Professor Anita Riecher‐Rössler, MD, Ph.D.

MD, psychiatrist and psychotherapist
Head of Center for Gender Research and Early Detection
Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken, Basel, Switzerland

Fields of interest

Women’s mental health, Early detection of psychosis

Short biography

Anita Riecher‐Rössler, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Center for Gender Research and Early Detection at the University Psychiatric Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. She has specialised in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis as well as in consultation and liaison psychiatry and in gerontopsychiatry. In 1998, she was the first woman to be appointed to a full chair for psychiatry in a German speaking country.

Her research interests are schizophrenic psychoses, gender differences in mental disorders, and mental disorders in women.

In the field of schizophrenic psychoses she has mainly worked on the onset and early detection of these disorders, but also on late onset schizophrenia.

Her other main research focus has been on the specific aspects of mental disorders in women, particularly on psychoneuroendocrine or psychosocial risk factors for mental health problems. This is reflected by works on mental disorders in the peripartum or during the menopausal transition on the one hand and by works on violence against women on the other hand.

Her approach is a bio‐psycho‐social one, i.e. she always tries to consider all these aspects in the pathogenesis as well as in the therapy of mental illness.
She has published about 338 original peer‐reviewed articles, edited 28 books (15 as series editor) and is the author of 98 book chapters (cumulative impact factor ~1000, h‐Index 48).

In 2018 she has been awarded the Constance Pascal‐Helen Boyle Prize by the European Psychiatric Association to acknowledge her achievements in working to improve mental health care in Europe.