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Stefan Priebe, Dipl.-Psych., Dr. med. habil., FRCPsych
Dipl.-Psych. (University of Hamburg, 1978)

Dr. med. (University of Hamburg, 1982) habil. (Free University Berlin, 1991)

Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London

Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development

Stefan Priebe grew up in West Berlin, and graduated in Psychology and Medicine in Hamburg. He qualified in Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychotherapy in Berlin.

From 1991 to 1997 he headed the Department of Social Psychiatry at the Free University Berlin. Since 1997, he has been Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at Queen Mary, University of London, and established the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, a research group based in the East London Borough of Newham.

In 2012, the Unit has been designated a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, the only one specifically for Mental Health Services Development in the world.

He is also Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research in the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Further roles have included visiting professorships at Universities in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Serbia; member of advisory boards on mental health care development and panels for research funding in the United Kingdom and several other European countries; and Deputy Director of the registered Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Current Research

Stefan Priebe's extensive research activities have focused on three areas:

a) the development of novel psychosocial interventions (e.g DIALOG intervention for effective patient-clinician communication, financial incentives, body psychotherapy) and evaluation of treatment including randomised controlled trials,

b) therapeutic relationships and patient-reported outcomes, including the development of outcome scales, e.g. Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life, Helping Alliance Scale, Clients’ Assessment of Treatment Scale, Scale for the Assessment of Therapeutic Relationships in Community Mental Health Care, and the DIALOG assessment, and

c) studies on the history and concepts of mental health care.

Selected publications

  1. Priebe S, Badesconyi A, Fioritti A et al (2005) Reinstitutionalisation in mental health care: comparison of data on service provision from six European countries. British Medical Journal, 330:123-126
  2. Priebe S, McCabe R, Bullenkamp J et al (2007) Structured patient-clinician communication and 1-year outcome in community mental healthcare. Cluster randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 191:420-426
  3. Priebe S, Watzke S, Hansson L, Burns T (2008) Objective social outcomes index (SIX): a method to summarise objective indicators of social outcomes in mental health care. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118:57-63.
  4. Priebe S, Katsakou C, Amos T et al (2009) Patients' views and readmissions 1 year after involuntary hospitalisation (InvolvE).  British Journal of Psychiatry, 194:49-54.
  5. Priebe S, Bogic M, Ajdukovic D et al (2010) Mental disorders following war in the Balkans: A study in 5 countries.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(5):518-528
  6. Priebe S, Katsakou C, Glöckner M et al (2010) Patients' views of involuntary hospital admission in 1 and 3 months: prospective study in 11 European Countries. British Journal of Psychiatry, 196:179-185 [doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.109.068916]
  7. Priebe S, Reininghaus U, McCabe R et al (2010) Factors influencing subjective quality of life in patients with schizophrenia and other mental disorders: A pooled analysis.  Schizophrenia Research, 121:251-258. [doi:10.1016/j.schres.2009.12.020]
  8. Priebe S, Bogic M, Ashcroft R, et al (2010) Experience of human rights violations and subsequent mental disorders: A study following the war in the Balkans. Social Sciences and Medicine 71:2170-2177. [doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.09.029]
  9. Priebe S, Richardson M, Cooney M, Oluwatoyin A, McCabe R (2011) Does the therapeutic relationship predict outcomes of psychiatric treatment in patients with psychosis?  A systematic review.  Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics. 80:70-77. [doi: 10.1159/000320976]
  10. Priebe S, Dimic S, Wildgrube C, Jankovic J, Cushing A, McCabe R (2011) Good communication in psychiatry – a conceptual review. European Psychiatry, 26:403-407. [doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.07.010]
  11. Priebe S, Golden E, McCabe R, Reininghaus U (2012) Patient-reported outcome data generated in a clinical intervention in community mental health care – psychometric properties.  BMC Psychiatry, 12:113 [doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-113]

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