Florian Zepf

Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (000), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 988 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
20072019

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Personal profile

Biography

- Since November 2014: Chair and Winthrop Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth.

- January 2013: Habilitation and venia legendi, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

- July 2012 to October 2014: Consultant, Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University Hospital

- May to June 2012: Consultant function (Funktionsoberarzt), Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Germany

- March 2012: Specialist for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Germany)

- July to August 2011: Raine Visiting Professorship, University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia

- October 2009: „fMRI Visiting Fellowship“ at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging / Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA

- April 2009 to October 2014: Juniorprofessor (W1) for „Translational Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Neurology“ at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, in co-operation with the Jülich Research Centre within the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA-BRAIN).

- 2006 to 2009: Registrar (Assistenzarzt), Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

- 2004 to 2008: Doctorate thesis, work performed at the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. F. Poustka)

- 1999 – 2006: Medical studies, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Roles and responsibilities

- Leadership in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia
- Expertise in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
- Specific interests in Neuropsychopharmacology, Developmental Neurobiology and Psychotherapy,

Future research

- Planned research projects involve different aspects of mood and anxiety disorders as well as neurofeedback

Funding overview

- Prof. Zepf has received research support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the German Society for Social Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, from the Paul and Ursula Klein Foundation, and the Dr. August Scheidel Foundation.

New and Noteworthy

Prof. Zepf is the newly appointed Chair and Winthrop Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA.

Current projects

- FemNAT-CD consortium on aggressive behaviour, funded by the European Commission.

- Different MRI-challenge studies on the effects of serotonin on brain function in patients with different psychiatric disorders

Industrial relevance

Prof. Zepf is the initiator and scientific lead of a project to develop a new and consumer friendly neurofeedback device. Industry partners involved in this projects are the companies NeuroConn (Ilmenau, Germany) and Hasomed (Magdeburg, Germany).

Teaching overview

Whole curriculum of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy

Research

Research on the neurotransmitter serotonin in children, adolescents and adults and its effects in different psychiatric disorders and throughout development
Research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorders, Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders
Neurofeedback as a treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Neurochemical Challenge Studies

Previous positions

Editor in chief for the journal Translational Developmental Psychiatry (www.translationaldevelopmentalpsychiatry.net)

Languages

English
German

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Research Output

Child and adolescent psychiatry training in Australia and New Zealand

Rao, P., Caunt, J. N., Wong, J. W. Y., Moore, J. K. & Zepf, F. D., 22 Oct 2019, In : European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Concurrent developmental course of sleep problems and emotional/behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence as reflected by the dysregulation profile

    Wang, B., Eastwood, P. R., Becker, A., Isensee, C., Wong, J. W. Y., Huang, R. C., Runions, K. C., Stewart, R. M., Meyer, T., Brüni, L. G., Rothenberger, A. & Zepf, F. D., 19 Mar 2019, In : Sleep. 42, 3, zsy243.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Correction to: Central serotonin modulates neural responses to virtual violent actions in emotion regulation networks (vol 223, pg 3327, 2018)

    Wolf, D., Klasen, M., Eisner, P., Zepf, F. D., Zvyagintsev, M., Palomero-Gallagher, N., Weber, R., Eisert, A. & Mathiak, K., Dec 2019, In : BRAIN STRUCTURE & FUNCTION. 224, 9, p. 3409-3409 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Open Access

    Gender-affirming hormones and surgery in transgender children and adolescents

    Mahfouda, S., Moore, J. K., Siafarikas, A., Hewitt, T., Ganti, U., Lin, A. & Zepf, F. D., 1 Jun 2019, In : The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. 7, 6, p. 484-498

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Mental Health Correlates of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Gender Diverse Young People: Evidence from a Specialised Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic in Australia

    Mahfouda, S., Panos, C., Whitehouse, A. J. O., Thomas, C. S., Maybery, M., Strauss, P., Zepf, F. D., O'Donovan, A., van Hall, H-W., Saunders, L. A., Moore, J. K. & Lin, A., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Medicine. 8, 10, 14 p., 1503.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access