Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hiller

Wolfgang Hiller, Ph.D.

  • Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

  • Director, Postgradual Training Program for Behavior Therapy and Behavioral Medicine
  • Director, University Outpatient Clinic for Psychotherapy
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Vice-President, German Society of Behavioral Medicine

Contact:

Email: hiller@mail.uni-mainz.de
Phone: (0049) 6131 - 39 39200
Fax: (0049) 6131 -39 39102

Deutsch
English

Office Address:

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Psychological Institut University of Mainz
Staudingerweg 9
D-55099 Mainz, Germany

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistent, Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, 1984 - 1990
  • Senior Clinical Psychologist and Research Coordinator, Roseneck Center for Behavioral Medicine, Prien, Germany, 1990 - 1998
  • Lecturer, University of Salzburg, Austria, 1994 - 98
  • Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Mainz, Germany, since 1998

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Psychopathology, diagnosis and differential diagnosis (DSM-IV, ICD-10)
  • Development of interview and self-assessment techniques
  • Diagnosis and treatment of somatoform disorders and hypochondriasis
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic tinnitus
  • Behavioral medicine research and treatment
  • Psychotherapy research
  • Quality assurance and quality management of psychotherapeutic treatments

Publications

Katzer, A., Oberfeld, D., Hiller, W., Gerlach, A.L., Witthöft, M. (2012). Tactile perceptual processes and their relationship to somatoform disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 530-543.

Hiller, W., Schindler, A.C., Lambert, M.J. (2012). Defining response and remission in psychotherapy research: A comparison of the RCI and the method of percent improvement. Psychotherapy Research, 22, 1-11.

Steinbrecher, N., Hiller, W. (2011). Course and prediction of somatoform disorder and medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. General Hospital Psychiatry, 33, 318-326.

Schlee, W., Kleinjung, T., Hiller, W., Goebel, G., Kolassa, I.-T., Langguth, B. (2011). Does tinnitus distress depend on age of onset? PLoS ONE, 6, e27379.

Schindler, A., Hiller, W., Witthöft, M. (2011). Benchmarking of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression in efficacy and effectiveness studies - How do exclusion criteria affect treatment outcome? Psychotherapy Research, 21, 644-657.

Katzer, A., Oberfeld, D., Hiller, W., Witthöft, M. (2011). Tactile perceptual processes and their relationship to medically unexplained symptoms and health anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 335-341.

Rühl, I., Legenbauer, T., Hiller, W. (2011). The impact of exposure to images of ideally thin models in TV commercials on eating behaviors: An experimental study with women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. Body Image, 8, 349-356.

Körber, S., Frieser, D., Steinbrecher, N., Hiller, W. (2011). Classification characteristics of the Patient Health Questionnaire-15 for screening somatoform disorders in a primary care setting. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 142-147.

Weck, F., Bleichhardt, G., Witthöft, M., Hiller, W. (2011). Explicit and implicit anxiety: differences between patients with hypochondriasis, patients with anxiety disorders, and healthy controls. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 317-325.

Steinbrecher, N., Koerber, S., Frieser, D., Hiller, W. (2011). The prevalence of medically unex-plained symptoms in primary care. Psychosomatics, 52, 263-271.

Hampel, S., Weis, S., Hiller, W., Witthöft, M. (2011). The relations between social anxiety and social intelligence: A latent variable analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 545-553

Gamer, M., Hecht, H., Seipp, N., Hiller, W. (2011). Who is looking at me? The cone of gaze widens in social phobia. Cognition & Emotion, 25, 756-764.

Legenbauer, T., Schütt-Strömel, S., Hiller, W., Vocks, S. (2011). Predictors of improved eating behaviour following body image therapy: a pilot study. European Eating Disorders Review, 19, 129-137.

Kleinstäuber, M., Witthöft, M., Hiller, W. (2010). Efficacy of short-term psychotherapy for multiple medically unexplained physical symptoms: a meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 146-160.

Legenbauer, T., Maul, B., Rühl, I., Kleinstäuber, M., Hiller, W. (2010). Memory bias for schema-related stimuli in individuals with bulimia nervosa. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 302-316.

Weck, F., Bleichhardt, G., Hiller, W. (2010). Screening for hypochondriasis with the Illness Attitude Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 260-268.

Witthöft, M., Hiller, W. (2010). Psychological approaches to origins and treatments of somatoform disorders. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 257-283

Hiller, W., Cebulla, M., Korn, H.-J., Leibbrand, R., Röers, B., Nilges, P. (2010). Causal symptom attributions in somatoform disorder and chronic pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 68, 9-19.

Weck, F., Bleichhardt, G., Hiller, W. (2009). The factor structure of the Illness Attitude Scales in a German population. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 16, 164-171.

