Morina Naser

Gruppenleiter / Group Leader

Dr. phil. Naser Morina

Morina Naser



University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich

Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine


Culmannstrasse 8

Ort / City

8091 Zurich

Telefon / Phone

+41 44 255 51 21

Gruppenmitglieder / Group Members

Sandra, Passardi, M.Sc
Ulrich Schnyder, Prof. Emer. dr. med
Chantal Martin-Soelch, Prof. Dr. phil.

Matthis Schick, Dr. med.

Nikolai Kisselev, M.Sc.

Panagiota Mistridis, Dr. phil.

Prof. Richard Bryant, PhD.

Prof. Angela Nickerson, PhD

Prof. Adam Brown, PhD

David Srivastava, Dr. med.

Niklaus Eggloff, PD. Dr. med.

Thomas Maier, PD. Dr. med.

Marit Sijjbrandij, PhD, Assist. Prof.

Eva Heim, PhD

Clare Killikelly, PhD

Johannes Ullrich, Prof. Dr. phil.

Mirëlinda Shala, M.Sc.
research assistants (MD students and MA psychologists, BA students)

Hauptforschungsgebiet(e) / Main Field(s) of Research / Abstract

Psychotraumatology, refugee mental health, mechanisms underlying psychological effects of torture and trauma, phenomenology and treatment of posttraumatic stress reactions, psychotherapy with interpreters, migration and health, pain and somatoform disorders, assessment tools, mini interventions, low-intensity interventions, lay-counseling

Schlüsselwörter für Forschungsgebiet(e) / Keywords for Research Field(s)

Ausbildung und Schulung / Education and Training

We have training opportunities for PhD students, for medical dissertations, for medical master students and for psychology diploma and master students.

