Prof. Dr. Med. Danuta Wasserman

Professor of Psychiatry and Suicidology
Head and Founder of National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
of Mental lll-Health (NASP) at Karolinska Institutet


Danuta Wasserman

Danuta Wasserman (DW) is a Univ. Prof. Dr. Med. in Psychiatry and Suicidology at Karolinska Institutet (KI), and the current Director and Founding Head of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at KI, since 1993. DW is appointed as the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Methods Development and Training in Suicide Prevention since 1997 until July 2024 and assists in the development of suicide preventive research and suicide preventive programs on five continents. She is the former President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR). She is serving on the Board of the EPA since 2008 and Chairs presently the Committee on Ethics. In October 2020 DW was elected as the President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), incoming as President in 2023 – 2026. Professor Wasserman is the Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, Honorary Member of the Hungarian and Romanian Psychiatric Associations and Honorary President of Estonian-Swedish Mental Health Institutet.

DW has won numerous national and international honours and awards, including the Public Health Prize from the Nordic Council of Ministers of Health for the outstanding contribution to public mental health research and prevention, the Distinguished Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Research (AFSP), the Hans Rost Prize from the German Association for Suicide Prevention for the outstanding contribution to suicide research and prevention, the Stengel Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of suicide research and prevention from the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention (IASP), and from the British Medical Association (BMC) Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science for her book Depression: the facts published by Oxford University Press. DW is the author of numerous scientific articles, reports, and book chapters.

DW’s research activities comprise epidemiological, psychodynamic, and genetic studies of suicidal behaviours.