From 1995 until retirement in 2006 Matthias C. Angermeyer had been head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Leipzig. Dr. Angermeyer studied Medicine and Sociology at the Universities of Würzburg (Germany), Dusseldorf (Germany), Bern (Switzerland), Caen (France) and Frankfort/Main (Germany). After internship in Annaba (Algeria) Dr. Angermeyer received his training in psychiatry from University of Hawaii affiliated Psychiatric Training Program at Queens’s Medical Center in Honolulu and from Hanover Medical School (1971-1977). From 1978 until 1982 he was Senior Researcher at the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine at Hanover Medical School where he received the venia legendi (Habilitation) for Psychiatry and Psychiatric Sociology in 1981. After a fellowship in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University (1982/1983) Dr. Angermeyer became in 1984 Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and in 1987 Director of the Psychiatric Sociology Unit at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim (Germany). Since 2009 he is Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari (Italy).
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Apart from psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research Dr. Angermeyer’s main research interest has been in the stigma of mental illness. Since 1990 he conducted numerous population surveys in Germany and other countries on public attitudes about mental disorders.