Klinische Psychologie und
Klinische Neuropsychologie

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Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Tobias Hecker

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Telefon: -2385
Fax: -4601
Raum: EG 30
Sprechzeiten: on appointment

Forschungsinteressen

     

  • Consequences of exposure to violence in families, schools and institutional care
  • Consequences of organized violence (e.g. war & torture)
  • Interrelations between violence, trauma-related disorders and aggression
  • Prevention of violence in families, schools and institutional care
  • Reintegration of violent offenders (e.g. ex-combatants or former child-soldiers)
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy for forensic offender rehabilitation (FORNET): Psychotherapeutic interventions for trauma-spectrum disorders and aggression
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Curriculum Vitae

Presse:

Februar 2014: Psychologe: Manche Kindersoldaten sind fasziniert von Gewalt. Evangelischer Pressedienst

Februar 2014: Kindersoldaten: Bewaffnet bis an die Milchzähne. Die Presse.

Februar 2014: Kindersoldaten: Gerettet durch Musik. ZDF, heute.de

Februar 2014: Internationaler Tag gegen den Einsatz von Kindersoldaten-Das Experten Interview. DRadio Wissen.

Januar 2014: Study shows orporal punishment doesn’t improve hild’s behaviour. Daily News Tanzania

Januar 2014: Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity. Reuters Health

März 2013: Auswege aus dem Trauma - Deutschland engagiert sich beim Schutz der Rechte von Kindern – vor allem wenn sie als Soldaten missbraucht werden. Deutschland.de

Februar 2013: „Als würde einem die Welt gehören“. Nirgends wird so brutal im Krieg vergewaltigt wie im Kongo. Warum? Erstmals ergründen Forscher die Motivation von Tätern. Die Tageszeitung

Februar 2013: Kongos Vergewaltiger packen aus. Radio Deutsche Welle

September 2012: Trauma-Therapie für Kindersoldaten: Wenn Opfer auch Täter sind. Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR2 IQ & Wissenschaft.

Februar 2012: Von der Lust am Töten und der Therapie der Täter. Westdeutscher Rundfunk. WDR 5

Vorträge

Hecker, T., Radtke, K., Hermenau, K., & Elbert, T. (2014, November). Child maltreatment, mental health, and modifications in the DNA methylation in the HPA axis: a study with children in Tanzania. Poster at DGPPN Congress, Berlin, Germany.

 

Hecker, T., Barnewitz, E., Fetz, S., & Stenmark, H. (2014, November). Trauma related disorders and experiences of spirit possession - findings from the DR Congo. Poster at DGPPN Congress, Berlin, Germany.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., & Elbert, T. (2014, May). Child abuse, internalizing mental problems & cognitive functioning in Tanzanian school children. Poster at 32. Symposium Klinische Psychologie & Psychotherapie der DGPS Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Braunschweig, Germany.

 

Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Schaal, S., Maedl, A., & Elbert, T. (2014, May). Addressing post-traumatic stress and aggression by means of narrative exposure. Poster at 32. Symposium Klinische Psychologie & Psychotherapie der DGPS Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Braunschweig, Germany.

 

Hecker, T. (2013, December). Child abuse: The impact on children‘s emotional  and cognitive development. Guest lecture at the University of Iringa, Iringa, Tanzania.

 

Hecker, T. (2013, November). Child maltreatment: The impact on children‘s development and well-being. Guest lecture at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Daressalaam, Tanzania.

 

Hecker, T. (2013, November). Child maltreatment in families & schools. The impact on children‘s development and well-being. Guest lecture at the University of Daressalaam – College of Education, Daressalaam, Tanzania.

 

Hecker, T. (2013, September). Befragung traumatisierter Zeugen. Vortrag bei der 7. Sachbearbeitertagung der Zentralstelle für die Bekämpfung von Kriegsverbrechen und weiteren Straftaten nach dem VStGB des Bundeskriminalamtes, Bonn, Deutschland.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Schaal, S., Maedl, A., &. Elbert, T. (2012, September). Victim or perpetrator. Treatment approaches with former child soldiers in the eastern DRC. In R. Weierstall (Chair): The psychologists’ fear of the perpetrator. Symposium held at the 48th Congress of the German Association for Psychology, Bielefeld, Germany.

 

Hecker, T. (2012, September). Child soldiers: Victims or perpetrators. Assessment and treatment approaches. Guest lecture at the Regional Center on violence, traumatic stress and suicide prevention, St. Olav University Hospital, Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Maedl, A., Elbert, T., & Schauer, M. (2011, November). Fascination of violence - derived from the ongoing conflict in DR Congo. Talk at the XVI. Workshop Aggression, Marburg, Germany.

 

Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Maedl, A., Schauer, M, &. Elbert, T. (2011, November). Growing up in armed groups in DR Congo. Poster at the XVI. Workshop Aggression, Marburg, Germany.