Legenbauer, T., Vocks, S., Schäfer, C., Schütt-Strömel, S., Hiller, W., Wagner, C., Vögele, C. (2009). Preference for attractiveness and thinness in a partner: Influence of internalisation of the thin ideal and shape/weight dissatisfaction in heterosexual women, heterosexual men, lesbians, and gay men. Body Image, 6, 228-234.

Leichsenring, F., Hoyer, J., Beutel, M., Herpertz, S., Hiller, W., Irle, E., Joraschky, P., König, H.H., de Liz, T.M., Nolting, B., Pöhlmann, K., Salzer, S., Schauenburg, H., Stangier, U., Strauss, B., Subic-Wrana, C., Vormfelde, S., Weniger, G., Willutzki, U., Wiltink, J., Leibing, E. (2009). The Social Phobia Psychotherapy Research Network. The first multicenter randomized controlled trial of psychotherapy for social phobia: Rationale, methods and patient characteristics. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 78, 35-41.

Bleichhardt, G., Hiller, W. (2007). Hypochondriasis and health anxiety in the German population. British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 511-523.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G. (2007). When tinnitus loudness and annoyance are discrepant: Audiological characteristics and psychological profile. Audiology & Neurotology, 12, 391-400.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G. (2006). Factors influencing tinnitus loudness and annoyance. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 132, 1323-1330.

Leichsenring, F., Hiller, W., Weissberg, M., Leibing, E. (2006). Cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy: techniques, efficacy, and indications. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 60, 233-259.

Hiller, W., Rief, W. Brähler, E. (2006). Somatization in the population: From mild bodily misperceptions to disabling symptoms. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 41, 704-712.

Hiller, W. (2006). Don’t change a winning horse. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60, 345-347.

Hiller, W., Nilges, P. (2005). Does the somatoform disorder approach broaden our perspectives in pain? In: Maj, M., Akiskal, H.S., Mezzich, J.E., Okasha, A. (Eds.). Somatoform Disorders. WPA Series Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry, pp. 114-117. Chichester: Wiley.

Hiller, W., Haerkötter, C. (2005). Does sound stimulation have additive effects on cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic tinnitus? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 595-612.

Hiller, W., Rief, W. (2005). Why DSM-III was right to introduce the concept of somatoform disorders (Perspectives). Psychosomatics, 46, 105-108.

Hiller, W. , Leibbrand, R., Rief, W. Fichter, M.M. (2005). Differentiating hypochondriasis from panic disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 19, 29-49.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G. (2004). Rapid assessment of tinnitus-related psychological distress using the Mini-TQ. International Journal of Audiology, 43, 600-604.

Hiller, W. , Fichter, M.M. (2004). High-utilizers of medical care. A crucial subgroup among somatizing patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research , 56, 437-443.

Rief, W., Hiller, W. (2003). A new approach to the assessment of the treatment effects of somatoform disorders. Psychosomatics , 44, 492-498.

Leibbrand, R., Hiller, W. (2003). Cognitive behavior therapy for functional gastrointestinal disorders: is group treatment effective? Acta Neuropsychiatrica , 15, 242-248.

Hiller, W. , Janca, A. (2003). Assessment of somatoform disorders: a review of strategies and instruments. Acta Neuropsychiatrica , 15, 167-179.

Hiller, W., Fichter, M.M., Rief, W. (2003). A controlled treatment study of somatoform disorders including analysis of health care utilization and cost-effectiveness. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 54, 369-380.

Hiller, W. , Leibbrand, R. Rief, W. Fichter , M.M. (2002). Predictors of course and outcome in hypochondriasis after cognitive-behavioral treatment. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics , 71, 318-325.

Leibbrand, R., Hiller, W. (2002). Functional gastrointestinal disorders: cognitive-behaviour treatment. Current Opinion in Psychiatry , 15, 649-652.

Leibbrand, R., Cuntz, U., Hiller, W. (2002). Assessment of functional gastrointestinal disorders using the Gastro-Questionnaire. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine , 9, 155-172.

Hiller, W. , Rief, W. Fichter, M.M. (2002). Dimensional and categorical approaches to hypochondriasis. Psychological Medicine , 32, 707-718.

Hiller, W. , Cuntz, U., Rief, W., Fichter, M.M. (2001). Searching for a gastrointestinal subgroup within the somatoform disorders. Psychosomatics , 42, 14-20.

Kroener-Herwig, B., Biesinger, E., Gerhards, F., Goebel, G., Greimel, K.V., Hiller, W. (2000). Retraining therapy for chronic tinnitus. A critical analysis of its status. Scandinavian Audiology , 29, 67-78.

