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Dr. György Purebl, Director

Curriculum vitae

György Purebl MD, PhD, Director
Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University

 

Education:
1982-1986   I. István Gimnázium High School
1986-1993   Semmelweis University Medical School, Faculty of Medicne – MD
1993-1997   Haynal Imre University of Health Sciences – board certification exam, psychiatry
1995-2006   PhD student, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Semmelweis University
2004-2009   Semmelweis University – Hungarian Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy (VIKOTE) –  board certification exam psychotherapy
2011- present Hungarian Association of Family Therapy – course of family therapy

 

Scientific degree:

PhD. Gender differences in depressive symptoms and depression-related cardiovascular risk (supervisor: Maria S Kopp, Semmelweis University 2006)

Habilitation: The public health aspects of preventing depression and suicide in Europe. Challenges and possibilities. 2019.

 

Other trainings and courses:

1991-1993      ELTE BTK Faculty of Psychology – visiting student (4 semester)

1992, 2002      “Problem-based teaching and learning” training courses  1992, ELTE Faculty of Pychology, 2002, University of Limburg, Maastricht, the Netherlands-

 

Employment:

1993-1995      Jahn Ferenc Délpesti Hospital residency program in Psychiatry

1995-2006       Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Semmelweis University teaching assistant

2006-2013      Institute of Behavoural Sciences, Semmelweis University: assistant professor, head of the Centre of Psychosomatic Disorders

2013-present- Institute of Behavoural Sciences, Semmelweis University associate professor, head of the Centre of Psychosomatic Disorders, vice director (from 2019), director (from 2020)

 

Medical responsibilites

1993-1997      Residency program in psychiatry

1997-present   Ourpatient care at the Centre of Pychosomatic Disorders, Institute of Behavioural Sciences

1999-present   Foundation of Sleep Medicine Workgroup. Introduction and dissemination of the cognitive behavioural therapy of insomnia in Hungary.

2006-present   Head of Centre of Psychosomatic Disorders, chief supervisor of the Student Counselling Centre at Semmelweis University.

2013- present Reorganisaton of Centre of Psychosomatic Disorders. Specific profiles sleep medicine, eating disorders, sexual disfunctions, family therapy, adjunctive treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases.

 

Research interest

  • Depression and suicide prevention.
  • Sleep medicine and chronotherapies with specific focus on insomnia and parasomnias.
  • Psychosomatic medicine: possible shared etiology of frequently comorbid disorders with specific focus on sleep and biological rhythm disturbances

 

Research experiences

1990-1993      Student research assistant at the Dept of Psychiatry, Semmelweis University Medical School  (supervisor: Maria S Kopp)

1998-2000      Mental health status of young women in Hungary – epidemiological research coordinator in the framework of Bristol Myers Squibb Fund’s Better Health for Women program.

1995-2013      Hungarostudy: Hungarian Representative Large-scale Mental Health Survey, research coordinator

2004-2012      European Allaince against Depression (EAAD) and EAAD’s OSPI-Europe program (from 2008). development and testing of the four level approach of depression and suicide prevention

2011-present               Predi-Nu (iFightDepression internet-based self-help tool for treating mild and moderate depression. Development, testing and upgrade of the program as the leader of the Hungarian contribution

2012- present Leader of the Hungarian Branch of EAAD, and principal investigator of the Hungarian site of  OSPI-Europe

2013-2016      European Comission’s Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-being program, work package leader of WP4 (Taking Evidence-based Actions against Depression and Suicide, E-health). Statud report and situational analysis of depression and suicide prevetion strategies in the European Union.

2014-present   European Evidence-based Suicide Prevention Program, EESPP senior expert and the representative of Hungary

2015-present   Collaboration with WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse on development of suicide prevention strategies

2008-2013      Participation int he UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care’s Biology of Everyday Life program. Effect of chronotype and social jetlag on health risk.

