Leila Maria Soravia, PD Dr. phil.

Department of Psychiatric Neurophysiology
University Hospital of Psychiatry
Bolligenstrasse 111
CH-3000 Bern 60

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Center for the treatment of addictive disorders
3038 Kirchlindach

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Changes in neuronal correlates induced by alcohol specific inhibition training in patients with alcohol use disorder (SSA Nr. 283)

Learning to resist the urge: Inhibition training in abstinent alcohol dependent patients (SNF Nr. 105319_159286/1)

The effect of psychosocial and craving-induced stress on social cognition and decision-making in cocaine users: a longitudinal approach (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Boris Quednow, University of Zurich; SNF Nr. 105319_162639/1)

Acute effects of cortisol treatment on alcohol craving in alcohol dependence (SSA Nr. 235)

Telephone-based continuing care for alcohol dependence (Grant from Infodrog, BAG)

Glucocorticoid treatment in combination with exposure therapy for the treatment of social phobia (SNF Nr. 32003B_124947)

Neuronal correlates of glucocorticoid treatment in phobia: a fMRI investigation



Heinrichs, M., Wagner, D., Schoch, W., Soravia, L. M., Hellhamer, D. H., Ehlert, U. (2005). Predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms from pretraumatic risk factors: A 2-year prospective follow-up study in firefighters. American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol 162, 2276-2286 .

Soravia, L. M., Heinrichs, M., Aerni, A., Maroni, C., Schelling, G., Ehlert, U., Roozendaal, B., de Quervain, D. J.-F. (2006). Glucocorticoids reduce phobic fear in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 103 (14), 5585-5590.

Zorn, P., Roder, V., Soravia, L.M., Tschacher, W. (2008). Evaluation of the "Schemafocused Emotive Behavioural Therapy“ (SET) for patients with personality disorders: Results of a randomised controlled trial. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie, 58, 371-378.

Soravia, L. M., de Quervain, D. J.-F., Heinrichs, M. (2009). Glucocorticoids do not exert anxiolytic effects in healthy subjects exposed to social stress. Biological Psychology, Vol 81 (3), 184-188.

Fisler, M., Federspiel, A., Horn, H., Dierks, T., Schmitt, W., Wiest, R., de Quervain, D., Soravia, L. M. (2013). Spider phobia is associated with decreased left amygdala volume: a cross-sectional study. BMC Psychiatry, 13(1), 70-77.

Giezendanner, S., Walther, S., Razavi, N., Van Swam, C., Fisler, M.S., Soravia, L.M., Andreotti, A., Jann, K., Wiest, R., Dierks, T., Federspiel, A. (2013). Alterations of White Matter Integrity Related to the Season of Birth in Schizophrenia: A DTI Study. PLoS ONE, 8(9): e75508.

Soravia, L. M., Heinrichs, M., Winzeler, L, Fisler, M., Schmitt, W., Horn, H., Dierks, T., Strik, W., Hofmann, S., de Quervain, D. J.-F. (2014). Glucocorticoids enhance in vivo exposure-based therapy outcome in spider phobia. Depression and Anxiety, 31(5):429-35.

Fisler M.S., Federspiel A., Horn H., Dierks T., Schmitt W., Wiest R., de Quervain D. J.-F., Soravia L. M. (2014). Pinpointing regional surface distortions of the amygdala in patients with spider phobia. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Functions, 1(1).

Soravia, L.M., Schläfli, K., Stutz, S., Rösner, S., Moggi, F. (2015). Resistance to temptation: The interaction of external and internal control on alcohol use during residential treatment for alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39 (11), 2209-2214.

Soravia, L. M., Stocker, E., Schläfli, K., Schönenberger, N., Schreyer, M., Dittrich, T., Grossniklaus, C. (2016). „Klettern als Chance in der Suchtbehandlung“ - Effekte des therapeutischen Kletterns auf Angst, Selbstwertgefühl und Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung bei Patienten mit einer Alkoholabhängigkeit. Suchttherapie, 17, 34 – 39

Soravia, L.M., Witmer, J., Schwab, S., Nakataki, M., Federspiel, A., Dierks, T., Wiest, R., Henke, K., Jann, K. (2016). Pre-stimulus default mode activity influences depth of processing and recognition in an emotional memory task. Human Brain Mapping, 37, 924-932

Maillart-Gysin, A., Schwab, S., Soravia, L.M., Michel, K. (2016). A Novel Brief Therapy for Patients Who Attempt Suicide: The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) A 24-months follow-up randomized controlled study. PLoS Med, 13(3): e1001968.

Giezendanner, S., Fisler, M.S., Soravia, L.M., Andreotti, A., Walther, S., Wiest, R., Dierks, T., Federspiel, A. (2016). Microstructure and Cerebral Blood Flow within White Matter of the Human Brain: A TBSS Analysis. PLoS ONE, 11, e0150657

Soravia, L. M., Orosz, A., Schwab, S., Nakataki, M., Wiest, R., & Federspiel, A. (2016). CBT reduces CBF: cognitive-behavioral therapy reduces cerebral blood flow in fear‐relevant brain regions in spider phobia. Brain and Behavior.

Rihm, J. S., Sollberger, S. B., Soravia, L. M., & Rasch, B. (2016). Re-presentation of Olfactory Exposure Therapy Success Cues during Non-Rapid Eye Movement Sleep did not Increase Therapy Outcome but Increased Sleep Spindles. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 340.

Gysin-Maillart, A.C., Soravia, L.M., Gemperli, A., Michel, K. (2017). Suicide ideation is related to therapeutic alliance in a brief therapy for attempted suicide. Archives of suicide research 21, 113-126.

Nakataki, M., Soravia, L. M., Schwab, S., Horn, H., Dierks, T., Strik, W., ... & Morishima, Y. (2017). Glucocorticoid Administration Improves Aberrant Fear-Processing Networks in Spider Phobia. Neuropsychopharmacology, 42(2), 485-494.

Soravia, L.M., Wopfner, A., Pfiffner, L., Bétrisey, S., Moggi, F., 2017. Symptom-Triggered Detoxification Using the Alcohol-Withdrawal-Scale Reduces Risks and Healthcare Costs. Alcohol and alcoholism, 53, 71-77.

Soravia, L.M., Moggi, F., Thayer, J., Bartlome, F., Stein, M., Messerli, N. (in prep.). Craving mediates heart rate variability and predicts relapse in patients with alcohol use disorder attending residential treatment.



Soravia, L. M. (2005). Effects of Cortisone Treatment in Social Anxiety Disorder. Göttingen: Cuvillier.

Soravia, L. M., Barth, J. (2008). Cognitive-behavioural therapy, p. 175-185. In Colin R. Martin (Ed.) 'Identification and treatment of alcohol dependency'. M&K Update Ltd.

Soravia, L.M., de Quervain, D. J.-F. (2012). Cortisol, p. 109-122. In Stefan Hofmann (Ed.) ‘Psychobiological Approaches for Anxiety Disorders: Treatment Combination Strategies’. Wiley-Blackwell

Soravia, L. M., Allemann, P. (2014). Was bietet die Spezialklinik den
Suchtpatienten? Therapeutische Umschau 2014; 71 (10): DOI 10.1024/0040-5930/a000XXX