David Popovic MD

Outpatient and Study Physician



Research Focus

As a clinician, my goal is to identify psychosocial stress profiles for young adults in prodromal phases of psychotic diseases and use novel therapeutic interventions to significantly lower their risk of developing psychotic disorders. I am using multivariate models to investigate the effects of environmental risk factors and psychosocial stressors on brain morphology in prodromal patients and healthy individuals in PRONIA. The overall goal is to determine different levels of neurobiological susceptibility and resilience towards psychosocial stress. These individual traits might represent a pathway towards the onset of psychotic diseases and identifying them might yield new preventive and therapeutic interventions. 

In 2016, I started my residency at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Since October 2017 I have been a PhD candidate within the framework of the International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry within a specific funding programme for clinician scientists from the Else-Kröner-Fresenius Foundation.


  1. Papiol, S, Popovic, D, Keeser, D, Hasan, A, Schneider-Axmann, T, Degenhardt, F, Rossner, M, Bickeböller, H, Schmitt, A, Falkai, P, Malchow, B. Polygenic risk impacts the structural plasticity of hippocampal subfields during aerobic exercise combined with cognitive remediation in multi-episode schizophrenia. Translational Psychiatry. 2017 Jun 27;7(6):e1159. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.131 (IF: 5.6)
  2. Trannoy, S, Penn, J, Lucey, K, Popovic, D, Kravitz, EA. Short and long-lasting behavioral consequences of agonistic encounters between male Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016. 113(17), 4818-23 (IF: 9.7)


Telephone: 089/440052714

Email: david.popovic@med.uni-muenchen.de

PRONIA-Early Diagnosis

Hospital of the University of Munich
Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Nussbaumstraße 7
80336 München