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Prof. Dr. Steffi Riedel-Heller, MD, MPH Professor of Psychiatry

​​Research focus

  • Public Mental Health, Epidemiology of Mental Disorders (population-based cohorts)
  • Social Psychiatry (psychosocial interventions, guideline development)
  • Prevention and Health Service Research 
  • ​Scalable interventions (e.g. m-health)

Official position

Director, Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health (ISAP), Faculty of Medicine ​​​


University of Leipzig, Germany​​

Business address

Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 55
04103 Leipzig

Academic education and degrees

1985 - 1991

MD in Medicine, Medical School, Leipzig University


PhD in Medicine, University of Leipzig

​1994 - 1995

MPH/Master of Public Health MPH, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA


Postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) in Psychiatry, University of Leipzig


Board certification in Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy


Professional career

1982 - 1985

Psychiatric Nursing

1991 - 1992

Residency in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy


House physician, Ashington Hospital, UK and voluntary medical mission (German Doctors) in Mindanao, Philippines

1993 - 1994

Residency in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Leipzig

1996 -2002

Residency in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology, University of Leipzig

2002 -2004

Senior physician and Research group leader, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Leipzig

​2004 - 2010

Full Professor of Public Mental Health (C3), Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig

Since 2010

Full professor (W3) and Director of the Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health (ISAP), University of Leipzig

Honors, awards and positions

1994 - 1995

Scholarship German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Hermann-Simon-Preis (DGPPN) for outstanding scientific work in the field of social psychiatry, epidemiology, health service research and rehabilitative psychiatry

​Since 2012

Board member of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) for Public Mental Health

​Since 2011

Project leader, National S3 Treatment Guidelineon Psychosocial therapies in severe mental disorders (SMI) including corresponding patient version and online platform for patients and relatives​​

​Since 2015

​​Scientific advisory board member Committee Health Monitoring (GBEMON) of the Robert-Koch-Institute (RKI)​​​

​Since 2015

Board member of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology (IFPE)

​Since 2016

Board member of the Section Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA)

​Since 2016

Review board member of the German Research Foundation (DFG): Clinical Neurosciences and Clinical Trials​

​Since 2017

Spokesperson of the University Center for Health Services Research (UZVF)


Researc​​h Award of the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation

​Since 2017

S​​pokesperson Division of Mental Health of the German Network for Health Services Research (DNVF)

​Since 2020

Co-Chair Division Public Mental Health German Society of Public Health​​

​Since 2020

Advisory Board Public Health of the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion ​​


Current Journal Editorial positions 

Since 2007​

Editor-in-Chief Psychiatrische Praxis (Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart)​​

​Since 2012

Advisory Board Der Nervenarzt (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg)​​​​

​Since 2014

International Advisory Board: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology​​​ (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg)

10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 598, Scopus h-index: 58)

  1. Löbner M, Pabst A, Stein J, Dorow M, Matschinger H … Riedel-Heller SG. Computerized cognitive behavior therapy for patients with mild to moderately severe depression in primary care: A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial (@ktiv). J Affect Disord. 2018;238:317-326. ​​

  2. Hussenoeder FS, Riedel-Heller SG. Primary prevention of dementia: from modifiable risk factors to a public brain health agenda? Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2018;53(12):1289-1301.

  3. Zuelke AE, Luck T, Schroeter ML, Witte AV, Hinz A … Riedel-Heller SG. The association between unemployment and depression-Results from the population-based LIFE-Adult-Study. J Affect Disord. 2018;235:399-406. ​​​

  4. Then FS, Luck T, Heser K, Ernst A, Posselt T… Riedel-Heller SG. Which types of mental work demands may be associated with reduced risk of dementia? Alzheimers Dement. 2017;13(4): 431-440.

  5. Stein J, Pabst A, Weyerer S, Werle J, Maier W …Riedel-Heller SG. Unmet care needs of the oldest old with late-life depression: A comparison of patient, caring relative and general practitioner perceptions - Results of the AgeMooDe study. J Affect Disord. 2016;205: 82-189.

  6. Then FS, Luck T, Luppa M, König HH, Angermeyer MC, Riedel-Heller SG. Differential effects of enriched environment at work on cognitive decline in old age. Neurology. 2015 May 26;84(21):2169-76

  7. König HH, Leicht H, Brettschneider C, Bachmann C, Bickel H … Riedel-Heller SG. The costs of dementia from the societal perspective: is care provided in the community really cheaper than nursing home care? J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014;15(2):117-26.

  8. Busse A, Angermeyer MC, Riedel-Heller SG. Progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia: a challenge to current thinking. Br J Psychiatry. 2006;189:399-404.

  9. Riedel-Heller SG, Busse A, Angermeyer MC. The state of mental health in old-age across the 'old' European Union. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2006;113(5):388-401.

  10. Riedel-Heller SG, Busse A, Aurich C, Matschinger H, Angermeyer MC. Incidence of dementia according to DSM-III-R and ICD-10: results of the Leipzig Longitudinal Study of the Aged (LEILA75+). Br J Psychiatry. 2001;179:255-60.

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