Matthias Schwannauer

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Matthias Schwannauer is Head of School for Health and Social Science and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated with first degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Marburg in 1994. In 1998 he completed his applied clincial psychology training at the University of Marburg with internships in Marburg, Frankfurt, Berlin and Edinburgh. His first position as a qualified clinical psychologist was in the Adolescent Mental Health Services in Greater Glasgow NHS. He moved to NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh in January 2000. During this time he was able to carry out his 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 mood regulation in bipolar disorders and the recovery process. From 2009 he was Head of Clinical & Health Psychology and Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Edinburgh. He further works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Early Psychosis Support Service at CAMHS Lothian. He took up the role as Head of School for Health and Social Science in 2019.


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What’s BESST for young people? Efficacy of CBT-informed workshops for stress management in older adolescents


Matthias Schwannauer explores the BESST cluster randomised controlled trial, which is out today in The Lancet Psychiatry. BESST stands for Brief Educational Workshops in Secondary Schools Trial.

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