After graduating in psychology („Diploma“) at Saarland University in 1996, Bernd worked as research associate at Mannheim University’s Department of Educational Sciences in a longitudinal study examining family ties and adolescent development after German reunification. In 1999, he joined the Center for Psychotherapy Research in Stuttgart where he was responsible for conducting a large-scale longitudinal observational study on the effectiveness of routine outpatient psychotherapy.
In 2003, shortly after earning his PhD, Bernd moved to Ulm University’s Department of Psychiatry II (head Thomas Becker) to start as senior researcher. There, he acquired grants for and co-led two randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy of progress monitoring and discharge planning in the treatment people with severe mental illness. Since 2009, he is principal investigator of the EU funded multicenter study “Clinical decision making and outcome in routine care for people with severe mental illness” (CEDAR). In 2008, he became Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee of the “European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation” (ENMESH). In 2010, he received the “Early Career Achievement Awards” by the “Society for Psychotherapy Research” (SPR). In 04/2012, he became head of the Department’s newly funded section Process-Outcome Research, and since 04/2015, he is senior associate editor of the journal Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.
Bernd’s major research interest is process-outcome research in mental health care including the use of advanced methods for the analysis of longitudinal data (e.g. hierarchical linear models), the application and development of standardized and feasible outcome measures, and the analysis of predictors of mental health. His publication list comprises 62 peer-reviewed papers, 10 books or book chapters, and 100+ congress contributions.