2016-17          Office of the Chief Medical State Officer’s Norvegian Grant program – status report of Hungarian mental health services, senior expert

2017-present   National Istitute of Public Health’s EFOP Grant: Development and evaluation of mental health service sin Hungary – senior expert

2020-present   Horizon 2020 Grant Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings (MINDUP) . Work package leader of WP 4 (Development of MINDUP interventions for Stigma Reduction)

 

Grants

Optimizing Suicide Prevention Programs and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe) Oct 01 2008 –  March 31. primary investigator of the Hungarian site  (from 2012)

Joint Action for Mental Health And Wellbeing.: work package leader of WP4 (Taking Evidence-based Actions against Depression and Suicide. E-health,). Feb 01, 2013.–  Jan 31, 2016.

Horizon 2020 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings (MINDUP) work package leader (Development of MINDUP interventions for Stigma Reduction) from Jan 01, 2020.

 

Academic activities:

1995-present   Medical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University in Hungarian

1995-present   Medical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University in English

2008-present   Clinical Psychology (postgraduate, lectures only) Dept of Clinical Psychology Semmelweis University

2009-present   Psychiatry (lectures only), Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University in English

2009-present   Psychiatry (lectures only), Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University in Hungarian

2012-present   Psychotherapy in medical practice, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis university in Hungarian

2014–present  Medical Communication. Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, in English

2014–present  Psychotherapy in medical practice, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis university in English

1997-1998      Medical Communication. Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, in Hungarian

1997-1998      Health Management  Training Centre, Semmelweis University. Personal efficacy and leadership trainings

2011–present  PhD supervisor (2 completed PhD, 6 ongoing)

 

Contribution to special academic courses:

2007-present   Science and Practice of Psychosomatic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, in Hungarian

2016  -present „The Science of Pain”  Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University in Hungarian

1016-present   Suicide risk assessment, Dept of Clinical Psychology, Semmelweis University

2019-present   Crisis recognition and management training in the framework of Student’s Mentor Program at Semmelweis University

 

Other education and training activities

2001-2013      Otthon Segítünk Alapítvány (Home Start Hungarian Branch) non profit leadeship and personal skills trainings.

2002- 2003     Contribution in the Alternatív Pedagógiai Műhely (Alternative Education Workshop)

2001-2008      Development teaching and upgrade of Psychology courses, BKF University of Applied Sciences

 

Professional society memberships:

Hungarian Sleep Association : founding member

Hungarian Psychiatric Association
2010- 2014 vice president
2014-2016. elected president
2016-2018. president
2018-2020 past president

European Psychiatric Association – Section of Suicidology member

European Alliance Against Depression – leader of the Hungarian branch, 2012-present

Hungarian College of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy comittee member 2016 – present

Semmelweis University Sleep Medicine Board chair (2019- present)

 

Awards
Nyirő Gyula award (2013)

July, 2020

György Purebl MD PhD

Publications


Publication (.pdf)

Scientometrics (Magyar Tudományos Művek Tára, https://m2.mtmt.hu/gui2/?type=authors&mode=browse&sel=10023077)

Scientific publications: 88
Citations: 753
Independent citations: 656
Hirsch-index: 13

MTA Division V. classification, scientific and ecucational publications: 98
MTA Division V. classification, citations: 674
MTA Division V. classification, independent citations: 598
MTA Division V. classification, g-index: 26
MTA Division V. classification, Hirsch-index: 13

The most important 5 publications of my scientific carrier:

  1. Zalsman, G ; Hawton, K ; Wasserman, D ; van Heeringen, K ; Arensman, E ; Sarchiapone, M ; Carli, V ; Hoschl, C ; Barzilay,R ; Balazs, J ; Purebl, G et al. Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year systematic review.LANCET PSYCHIATRY 3 : 7 pp. 646-659. , 14 p. (2016) indep. citations: 304, self-citations: 24, altogheter: 328
  1. Székely, András ; Konkolÿ Thege, Barna ; Mergl, Roland ; Birkás, Emma ; Rózsa, Sándor ; Purebl, György** ; Hegerl, Ulrich**How to Decrease Suicide Rates in Both Genders? An Effectiveness Study of a Community-Based Intervention (EAAD) PLOS ONE 8 : 9 Paper: e75081 , 5 p. (2013) **last co-authors. indep citations: 27 self-citations: 7, altogether: 34
  1. Kopp, MS ; Thege, BK ; Balog, P ; Stauder, A ; Salavecz, G ; Rozsa, S ; Purebl, G ; Adam, S Measures of stress in epidemiological research.JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH 69 : 2 pp. 211-225. , 15 p. (2010) indep citations: 33, self-citations: 6, altogether: 39
  1. Kopp, MS ; Stauder, A ; Purebl, G ; Janszky, I ; Skrabski, A Work stress and mental health in a changing society EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 18 : 3 pp. 238-244. , 7 p. (2008) indep citations: 52 self-citations: 7, altogether: 59
  1. Purebl, G ; Birkas, E ; Csoboth, C ; Szumska, I ; Kopp, MS The relationship of biological and psychological risk factors of cardiovascular disorders in a large-scale national representative community survey BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 31 : 4 pp. 133-139. , 7 p. (2006) indep citations: 18, self-citations: 0, altogether: 18