Hiller, W. , Heuser, J., Fichter, M.M. (2000). The DSM-IV nosology of chronic pain: a comparison of pain disorder and multiple somatization syndrome. European Journal of Pain , 4, 45-55.

Leibbrand, R., Hiller, W. , Fichter, M.M. (2000). Hypochondriasis and somatization: two distinct aspects of somatoform disorders? Journal of Clinical Psychology , 56, 63-72.

Hiller, W. , Goebel, G. (1999). Assessing audiological, pathophysiological and psychological variables in chronic tinnitus: a study of reliability and search for prognostic factors. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine , 6, 312-330.

Leibbrand, R., Hiller, W. , Fichter, M.M. (1999). Influence of personality disorders on therapy outcome in somatoform disorders at 2-year follow-up. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease , 187, 509-512.

Goebel, G., Hiller, W. (1999). Quality management in the therapy of chronic tinnitus. In: Hazell, J. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Tinnitus Seminar , pp. 357-363. London : The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre.

Goebel, G., Rübler, D., Stepputat, F., Hiller, W. , Heuser, J., Fichter, M.M. (1999). Controlled prospective study of tinnitus retraining therapy compared to tinnitus coping therapy and broad-band noise generator therapy. In: Hazell, J. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Tinnitus Seminar , pp. 302-306. London : The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre.

Haerkötter, C., Hiller, W. (1999). Combining elements of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy: does it work? In: Hazell, J. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Tinnitus Seminar , pp. 399-402. London : The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre.

Hiller, W. , Goebel, G., Svitak, M., Schätz, M., Janca, A. (1999). Association between tinnitus and the diagnostic concept of somatoform disorders. In: Hazell, J. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Tinnitus Seminar , pp. 373-377. London : The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre.

Hiller, W. , Goebel, G., Schindelmann, U. (1999). Developing a structured interview to assess audiological, aetiological and psychological variables of tinnitus. In: Hazell, J. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Sixth International Tinnitus Seminar , pp. 277-282. London : The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Centre.

Leibbrand, R., Hiller, W. , Fichter, M.M. (1999). Effect of comorbid anxiety, depressive, and personality disorders on treatment outcome of somatoform disorders. Comprehensive Psychiatry , 40, 203-209.

Rief, W., Hiller, W. (1999). Toward empirically based criteria for the classification of somatoform disorders. Journal of Psychosomatic Research , 46, 507-518.

Rief, W., Hiller, W. (1999). The psychological treatment of somatoform disorders. In: Ono, Y., Janca, A., Asai, M., Sartorius, N. (Eds.). Somatoform Disorders. A Worldwide Perspective, pp. 212-217. Tokyo: Springer.

Hiller, W., Rief, W. (1999). Psychotherapy of somatoform disorders. In: Ono, Y., Janca, A., Asai, M., Sartorius, N. (Eds.). Somatoform Disorders. A Worldwide Perspective, pp. 205-211. Tokyo: Springer.

Rief, W., Hiller, W. , Margraf, J. (1998). Cognitive aspects of hypochondriasis and the somatization syndrome. Journal of Abnormal Psychology , 107, 587-595.

Rief, W., Hiller, W. (1998). Somatization - future perspectives on a common phenomenon (Editorial). Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 44, 529-536.

Hiller, W., Rief, W., Fichter, M.M. (1997). How disabled are patients with somatoform disorders? General Hospital Psychiatry, 19, 432-438.

Hiller, W., Janca, A., Burke, K.C. (1997). Association between tinnitus and somatoform disorders. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 43, 613-624.

Rief, W., Heuser, J., Mayrhuber, E., Stelzer, I., Hiller, W., Fichter, M.M. (1996). The classification of multiple somatoform symptoms. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 184, 680-687.

Hiller, W., Zaudig, M., Mombour, W. (1996). IDCL - International Diagnostic Checklists for ICD-10 und DSM-IV (Manual and 32 checklists as part of the WHO ICD-10-Checklists package). Seattle: Hogrefe and Huber Publishers.

Goebel, G., Hiller, W. (1996). Effects and predictors of a psychotherapeutic inpatient treatment for chronic tinnitus. In: Reich, G.E., Vernon, J.A. (Eds.). Proceedings of the Fifth International Tinnitus Seminar, pp. 568-574. Portland, Oregon: American Tinnitus Association.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G. (1996). The reliability and validity of self-rated psychological complaints in chronic tinnitus. In: Reich, G.E., Vernon, J.A. (Eds.). Proceedings of the Fifth International Tinnitus Seminar, pp. 583-584. Portland, Oregon: American Tinnitus Association.

Janca, A., Hiller, W. (1996). ICD-10 checklists - a tool for clinicians’ use of the ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioral disorders. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 37, 180-187.

