A European Project on
Human Rights and Physical Health
of Residents in Psychiatric and Social Care Institutions
Funded by
the European Commission, DG Sanco
a project funded by the European Commission

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, Vienna, AT

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry (LBISP) belongs to the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and was founded in 1977 in conjunction with the Vienna Crisis Intervention Centre, which is providing low threshold access to help for persons in psychosocial crises. Both the Crisis Intervention Centre and the LBISP were established to pioneer social psychiatric aspects of mental disorders in order to complement academic psychiatry which has always focused more on biological aspects.

Mission Statement

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry (LBISP) defines its mission as
  1. carrying out research on the involvement of social factors in the pathogenesis, appearance, course and management of mental disorders, and
  2. disseminating knowledge on mental health issues in order to increase mental health literacy in general and to give advise to health and other politicians and administrators, with the ultimate aim of improving the prevention and management of mental disorders.

The LBISP's main areas of research and activities are:
  1. Improving the quality and availability of mental health information
  2. Prevention of mental disorders and promotion of mental health
  3. Mental disorders in non-psychiatric health care settings
  4. Strengthening the user perspective: quality of life, stigma and discrimination, human rights, accessibility of help
  5. Long-term aspects of suicidal behaviour
  6. Disseminating research results and informing mental health politicians and administrators

Team Members

Heinz Katschnig, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry since its foundation in 1977. Former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna (1991 to 2007). Main areas of interest: Quality of Life, Life Events, Health Services Research, Schizophrenia and the Family.

Gisela Hagmair, MA, Sociolinguist
Currently main researcher for the EU funded project ITHACA and research assistant for EUGATE. Previous research experience in the field of language attitudes, language (minority) policies and text analysis. Main areas of interest are: human rights in mental health institutions, migration and health.

Gabriele Niedermayer, MA, Library and Information Science Specialist
Assistant at the institute. Wrote her diploma thesis in 2006 about bibliotherapy. Her main interest is recovery.

Christa Straßmayr, MA, Sociologist
Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry, main responsible person for the EU funded project PROMO. Previous research responsibilities in the field of sociology on health and medicine. Main areas of interest are: mental health prevention, migration and health, stigma prevention and drug and addiction prevention.

Peter Rebernik, Dipl.-Ing.
Dissemination and website consultant


Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry
Lazarettgasse 14A-912
1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 406 07 55
Fax: +43 1 406 07 55-10
Email: office (at) lubis.lbg.ac.at