Dr Karl Andriessen is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Psychiatry, Sydney, and a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Belgium. He is a well-known researcher in the field of suicide bereavement and prevention, and worked in Australia, Belgium, and internationally.
His involvement is rooted in clinical practice, starting 30 years ago as a Social Worker in youth and family counselling, and telephone crisis lines, followed by leading positions in suicide prevention, bereavement, helplines, community mental health centres, and policy development.Karl holds a Master in Suicidology (Griffith University, 2006), and a PhD (2018) from the School of Psychiatry, UNSW, Sydney. He is the recipient of several (inter-)national awards, and served as Chair of the IASP Special Interest Group on Suicide Bereavement (2002-2015). He is an advisor to several projects in the field of mental health, suicide prevention and bereavement, and is the principal editor of “Postvention in action”, the world first “International handbook of suicide bereavement support” (Hogrefe, 2017).
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New adolescent grief scales open new research possibilities: A commentary
Karl Andriessen, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Brian Draper, Michael Dudley, Philip B Mitchell
Journal article | 2019 | Death Studies
In this commentary, we highlight the availability of two newly developed instruments that measure grief in adolescents. We present..
Grief After Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide.
Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Luc Dargis, Brian L Mishara
Journal article | 2019 | Crisis
Background: Several countries have regulated euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Research has looked at the experienc..
Suicide and Personality Traits: A Multicenter Study of Austrian and Italian Psychiatric Patients and Students
Stefan Stefa-Missagli, Human-Friedrich Unterrainer, Giancarlo Giupponi, Sandra-Johanna Holasek, Hans-Peter Kapfhammer, Andreas Conca, Michela Sarlo, Denise Erbuto, Elena Rogante, Heidrun Moujaes-Droescher, Katrin Davok, Isabella Berardelli, Karolina Krysinska, Karl Andriessen, David Lester, Maurizio Pompili
Journal article | 2019 | Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Influence of Spiritual Dimensions on Suicide Risk: The Role of Regional Differences
Stefan Stefa-Missagli, Human-Friedrich Unterrainer, Giancarlo Giupponi, Sandra-Johanna Wallner-Liebmann, Hans-Peter Kapfhammer, Andreas Conca, Michela Sarlo, Isabella Berardelli, Salvatore Sarubbi, Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Denise Erbuto, Heidrun Moujaes-Droescher, David Lester, Katrin Davok, Maurizio Pompili
Journal article | 2019 | Archives of Suicide Research
The field of suicide prevention has been enriched by research on the association between spirituality and suicide. Many authors ha..
Ethical Concerns in Suicide Research: Results of an International Researcher Survey
Karl Andriessen, Lennart Reifels, Karolina Krysinska, Jo Robinson, Georgia Dempster, Jane Pirkis
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Researchers and research ethics committees share a common goal of conducting ethically sound research. However, little is known of..
Suicide and spirituality: a multicenter study of Austrian and Italian psychiatric patients and students
G Falcone, S Stefa-Missagli, HF Unterrainer, G Giupponi, SJ Wallner-Liebmann, HP Kapfhammer, A Conca, M Sarlo, I Berardelli, K Krysinska, K Andriessen, A Nardella, D Erbuto, H Moujaes-Droescher, K Davok, M Pompili
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY
Effectiveness of interventions for people bereaved through suicide: a systematic review of controlled studies of grief, psychosocial and suicide-related outcomes
Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Nicole TM Hill, Lennart Reifels, Jo Robinson, Nicola Reavley, Jane Pirkis
Journal article | 2019 | BMC Psychiatry
Suicide Postvention Service Models and Guidelines 2014-2019: A Systematic Review.
Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Kairi Kõlves, Nicola Reavley
Journal article | 2019 | Frontiers in Psychology
Background: Suicide bereavement can have a lasting and devastating psychosocial impact on the bereaved individuals and communities..
The adolescent grief inventory: Development of a novel grief measurement.
Karl Andriessen, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Brian Draper, Michael Dudley, Philip B Mitchell
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Affective Disorders
BACKGROUND: To develop an empirically derived, reliable and valid measure of grief in adolescents, aged 12-18 years old. METHODS: ..
