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Curriculum Vitae - Maria McDonald (ehem. Bretzke), M. Sc.

Curriculum Vitae - Maria McDonald (ehem. Bretzke), M. Sc.

Professional Experience

Education & Training

Research Interests

  • Social learning and cognition in children

  • Language development in children

  • Developmental and psychological disorders in children and adolescents

  • Neurophysiological basis of obsessive-compulsive disorder


  • Bretzke M, Vetter N C, Kohls G, Wahl H, Roessner V, Plichta M M & Buse J: Is loss avoidance differentially rewarding in adolescents versus adults? Differences in ventral striatum and anterior insula activation during the anticipation of potential monetary losses. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-14, 2022.

  • Bretzke M, Wahl H, Plichta M M, Wolff N, Roessner V., Vetter N C & Buse J: Ventral Striatal Activation During Reward Anticipation of Different Reward Probabilities in Adolescents and Adults. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 15, 187, 2021.

  • Ruggeri A, Markant DB, Gureckis TM, Bretzke M, & Xu F: Memory enhancements from active control of learning emerge across development. Cognition, 186, 82-94, 2019.

  • Linden M, Bretzke M & Pritschow F: 

    Selbsthilfegruppen in Kombination mit therapeuten-geleiteten Psychotherapiegruppen. In: Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Selbsthilfegruppen (Hrsg.): Selbsthilfegruppenjahrbuch 2018. Eigenverlag, Gießen 2018, S. 107-112, 2018.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  • Bridgers S, Gweon H, Bretzke M, & Ruggeri A: How you learned matters: The process by which others’ learn informs young children’s decisions about whom to ask for help. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2018.

Current Responsibilities

  • REDO - Dopaminergic modulation of processing rewards and losses in children and adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder
  • PROMPt -  Primärindikative und optimierte Zuweisung zu gezielten Maßnahmen bei emotionalen und Verhaltensauffälligkeiten bei Kindern


Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus
Technische Universität Dresden
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Fetscherstraße 74, 01307 Dresden

0351 458-5950