Psychische Belastung und Störungen nach Fehl- und Totgeburten

  • Mergl, R.*, Quaatz, S. M.*, Edeler, L.-M. & Allgaier, A.-K. (2022). Grief in women with previous miscarriage or stillbirth: A systematic review of cross-sectional and longitudinal prospective studies. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 13(2), 2108578.
  • Mergl, R., Quaatz, S. M., Lemke, V., Allgaier, A.-K. (2024). Prevalence of depression and depressive symptoms in women with previous miscarriages or stillbirths - A systematic review. Epub 2023 Nov 18. PMID: 3800682     

* geteilte Erstautorenschaft


Suizidalität und Suizidprävention

  • Elsner, A., Mergl, R., Allgaier, A. K., & Hegerl, U. (2023). Suicide rates during and after the first COVID-19 lockdown in Germany in 2020. PloS one, 18(9), e0289136.
  • Munich Alliance Against Depression. Mergl, R., Heinz, I., Allgaier, A.-K., Hegerl, U.: Crisis. 2023 Jul;44(4):300-308. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000870. Epub 2022 Jun 27. PMID: 35757934

  • Köhler, J., Heinz, I., Mergl, R., Elsner, A. & Hegerl, U. (2021). The German Alliances Against Depression and suicide rates: a retrospective analysis. PLoS One, 16, e0254133.
  • Hegerl, U., Maxwell, M., Harris, F., Koburger, N., Mergl, R., Székely, A., Arensman, E., Van Audenhove, C., Larkin, C., Toth, M.D., Quintão, S., Värnik, A., Genz, A., Sarchiapone, M., McDaid, D., Schmidtke, A., Purebl, G., Coyne, J.C., Gusmão, R., on behalf of The OSPI-Europe Consortium (2019). Prevention of suicidal behaviour: Results of a controlled community based intervention study in four European countries. PLoS One, 14, e0224602.



  • Heinz, I., Mergl, R., Allgaier, A.-K., Hegerl, U. & Rummel-Kluge, C. (2021). Personal and perceived depression stigma in individuals affected by depression and relatives: Results of a survey among attendees of a German depression congress. Annals of Depression and Anxiety, 8, 1106.
  • Heinz, I., Mergl, R., Hegerl, U., Rummel-Kluge, C. & Kohls, E. (2019). Depression stigma and management of suicidal callers: a cross-sectional survey of crisis hotline counselors. BMC Psychiatry, 19, 342.


Diagnostik und Therapie depressiver Störungen

  • Mergl, R., Allgaier, A.-K., Hautzinger, M., Coyne, J.C, Hegerl, U. & Henkel, V. (2018). One-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of sertraline and cognitive behavior group therapy in depressed primary care patients (MIND study). Journal of Affective Disorders 230, 15-21.
  • Scherff, A. D., Feldmann, L., Piechaczek, C., Pehl, V., Wagenbüchler, P., Wermuth , I., Ghotbi, N., Allgaier, A.-K., Freisleder, F. J.,     Beins, E. C., Forstner, A. J., Nöthen, M. M., Czamara, D., Rex-Haffner, M., Ising, M., Binder, E., Greimel , E., Schulte-Körne, G.:     Cohort profile: BioMD-Y (biopsychosocial factors of major depression in youth) – a biobank study on the molecular genetics and
    environmental factors of depression in children and adolescents in Munich. BMJ Open 2024; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2023-074925


Depressive Störungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter

  • Primbs, R., Feldmann, L., Iglhaut, L., Allgaier, A. K., Schulte-Körne, G., & Greimel, E. (2023). Evaluation of an information booklet for adolescents on depression: evidence from a randomized controlled study. Child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health, 17(1), 65.
  • Piechaczek, C.E., Pehl, V., Feldmann, L., Haberstroh, S., Allgaier, A.-K., Freisleder, F. J., Schulte-Körne, G. & Greimel, E. (2020). Psychosocial stressors and protective factors for major depression in youth: evidence from a case-control study. Child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health, 14, 6.
  • Piechaczek, C.E., Greimel, E., Feldmann, L., Pehl, V., Allgaier, A.-K., Frey, M., Freisleder, F.J., Halldorsdottir, T., Binder, E.B., Ising, M. & Schulte-Körne, G. (2019). Interactions between FKBP5 variation and environmental stressors in adolescent Major Depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 106, 28-37.
  • Halldorsdottir, T., Piechaczek, C., Soares de Matos, A.P., Czamara, D., Pehl, V., Wagenbüchler, P., Feldmann, L., Quickenstedt-Reinhardt, P., Allgaier, A.-K., Freisleder, F.J., Greimel E, Kvist, T., Lahti, J., Räikkönen, K., Rex-Haffner, M., Arnarson, E.Ö., Craighead, W.E., Schulte-Körne, G. & Binder, E.B. (2019). Polygenic Risk: Predicting Depression Outcomes in Clinical and Epidemiological Cohorts of Youths. American Journal of Psychiatry, 176(8), 615-625.


