Birgit Kleim is a clinical psychological scientist, trained at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she received her MSc. (2003). She later earned a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, UK (2006). She also received training as a psychological psychotherapist at the Maudsley Hospital in London, UK, where she received her licence to practice in 2009. Until 2014, she has been a clinical research scienctist at the Dept of Psychology at the University of Basel and Zurich. Since 2014, she is heading the Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Zurich.