Jorg Richtcher

Professor Jörg Richter

Professor/ Module leader

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences

j.richter@hull.ac.uk

01482 465213

Dr Richter is a clinical psychologist and licensed cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist with extensive clinical experience.

He has worked with a wide variety of psychiatric patients, as both in- and outpatients, and in both individual and group sessions.

Dr Richter has held a chair in psychology since the year 2000.

His research interests are focused upon depression/depressivity, personality and psychopathology in adults, quality of life, occupational and post trauma stress with a comprehensive and cross-cultural approach with a strong interest on developmental psychological problems over the life-span.

Additionally he is engaged in topics relating to medical ethics, particularly end-of-life treatment decisions.

Research

Research Interests

  • Clinical psychology

  • Personality psychology

  • Social psychology

  • Individual differences

  • Cross-cultural psychology

  • Research methodology

  • Psychometrics

  • Medical ethics

Research groups

Research collaborators

  • Prof Dr Mehdi Ghazinour, University of Umeå/Sweden

  • Prof em Dr Lars Jacobsson, University of Umeå/Sweden

  • Prof em Dr Sture Aström, University of Umeå/Sweden

  • Dr Lars Erik Lauritz, University of Umeå/Sweden

  • Prof Dr Martin Eisemann, University of Tromsø, Norway

  • Prof em Dr Dagmar Krebs, University of Giessen, Germany

  • Prof Dr Jacqueline Höppner, Gerontopsychiatric Hospital, Schwerin, Germany

  • Prof Dr Barbara Bauer, Geriatric Rehabilitation Hospital, Neubrandenburg, Germany

  • Dr Rosina Neumann, University of Rostock, Germany

  • Prof Dr Michael Dettling, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

  • Prof Dr Maretha Visser, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

  • Prof Dr Nafisa Cassimee, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

  • Prof Dr Maria Marchetti-Mercer, University of the Witwatersrand, Republic of South Africa

  • Prof Dr Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University, Canada

  • Prof em Dr Robert C. Cloninger, Washington University, USA

  • Prof Dr Elizabeth van Preez, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

  • Dr Simon-Peter Neumer, RBUP Oslo, Norway

  • Prof Dr Samantha Halliday, University of Huddersfield, UK

Publications

Nasseh M, Ghazinour M, Nojomi M and Richter J, 'The buffering effect of social support between domestic violence and self-esteem in pregnant women in Tehran, Iran', Journal of Family Violence, 27(3), pp 225-231 (2012)

Mathiesen E F, Nome S, Eisemann M and Richter J, 'Drinking patterns, psychological distress and quality of life in a Norwegian general population based sample', Quality of Life Research, 21(9), pp 1527-1536, DOI: 10.1007/s11136-011-0080-8 (2012)

Ungar M, Ghazinour M and Richter J, 'Annual Research Review: What is resilience within the ecology of human development?', Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(4), pp 348-366, DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12025 (2013)

Richter J, 'Preliminary evidence for good psychometric properties of the Norwegian version of the Brief Problems Monitor (BPM)', Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 69(3), pp 174-178 DOI: 10.3109/08039488.2014.951070 (2015)

Saim N J, Ghazinour M and Richter J, 'Mental health predicted by coping, social support, and resilience among young unwed pregnant Malaysian women and mothers living in shelter homes', International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 9(3), pp 185-197 (2016)

Full list

Teaching

Modules list

  • Theories of Mental Health

  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

Research PhDs

Completed PhDs

  • Anke Garz, Quality of life in patients with throat and head tumours, Rostock (1998)

  • Uta-Susan Donges, Perceived parental rearing and self-concept in adulthood. A comparison study between depressive, schizophrenic, and healthy subjects, ostock/ Münster (1999)

  • Beate Krecklow, Personality of juvenile delinquents, Rostock (2001)

  • Susanne Kraenz, Mental health in adolescents – Transcultural comparison between North-Eastern Germany, Northern Sweden, and Greece, Rostock (2003)

  • Mehdi Gahzinour, Psychopathology, personality, and coping in Iranian emigrants in Sweden, Umeå/Sweden (2003)

  • Michael Neumeyer, The impact of psychological expert reports on decisions at the Social Court, Rostock (2008)

  • Habib Emami, Epidemiological studies on mental health in Tehran - Iran, Umeå (2008)

  • Sven Brändström, The Swedish version of the Temperament and Character Inventory, Umeå, Linköping/Sweden (2009)

  • Martina Schwarz, Personality as a determinant of course of rehabilitation and quality of life in geriatric rehabilitation inpatients, Neubrandenburg/Rostock (2009)

  • Naser Mofidi, Mental health, attitudes towards suicide and posttraumatic stress in Kurdish Iranians, Umeå (2009)

  • Mojgan Padyab, Client violence toward Iranian social workers: A national survey, Umeå (2012)

  • Hans Christian Vangberg, Personality characteristics, depression and the use of an Internet-based intervention among high-school students, Tromsø, Norway (2013)

  • Mozhdeh Nasseh Loft Abadi, Social Support, coping and self-esteem in relation to psychosocial factors: A study of health issues and birth weight in young mothers in Tehran, Iran, Umeå (2012)

  • Nor Jana Saim, Life experiences of unmarried young mothers in shelter homes in suburban areas in Malaysia, Umeå (2015)

  • Arian Rostami, Marital satisfaction and quality of life in Iranian medical staff, Umeå (2013)

 

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Venia legendi – Privatdozent (Germany)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • HPC registration as practitioner psychologist (2010)

