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Dieter Wolke, Ph.D. Dr h.c. mult. Dipl-Psych (Professor)

Dieter Wolke

Highly Cited Researcher 2020


Professor (Department of Psychology and Division of Mental Health & Wellbeing (WMS))


Developmental pathways leading to developmental psychopathology, social and emotional development, biological at risk children (very preterm children), school and sibling bullying, infant regulatory problems (crying, feeding, sleeping) and parenting.

I am PI/Co-PI in a number of studies including EPICure, RECAP preterm, Bayerische Entwicklungsstudie and I am a member of the Centre for Early Life.

I welcome enquiries for PhD studies in the above topics. Please look for further details on my research and work on my personal web page.

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Representative Publications:

  • Bilgin, A., Baumann, N., Jaekel, J., Breeman, L. D., Bartmann, P., Bäuml, J. G, Avram, M., Sorg, C., Wolke, D. (2020). Early Crying, Sleeping, and Feeding Problems and Trajectories of Attention Problems from Childhood to Adulthood. Child Development, Vol 91 (1), e77-e91.
  • Bilgin, A., & Wolke, D. (2020). Parental use of ‘cry it out’ in infants: no adverse effects on attachment and behavioural development at 18 months. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(11), 1184-1193. doi:
  • Dantchev, S., & Wolke, D. (2019). Trouble in the nest: Antecedents of sibling bullying victimization and perpetration. Developmental Psychology, 55(5), 1059-1071. doi:
  • Dantchev, S., Hickman, M., Heron, J., Zammit, S., & Wolke, D. (2019). The Independent and Cumulative Effects of Sibling and Peer Bullying in Childhood on Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, and Self-Harm in Adulthood. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 10(651). doi:
  • Hedderich, D. M., Menegaux, A., Schmitz-Koep, B., Nuttall, R., Zimmermann, J., Schneider, S. C., Bauml, J. G., Daamen, M., Boecker, H., Wilke, M., Zimmer, C., Wolke, D., Bartmann, P., Sorg, C., Gaser, C. (2021). Increased Brain Age Gap Estimate (BrainAGE) in Young Adults After Premature Birth. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13(158). doi:
  • Ni, Y., O'Reilly, H., Johnson, S., Marlow, N., & Wolke, D. (2021 (online first)). Health-Related Quality of Life from Adolescence to Adulthood Following Extremely Preterm Birth. The Journal of Pediatrics. doi:
  • Liu, Y., Mendonça, M., Cannon, M., Jones, P. B., Lewis, G., Thompson, A., Wolke, D. (2020). Testing the Independent and Joint Contribution of Exposure to Neurodevelopmental Adversity and Childhood Trauma to Risk of Psychotic Experiences in Adulthood. Schizophrenia Bulletin. doi:
  • Menegaux, A., Meng, C., Bäuml, J. G., Berndt, M. T., Hedderich, D. M., Schmitz-Koep, B., Nuttall, R., Zimmermann, J., Daamen, M., Zimmer, C., Boecker, H., Bartmann, P., Wolke, D., Sorg, C. (2021 - online first). Aberrant cortico-thalamic structural connectivity in premature-born adults. Cortex. doi:
  • Wolke, D., Johnson, S., & Mendonça, M. (2019). The Life Course Consequences of Very Preterm Birth. Annual Review of Developmental Psychology - Volume 1, 1(1), 69-92. doi:


Supervisor to:

Yuyao Cheng (2nd Supervisor)
Elif Gönen
Ahmad Valikhain (2nd Supervisor)
Xuan Zhao