aspects of communication.

Drawing from the fields of linguistics, psychology, and cultural studies, we will conduct an interdisciplinary investigation into aspects of synchronization that enables us to produce a sustainable, competitive body of preliminary work for an interdisciplinary grant application. This will put Freiburg University on the map of the rapidly evolving research paradigm of embodied interaction.

For further information about the project and group members, please visit