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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Reininghaus

The newly established Department of Public Mental Health is concerned with the basics and the transfer of knowledge from social epidemiology to psychiatric care with the overall aim of promoting resilience and public mental health.

A translational, transdiagnostic, interdisciplinary research strategy is pursued. One focus of the department is the development and evaluation of new digital interventions that are geared to the everyday needs and social contexts of patients and translate psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment into their everyday lives. For example, the EMIcompass study evaluates the effectiveness and clinical feasibility of a mHealth App-based intervention to improve emotional resilience in young people in a randomized controlled design. The department also investigates integrated etiological models of psychiatric diseases and especially their social risk architecture as well as psychological risk and resilience mechanisms. A further focus is the investigation of transdiagnostic dimensions and courses of psychopathology in prospective cohort studies of adolescents, high-risk populations and severe mental illness.

National and International Joint Research Programs

  • BMBF funded Perpain consortium: Improving outcomes in chronic musculoskeletal pain through a personalized medicine approach using cross-illness multilevel assessments and mechanism-based interventions
  • ZonMw funded SELFIE consortium : Improving self-esteem in traumatized youth: a transdiagnostic ecological momentary intervention trial (SELFIE)
  • EU funded EU GEI consortium: European Network of National Networks studying Gene-Environment Interactions in Schizophrenia (EU-GEI)
  • EU and NWO funded INTERACT consortium: Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Daily Life (ACT-DL) in early psychosis
  • Hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology (HiTOP) consortium

Selected Publications

  1. Reininghaus U, Böhnke JR, Chavez-Baldini U, Gibbons R, Ivleva E, Clementz BA, Pearlson GD, Keshavan MS, Sweeney JA, Tamminga CA (2019). Transdiagnostic dimensions of psychosis in the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP). World Psychiatry. 18(1):67-76.
  2. Myin-Germeys I, Kasanova Z, Vaessen T, Vachon H, Kirtley O, Viechtbauer W, Reininghaus U (2018). Experience sampling methodology in mental health research: a contextual approach to psychiatry. World Psychiatry. 17, 123-132.
  3. Reininghaus U (2018). Ecological Momentary Interventions in Psychiatry: The Momentum for Change in Daily Social Context [In German] Psych Prax. 45, 59-61
  4. Klippel, A., Myin-Germeys, I., Chavez-Baldini, U., Preacher, K.J., Kempton, M., Valmaggia, L., Calem, M., So, S., Beards, S., Hubbard, K., Gayer-Anderson, C., Onyejiaka, A., Wichers, M., McGuire, P., Murray, R.M., Garety, P., van, Os J., Wykes, T., Morgan, C., Reininghaus U. (2017). Modelling the interplay between psychological processes and adverse, stressful contexts and experiences in pathways to psychosis: an experience sampling study. Schizophr Bull, 43, 302-315.
  5. van Os J, Reininghaus U (2016). Psychosis as a transdiagnostic and extended phenotype in the general population. World Psychiatry 15, 118-124.
  6. Reininghaus U., Gayer-Anderson, C., Valmaggia, L., Kempton, M.J., Calem, M., Onyejiaka, A., Hubbard, K., Dazzan, P., Beards, S., Fisher, H.L., Mills, J.G., McGuire, P., Craig, T.K., Garety, P., van Os, J., Murray, R.M., Wykes, T., Myin-Germeys, I. & Morgan, C. (2016). Psychological processes underlying the association between childhood trauma and psychosis in daily life: an experience sampling study. Psychol Med. 46, 2799-2813.
  7. Reininghaus U., Depp, C.A., Myin-Germeys, I. (2016). Ecological interventionist causal models in psychosis: targeting psychological mechanisms in daily life. Schizoph Bull. 42, 264-269.
  8. Myin-Germeys, I., Klippel, A., Steinhart, H. Reininghaus U. (2016). Ecological momentary interventions in psychiatry. Curr Op Psychiatry. 29, 258-263.
  9. Reininghaus U, Dutta R, Dazzan P, Doody GA, Fearon P, Lappin J, Heslin M, Onyejiaka A, Donoghue K, Lomas B, Kirkbride JB, Murray RM, Croudace T, Morgan C, Jones PB. Mortality in schizophrenia and other psychoses: a 10-year follow-up of the ӔSOP first-episode cohort. Schizophr Bull. 2015 41(3):664-73.
  10. Reininghaus U., Morgan, C., Fearon, P., Hutchinson, G., Morgan, K., Dazzan, P., Boydell, J., Kirkbride, J.B., Doody, G.A., Jones, P.B., Murray, R.M., Craig. T.K. (2014). Modelling the interplay between childhood and adult adversity in pathways to psychosis: initial evidence from the ÆSOP study. Psychol Med. 44, 407-419.

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