Prof. Dr. Anna Rieckmann

has been Professor of Biological Psychology at the Department of Human Sciences since October 2022.

After studying psychology in England, Anna Rieckmann completed her PhD at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in 2011. A Marie Curie fellowship enabled a subsequent post-doctoral stay at Harvard University in the USA. Since 2015, Prof. Rieckmann worked as a research group leader at Umeå University in Sweden and since 2021 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. In 2016, Prof. Rieckmann received the highly prestigious ERC Starting Grant for her use of novel imaging techniques to study human brain function. Her quest to understand the human brain at new levels and to visualize its functions is driven by the guiding question of how we can manage and protect ourselves against neurological and psychiatric diseases.

As Professor for Biological Psychology, Anna Rieckmann's research and teaching tackle central questions about human brain functions. She hopes to impart some of her passion for brain research to the psychology students at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich.

Prof. Rieckmann works in a part-time capacity on scientific research projects at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. She is also active as a reviewer for various journals.


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