Neurobiologische Aspekte der Depression

  • Wittekind, D.A., Kratzsch, J., Biemann, R., Mergl, R., Riedel-Heller, S., Witte, V., Villringer, A. & Kluge, M. (2022). Association between self-rating depression scores and total ghrelin and adipokine serum levels in a large population-based sample. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 891325.
  • Dogan-Sander, E., Mergl, R., Willenberg, A., Baber, R., Wirkner, K., Riedel-Heller, S.G., Röhr, S., Schmidt, F.M., Schomerus, G. & Sander, C. (2021). Inflammation and the association of vitamin D and depressive symptomatology. Nutrients, 13, 1972.
  • Schmidt, F.M., Mergl, R., Minkwitz, J., Holdt, L.M., Teupser, D., Hegerl, U., Himmerich, H. & Sander, C. (2020). Is there an association or not? – Investigating the association of depressiveness, physical activity, body composition and sleep with mediators of inflammation. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 563.



  • Greissl, S., Mergl, R., Sander, C., Hensch, T., Engel, C. & Hegerl, U. (2022). Is unemployment associated with inefficient sleep habits? A cohort study using objective sleep measurements. Journal of Sleep Research, 31, e13516.
  • Mergl, R., Dogan-Sander, E., Willenberg, A., Wirkner, K., Kratzsch, J., Riedel-Heller, S., Allgaier, A.-K., Hegerl, U. & Sander, C. (2021). The effect of depressive symptomatology on the association of vitamin D and sleep. BMC Psychiatry, 21, 178.
  • Dogan-Sander, E., Willenberg, A., Batmaz, İ., Enzenbach, C., Wirkner, K., Kohls, E., Mergl, R., Thiery, J., Kratzsch, J., Hegerl, U. & Sander, C. (2019). Association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations with sleep phenotypes in a German community sample. PLoS One, 14(7), e0219318.



  • Wittekind, D. A., Kratzsch, J., Mergl, R., Baber, R., Wirkner, K., Schroeter, M. L., ... & Kluge, M. (2023). Leptin, but not ghrelin, is associated with food addiction scores in a population-based subject sample. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 14, 1200021.
  • Wittekind, D. A., Kratzsch, J., Mergl, R., Wirkner, K., Baber, R., Sander, C., ... & Kluge, M. (2023). Childhood sexual abuse is associated with higher total ghrelin serum levels in adulthood: results from a large, population-based study. Translational Psychiatry, 13(1), 219.
  • Wittekind, D.A., Kratzsch, J., Mergl, R., Riedel-Heller, S., Witte, A.V., Villringer, A. & Kluge, M. (2022). Serum ghrelin is positively associated with physiological anxiety but negatively associated with pathological anxiety in humans: data from a large community-based study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 140, 105728.
  • Wittekind, D.A., Kratzsch, J., Mergl, R., Baber, R., Witte, V., Villringer, A. & Kluge, M. (2021). Free triiodothyronine (T3) is negatively associated with fasting ghrelin serum levels in a population sample of euthyroid subjects. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, 44, 2655-2664.
  • Wittekind, D.A., Kratzsch, J., Mergl, R., Enzenbach, C., Witte, V., Villringer, A. & Kluge, M. (2020). Higher fasting ghrelin serum levels in active smokers than in former and never-smokers. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 21, 748-756.



  • Mergl, R., Karch, S., Henl, J., Meindl, D., Schöpf, F., Szabo, S. I., Hallweger, P., Heiler, P., Maywald, M., Tschentscher, N., Allgaier, A.-K. & Pogarell, O. (2022). Effects of four different EEG-neurofeedback reinforcement types in healthy individuals - A pilot study. Clinical EEG and neuroscience, 15500594221138278. Advance online publication.