Siegfried Kasper (Austria)

O. Univ.-Prof. Dr.h.c.mult. Siegfried Kasper

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Medical University of Vienna
Waehringer Guertel 18–20
A - 1090 Vienna, AUSTRIA
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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Siegfried Kasper is Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Born in Salzburg, Austria, he was educated at the medical schools of the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Kasper gained clinical and research experience in psychiatry at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, the Psychiatric Department of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, the Clinical Psychobiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland/USA, and the Psychiatric Department of the University of Bonn, Germany; in neurology at the Neurological Department of the University of Heidelberg in Mannheim; and psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic training at the Ausbildungsinstitut für Psychotherapie und Psychoanalyse in Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany.

Dr. Kasper published 1001 in ISI ( listed publications (Citation Index: 13.911, Hirsch-Index: 62) and more than 200 book chapters, in various areas of psychiatry. He concentrates on the biological bases of mental disorders and their possible treatment approaches. Furthermore, he has conducted studies in psychopathological as well as clinical areas. Dr Kasper is a frequent national and international speaker and continues to be actively involved in research programmes studying depression, anxiety, psychosis, and dementia.

Dr. Kasper serves/served on the executive committees and advisory boards of several national and international societies, such as the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He has been elected to the Executive Committee of the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) for the period of 2012 to 2016. Moreover Dr. Kasper is Chair of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section of Pharmacopsychiatry. He is Founding President of the Austrian Society of Drug Safety in Psychiatry (ÖAMSP) and of the Austrian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (ÖGPB). Furthermore, he is an Honorary Member of the Czech and Romanian Societies of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Hungarian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, as well as of the Ukrainian Association of Psychiatry. Furthermore, he has been appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, China in 2005. In 1997, he was President of the 10th ECNP Congress, was Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the WPA Thematic Conference in 2004 and Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the WFSBP Congress 2005 and in 2007 Local Advisor for the ECNP congress in Vienna. In 2009, he was President of the WFSBP Congress in Paris. From 2005 to 2009 Dr. Kasper was President of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) and has been appointed as Honorary President of the WFSBP in 2013.

Dr. Kasper serves on the editorial boards of numerous learned journals, including The Lancet Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, CNS Spectrums, Journal of Affective Disorders, Pharmacopsychiatry, European Archives of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. He is Chief-Editor of the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry and the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, and Field Editor of the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

As a result of his research expertise he is the receipient of numerous national and international scientific and public awards and prizes and has recently been acknowledged with the Commander’s Cross II-nd class of the Republic of Austria.