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Paul Plener
Univ. Prof. Dr. Paul Plener, MHBAHead of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Position: Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-4333-1494
T +43 1 40400 30760

Further Information


Adolescent Psychiatry; Biological Psychiatry; Psychotherapy; Self-Injurious Behavior; Suicide

Research interests

My research focus is on Nonsuicidal Self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal behavior in adolescents as well as on traumatic stress in childhood and adolescence.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

  • epidemiology
  • fMRI
  • psychological

Selected publications

  1. Brown, R.C. et al., 2017. #cutting: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) on Instagram. Psychological Medicine, 48(2), pp.337–346. Available at:
  2. Brown, R.C. et al., 2018. The impact of child maltreatment on non-suicidal self-injury: data from a representative sample of the general population. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1). Available at:
  3. Plener, P.L. et al., 2018. Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents. Deutsches Aerzteblatt Online. Available at:
  4. Brown, R.C. et al., 2017. Differential Neural Processing of Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Adolescents with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Young Adults with Borderline Personality Disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8. Available at:
  5. Brown, R.C. et al., 2017. Psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents after man-made and natural disasters: a meta-analysis and systematic review. Psychological Medicine, 47(11), pp.1893–1905. Available at: