Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen
Institute of Medical Psychology
University Hospital Heidelberg
Bergheimer Str. 20
69115 Heidelberg

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Social Processes And Mental Health

Social Processes And Mental Health

Date: 18. to 26. April 2017
Venue: Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH)

Twenty outstanding doctoral students from selected universities in Europe and Latin America will be invited to participate in the Santander International Summer School „SOCIAL PROCESSES AND MENTAL HEALTH. The speakers are scientists from Universität Heidelberg as well as renowned experts from other European and North & Latin American universities. Social processes are intensely studied in health and different types of mental disorders. Using different methodological approaches (such as self-report, behavior observation, everyday-life measures/ ecological momentary assessment, genetic or epigenetic measures, assessment and challenge of neurobiological mediators) research targets the following questions:

  1. By which mechanisms do social relationships influence individual health?
  2. How does individual health affect social processes?

The aim of the Summer School is to enable doctoral students both to further develop high-level expertise in their specific area of research and to gain an insight into complementary areas. The curriculum will provide lectures on the relevance of social processes for mental health and the impact of such processes on the development of and recovery from mental illness. In addition, workshops will be conducted to teach relevant research methods. Doctoral students will have the opportunity to present their own research and will receive feedback from other students and experts. Finally, the group is planned to work on a joint publication outcome.

The scientific coordinators are Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen, PD Dr. Stephanie Bauer, Prof. Dr. Sabine Herpertz (all from Heidelberg), and Prof. Dr. Mariane Krause (Santiago de Chile). Invited speakers will include, among others, Prof. Dr. Sven Barnow (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Don Baucom (USA), Prof. Dr. Niall Bolger (USA), Prof. Dr. Diego Cosmelli (Chile), Prof. Dr. Ross Crosby (USA), Dr. Giancarlo Dimaggio (Italy), Prof. Dr. Caterina Gawrilow (Germany), Prof. Dr. Kurt Hahlweg (Germany), Prof. Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad (USA), Dr. Ueli Kramer (Switzerland), Prof. Dr. Andreas Olsson (Sweden), Prof. Dr. Sabina Pauen (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Marcela Pena (Chile), Prof. Dr. Graciela Rojas (Chile), Prof. Dr. Urte Scholz (Switzerland) and Dr. Gertraud Stadler (UK).


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