 

The most important 5 publications of the last 5 years

  1. Zalsman, G ; Hawton, K ; Wasserman, D ; van Heeringen, K ; Arensman, E ; Sarchiapone, M ; Carli, V ; Hoschl, C ; Barzilay,R ; Balazs, J ; Purebl, G et al. Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year systematic review.LANCET PSYCHIATRY 3 : 7 pp. 646-659. , 14 p. (2016) indep. citations: 304, self-citations: 24, altogheter: 328
  2. Szakáts, Ildikó ; Sebestyén, Margit ; Németh, János ; Birkás, Emma ; Purebl,  GyörgyThe Role of Health Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Dry Eye Disease CURRENT EYE RESEARCH 41 : 8 pp. 1044-1049. , 6 p. (2016) indep citations: 15, self-citations: 0, altogether: 15
  3. Nagy, Tamás ; Salavecz, Gyöngyvér ; Simor, Péter ; Purebl, György ; Bódizs, Róbert ; Dockray, Samantha ; Steptoe, Andrew Frequent nightmares are associated with blunted cortisol awakening response in women PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR 147 pp. 233-237. , 5 p. (2015) indep citations: 8, self-citations: 0, altogether: 8
  4. Haraszti, Réka Ágnes ; Purebl, Gyorgy ; Salavecz, Gyongyver ; Poole, Lydia ; Dockray, Samantha ; Steptoe, Andrew Morningness–eveningness interferes with perceived health, physical activity, diet and stress levels in working women: A crosssectional study CHRONOBIOLOGY INTERNATIONAL 31 : 7 pp. 829-837. , 9 p. (2014) indep citations: 23, self-citations: 1. altogether 24
  5. Toth, M ; Adam, S ; Birkas, E ; Szekely, A ; Stauder, A ; Purebl, G Gender Differences in Deliberate Self-Poisoning in Hungary: Analyzing the Effect of Precipitating Factors and Their Relation to Depression CRISIS – THE JOURNAL OF CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION 35 : 3 pp. 145-153. , 9 p. (2014) indep citations: 3, self-citations: 1, altogether: 4

 

The most important scientific work and how it was received

 Zalsman, G ; Hawton, K ; Wasserman, D ; van Heeringen, K ; Arensman, E ; Sarchiapone, M ; Carli, V ; Hoschl, C ; Barzilay,R ; Balazs, J ; Purebl, G et al. Suicide prevention strategies revisited: 10-year systematic review.LANCET PSYCHIATRY 3 : 7 pp. 646-659. , 14 p. (2016) indep. citations: 304, self-citations: 24, altogheter: 328

This review article was written together with an expert team and very shortly it has become the most influential paper of suicide prevention. We reviewed and evaluated the evidence-based strategies in suicide prevention and made recommendations for actions and for further scientific research. It was cited independently 304 times within two years. The invitation for contribution to this paper as an expert was an important recognition of my previous – although less influential – research ont he field. My main contribution in the paper was the review and evalulation of the psychoterapies’ in suicide prevention. The paper was cited in the most influential journals of psychiatry and pychotherapy (JAMA Psychiatry, Am J of Psychiatry, British J of Psychiatry). The main conclusions of the paper has become basic principles of suicide prevention strategies worldwide. Some authors (including me) was invited to contribute to the development of WHO-based suicide prevention toolkits.