Gerald Ulrich, MD Biography

Professor Gerald Ulrich, MDGerald Ulrich, MD was born on June 13, 1943 in Eger, Bohemia (former Austro-Hungary). He is a retired professor from Charité University Medicine in Berlin, Germany (The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin). He is a highly published author on the subjects of psychiatry and electroencephalography (EEG). Dr. Ulrich has authored several books as well as published about 200 articles in international journals.

As a child, Dr. Ulrich was expelled to Bavaria in 1946 after World War II, which was then an American occupation zone, by the Czechs who formed the majority in the multi-ethnic Bohemia. He went on to complete his schooling and secondary education in Bavaria with the latter part of his education completed partially in the Monastery school of the congregation of Benedictines in Metten.

Dr. Ulrich entered medical school in 1962. He studied medicine with the medical faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen (Frankonia). His training at Friedrich-Alexander University was further supplemented with an audit in Psychology and Philosophy. He received his University degree in medicine in 1968. From 1968 to 1970, he completed an optional two years training period as a country practitioner in order to complete practical medical skills.

In 1971, Dr. Ulrich started his training in neurology and psychiatry at the medical school of the University of Erlangen. He authored a doctoral dissertation in neurology on the topic of facial palsy, which was completed in 1973. During this time, Dr. Ulrich also spent much time involved in scientific work in the neurophysiological laboratory. He wrote many scientific articles with an emphasis on clinical neuropsychology and psychophysiology. In 1975, Dr. Ulrich and his mentor and teacher Dieter Bente moved from University of Erlangen to the Free University of Berlin in order to complete his residency as a neuropsychiatrist. Thereafter, he was appointed as a consultant in neurology and psychiatry at the Free University of Berlin. During this time, Dr. Ulrich also spent much time involved in scientific work in the neurophysiological laboratory. Eventually, the EEG became his preferred investigative tool.

In 1981, Dr. Ulrich completed the Monograph: Videoanalyse Depressiver Verhaltensaspekte (Stuttgart). In this postdoctoral qualification with a psychiatric topic, he showed that the clinical course (decrease or increase) of the depressive syndrome may be quantitatively objectified by means of the video analysis of non-verbal behavior in a semi-standardized interview situation.

After the death of Bente in 1983, Dr. Ulrich became Acting Director of the Psychophysiological Research Lab and a neuro- and psycho-physiological consultant within the departments of Clinical Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry, Neurology, Epileptology, Gerontopsychiatrie, Child- and Adolescent Psychiatrie and Neurology, and Psychotherapy in the Free University of Berlin.

In 1989, he was appointed as a Full Professor of Psychiatry with focus on psychophysiology at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin (the former Free University of Berlin).

Dr. Ulrich was awarded with the international, highly prestigious Dr. Margrit Egnér – Prize (Zuerich, Switzerland) “for his efforts of sustained stressing the importance of epistemological fundamentals being the requirement for the continued existence of psychiatry as an autonomous field” in 2007.

Dr. Ulrich retired from his professorship in 2008, but he continues to work in private practice, lecturing, and scientific publishing.

Major Publications

The Theoretical Interpretation of Electroencephalography (EEG): The Important Role of Spontaneous Resting EEG and Vigilance.

Psychiatrische Elektroenzephalographie (Jena, 1994).
(Translated title – Psychiatric Electroencephalography). This book was avowed in German speaking countries. Psychiatrische Elektroenzephalographie was also referred to by Hans Berger, Professor of Psychiatry at the Psychiatric University Clinic, Jena. Berger discovered the EEG during the 1920’s as a central tool for psychiatric research – a fact which passed out of mind over time.

Biomedizin: Die folgenschweren Wandlungen des Biologiebegriffs (Schattauer, Stuttgart – New York, 1997).
(Translated title – Biological Medicine: The Far-Reaching Consequences of “Biology”).

QUEIDA: Quantitative Electroencephalographic Ipsative Difference Assessment (Hamburg, 2001).

Das Spontane Ruhe-EEG: Die psychophysiologische Basis der Psychiatrie – Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunftsperspektiven (Würzburg, 2012).

Dr. Gerald Ulrich also has written about 200 publications which have appeared in various international journals.