DR Lennart Reifels

DR Lennart Reifels


  • Disaster Mental Health Risk Reduction
  • Mental Health Systems and Services Research
  • Population Mental Health
  • Strategic Climate Change Adaptation



  • Dr Lennart Reifels, PhD (Public Health), Dipl.-Psych. (Germany), is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and Visiting Research Fellow at the Disaster Research Unit, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Free University of Berlin. Dr Reifels has extensive research and work experience in academic and national mental health service settings in Australia and Germany, encompassing research, direct service and national training management roles. His key research areas include: population mental health, mental health systems and service research, disaster risk reduction, and strategic adaptation in view of the globally increasing impacts of extreme climatic events and disasters. Dr Reifels has previously led the evaluation of national mental health responses to major Australian bushfire and flood disasters, provided technical reports to Government, and collaborated and published with leading disaster experts in the field. As part of his PhD, Dr Reifels conducted the first systematic state-level survey of the disaster mental health workforce in the world.   


Member of

  • Global Burden of Disease Collaborator Network. Member 2019 -
  • WHO Thematic Platform for Health-Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research. Member 2017 -
  • Disaster Research Unit, Free University of Berlin. Visiting Research Fellow 2015 -
  • European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member 2013 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • AdvDip, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE 2010
  • CertIV TAA, Australian Institute of Education and Training 2007
  • Dipl.-Psych. (Germany), Free University of Berlin 2003

Awards and honors

  • Best Scientific Paper Award - WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Brisbane, Australia, WADEM, 2019
  • EU Scholar in Residence (Scholarship), European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, 2016
  • Outstanding Paper Award - ISTSS Conference (Post-Traumatic Stress: State of the Art Research and Clinical Implications for China) Hangzhou, China, ISTSS, 2014



Available for supervision

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