Carina Heller


Research Trainee











Carina is a PhD student at the Department of Clinical Psychology at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany, where she focuses on white and gray matter brain alterations in patients with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a syndrome associated with a 30% risk to develop schizophrenia in adult life (supervised by Prof Dr. Thomas Weiss and Dr. Zora Kikinis). She was trained in psychology (B.Sc. University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, M.Sc. Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena) and specialized in clinical and cognitive psychology. In 2018, Carina spent a traineeship at the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory (PNL) where she performed analyses for her master thesis. She recently returned to the PNL as a visiting PhD student working on a project with ENIGMA 22q11DS group. Additionally, she works on projects about the effects of oral contraceptives (OCs) on the human female brain and associations of COVID-19 with brain alterations.