Center for Public Mental Health

Mission of the Center

The center was founded in 2007 as non-profit organization. It is devoted to mental health research applying theories and methods derived from social sciences. Main research areas are public attitudes about mental disorders and social epidemiology of mental health problems. Attitude research focuses on public perception of mental illnesses and those afflicted, variation of attitudes over time and across different cultures, and mechanisms involved in stigma and discrimination. Epidemiological research includes estimating the prevalence of common mental disorders and assessing their correlates, such as risk factors, social consequences and patterns of and barriers to service use. Results of both may help strengthen the scientific foundation of interventions aimed at improving public mental health and increasing social acceptance of mentally ill people.


Director

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Angermeyer


Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Anita Holzinger MPH (President)

PD Dr. Leopold Gutjahr

Dr. Elisabeth Haubenstock

In addition, within the framework of the WHO World Mental Health initiative the center is collaborating with research centers in over 28 countries around the world.

The program "Scholar in Residence" provides researchers the opportunity to both working in an inspiring environment and enjoying the quality of life on the countryside in Lower Austria. Up to now, the following researchers participated in the program:


2017

Dr. Herbert Matschinger (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Prof. Georg Schomerus (University of Greifswald, Germany)

2016

Prof. Bruce G. Link, Prof. Jo Phelan (University of California Riverside, U.S.A.)

Prof. Mauro Carta ( University of Cagliari, Italy)

Dr. Maria F. Moro (Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.)

Prof. Georg Schomerus (University of Greifswald, Germany)

Prof. Hans Förstl (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

Prof. Thomas Becker (University of Ulm, Germany)

Dr. Herbert Matschinger (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Prof. Steffi G. Riedel-Heller (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Dr. Dietrich Klusmann (University of Hamburg, Germany)

2015

Dr. Georg Schomerus (University of Greifswald, Germany)

2014

Dr. Herbert Matschinger (University of Leipzig, Germany) 
Dr. Dietrich Klusmann (University of Hamburg, Germany)

2013

Dr. Dietrich Klusmann (University of Hamburg, Germany)

2012

Dr. Herbert Matschinger (University of Leipzig, Germany)

2011

Prof. Bruce G. Link, Prof. Jo Phelan (Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.) 
Prof. Mauro G. Carta (University of Cagliari, Italy)

2010

Dr. Georg Schomerus (University of Greifswald, Germany)


Professor Matthias C. Angermeyer, director of the Center for Public Mental Health, has been listed as one of the top international researchers in the Thomson Reuters “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” 2014 report. In the category Psychiatry/Psychology, Professor Angermeyer has been ranked as one of the 100 most frequently cited researchers worldwide.

Again in 2016 and 2017, Professor Angermeyer has been named a Highly Cited Researcher. His papers ranked among the top 1% most cited works for their subject field and year of publication.

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