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Verena Hinze

BSc, MSc (research) - cum laude

DPhil candidate

I am a DPhil candidate in Psychiatry at Green Templeton College, Oxford. My major research interests focus on mechanisms underpinning persistent suicidal vulnerability in recurrent major depression.


In my DPhil, I endeavour to identify key factors in the suicidal trajectory in the context of major depression. Using cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental methods, I will make use of different types of data and level of analyses. With an emphasis on both mechanisms across adolescence and adulthood, I will adopt a novel and innovative approach towards understanding risk factors in persistent suicidal depression. Along with an increasing understanding of these key risk factors, a first step can be made towards optimizing treatment for those people for whom effective treatments are scarce.


My doctoral work is supervised by Dr. Catherine Crane and Dr. Bergljot Gjelsvik, and it is placed within the Oxford Mindfulness Centre research group. This project is funded by the German foundations: Stiftung Oskar-Helene-Heim and FAZIT Stiftung, and it is a collaboration with Prof. Tamsin Ford, University of Exeter, and Prof. Philip Spinhoven, Leiden University.


Prior to commencing my DPhil, I completed both my Bachelor degree (BSc) in Psychology and my Research Master degree (MSc (research) – cum laude) in Clinical and Health Psychology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.