Andreas Heinz completed his PhD in 1988 on the subject of “Regression in Schizophrenics – a Pathogenetic Term Undergoing Historic Change” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Viefhues at the Institute for Social Medicine, Ruhr-University in Bochum, earning the title magna cum laude. In the same year, he received his license from the Berlin Medical Association. He then went on to complete specialist training in Neurology at the University Clinic for Neurology, at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, under Prof. Dr. Przuntek.
From 1988 to 1994, Andreas Heinz studied philosophy at the Free University of Berlin and at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, earning the title Magister Artium. Following this he studied anthropology, also at the Free University of Berlin and at the Howard University in Washington DC, until 1997. In 1995, he simultaneously ended his specialist training in psychiatry, at the Psychiatric Clinic and Polyclinic of the Free University of Berlin, under Prof. Dr. H. Helmchen. His philosophical dissertation on the subject of “The Notion of Mental Illness” was finished in 2014 under Prof. Krüger at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Potsdam, earning the title of summa cum laude.
From 1997 to 1998, he was chief consultant at the University Clinic for Neurology at the Ruhr-University in Bochum (Medical Director: Prof. Dr. Przuntek) and in 1998 qualified in Psychiatry at the Free University of Berlin under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Helmchen, on the subject of “The Dopaminergic Reinforcement System – Its Function, Connection to other Neurotransmitter Systems and Pathopsychological Correlates”.
From 1998 to 1999, he received an exemption in order to continue his education in Social Medicine and to establish the Neurological Clinic at Feldberg/MV in the role of Senior Consultant (Medical Director: Prof. Dr. Przuntek). In 2000, he was summoned to the C3 professorship for for addiction research at the University of Heidelberg. He was leading chief consultant of the Clinic for Dependent Behaviour and Addiction Medicine (Medical Director: Prof. Dr. Mann) from 1999 to 2002.
Since 2002, Prof. Heinz has been the Director of the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Charité University Clinic, Campus Mitte in Berlin.
His focal subjects: neurobiological correlates of mental disorders, medical anthropology, transcultural psychiatry, schizophrenia, and dependency-related conditions.