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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Frank Rohricht


Consultant Psychiatrist Centre for Psychiatry

Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7540 4380


Started career in Psychiatry as a Community support worker in a Psychiatric Day Centre for chronic mentally ill patients in Hagen, Germany; part time psychiatric nurse assistant in acute psychiatric hospital (St. Johannes Hospital in Hagen/Germany). Training in Integrative Body psychotherapy (M. Janssen, Netherlands/ A. Addington, USA); Medical Qualification (MBBS equivalent in Germany). 
I completed my M.D. at Free University Berlin/Germany, (Doctor of Medicine by Thesis): “Body concept and body schema and their relationship with psychopathological symptoms within acute paranoid schizophrenia”. Specialist Training in Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychosomatic Medicine.
Consultant Psychiatrist, Newham Community NHS Trust / East London & the City University Mental Health NHS Trust since 1997, now East London NHS Foundation Trust. Clinical Director for Adult Mental Health in Newham 200-2013; Since 2013 Associate Medical Director Research & Innovation.

Memberships and Appointments

Member/Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych); Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London. Member of the German Association for Psychosomatic Medicine. Chair of the research section of German Association for Body Psychotherapy (part of European Association of Body Psychotherapy). Patron of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK. 
2008-2011: Visiting Professor University of Hertfordshire, School of Psychology
Since 2011: Honorary Professor University of Essex, Centre for Psychonanalytic Studies, UK 
Since 2012: Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, St George's Medical School, University of Nicosia, Cyprus


Research Interests:

Research profile / main topics:

  1. Body image phenomenology and Embodiment in mental illnesses
  2. Evaluation of Body Psychotherapy for severe mental illness (chronic schizophrenia, chronic depression, somatoform disorder/Medically Unexplained Symptom Disorders) 
  3. Evaluation of other innovative treatments: e.g. Ego-Consolidation Module for psychosis; 
  4. Transcultural variety of ego-psychopathology in schizophrenia; Religiosity and Spirituality as coping and healing         mechanism 
  5. Prodromal signs and basic symptoms in first episode psychosis
  6. Recovery care models for patients with severe and chronic mental disorder 
  7. Care pathway development and technology assisted intervention for self-management and recovery care
  8. Integrative mental health care models: Group clinics, Architecture and Mental Health, etc.


(selection, for full list see

Priebe, S. & Röhricht, F. (2001) Specific body image pathology in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research 101, 289-301. IF 1.775

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S. (2002) Do cenesthesias and body image aberration characterise a subgroup in schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 105, 276-282. IF 2.107

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S. (2004) Ego-pathology and common symptom factors in schizophrenia- new data on an old concept. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 192, 446-449. IF 1.457

Röhricht, F., Seidler, KP., Joraschky, P., Borkenhagen, A., Lausberg, H., Lemche, E., Loew, T., Porsch, U., Schreiber-Willnow, K., Tritt, K. (2005) Consensus paper on the terminological differentiation of various aspect of body experience. Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie 55, 183-90. in  German IF 1.043

Röhricht, F. & Priebe, S. (2006) Effect of body oriented psychological therapy on negative symptoms in schizophrenia: a randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine 36, 669-678. IF 3.119

Jenkins, G. & Röhricht, F. (2007) From cenesthesias to cenesthopathic schizophrenia: a historical and phenomenological review. Psychopathology 40, 361-368. IF 0.469

Lahmann, C. , Witt, S., Schuster, T., Sauer, N., Ronel, J., Noll-Hussong, M., Nickel, M., Tritt, K., Nowak, D., Röhricht, F. & Loew, T. (2009) Functional Relaxation and Hypnotherapeutic Intervention as Complementary Therapy in Asthma: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 78, 233–239. IF 5.02

Röhricht, F. (2009) Body oriented psychotherapy – the state of the art in empirical research and evidence based practice: a clinical perspective. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice Vol. 4, 135–156.

Lahmann, C., Röhricht, F., Sauer, N., Ronel, J., Noll-Hussong, M., Henrich, G., Nickel, M., Tritt, K. & Loew, T. (2010) Functional relaxation as complementary therapy in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 16, 47-52. IF 1.4

Röhricht, F. & Gudi, A. (2010) Medically unexplained physical symptoms masking (cenesthopathic) schizophrenia: A case series. Journal of Psychiatric Practice 16, 258-264. IF 1.9

Röhricht, F., Papadopoulos, N., Holden, S., Clarke, T. Priebe, S. (2011) Clinical effectiveness and therapeutic processes of body psychotherapy in chronic schizophrenia – an open clinical trial. Arts in Psychotherapy 38, 196-203. IF 0.6

Hammill, M., Smith, L. & Röhricht, F. (2012) ‚Dancing down memory lane’: Circle Dancing as a Psychotherapeutic intervention in Dementia – A pilot study. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. September 13, online first publication. 11, 709-724.

Röhricht, F., Gadhia, S., Alam, R. & Willis, M. (2012) Clinical outcomes after introducing off-licence prescribing of atypical antipsychotic Melperone in a mental health trust. Published online 2012 April 1. doi: 10.1100/2012/512047

Röhricht, F., Papadopoulos, N., &  Priebe, S. (2013) An exploratory randomized controlled trial of body psychotherapy for patients with chronic depression. Journal of Affective Disorders 151, 85–91. IF 3.5

Röhricht, F. & Elanjithara, Th. (2014) Management of medically unexplained symptoms: outcomes of a specialist liaison clinic. Psychiatric Bulletin, 1-6, DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.112.040733

Röhricht, F., Gallagher, S., Geuter, U. & Hutto, DD.: (2014) Embodied cognition and body psychotherapy: the construction of new therapeutic environments. SENSORIA — A journal of mind, brain, and culture, 10, DOI: 

Priebe, S., Savill, M., Wykes, T.,  Bentall, RP.,  Reininghaus, U., Lauber, C. , Bremner, S., Eldridge, S.  &  Röhricht, F. (2016) Effectiveness of group body psychotherapy for negative symptoms of schizophrenia: multicentre randomised controlled trial.  The British Journal of Psychiatry,  bjp.bp.115.171397;  DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.115.171397

Fuchs, T. & Röhricht, F. (in press) Schizophrenia and intersubjectivity. An embodied and enactive approach to psychopathology and psychotherapy. In press: Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology

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