Hiller, W. (1995). Diagnosis and methodology. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 8, 391-394.

Rief, W., Hiller, W., Geissner, E., Fichter, M.M. (1995). A two-year follow-up study of patients with somatoform disorders. Psychosomatics, 36, 376-386.

Rief, W., Hiller, W., Fichter, M.M. (1995). Somatoform symptoms in depressive and panic syndromes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2, 51-65.

Hiller, W., Rief, W., Fichter, M.M. (1995). Further evidence for a broader concept of somatization disorder using the Somatic Symptom Index. Psychosomatics, 36, 285-294.

Hiller, W., Dichtl, G., Hecht, H., Hundt, W., von Zerssen, D. (1994). Testing the comparability of psychiatric diagnoses between ICD-10 and DSM-III-R. Psychopathology, 27, 19-28.

Hiller, W., Dichtl, G., Hecht, H., Hundt, W., Mombour, M., von Zerssen, D. (1994). Evaluating the new ICD-10 categories of depressive episode and recurrent depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 31, 49-60.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G., Rief, W. (1994). Reliability of self-rated tinnitus distress and association with psychological symptom patterns. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 33, 231-239.

Hiller, W., Zaudig, M., Mombour, W., Bronisch, T. (1993). Routine psychiatric examinations guided by ICD-10 diagnostic checklists (International Diagnostic Checklists). European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 242, 218-223.

Hiller, W., Dichtl, G., Hecht, H., Hundt, W., von Zerssen, D. (1993). An empirical comparison of diagnoses and reliabilities in ICD-10 and DSM-III-R. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 242, 209-217.

Bronisch, T., Garcia-Borreguero, D., Flett, S., Wolf, R., Hiller, W. (1992). The Munich Diagnostic Checklists for the assessment of DSM-III-R personality disorders for use in routine clinical care and research. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 242, 77-81.

Goebel, G., Hiller, W., Frühauf, K., Fichter, M.M. (1992). Effects of in-patient multimodal behavioral treatment on complex chronic tinnitus. In: Aran, J.-M., Dauman, R. (Eds). Tinnitus 91 - Proceedings of the Fourth International Tinnitus Seminar, Bordeaux, pp. 465-470. Amsterdam: Kugler.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G. (1992). Psychiatric disorders in patients with tinnitus and chronic pain syndromes. In: Aran, J.-M., Dauman, R. (Eds). Tinnitus 91 - Proceedings of the Fourth International Tinnitus Seminar, Bordeaux, pp. 441-444. Amsterdam: Kugler.

Rief, W., Schaefer, S., Hiller, W., Fichter, M.M. (1992). Lifetime diagnoses in patients with somatoform disorders: which came first ? European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 241, 236-240.

Hiller, W., Goebel, G. (1992). A psychometric study of complaints in chronic tinnitus. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 36, 337-348.

Zaudig, M., Mittelhammer, J., Hiller, W., Pauls, A., Thora, C., Morinigo, A., Mombour, W. (1991). SIDAM - a structured interview for the diagnosis of dementia of the Alzheimer type, multi-infarct dementia and dementias of other aetiology according to ICD-10 and DSM-III-R. Psychological Medicine, 21, 225-236.

Hiller, W., von Bose, M., Dichtl, G., Agerer, D. (1990). Reliability of checklist-guided diagnoses for DSM-III-R affective and anxiety disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 20, 235-247.

Hiller, W., Zaudig, M., Mombour, W. (1990). Development of diagnostic checklists for use in routine clinical care. Archives of General Psychiatry, 47, 782-784.

Hiller, W., Zaudig, M. (1989). Comorbidity of eating disorders in comparison with mood disorders. In: Schneider, L.H., Cooper, S.J., Halmi, K.A. (Eds.). The Psychobiology of Human Eating Disorders: Preclinical and Clinical Perspectives. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 575, 532-534.

Hiller, W. (1989). Alcohol dependence in ICD-9 and DSM-III-R: a comparative polydiagnostic study. European Archives of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, 239, 101-108.

Hiller, W., Mombour, W., Mittelhammer, J. (1989). A systematic evaluation of the DSM-III-R criteria of alcohol dependence. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 30, 403-415.

Hiller, W., Zaudig, M., von Bose, M., Rummler, R. (1989). Anxiety disorders: a comparison of the ICD-9 and DSM-III-R classification systems. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 79, 338-347.

Hiller, W., Zaudig, M., von Bose, M. (1989). The overlap between depression and anxiety on different levels of psychopathology. Journal of Affective Disorders, 16, 223-231.

Hiller, W., Mombour, W., Rummler, R., Mittelhammer, J. (1988). Divergence and convergence of diagnoses for depression between ICD-9 and DSM-III-R. European Archives of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, 238, 39-46.