Heinz Katschnig, MD, PhD

Heinz Katschnig, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry of the Medical University of Vienna, where he was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy from 1991 to 2007.

From 1978 to 2014 he was Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry in Vienna. He has a longstanding research record, on, among others, the topics of health services research, epidemiology, public health, quality of life and life change events with a focus on mental health and physical comorbidity. He was work package leader of several EU-funded projects (e.g. ITHACA, REFINEMENT, CEPHOS-LINK) and of the Austrian COMET project DEXHELPP.

From 2007 to 2009 he lived in Bucharest as coordinator of the European Commission’s Twinning Project Support for the Development of Community Mental Health Services and the De-institutionalization of Persons with Mental Disorders. His list of publications comprises more than 400 items, including several books published in German and English (some translated into Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Japanese).

He was and is member of national (e.g. Advisory Board for Mental Health of the Austrian Ministry of Health), and international committees (WHO, European Commission, World Psychiatric Association) related to mental health policy and planning.