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Dr. med. Pichit Buspavanich

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, Head of junior research group

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin

Campus / internal address:
Reinickendorfer Str. 61, 13347 Berlin

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  • Exploring the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and neurobiology of mental health in LGBTIQ* individuals.
  • Stress related illness in sexual and gender minorities due to minority stress
  • Diversity and gender-sensitive aspects in research and teaching
  • Clinical studies in the field of affective disorders (AMG, MPG, cohort study)
  • University outpatient clinic for sexual medicine at the Charité Mitte campus with a focus on gender dysphoria and gender identity issues (Institute for Sexual Science and Sexual Medicine)

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Selected funded research projects

Berlin-University-Alliance (PI: 2023-2026): Development and evaluation of an intervention to improve inclusion of underrepresented groups to increase diversity and gender equality in research, teaching, and health care in university medicine and the life sciences

EU Horizion (2022-2027): A Stratified Treatment Algorithm in Psychiatry: A program on stratified pharmacogenomics in severe mental illness (PSYCH-STRATA)

BMBF (PI: 2021-2024): Mobile device for lithium, sodium and creatinine measurement for patients with treatment-resistant depression

Industrial Research Grant from Gilead (Co-PI: 2019-2023): Characterization of neuroimmunological processes of depression in HIV-infected individuals considering resilience factors

Berlin-University Alliance (PI: 2019): Pre-Call Social Cohesion under the Federal Excellence Initiative: Social acceptance and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT*) people

Selected publications (* indicates shared authorship):

Batz, F., Lermer, E., Lech, S., O'Malley, G., Zati Zehni, A., Zenz-Spitzweg, D., Mahner, S., Behr, J., Thaler, C.J., Buspavanich, P.: The psychological burden of COVID-19 on the desire for parenthood in minoritized sexual identities: a study on depressive symptoms and family planning in Germany. BMC Public Health. 2023;23(1):232.

Osterland, S.L., Adli, M., Saritas, T., Schlattmann, P., Behr, J., Müller-Mertel, R., Hoffmann, K., Stamm, T.J., Bschor, T., Richter, C., Steinacher, B., Jockers-Scherübl, M.C., Köhler, S., Heinz, A., *Ricken, R., *Buspavanich, P.: Acute effects of lithium augmentation on the kidney in geriatric compared with non-geriatric patients with treatment-resistant depression. Acta Psychiat Scand. 2023;147(3):267-275.

Herrmann, W.J., Oeser, P., Buspavanich, P., Lech, S., Berger, M., Gellert, P.: Loneliness and depressive symptoms differ by sexual orientation and gender identity during physical distancing measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Appl Psychol. 2023;15(1):80.

Herrmann, W.J., Buspavanich, P., Oeser, P., Berger, M., Lech, S., Gellert, P.: Changes in the provision of primary care and psychotherapy in Germany during the first two lockdowns in 2020 and 2021: A two-wave survey giving consideration to gender identity and sexual orientation. Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwesen. 2023;177:26.

Lech, S., Herrmann, W., Trautmann, S., Schwantes, U., Gellert, P., Behr, J., Buspavanich, P.: Depression in primary care and the role of evidence-based guidelines: cross-sectional data from primary care physicians in Germany. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022;22(1):1279.

Wittgens, C., Fischer, M.M., Buspavanich, P., Theobald, S., Schweizer, K., Trautmann, S.: Mental health in people with minority sexual orientations: A meta-analysis of population-based studies. Acta Psychiat Scand. 2022;145(4):357-72.

Batz, F., Lermer, E., Hatzler, L., Vilsmaier, T., Schröder, L., Chelariu-Raicu, A., Behr, J., Mahner, S., *Buspavanich, P., *Thaler, C.J.: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual Health in Cis Women Living in Germany.  J Sex Med. 2022;19(6):907-22.

Berger, M., Kermer, J., Behr, J., Schulz-Menger, J., Bilal, S., Osterland, S.L., O'Malley, G., Bschor, T., Schlattmann, P., Stamm, T., Steinacher, B., de Millas, W., Richter, C., Heinz, A., Adli, M., *Buspavanich, P., *Ricken, R.: Electrocardiographic Changes During Initiation of Lithium Augmentation of Antidepressant Pharmacotherapy. J Clin Psychopharm. 2022; 42(1):87-91.

