Thomas Niederkrotenthaler M.D., Ph.D., M.M.Sc., Assoc.Prof.
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Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, MD is a PhD in mental health & behavioral medicine, and holds a master’s degree in Public Health Sciences / Suicide Prevention. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Thomas has previously worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in Atlanta, USA, and has been involved in the planning and implementation of the Austrian National Suicide Prevention Plan (SUPRA). His main research areas are the roles of mass media in suicide prevention, suicide epidemiology across the lifespan with a particular focus on parental risk factors for suicidal behavior, marginalization of young suicide attempters on the labor market, and mental health services research. Further research has focused on child maltreatment and environmental disaster response, with particular focus on behavioral risk factors for injury and mental health. He has so far published more than 40 articles and book chapters on intentional injury prevention, with most of them focusing on the relationship of media and suicide. He is the current co-chair of the Suicide and the Media Task Force of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (» IASP) and founding chairman of the Wiener Werkstätte for Suicide Research (» www.suizidforschung.at). He is currently collaborating with several universities internationally, including Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Columbia University (USA) on suicide-preventive projects. For his work as the founding chairman of the Wiener Werkstätte for Suicide Research he received the Erwin Ringel Award from the Austrian Society for Suicide Prevention in 2010 and the Hans Rost Award from the German Association for Suicide Prevention in 2012.