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Dipl.-Psych. Dipl.-Sozialpäd. Ulfert Hapke, Ph.D.

​Research focus

  • Public Mental Health 
    Epidemiology on mental health and psychiatric disorders; Mental health in all policies and mental health as a cross-sectional theme of sustainability 
  • Disorders &​ Problems
    Depressive Disorders, Chronic Stress, Trauma and PTSD, Substance Abuse and Dependence, Child Molestation ​

Official position

Deputy Head of the Mental Health Unit​​​


Mental Health Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Health Monitoring, Robert Koch Institute (RKI)​​

Business address

General-Pape-Str. 62-66
12101 Berlin

Academic education and degrees

1978 - 1982

Diploma in Social Work and Social Pedagogy

1986 - 1991

Diploma in Psychology, University of Hamburg


PhD in Psychology


Professional career

1978 - 1982

Psychiatric Nursing (part-time 50%)​​

1982 - 1990

Social work in psychiatric care units and outpatient care (from 1986 part-time 50%)​​

1992 - 1999

Research fellow, Clinical Psychologist, Dpt. of Psychiatry, Medical University of Lübeck; Trainer in Motivational Interviewing

1999 - 2006

Head of the Prevention and Intervention Unit, Institute of Epidemiology  and Social Medicine, Medical Faculty, Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald; Trainer and Supervisor in Motivational Interviewing

​2007 - 2015

Head of the Mental Health Working Group, Unit for NCD-disorders, Department of Epidemiology and Health Monitoring, Robert Koch Institute

since 2015

Deputy Head of the Mental Health Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Health Monitoring, Robert Koch Institute

Honors, awards and positions

1999 - 2006

P.I. of RCT-​ studies and field studies on early intervention and health services, especially liaison and consular services in medical ​care


German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Therapy, Wilhelm Feuerlein Research Award, “Frequency of alcohol-related disorders in the medical care and consequences for the treatment of alcohol-dependent patients in Germany

2000 - 2008

Board Member (Treasurer) of the German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Therapy (DG-Sucht)


KKH Health Insurance (KKH), Innovation-Award on Early Detection and Prevention, „Prevention of smoking-associated disorders in newborn and their mothers“

2008 - 2017

National Representative in the Mental Health Care Quality Indicators Project of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

2015 - 2019

National Representative of the Governmental Expert Group on Mental Health and Well-being (European Commission)

since 2017

National Representative of Mental Health Performance Benchmarking Project (OECD)

since 2007

P.I. of the population-based surveys on mental health of the RKI

since 2020

Scientific Consultant of the National Council against sexual violence against children and adults (Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth)

10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 196, Scopus h-index: 42)

  1. Hapke U, Cohrdes C, Nübel J. Depressive symptoms in a European comparison – results from the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) 2. Journal of Health Monitoring. 2019; 4(4) 62-70.

  2. Thom J, Hoebel J, Nübel J, Kurth T, Hapke U. Are Diagnoses of Depression Increasing all Over the Population? - Prevalence of Self-Reported Clinician Diagnosed Depression in the 2009 and 2012 Representative Cross-Sectional "German Health Update (GEDA)" Surveys. Psychiatr Prax. 2019; Sep;46(6):310-316.

  3. Moehring A, Rumpf HJ, Hapke U,  Bischof  G, John U, Meyer C. Diagnostic Performance of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) in Detecting DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorders in the General Population. 2019; Drug Alcohol Depend. Nov 1;204:107530. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.06.032. Epub 2019 Aug 30

  4. Bretschneider J, Janitza S, Jacobi F, Thom J, Hapke U, et al. Time trends in depression prevalence and health-related correlates: Results from population-based surveys in Germany 1997-1999 vs. 2009-2012. BMC Psychiatry. 2018; 18(1):394, 1-13

  5. Maske U, Hapke U, Riedel-Heller SG, Busch MA, Kessler RC (2017). Respondents' report of a clinician-diagnosed depression in health surveys: Comparison with DSM-IV mental disorders in the general adult population in Germany. BMC Psychiatry. 2017; 17(1):39; 1-10

  6. Brandstetter S, Dodoo-Schittko F, Speerforck S, Apfelbacher C , Grabe HJ, Jacobi  F , Hapke U, Schomerus G, Baumeister SE. Trends in Non-Help-Seeking for Mental Disorders in Germany Between 1997-1999 and 2009-2012: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol; 2017; Aug;52(8):1005-1013. doi: 10.1007/s00127-017-1384-y. Epub 2017 Apr 29.

  7. Späth C, Hapke U, Maske  U, Schröder J, Moritz S, Berger T, Meyer B, Rose M, Nolte S , Klein JP. Characteristics of Participants in a Randomized Trial of an Internet Intervention for Depression (EVIDENT) in Comparison to a National Sample (DEGS1). Internet Interv; (2017) Jun 2;9:46-50.

  8. Maske UE, Buttery AK, Beesdo-Baum, Riedel-Heller S, Hapke U, Busch M. Prevalence and Correlates of DSM-IV-TR Major Depressive Disorder, Self-Reported Diagnosed Depression and Current Depressive Symptoms Among Adults in Germany.  J Affect Disord; 2016, Jan 15;190:167-177.

  9. Hapke U, Schumann A, Rumpf, HJ, Meyer C, John U. Posttraumatic stress disorder. The role of trauma, pre-existing psychiatric disorders, and gender. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 2006; 256; 299–306.

  10. Hapke U, Schumann A, Rumpf, HJ, John U, Konerding U, Meyer C. Association of smoking and nicotine dependence with trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder in a general population sample. Journal of Nervous and Mental disease. 2005; 193(12), 843-846.​

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