  • Recognition as specialist in adult clinical psychology by the Norwegian Psychological Association (2009)

  • State registration as psychologist in Norway (2008)

  • State registration (approbation) as “Psychological Psychotherapist (1999)

  • PhD, Complexity of depressivity, 2nd doctoral degree, University of Rostock, Germany (1994)

  • Supervisor of the German Association of Behaviour Therapy (1993)

  • Degree of 'Fachpsychologe der Medizin' (Professional Psychologist in Medicine) after postgraduate training (1990)

  • PhD, Development of assessment methods of psychosocial relationships in adolescents, 1st doctoral degree, University of Rostock, Germany (1983)

  • Dipl Psych, Social Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany (1981)

External roles

Member of editorial boards

  • World Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatry Journal, Depression: Research and Treatment, Quality of Life

Organisation of conferences/symposia

  • January 1986: Member of the organisational committee for the “Ostsee Symposium für Klinische Psychologie” (Warnemünde)

  • 1987-2003: Member of the organisational and scientific committee for the annual Rostocker Psychiatrietage

  • 1992: Organiser of the symposium 'Authoritarianism in German adolescents and young adults' in collaboration with Prof Dr G Lederer (Hamburg/Germany, New York/USA) and Prof Dr P Schmidt (Gießen/Germany)

  • June 1992: Member of the organisational committee of the annual symposium of the section clinical psychology within the German Psychological Society

  • October 1996: Convenor of the bilateral psychiatric symposium Rostock – Umeå 'Development of psychiatry and its complexity'

  • June 2000: Organiser and convenor of the annual symposium of the section of political psychology within the Association of German Professional Psychologists 'Deutschland: (un-)bewältigte Vergangenheiten'

  • February 2001: Organiser and convenor of the psychiatric symposium 'Facetten der Psychiatrie' in Rostock

  • September 2009: Member of the organisational and scientific committee of the international conference 'Coping with Stress' in Umeå, Sweden

  • September 2010: Member of the organisational and scientific committee of the 2nd international conference 'Coping with Stress' in Umeå, Sweden

  • October 2011: Member of the scientific committee of the 3rd international conference 'Coping with Stress' in Pretoria, South Africa

Membership by appointment/invitation of external bodies

  • 2005 to date: Review panel member of the North Norwegian Psychiatric Research Council

  • 2006 to date: Review panel member of the Norwegian Research Council

  • 2006 to date: External examiner in methodology, multivariate statistics, clinical psychology and personality psychology for the Psychological Institute, University of Tromsø

  • 2007 to date: External examiner in methodology, multivariate statistics and language psychology for the Psychological Institute, University of Tromsø

  • 2007: Research prize review panel member at the 7th Conference on Psychiatric Resrach in the North, Tromsø, Norway

  • 2008 to date: Review panel member of the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS)

  • 2008 to date: External examiner in multivariate statistics for the Psychological Institute, University of Tromsø

  • 2011/2012/2013: Invited editor together with T Kitamura, C R Cloninger, A Fossati, and P R Joyce of the special issue 'Temperament and Character Domains of Personality and Depression of Depression Research and Treatment'

Awards and accolades

Research grants and awards

German Ministry of Health (German Democratic Republic)

  • Research project, Complexity of depressivity (1983-90)

  • Fully-funded six week research stage at the State Psychiatric Research Institute of Czechia in Prague (1986)

  • Fully-funded six month research stage at the Department of Psychiatry & WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, University of Umeå, Sweden (1989-90)

German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Multi-level longitudinal investigation of depressivity, Principal Investigator, 725,000 DM (£241,600) (1996-7)

Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research

  • Violence in the care of the elderly, Principal Investigator, 178,000 SEK (£13,200) (2002-4)

Norwegian Research Council

  • Validation of the Norwegian version of the Temperament and Character Inventory, Principal investigator, 164,000 NOK (£13,500) (2003-4)

  • Quality of life, health, personality and alcohol drinking habits among Norwegian adults, co-applicant, 640,000 NOK (£65,000) (2007-9)

  • Ethnicity and mental health among youths: a longitudinal project, co-applicant, 850,000 NOK (£81,000) (2008-2011)

  • Effectiveness of group and individual treatment of childhood anxiety disorders in ordinary community clinics, co-applicant, 1,250,000 NOK (£126,500) (2008-2011)

  • Generation, protection and health effects of nano-sized dust in the ferroalloy industry (DEMASKUS), co-applicant, 4,900,000 NOK (£490,000), Vangberg H, Ch; Eisemann M, Richter J (2015-2018)

Swedish Research Foundation

  • Personality and coping behaviour in police students in Sweden and the Republic of South Africa, co-applicant, 170,000 SEK (£12,400), pilot project (2005-6)

  • A longitudinal, comparative investigation of the personality characteristics, coping behaviour, and psychological health in police trainees in Sweden and South Africa, co-applicant, 450,000 SEK (£33,400) (2007-9)

ESRC

  • Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach, co-applicant, £30,000, Halliday S, Hundt G, Richter J (2015-2018)

German Pension Insurance

  • Development and validation of assessment methods of pathological pc/internet use, co-applicant, 120,000 Euro (100,000), Sobottka B, Richter J (2014-7)

German Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

  • Poster award for 'Fettsäurekonzentrationen im Serum depressiver Patienten vor und nach repetitiver-transkranieller Magnetstimulation (rTMS)', together with Irmisch G, Höppner J, Schulz M and Schläfke D (2002)