Hedwig did her PhD in Psychology as well as her training as clinical psychologist at the University of Wurzburg (Germany). After a post-doc at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Regensburg and a postdoc in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, she started her Affective and Criminal Neuroscience Lab (afcrinLab) at the University of Southampton. In 2018 she joined Victoria University of Wellington. Her lab investigates how humans process emotional information and how this processing influences interpersonal behaviour such as aggression and other antisocial behaviour. Her research uses psychophysiological methods and behavioural tasks to investigate these processes and how they relate to psychopathic personality.