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Dr. med. Pichit Buspavanich

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy

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)

Additional information

Selected funded research projects

Industrial Research Grant from Gilead (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.

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

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

Selected publications (* indicates shared authorship):

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. IF: 3.153

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. IF: 4,791.

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. IF: 3.240

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. IF: 3.134

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. IF: 4,839.

Kerper, L.F., Spies, C.D., Buspavanich, P., Balzer, F., Salz, A.L., Tafelski, S., Lau, A., Weiß-Gerlach, E., Neumann, T., Glaesmer, H., Wernecke, K.D., Brähler, E., Krampe, H.: Preoperative depression and hospital length of stay in surgical patients. Minerva Anestesiol. 2014;80(9):984-91. IF: 3.051.

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; ahead of print

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; ahead of print.

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 Health Well Being. 2022; ahead of print.

Selected book chapters

Lech S & Buspavanich P (in press). 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.

Buspavanich, P., König, C., Adli, M.: Relapse prevention depression: pharmacotherapy. PSYCH up2date. 2020;14:487-98. DOI: 10.1055/a-1106-602.

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

Vita Dr. med. Pichit Buspavanich

Seit 02/2022 – dato

Research Assistant at the Department of Gender Research in Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Recognition as a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy

Seit 01/2021 – dato Research Associate at the Institute for Sexual Sciences and Sexual Medicine, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Seit 06/2020 - dato Head of the working group Diversity of Sexual and Gender Identities at the Campus Charité Mitte
Seit 01/2020 - dato Head of Translational Health Services Research at the Neuruppin Campus of the Brandenburg Medical School
Seit 2020 - dato Representative of the Brandenburg Medical School in the doctoral committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences
Seit 09/2019 - dato Research associate at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Campus Mitte, research area affective disorders
01/2018 + 06/2018

Schema therapy basic training.

01/2017 + 06/2017

Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy Basic Training

12/2015 - 12/2018 Psychotherapy training: Institute for Behavior Therapy in Lübben
Seit 08/2015 - dato Research Assistant at the Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Brandenburg Medical School, Neuruppin Campus.
04.09.2015 Doctoral thesis at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin on the topic "Depressiveness of surgical patients in the anesthesia outpatient clinic as a predictor of hospital length of stay"
04/2014 - 07/2015 Physician in further training in the infectious diseases group practice in Jessen.
05.12.2013 License to practice medicine
08/2012 - 10/2012

Study abroad: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, University College London, England

03/2012 Internship: Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, USA
10/2009 – 09/2013 Studies 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