Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. Head of the Clinic for Psychological Interventions. License for psychotherapy and supervision.
Dr. Rief worked for many years in hospital settings (e.g., Roseneck Hospital for Psychosomatic Medicine, Prien a. Ch.). He is specialized in placebo- and nocebo effects, perception and coping with somatic symptoms, optimization of clinical studies and interventions. He was guest professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston (2004/2005), University of Auckland Medical School (2002), and University of California San Diego (2009/2010). Additionally, he was nominated for the expert committee of WHO/APA for the revision of the classification of mental disorders according to DSM-5, and he is co-chairing the WHO working group on chronic pain diagnoses in ICD-11.
Dr. Rief is elected coordinator for grant applications to the German Research Foundation and he is spokesperson of the DFG-research unit on placebo and nocebo mechanisms. His publication record summarizes more than 400 articles, in particular in the field of behavioral medicine and somatoform disorders. He received the Distinguished Researchers award in Behavioral Medicine in 2014.