The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy is structurally integrated into the University Hospital Zurich USZ, and strongly linked to the University of Zurich. The department is sub-divided into three major parts, namely the outpatient clinic, the consultation-liaison service, and the centre for eating disorders. The outpatient clinic includes, among others, a unit for the treatment of victims of war and torture, one for PTSD, and another one for problems related to migration. While our main research focus is on traumatic stress studies, we also conduct research in emotion regulation and recognition, psychotherapy, psychosomatics, psychooncology, pain and suffering, and eating disorders.
The Department’s refugee mental health research group is led by Prof. Schnyder. Active members of the group include Dr. Matthis Schick, MD, Dr. Naser Morina, PhD, and Prof. Monique Pfaltz, PhD. We have recently been looking into, e.g., mental health and healthcare utilization in asylum seekers; levels of ego-structure in extremely traumatized refugees; Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD; etc. A study on emotion regulation and self-efficacy in traumatized refugees, including behavioral experiments and psychophysiological measurements, is currently conducted in collaboration with Prof. Richard Bryant of Sydney, Australia. Based on the results of this study, we aim at developing psychotherapeutic mini-interventions for traumatized refugees.