Lehrveranstaltungen

Universität Konstanz

WS 2014/2015:

     

  • Seminar Missbrauch & Vernachlässigung in der Kindheit – Folgen & Prävention
  • Fallseminar “Schzophrenien”
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SS 2014:

     

  • Seminar Missbrauch & Vernachlässigung in der Kindheit – Folgen & Prävention im internationalen Kontext
  • Fallseminarseminar “Schzophrenien”
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WS 2013/2014:

     

  • Seminar Missbrauch & Vernachlässigung in der Kindheit – Folgen & Prävention im internationalen Kontext
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Publikationen

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Submitted

Blümke, M., Crombach, A., Hecker, T., Schalinkski, I., Elbert, T., & Weierstall, R. (2014). The Implicit Association Test as a measure for traumatization and attraction to violence. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Hecker, T., Fetz, S., Ainamani, H., & Elbert, T. (2014). The ‘cycle of violence’: Associations between exposure to violence, trauma-related disorders and aggression – findings from Congolese refugees in Uganda. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Salmen, C., Teicher, M., & Elbert, T. (2014). Child abuse relates to internalizing problems and cognitive functioning: Findings from school children in Tanzania. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Hecker, T., Radtke, K., Hermenau, K., Papassotiropoulos, A., & Elbert, T. (2014). Child maltreatment, mental health, and modifications in the DNA methylation in the POMC gene: a study with children in Tanzania. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

 

Accepted

Haer, R., Hecker, T., &  Maedl, A. (accepted). Former combatants on sexual violence during warfare; a comparative study of the perspectives of perpetrators, victims, and witnesses. Human Rights Quarterly.

 

 

2014

Hecker, T., & Haer, R. (2014). Drugs boosting conflict? A micro-level test of the linkage between substance use and violence. Terrorism and Political Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09546553.2013.796935.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Isele, D., & Elbert, T. (2014). Corporal punishment and children’s externalizing problems: A cross-sectional study of Tanzanian primary school students. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 884-892. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.11.007.

 

Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Elbert, T., & Ruf-Leuschner, M. (2014). Maltreatment and mental health in institutional care – comparing early- and late-institutionalized children in Tanzania. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35 (2), 102-110. doi: 10.1002/imhj.21440.

 

 

2013

Crombach, A., Weierstall, R., Hecker, T., Schalinski, I., & Elbert, T. (2013). Social status and the desire to resort to violence: Using the example of Uganda’s former child soldiers. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22 (5), 595-575. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.785458.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Maedl, A., Hinkel, H., Schauer, M., & Elbert, T. (2013). Does Perpetrating Violence Damage Mental Health? Differences between forcibly recruited and voluntary combatants in DR Congo. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26 (1), 142 – 148. doi: 10.1002/jts.21770.

 

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Maedl, A., Schauer, M., & Elbert, T. (2013). Aggression inoculates against PTSD symptom severity – insights from armed groups in the eastern DR Congo. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4, 20070. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.20070.

 

Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Maedl, A., Schauer, M., & Elbert, T. (2013). Growing up in armed groups: Trauma and aggression among child soldiers in DR Congo. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4, 21408. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.21408.

 

Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Schaal, S., Maedl, A., & Elbert, T. (2013). Addressing post-traumatic stress and aggression by means of narrative exposure – a randomized controlled trial with ex-combatants in the eastern DRC. Journal for Maltreatment, Aggression and Trauma, 22 (8), 916-934. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.824057.

 

 

2012

Hecker, T., Hermenau, K., Maedl, A., Elbert, T., & Schauer, M. (2012). Appetitive aggression in former combatants-Derived from the ongoing conflict in DR Congo. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 35(3), 244–249. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2012.02.016.

 

Weierstall, R., Schalinski, I., Crombach, A., Hecker, T., & Elbert, T. (2012). When combat prevents PTSD symptoms – results from a survey with former child soldiers in Northern Uganda. BMC Psychiatry, 12, 41. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-12-41.

 

 

2011

Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Ruf, M., Schauer, E., Elbert, T., & Schauer, M. (2011). Childhood adversity, mental ill-health and aggressive behavior in an African orphanage: Changes in response to trauma-focused therapy and the implementation of a new instructional system. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 5(1), 29. doi: 10.1186/1753-2000-5-29.

 

 

BOOK CHAPTERS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Elbert, T., Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Weierstall, R., & Schauer, M. (2012). FORNET: Behandlung von traumatisierten und nicht-traumatisierten Gewalttätern mittels Narrativer Expositionstherapie. In J. Endrass, A. Rossegger, F. Urbaniok, & B. Borchard (Eds.), Interventionen bei Gewalt- und Sexualstraftätern: Risk-Management, Methoden und Konzepte der forensischen Therapie (1st ed.). Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

 

Elbert, T., Hinkel, H., Maedl, A., Hermenau, K., Hecker, T., Schauer, M., Riedke, H., Winkler, N. & Lancaster, P. (2013). Sexual and gender-based violence in the Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Insights from former combatants. Washington, DC: The World Bank. www.logica-wb.org/PDFs/LOGiCA_SGBV_DRC_Kivu.pdf.

 

Hecker, T. (2013). Perpetual perpetration: How violence shapes the offender. The interplay between organized and family violence, appetitive aggression and mental health. Dissertation at the University of Konstanz, Germany. nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:352-251864%0A.

 

Hecker, T. (2007). AIDS und AIDS-Prävention  am Beispiel Tansania. In K. Kunst & Referat für interkulturelle Konfliktforschung des ASTA Marburg (Eds.), Afrika-Kontinent der Kriege, Krisen und Konflikte (pp. 250–259). Marburg: Tectum Verlag.

Verschiedenes

Peer Reviewer:

European Journal of Psychotraumatology

BMC Psychiatry

ISTSS Annual Meeting 2014