A Systematic Mapping of Suicide Bereavement and Postvention Research and a Proposed Strategic Research Agenda.
Myfanwy Maple, Tania Pearce, Rebecca Sanford, Julie Cerel, Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Karl Andriessen
Journal article | 2018 | Crisis
BACKGROUND: Suicide may have disruptive and/or devastating effects on family, friends, and the broader community. Of late, increas..
Depression, Hopelessness, and Complicated Grief in Survivors of Suicide.
Samantha Bellini, Denise Erbuto, Karl Andriessen, Mariantonietta Milelli, Marco Innamorati, David Lester, Gaia Sampogna, Andrea Fiorillo, Maurizio Pompili
Journal article | 2018 | Frontiers in Psychology
Suicide often has a severe impact on the surviving family and friends. There is a need to better understand the psychological and ..
Prevalence of exposure to suicide: A meta-analysis of population-based studies.
Karl Andriessen, Bayzidur Rahman, Brian Draper, Michael Dudley, Philip B Mitchell
Journal article | 2017 | Journal of Psychiatric Research
Those exposed to suicide are at increased risk of adverse outcomes including mental illness, impaired social functioning, and fata..
Current Postvention Research and Priorities for the Future.
Karl Andriessen, Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Julie Cerel, Myfanwy Maple
Journal article | 2017 | Crisis
BACKGROUND: Suicide can have a lasting impact on the social life as well as the physical and mental health of the bereaved. Target..
Pre- and postloss features of adolescent suicide bereavement: A systematic review.
Karl Andriessen, Brian Draper, Michael Dudley, Philip B Mitchell
Journal article | 2016 | Death Studies
Despite increasing clinical and research interest in suicide bereavement the impact of suicide on adolescents is still poorly unde..
Genetic Vulnerability as a Distal Risk Factor for Suicidal Behaviour: Historical Perspective and Current Knowledge.
Karl Andriessen, Alja Videtic-Paska
Journal article | 2015 | Slovenian Journal of Public Health
INTRODUCTION: Suicide is a multidimensional problem. Observations of family history of suicide suggest the existence of a genetic ..
Online Memorialization and Grief After Suicide: An Analysis of Suicide Memorials on the Internet.
Karolina Krysinska, Karl Andriessen
Journal article | 2015 | OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying
Although several studies have looked at the phenomenon of online memorialization, online involvement of those bereaved by suicide ..
Suicide intervention skills and related factors in community and health professionals.
Gert Scheerder, Alexandre Reynders, Karl Andriessen, Chantal Van Audenhove
Journal article | 2010 | Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Health and community professionals have considerable exposure to suicidal people and need to be well skilled to deal with them. We..
Current understandings of suicide survivor issues: research, practice, and plans. Report of the 1st International Suicide Postvention Seminar, September 8, 2006, Portoroz, Slovenia.
Karl Andriessen, Annette Beautrais, Onja T Grad, Elisabeth Brockmann, Sue Simkin
Journal article | 2007 | Crisis
The goals of the Postvention Taskforce of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) are to increase awareness of..
What helps and what hinders the process of surviving the suicide of somebody close?
Onja T Grad, Sheila Clark, Kari Dyregrov, Karl Andriessen
Journal article | 2004 | Crisis
This paper presents similar findings about the lack of support and understanding for people bereaved through suicide from four dif..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Outstanding International Health Alumnus of the Year Award
AISRAP Outstanding International Alumni of the Year Award
AISRAP Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award
PhD Scholarship 2014-2018
Award for Academic Excellence
IASP Norman Farberow Postvention Award
NHMRCF - NHMRC Fellowship
Research Fellow In Mental Health
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
International Association for Youth Mental Health
Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA)
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Board Member Until 2016
Research Fellow (Since Oct 2018), Associated Researcher (Apr 2013 - Oct 2018)
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven - University of Leuven
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Including Special Interest Group (Sig) On Suicide Bereavement And Postvention, And Sig On Media And Suicide
International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
PhD, UNSW School of Psychiatry, Sydney
University of New South Wales
Master of Suicidology, Griffith University, Brisbane
Bachelor of Social Work
University College of Antwerp