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Medical educator

Danuta Elisabeth Wasserman, Polish, Swedish medical educator. Certified psychoanalyst.


Wasserman, Danuta Elisabeth was born on March 19, 1945 in Warsaw, Poland. Arrived in Sweden, 1968. Daughter of Nikolai Stefan and Stefania Maria (Smolarek) Wolk.


Doctor of Medicine, Medical Faculty, Uppsala, Sweden, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 1986.


Medical and psychiatric resident, Uppsala and Stockholm, 1972—1993. Senior psychology consultant Karolinska Hospital, since 1994. Researcher Medical Research Council, Stockholm, 1989—1992.

Associate professor Karolinska Institute, 1990—1995, professor psychiatry & suicidology, National Association of School Psychologists, since 1995, head National Swedish Center Suicide Research & Prevention Mental Ill Health, since 1995, chairman department public health science, 2002—2007, director World Health Organization collaborating center suicide research and prevent Geneva, Copenhagen, since 1997. Honorary president Estonian-Swedish Suicidological Inst, Tallinn, Estonia, since 1993. Member Club 13 Karolinska Institute, since 1993, International Association Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention, since 1995.


  • Certified psychoanalyst.


Task force for suicide prevention Swedish Medical and Swedish Psychiatric Association, 1994. Member International Association Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention (vice president 1995-1997, director task force for identification of research priorities in suicidology since 1993, Erwin Stengel Research award 1993), International Association Suicide Research (president 2005-2007, past president, 2007-2009), Swedish Medical Association (research award 1993), American Foundation Suicide Prevention (Research award, 2005, German Hans-Rost Suicidology prize, 2005, Nordic Ministers Council award for significant achievement to improve mental health and prevent suicide, 2008), New York Academy of Sciences, European Association Psychiatric (chair, section suicidology & suicide prevention, since 2005, board member, since 2008), World Psychiatric Association (co-chair, suicidology section, 2005-2008, chair, suicidology section, since 2008).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, history, travel, piano, gardening.


Children: Janek, Susanne, Camilla. Married Jerzy Wasserman, June 16, 1979.

Nikolai Stefan Wolk

Stefania Maria (Smolarek) Wolk

Jerzy Wasserman

Janek Wasserman

Susanne Wasserman

Camilla Wasserman