Psychological problems continue to be a taboo topic in our society, and those who suffer from such problems often face prejudice and are socially ostracized. Studies have demonstrated that at least one third of the population will develop a psychological condition during their lifetime. This means that one in every three people you know will be in need of psychological help at some point. Some mental illnesses are well understood and effective treatments for them are available; for others, however, the work has just begun. The main goal of our research program in Hamburg is the development of low-threshold intervention strategies, the majority of which are available for free in the form of self-help materials (books and online programs; please click the menu buttons above for more information).

In addition, we have created metacognitive training programs for specific disorders (e.g., psychosis/schizophrenia, depression, borderline personality disorder), which we offer largely for free to our colleagues (for more information, see here). We are proud that some of our intervention programs have already been included in national treatment guidelines and that their effectiveness has been confirmed by independent researchers. However, the international distribution of these materials is an enormous task, for which we need your help.

Clinical Neuropsychology Working Group

The main support for our research comes from federal funds. yet, this funding is often not sufficient to cover all our research costs. Support from private donors is thus essential to keeping us at the forefront of psychological research and helping those in need. The expenses for conducting a clinical study range from rather minor items like obtaining ethics committee approval to employing research assistants to perform assessments and to carry out the treatments. We keep our expenses as low as possible. For example, international experts volunteer their time to translate our manuals and other materials into many languages (e.g.,

Please consider donating! Why, what's in it for me?

All donations directly support our research. What do we do with the money we receive? For example, we have been developing the COGITO app since 2021. This self-help app addresses general mental health topics such as self-esteem and sleep health as well as a number of specific problem areas (e.g. obsessive-compulsive symptoms). We are continually developing the app and adding new program packages (we are currently working on a program package on anxiety). The app supports our metacognitive treatment programs, which are available at no cost for a number of mental disorders since 2002.

Every year, we also develop one or two new (self-help) treatment methods. For example, we have recently developed the online programs Lenio (for pain) and Restart (for problem gambling), as well as other self-help techniques (e.g., habit replacement or decoupling for trichotillomania, skin picking, and other repetitive behaviors). Testing these new therapies for effectiveness and then implementing them and evaluating the results is costly.

Your donation will make a difference. Our research has helped many people with a variety of problems—perhaps even you or someone close to you. Feel free to write to us if you have any questions or suggestions:

All donations (see our banking and PayPal information below) made to our research group go directly to our research, primarily to the translation of our findings from “bench to bedside”: from basic research (i.e., experimental evidence) to treatment programs (i.e., real-world application). To implement our programs, controlled trials must be conducted. These require vast amounts of monetary and personnel resources.

The final and in our view most important step is dissemination of our work. Our research findings and new developments are communicated, critically reviewed, and discussed with colleagues at conferences to ensure the credibility of our findings, which in turn improves our treatment programs.

Your donation—of any size—will help our work to improve the lives of many individuals suffering from mental illness. We give credit to all our donors by name unless you wish to remain anonymous. If you make a large donation, we are open to acknowledging you in our materials (e.g., on the title page or in the foreword). You may also “adopt” one of our programs, and we will name it after you or anyone you wish to acknowledge.

To learn more about our work, visit our pages or contact me directly by email (Steffen Moritz: Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to receive more information.

Help us to help others!

Account holder: UKE Arbeitsgruppe Neuropsychologie
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse HASPA
Reference/Reason for Payment line (this is crucial to ensure that your donation reaches us): "1027 001"
(please also add your address in case you need an official donation receipt)

IBAN: DE54 2005 0550 1234 3636 36

You can also make a donation through this donations portal (e.g., PayPal):

We are happy about every donation. Even small donations help us to make progress. Of course, you will receive an official donation receipt from us for the tax office.

Thank you!

We would like to thank our supporters for their contributions. The table below listing our supporters is continuously being expanded. Have you have made a contribution but do not see your name in the table below? If so, please send an email to Steffen Moritz (

  • Adler, S.
  • Alexius Josef Krankenhaus
  • aus Bielefeld (anonymous)
  • aus Gerlingen (anonymous)
  • aus Hannover (anonymous)
  • aus Nonnweiler (anonymous)
  • AWI Automatenwirtschaft
  • Bachmann, E.-M.
  • Bausch, K.
  • Beckers, D.
  • Bezirkskliniken Schwaben
  • Bode, B.
  • Bremen (anonymous)
  • Bründel, K.-H.
  • Danner, R.
  • Diakonisches Werk Schweinfurt
  • Dressel, M.
  • Driessen, M.
  • Ehrich, A.
  • Eli Lilly Benelux
  • Forensische Psychiatrie Haina
  • France, I.
  • Gaber, R.
  • Ganter, R.
  • Ganzer-Gueldenpfennige
  • Gempp, M.
  • Gmeinwieser, S.
  • Gois, C.
  • Griebel, O.
  • Gut Org AG
  • Helios Fachklinik Hildburg
  • Henkel, U.
  • Herfurth, C.
  • Heser, K.
  • Hodgkiss, K.
  • Holub, K.
  • ivp network
  • Kaufmann, S.
  • Kempf, M.
  • Kleverbeck, V.
  • Kopacz, S.
  • Krämer, S.
  • Krause, U.
  • Kreiskliniken Gummersbach-Waldbrödl
  • Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR)
  • Lechmann, C.
  • Lecker, R.
  • Lippler, G.
  • Long, U.
  • Mossaheb, N.
  • Munari, F.
  • Oxleas NHS Jayne Corson
  • Peters, D.
  • Poppinga, Familie
  • Psychiatrische Klinik Lüneburg
  • Raluca Domita Oancea
  • Reidinger, G.
  • Reusch, N.
  • Ribbe, S.
  • Rivoir, S.
  • Schaal, N.
  • Schäfer, P.
  • Schmidt, C.
  • Schmit, M.
  • Scholz, S.
  • Schomberg, B.
  • Schreiber, R.
  • Steudter, J.
  • Stoedtke, M.
  • Strelau, S.
  • Vahar-Martiar
  • Vanin, N.
  • Von Gress, A.
  • Wahnschaffe, T.
  • Weiss-Matulat, M.
  • Willmann, S.
  • Winn, S.
  • Zeltner, H.

We would also like to express our gratitude to: