Roberto Goya-Maldonado

Systems Neuroscience and Imaging in Psychiatry Lab
University Medical Center Göttingen



Research Interests


  • Multimodal investigation of neural networks
  • Response to pharmacological treatments
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Development of biomarkers for differential diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders



Education and Employment

2016 - Research Group Leader, University Medical Center, Göttingen
2012 - 2015Post-doc position at the University Medical Center, Göttingen
2010 - 2012Post-doc position at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich
2010Dr. med. (University of Heidelberg)



Selected honours and awards

2015BMBF Research Group Leader in Systems Neuroscience
2014UMG Forschungsförderungsprogramm Startförderung
2008 DAAD Stipendien- und Betreuungsprogramm (STIBET)
2005 DAAD Research Scholarship for Medical Specialization (fMRI)


Selected publications

Schmaal L, Veltman DJ, van Erp TGM, Sämann PG, Frodl T, Jahanshad N, Loehrer E, Tiemeier H, Hofman A, Niessen WJ, Vernooij MW, Arfan Ikram M, Wittfeld K, Grabe HJ, Block A, Hegenscheid K, Völzke H, Hoehn D, Czisch M, Lagopoulos J, Hatton SN, Hickie IB, Goya-Maldonado R, Krämer B, Gruber O, Couvy-Duchesne B, Rentería ME, Strike LT, Mills NT, de Zubicaray GI, McMahon KL, Medland SE, Martin NG, Gillespie NA, Wright MJ, Hall GB, MacQueen GM, Frey EM, Carballedo A, van Velzen LS, van Tol MJ, van der Wee NJ, Veer IM, Walter H, Schnell K, Schramm E, Normann C, Schoepf D, Konrad C, Zurowski B, Nickson T, McIntosh AM, Papmeyer M, Whalley HC, Sussmann JE, Godlewska BR, Cowen PJ, Fischer FH, Rose M, Penninx BWJH, Thompson PM, and Hibar DP. Subcortical Brain Alterations in Major Depressive Disorder: findings from the ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder Working Group. Mol Psychiatry 2016. Jun;21(6):806

Genzel L, Dresler M, Cornu M, Jäger E, Konrad B, Adamczyk M, Friess E, Steiger A, Czisch M, Goya-Maldonado R.Medial prefrontal-hippocampal connectivity and motor memory consolidation in depression and schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Jan 15;77(2):177-86.

Goya-Maldonado R, Brodmann K, Keil M, Trost S, Dechent P, Gruber O. Differentiating unipolar and bipolar depression by alterations in large-scale brain networks. Hum Brain Mapp 2016 Feb;37(2):808-18

Goya-Maldonado R, Weber K, Trost S, Diekhof E, Keil M, Dechent P, Gruber O. Dissociating pathomechanisms of depression with fMRI: Bottom-up or top-down dysfunctions of the reward system. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2015 Feb;265(1):57-66

Goya-Maldonado R, Walther S, Simon J, Stippich C, Weisbrod M, Kaiser S. Motor Impulsivity and the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Jul 30;183(1):89-91