Univ. Prof. Gernot Sonneck, MD

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1970 MD, University of Vienna
1970-1976 training as MD for psychiatry and neurology
1970-1976 training as psychotherapist (individual psychology, behaviour therapy, group therapy)
1973 Crisis Intervention Center und Center for Selfdestructive Behavior Los Angeles
1976-1979 director of the outpatient clinic of the psychiatric department of the university hospital of Vienna
1977 - Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry (Research on crisis and stress)
1977-1983 deputy medical director of the Vienna Crisis Intervention Centre
1983-1999 medical director of the Vienna Crisis Intervention Centre
1983 habilitation in psychiatry
1984-1995 senior physician at the institute for medical psychology Vienna
1985-1995 secretary-general of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
1986- Training and control analyst (individual psychology)

Christa Strassmayr, MA

Christa Straßmayr
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Strassmayr, MA

Studied sociology and journalism at the Vienna University.
Further education in project management in the field of addiction prevention and as trainer and coach.

Main tasks at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry:

  • Researcher and project management
  • Research on the EU funded project REFINEMENT (7th Framework Programme) and project management of Workpackage 5: Functional and dysfunctional financial incentives in mental health care
  • Main responsible person for the EU funded projects PROMO and EUGATE

Main areas of interest and research:

  • Payment mechanisms and financial incentives in Mental Health Care
  • Mental health promotion for socially marginalised people
  • Migration & health
  • Coping, health seeking and help seeking behaviour in case of mental disorders

Gisela Hagmair, MA

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Hagmair, MA

Research Assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry.

studied applied linguistics (focus on sociolinguistics) and Scandinavian languages.

Main tasks at the institute

  • Research assistance in the EU funded project REFINEMENT (7th Framework Program)
  • Research assistance in the pharmacists' project
  • Currently main researcher for the EU funded project ITHACA


Main areas of interest are

  • human rights in mental health institutions
  • provision of mental health care