Wichtigste Publikationen / Selected Publications

  1. Schick M, Morina N, Klaghofer R, Schnyder U, Müller J (2013) Trauma, mental health and intergenerational associations in Kosovar Families 11 years after the war. Eur J Psychotraumatol 4: 21060.
  2. Sleptsova M, Hofer G, Morina N, Langewitz W (2014) The role of the interpreter in a clinical setting: narrative literature review. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 31: 1–18, 2014, doi: 10.1080/07370016.2014.926682
  3. Sleptsova M, Hofer G, Eggler M, Grossman P, Morina N, Schick M, Daly M, Weber I, Kocagöncü O, Langewitz W (2015) What do interpreters understand as their role in a medical consultation and how do they carry it out in reality. Psychotherapy Psychosomatics Medical Psychology. 65(9-10): 363-369.
  4. Nickerson A, Bryant RA, Schnyder U, Schick M, Mueller J, Morina N (2015) Emotion dysregulation mediates the relationship between trauma exposure, post-migration living difficulties and psychological outcomes in traumatized refugees. Journal of Affective Disorders 173: 185-192.
  5. Nickerson A, Schnyder U, Bryant RA, Schick M, Mueller J, Morina N (2015) Moral injury in tortured refugees. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 84: 122-123, doi: 10.1159/000369353
  6. Schnyder U, Mueller J, Morina N, Schick M, Bryant RA, Nickerson A (2015) A comparison of DSM-5 and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder in traumatized refugees. J Trauma Stress 28: 267-274.
  7. Schick M, Zumwald A, Knöpfli B, Nickerson A, Bryant RA, Schnyder U, Mueller J, Morina N (2016) Challenging future, challenging past: The relationship of social integration and psychological impairment in traumatized refugees. Eur J Psychotraumatol 7: 28057.
  8. Morina N, Schnyder U, Schick M, Nickerson A, Bryant RA (2016) Attachment style and interpersonal trauma in refugees. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 50:1161-1168.
  9. Spiller TR, Schick M, Schnyder U, Bryant RA, Nickerson A, Morina N (2016) Somatization and anger predict symptom severity of PTSD in severely traumatized refugees and asylum seekers. Swiss Medical Weekly 146: w14311.
  10. Morina N, Sulaj V, Schnyder U, Klaghofer R, Müller J, Martin-Sölch C, Rufer M (2016) Obsessive-compulsive and posttraumatic stress symptoms among civilian survivors of war. BMC Psychiatry 16: 115.
  11. Nickerson A, Cloitre M, Bryant RA, Schnyder U, Morina N, Schick M (2016) The factor structure of complex posttraumatic stress disorder in traumatized refugees. Eur J Psychotraumatol 7: 33253.
  12. Morina N, Kuenburg A, Schnyder U, Bryant RA, Nickerson A, Schick M (2017) The association of posttraumatic and post-migration stress with pain and other somatic symptoms: an explorative analysis in traumatized refugees and asylum seekers. Pain Med, 100(9):1667-1671.
  13. Sleptsova M, Weber H, Schöpf CA, Nübling M, Morina N, Hofer G, Langewitz W (2017) Analyzing health care provider – interpreter – patient interactions with RIAS. Patient Educ Couns, 100(9):1667-1671.
  14. Spiller TR, Schick M, Schnyder U, Bryant RA, Nickerson A, Morina N (2017) Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in a clinical sample of refugees - a network analysis. Eur J Psychotraumatol 8(sup3): 1318032.
  15. Nickerson A, Schick M, Schnyder U, Bryant RA, Morina N (2017) Comorbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression in tortured, treatment-seeking refugees. J Trauma Stress 30: 409-415.
  16. Sijbrandij M, Acarturk C, Bird M, Bryant RA, Burchert S, Carswell K, de Jong J, Dinesen C, Dawson KS, El Chammay R, van Ittersum L, Jordans M, Knaevelsrud C, McDaid D, Miller K, Morina N, Park AL, Roberts B, van Son Y, Sondorp E, Pfaltz MC, Ruttenberg L, Schick M, Schnyder U, van Ommeren M, Ventevogel P, Weissbecker I, Weitz E, Wiedemann N, Whitney C, Cuijpers P (2017) Strengthening mental health care systems for Syrian refugees in Europe and the Middle East: integrating scalable psychological interventions in eight countries. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 8(sup2):1388102. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2017.1388102
  17. Morina N, Bryant RA, Doolan EL, Martin-Sölch C, Plichta M, Pfaltz MC, Schnyder U, Schick M, Nickerson A (2018) The impact of enhancing perceived self-efficacy in torture survivors. Depr Anx 35(1):58-64.
  18.  Morina N, Ewers S, Schnyder U, Passardi S, Schick M (2017) Mental health assessments in refugees and asylum seekers: evaluation of a tablet-assisted screening software. Conflict and Health, 11(1).
  19. Nickerson N, Asnaani A, Carlsson J, Fazel M, Knaevelsrud C, Liddell B, Morina N, Neuner F, Newnham E, Rasmussen A (2017) Trauma and mental health in forcibly displaced populations - a briefing paper prepared for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
  20.  Le L, Morina N, Schnyder U, Schick M, Bryant RA, Nickerson A.(2018). "The effects of perceived torture controllability on symptom severity of posttraumatic stress, depression and anger in refugees and asylum seekers: A path analysis." Psychiatry Res 264: 143-150.
  21. Morina N *, Schnyder U, Klaghofer R, Müller J, Martin-Soelch C (2018) Trauma exposure and the mediating role of posttraumatic stress on somatic symptoms in civilian war victims. BMC Psychiatry 18(1):92.
  22. Morina N, Akhtar A, Barth J, Schnyder U (2018). Psychiatric disorders in refugees and internally displaced persons after forced displacement: a systematic review. Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00433

Finanzierung / Funding

H2020, SNF, Parrotia-Stiftung, Swiss Federal Government (DEZA, SEM, BAG), Stiftung zur Förderung von Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Ernst Göhner Stiftung

Link zur "Forschungsdatenbank" der UZH / Link to the UZH "research database"