Univ. Prof. Heinz Katschnig, MD

1968: M.D., University of Vienna
1968 ‐ 1974: Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vienna
1974: Consultant for Psychiatry and Neurology
1974 - 1975: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1974 ‐ 1976: Institute of Psychiatry, University of London
1977 to date: Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry, Vienna
1980: Assistant Professor and
1985: Full Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vienna
1991 ‐ 2007: Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,
University of Vienna (since 2004: Medical University of Vienna)

Research fields
Social Psychiatry, Life Events, Health Services Research, Quality of Life, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia and the family

Scientific publications
over 400 publications, editor of several books, among others: "Life Events and Psychiatric Disorders ‐ Controversial Issues", Cambridge University Press, 1986; "Die andere Seite der Schizophrenie ‐ Patienten zu Hause" (The Other Side of Schizophrenia ‐ Patients at Home) (three editions); "Quality of Life in Mental Disorders" (with H. Freeman and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Chichester New York 1997 (translated into Japanese, Italian and Spanish), second edition 2006 (translated into Italian 2011)

Editor and advisory board member of scientific journals
Editor of "Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology"
Member of Advisory Board "International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research"
Member of Advisory Board "World Psychiatry"
Member of Advisory Board "Neuropsychiatrie"

International organizations
WHO‐EURO: National Counterpart for Mental Health for Austria
WHO‐EURO: Senior Advisor for the EURO Mental Health program (2011 ‐ present)
WHO‐EURO: Designing and contributing to the report “Policies and practices for mental health in Europe ‐ meeting the challenges” (2007‐2008)
WHO‐HQ: Contributing to the mental health atlas (2010‐2011)
WHO‐HQ: ICD‐11 ‐ Corresponding member of the working group on “Anxiety and Depression” (2011‐2013)
European Commission: Member of the Working Party for Mental Health (until 2007)
European Commission: Peer Assessment Mission: Human Rights in Psychiatric Institutions in Romania (2006)
European Commission: Twinning project on deinstitutionalization of mental health care in Romania (2007‐2009)
Council of Europe: Protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder (2006‐2008)
Member of the World Association of Psychiatry (WPA) Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry
Member of the World Association of Psychiatry (WPA) Section on Epidemiology & Public Health
Member of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Stigma and Mental Health
Member of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Section on Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry


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List of Publications Prof. Katschnig, October 2012.pdf171.53 KB

Gabriele Niedermayer, MA

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Administration, Office Management

Studied LIS (Library and Information Science) at the university of applied sciences in Eisenstadt.

Tasks at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut for Social Psychiatry:

  • Office Management
  • Literature research and analyses for research projects


Gisela 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



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List of Publications Gisela Hagmair, MA.pdf7.52 KB

Christa 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
Christa Straßmayr
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List of Publications Straßmayr_11 2 2014.pdf67.76 KB

Univ. Prof. Michaela Amering, MD

Academic Training
1980: University entrance level
1987: Graduation Dr. med., University of Vienna
1994: Specialist qualification "psychiatry and neurology"
1998: Diploma Psychotherapeutic Medicine
1999: Habilitation "The Social Psychiatry of Panic Disorder"

Clinical Activities
1988 - 1994: Residency at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vienna
1994 - 1999: Psychiatrist in charge at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vienna (Focus Day Hospital)
2000 - 2001: Consultant psychiatrist with North Birmingham Mental Health Trust, Birmingham, UK - Home Treatment and Assertive Outreach - 12 months
2003 - 2007: Psychiatrist in charge of unit for "Integrative treatment of psychotic disorders" at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, MUW - (in-patient, out-patient, day care)
2007-2009: Research Visit University of London, UK
since 2009: Psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, MUW - (in-patient, out-patient, day care)

Engagements Abroad
1985 (1 month): McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - undergraduate internship
2000 - 2001 (18 months): Consultant and Research Psychiatrist North Birmingham Mental Health Trust, Birmingham, UK
2001 - 2002 (18 months): NYU research fellow: Qualitative research project at Nathan Kline Institute, New York: "Informed Consumers' Decisions to Use or Decline Psychiatric advance Directives (PAD) in New York State"
2007-2009: Research Visit University of London, UK - Qualitative and quantitative methods for research into change processes in Trialogue and new forms of therapeutic relationships

Actual Functions in Scientific and Professional Associations
Secretary of sections
- "Public Policy and Psychiatry" - WPA (World Psychiatric Association)
- "Women's Mental Health" - EPA (European Psychiatric Association)
Internal Auditor 2009 - EPA (European Psychiatric Association)
Co-chair of Public Health Component - WPA (World Psychiatric Association) - Institutional Program on Psychiatry for the Person
Small Grant Selection Committee member - Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AIMHP), Geneva
Board Member of the Österreichische Schizophreniegesellschaft

Member of the International Network for Training, Education and Research into Hearing Voices (INTERVOICE)
Member of ÖGPP (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie)
AG "Außerstationäre Einrichtungen" ÖGPP
AG "Ambulante Psychotherapie" ÖGPP

Editorial Board
Editorial Advisory Board - Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Editor Reihe Basiswissen, Psychiatrie-Verlag, Bonn

Archives of General Psychiatry
British Journal of Psychiatry
Psychiatrische Praxis
International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice (IJPCP)
Journal für Neurologie, Neurochirurgie und Psychiatrie (JNNP)
Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing House
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at the South London and Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences (EPS)

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List of Publications Prof. Amering.pdf27.89 KB

Univ. Prof. Gernot Sonneck, MD

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)
1991 approval as clinical and health psychologist and as a psychotherapist (individual psychology)
1991-1995 provisional head of the institute for medical psychology
1995-1999 member of the Austrian National Institute of Health (OSR)
1996-2010 University professor for medical psychology and head of the institute for medical psychology at the medical faculty
1999-2012 Chairperson of the Crisis Intervention Centre Association



e. g. Stengel Award, Scientific Award of Vienna, Recognition Award for medicine from Lower Austria, Hans Rost Award, other awards (Sandoz-Research award, Theodor Körner Award, Special award to the Theodor Billroth Award, Pharmig Award)


Member of scientific board of following journals

  • Crisis 
  • Archives of Suicide Research
  • Psychotherapieforum
  • Psychologie in der Medizin
  • Studies on Aggressiveness and Suicide
  • Neuropsychiatrie
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Sonneck List of Publications 2007 - 03 2012.pdf91.16 KB