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Professor Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen
Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
International Journal of Methods
in Psychiatric Research
Institute Report 2013-2014
Dr. Wittchen, born 1951 in Bad Salzuflen (Germany), was trained in Medicine and Psychology at the University of Vienna (Austria) where he completed his PhD dissertation in 1975. He began his career at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Addiction Research (Vienna: 1974-1976). His career continued at the Central Institute of Mental Health (Mannheim: 1976) and then at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry (Muenchen) where he held positions as project-director for the research program "Psychotherapy in Germany" (1977 - 1980), head of the Department "Evaluation- and Clinical Epidemiology" at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry and director of the Munich Follow-up Study (MFS) (1980-1989). Dr. Wittchen obtained his habilitation at the LMU (München: 1984) and was appointed as Professor (C-3, tenure) of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Mannheim. 1989 he worked as visiting professor in Geneva (ICD-10, diagnostic instruments). 1990 he was awarded tenure at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry (München: 1990-2000), directing the "Clinical Psychology and Epidemiology Department". In the time period between 1981 and 2000 Dr. Wittchen spent almost every year 3-month periods as visiting scientist and visiting professor at the US-National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), Washington University in St. Louis, Michigan University in Ann-Arbor and Harvard University in Boston to work on joint projects with distinguished researchers like Dr. Lee Robins, Dr. R.C. Kessler, Dr. D. Regier, Dr. J. Burke, and Dr. G. Klerman and M. Weissman.
Since 2000, Dr. Wittchen is director of the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Technische Universität Dresden, including the Center of Clinical Epidemiology and Longitudinal Studies (CELOS) and the Clinical Outpatient and Day-Care Centre for Psychotherapy (IAP-TU Dresden GmbH).
Professor Wittchen is and has been principal investigator and co-investigator of many national and international research programs and large-scale epidemiological studies. His work encompasses a wide range of etiological-pathogenetic, family-genetic, experimental, clinical and epidemiological studies with a focus on prospective-longitudinal studies in addiction, anxiety, mood and somatic disorders. He has been instrumental in developing sophisticated concepts of comorbidity, the derivation of symptom progression models, the derivation of new behavioral treatment methods and translational research. More recently, his work has also extended into behavioral medicine by examining the interrelationship between mental disorders and a wide range of somatic and neurologic conditions, including cardiac diseases, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
Professor Wittchen has published over 750 peer-reviewed articles and is author of a number of text books (e.g., Text book
of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy) and diagnostic instruments (e.g., Composite International Diagnostic Instrument, CIDI).
He is editor or on the editorial board of many leading peer-reviewed journals including Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence,
Psychological Medicine, Behavioral Psychotherapy, International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, Acta Psychiatrica
Scandinavica, Diagnostica, and Verhaltenstherapie. He is also a member of many international groups such as the Cross-National
Group, WHO-CIDI Advisory and Editorial Committee, International Consortium of Psychiatric Epidemiology, World Mental Health Survey
Consortium; he is also member of the Anxiety, Stress and OCD Task Forces for DSM-V and serves as advisor for the revision of the
ICD-11. Dr. Wittchen also serves as Speaker of the BMBF Addiction Research Network ASAT, Director of the BMBF Psychotherapy
"Panic Network" and is council member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and member of the
steering board of the European Brain Council (EBC).
Since 2014 is he Speaker (with M. Bauer) of the German Mental Health research Network Programm(BMBF) and Speaker of Providing Tools for Effective Care and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders(PROTECT-AD).