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Working Group Genetics

AG METABOLOMICS

Working group Brain Imaging

Working group „Alexithymia“

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Working group: obesity with psychiatric disorders

Section Public Mental Health and Stigma Research

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Since 2009, our team is part of the Department of Psychiatry at Greifswald University. Our research is centered around attitudes of the general population towards mental illness, stigma and discrimination experiences of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders, and psychiatric epidemiology.

 

Section leader:

PD Dr. Georg Schomerus

 

 

Current projects:

  • WAS HILFT: Personal stigma, impending self-stigma and service use for mental disorders
    Cooperating researcher: Prof. Dr. Silke Schmidt, Greifswald.
    Funding: German Research Council (SCHO 1337/4-1)
  • Attitudes towards persons with mental illness in the general population in Germany
    Cooperating researchers: Prof. Matthias Angermeyer, Gösing am Wagram, Österreich; Dr. Herbert Matschinger, Leipzig.
    Funding: Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation (Az. 10.11.2.175)
    • Time trends of public attitudes towards persons with mental illness and acceptance of psychiatric treatment 1990 - 2011
    • The prevalence of bio-genetic causal beliefs for mental disorders among the general public and their implications for attitudes towards mental health treatment and persons with mental illness
  • DEGS1-MH data analysis projects
    Development, chronification and remission of mental disorders; Co-morbidity of mental and somatic illness
    In cooperation with the Robert-Koch-Institute
    Cooperating researchers: Dr. Ulfert Hapke, Berlin; PD Dr. Sebastian Baumeister, Regensburg
    Funding: Federal funding from the Federal Ministry for Health (BMG), Grant ID 1368-1124
  • Continuity beliefs and attitudes towards persons with mental illness: an intervention study
    Cooperating researchers: Prof. Matthias Angermeyer, Gösing am Wagram, Österreich; Prof. Bruce G. Link, New York, USA; Prof. Jo C. Phelan, New York, USA
    Funding: HELIOS-Kliniken GmbH, Grant-ID 001183
  • The stigma of substance use disorders: Self-stigma, stigma experiences and strategies for interventions.
    Cooperating researcher: Prof. Patrick W. Corrigan, Chicago

International Cooperations

  • Prof. Matthias C. Angermeyer, Universität Cagliari, Italien;
  • Prof. Patrick W. Corrigan, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA;
  • Dr. Sara Evans-Lacko, London School of Economics, London, UK;
  • Prof. Bruce G. Link, Columbia University, New York, USA;
  • Prof. Ramin Mojtabai, John’s Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA;
  • Prof. Jo C. Phelan, Columbia University, New York, USA;
  • Prof. Stefan Priebe, Queen Mary University, London;
  • Prof. Graham Thornicroft, Insitute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK;
  • Prof. David Vogel, Iowa State University, Iowa, USA

Recent publications:

  • Evans-Polce RJ, Castaldelli-Maia JM, Schomerus G, Evans-Lacko SE. The downside of tobacco control? Smoking and self-stigma: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine. 2015;145:26-34.
  • Schomerus G, Van der Auwera S, Matschinger H, Baumeister SE, Angermeyer MC. Do attitudes towards persons with mental illness worsen during the course of life? An age-period-cohort analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2015;132:357-64.
  • Schomerus G, Stolzenburg S, Angermeyer MC. Impact of the Germanwings plane crash on mental illness stigma: results from two population surveys in Germany before and after the incident. World Psychiatry 2015;14:362-3.
  • Schomerus G, Evans-Lacko S, Rusch N, Mojtabai R, Angermeyer MC, Thornicroft G. Collective levels of stigma and national suicide rates in 25 European countries. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 2015;24:166-71.
  • Speerforck S, Schomerus G, Pruess S, Angermeyer MC. Different biogenetic causal explanations and attitudes towards persons with major depression, schizophrenia and alcohol dependence: is the concept of a chemical imbalance beneficial? Journal of Affective Disorders. 2014;168:224-8.



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