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MD Thomas Wenzel, a.o.Prof.

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Division of Social Psychiatry)
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-3990-1773
T +43 1 40400 37230


Codes of Ethics; Conflict (Psychology); Education, Public Health Professional; Emigrants and Immigrants; Forensic Psychiatry; Psychiatry; Public Health; Refugees; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Torture; Transcultural Nursing

Research interests

My main research focus is to understand the importance of different factors in the development of psychological distress and trauma in an open approach in prevention and support of victims/survivors, adressing medicine, forensic medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, cultural anthropology, ethics, law and international law in the framework of interdisciplinary and transcultural public health models. I am active in international networks and umbrella organisations such as WPA to promote this issues and work especially in regions with war, civil war and human rights violations, such as torture. Science teaching and capacity building in such areas and in developing countries especially also in regard to gender specific violence is part of this work.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

We use as noted an interdisciplinary networking focused approach.

Positions in international and umbrella organisations:

Chair, scientific sections on sport and exercise psychiatry and of scientific section on psychological spects of torture and persecution,

World Psychiatric Association Chair,

World Council for Psychotherapy Working Group on Refugees

President ÖGBA