Dr. Anke Koebach

I am a postdoctoral researcher and psychologist specialized on trauma and aggression at the University of Konstanz, vivo international and the Psychiatrische Dienste Aargau. My research focus is on violence and its mental consequences and how these can be mitigated through evidence-based treatment. I have implemented clinical trials and published various articles that corroborate evidence and rationale of Narrative Exposure Therapy and co-developed a community intervention for the treatment of traumatized communities. My latest work further investigates the epigenetic changes related to trauma treatment. In addition to my clinical and scientific work, I am specialized in the planning and implementation of projects that aim to disseminate and scale up evidence-based interventions (scientific transfer; Rwanda, DRC, Senegal, Brazil).


Köbach, A., Schaal, S., & Elbert, T. (2014). Combat high or traumatic stress: violent offending is associated with appetitive aggression but not with symptoms of traumatic stress. Frontiers in psychology, 5. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4285743/

Köbach, A., Nandi, C., Crombach, A., Bambonyé, M., Westner, B., & Elbert, T. (2015). Violent offending promotes appetitive aggression rather than Posttraumatic stress—A replication study with Burundian ex-combatants. Frontiers in psychology, 6. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4672083/

Köbach, A., & Elbert, T. (2015). Sensitive periods for developing a robust trait of appetitive aggression. Frontiers in psychiatry, 6.www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4602097/

Köbach, A., Schaal, S., Hecker, T., & Elbert, T. (2015). Psychotherapeutic Intervention in the Demobilization Process: Addressing Combat‐related Mental Injuries with Narrative Exposure in a First and Second Dissemination Stage. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cpp.1986/pdf

Schaal, S., Koebach, A., Hinkel, H., & Elbert, T. (2015). Posttraumatic stress disorder according to DSM-5 and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria: a comparison in a sample of Congolese ex-combatants. European journal of psychotraumatology, 6. 

Pechmann, C., Petermann, F., Schmidt, S., Nitkowski, D., Köbach, A., Ruf, M., & Elbert, T. (2016). Belastungsbewältigung bei Frauen mit FGM aus Äthiopien–Zur Rolle der Einstellung. PPmP-Psychotherapie· Psychosomatik· Medizinische Psychologie, 66(11), 421-428.

Köbach, A., Ruf-Leuschner, M. & Elbert, T. (in review). Psychopathological Sequelae of Female Genital Mutilation and its Neuroendocrinological Associations.