Matthias Schwannauer

Matthias Schwannauer graduated in clinical and applied psychology from the University of Marburg in 1998. His first position as a clinical psychologist was in the Adolescent Mental Health Services in Glasgow. He moved to NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh in January 2000. During this time he was able to carry out his PhD research into psychological interventions for bipolar disorders. This research involved the implementation of a randomised controlled trial of Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy and an investigation of the role of interpersonal and cognitive factors in the recovery process.
Since 2009 he is Head of the Section of Clinical & Health Psychology and Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Edinburgh. He is further a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Early Psychosis Support Service at CAMHS Lothian.
His current research interests include the application of attachment theory and psychological processes of affect regulation to further our understanding of the development, adaptation to and recovery from psychosis and recurrent mood disorders.
He is particularly interested in the psychology of onset and recovery of severe mental health problems in young adults with regard to current developmental models of psychiatric disorders and the advancement of specific psychological interventions.
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