*Buspavanich, P., *Adli, M., Himmerich, H., Berger, M., Busche, M., Schlattmann, P., Bopp, S., Bschor, T., Richter, C., Steinacher, B., Stoppel, C., Hindinger, C., Meyer, S., Hoffmann, K., Stamm, T., Gabriel, A., Merkl, A., Goerke-Arndt, F., Köhler, S. Faster speed of onset of the depressive episode is associated with lower cytokine serum levels (IL-2, -4, -6, -10, TNF-α and IFN-γ) in patients with major depression. J Psychiatr Res. 2021; 141:287-92.

*Buspavanich, P., *Lech, S., Lermer, E., Fischer, M., Berger, M., Vilsmaier, T., Kaltofen, T., Keckstein, S., Mahner, S., Behr, J., Thaler, C.J., Batz, F.: Well-being during COVID-19 pandemic: A comparison of individuals with minoritized sexual and gender identities and cis-heterosexual individuals. PLoS ONE. 2021;16(6):e0252356.

Ulrich, S., Ricken, R., Buspavanich, P., Schlattmann, P., Adli, M.: Efficacy and Adverse Effects of Tranylcypromine and Tricyclic Antidepressants in the Treatment of Depression: A Systematic Review and Comprehensive Meta-analysis. J Clin Psychopharm. 2020;40(1):63-74.

Buspavanich, P., König, C., Adli, M.: Rezidivprophylaxe Depression: Pharmakotherapie. PSYCH up2date. 2020;14:487-98. DOI: 10.1055/a-1106-602

Buspavanich, P., Behr, J., Stamm, T., Schlattmann, P., Bschor, T., Richter, C., Hellweg, R., Heinz, A., Berger, M., Hindinger, C., Rentzsch, J., de Millas, W., Jockers-Scherübl, M.C., Bräunig, P., Adli, M., Ricken, R.: Treatment response of lithium augmentation in geriatric compared to non-geriatric patients with treatment-resistant depression. J Affect Disorders. 2019;251:136-40.

Selected book chapters

Buspavanich P & Ricken R (2023). Lithiumaugmentation. In Bauer, Berghöfer, Brakemeier, Adli (Eds.), Therapyresistant for depression and bipolar disorder. Berlin: Springer.    

Lech S & Buspavanich P (2022). Epidemiology. In Adli M & Hauzinger M (Eds.), Praxishandbuch Depression. Munich: Elsevier.

Buspavanich P & Adli M (2021). Treatment-resistant depression. In Bauer, Meyer-Lindberg, Kiefer, Philipsen (Eds.), Mental disorders. Stuttgart: Thieme.

Vita Dr. med. Pichit Buspavanich

Since 01/2023 – present Head of Junior Research Group Diversity & Gender in Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Since 02/2022 – present Research Fellow at the Research Unit Gender in Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
23.02.2021 Qualification as a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy
Since 01/2021 – present Research Fellow at the Institute for Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Since 05/2021 -  present  Principal Investigator of a BMBF-funded project at the Brandenburg Medical School, Neuruppin Campus
Since 06/2020 - present Head of the group Diversity of Sexual and Gender Identities at the Campus Charité Mitte
2020 - 2023 Representative of the Brandenburg Medical School on the doctoral committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences
12/2019 – 09/2021 Sexual Medicine Advanced Training Program for the Certification of the Sexual Medicine at the Berlin School for Sexual Health
Since  09/2019 - present Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Campus Mitte, Research Unit Affective Disorders
01/2018 + 06/2018 Schema Therapy Basic Training
01/2017 + 06/2017 Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy Basic Training
12/2015 - 12/2018 Psychotherapeutic training: Institute for Behavior Therapy in Lübben
08/2015 – 08/2022 Residency at the Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Ruppin-Brandenburg
04.09.2015 Doctoral thesis at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin on the topic "Depressive symptoms of surgical patients in the anesthesia outpatient clinic as a predictor of hospital length of stay""
04/2014 - 07/2015 Residency in the infectious diseases clinic Jessen and colleagues in Berlin
05.12.2013 Approbation as a physician
08/2012 - 10/2012 Studied abroad: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, University College London, England 
01.03.2012 Elective: Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, USA
10/2009 – 09/2013 Study of Psychology at the University of Hagen (without degree)
04/2006 - 11/2013 Studies of Human Medicine Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
09/2001- 06/2012 Flight attendant and passenger handling at Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Functions / offices


Since 05/2021 - to date     Member of the Steering Committee Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) of Charité-
                                          Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Since 10/2020 - to date     Member of the Diversity and Gender Equality Network (DiGENet) of the Berlin University Alliance

Since 06/2020 - date         Founding member of the Berlin Network for Sexual and Gender Identities

Since 11/2019 - to date     Member of the Section Sexual Orientations and Identities in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the
                                           German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy