OUR TEAM

European Alliance Against Depression

The European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) is an international, non-profit organisation dedicated to two main objectives: improving the treatment of individuals with depression and preventing suicidal behaviour. The EAAD currently comprises 27 members from Europe, Canada, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The EAAD was established in 2008 after the completion of a European Union (EU) funded research project that had implemented and evaluated a community-based intervention programme (so-called “4-level intervention”) targeting depression and suicide in various regions in Europe. Ever since, one main goal of the EAAD has been to sustain and expand the 4-level intervention activities worldwide.

Furthermore, the EAAD established an awareness website (www.ifightdepression.com) providing comprehensive information about depression and where to get help. The EAAD further provides a cost-free, guided online self-management programme for depression (“iFightDepression® tool”).

The EAAD is coordinating MENTBEST and several other EU-funded research projects.

Project Staff

Ulrich Heger

Professor Ulrich Hegerl (Project Lead)

PhD in Psychiatry
President of EAAD, president of the German Depression Foundation and holder of the Johann Christian Senckenberg Distinguished Professorship at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

Prof. Ulrich Hegerl is the President of the EAAD. He is also the President of the German Depression Foundation and holder of the Johann Christian Senckenberg Distinguished Professorship at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Prof. Hegerl is an international expert in depression research and suicide prevention and has coordinated several large EU-funded projects on these topics, including EAAD-Best, PREDI-NU, and OSPI Europe.

Team Members

Dr. Katharina Schnitzspahn

Dr. Katharina Schnitzspahn works as a project manager and international coordinator at the EAAD. She supports the EU-funded projects MENTBEST, MENTUPP, MESUR and EAAD-Best and is also involved in other EAAD activities. Katharina holds a PhD in psychology and conducted research on cognitive and emotional development at different Universities across Europe for over 10 years before joining the EAAD.

Carolina Piña

Carolina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed her Master of Science degree in Health Science. She has several years of experience in academia and has been involved in various research projects. She currently works as a Project Manager at EAAD and supports the administration of the EU-funded projects MENTBEST and EAAD-Best, as well as other EAAD activities.