Ulrich Reininghaus is Heisenberg Professor at the Department of Public Mental Health, Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH), Mannheim, and a Visiting Professor at the Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. His main research interests are in the ecological translation of evidence-based innovations in public mental health provision using innovative participatory, evaluation, and implementation science frameworks and cutting-edge digital technology for delivering evidence-based mental health promotion, mental disorder prevention and mental health care. To this end, his work seeks to identify momentary risk and protective mechanisms, socio-environmental contexts and settings across the continuum of mental health and, in a next step, translate this into novel digital interventions and services – ecological momentary interventions (EMI) in particular – that target these mechanisms, contexts and settings in real time and in the real world.
Professor Reininghaus was awarded a Ph.D. by Queen Mary University of London in 2011. He trained as a postdoc at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. His interest in innovative digital assessment and intervention then led him to work at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Maastricht University, where he was last appointed as Associate Professor before he moved to CIMH in 2018 to head the newly established Department of Public Mental Health. Professor Reininghaus has been awarded several competitive fellowships for his work, including by the UK National Institute for Health Research, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and most recently a Heisenberg Professorship by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His current work is funded by several grants, including from the EU, ZonMW, BMBF, DFG, and MWK.