Ralph Erich Schmidt

Professeur Titulaire / Adjunct Professor

Psychologie Clinique  / Clinical Psychology

Secretary of Clinical Psychology : Uni Mail - 6th floor - Office M6170

Email : Ralph Erich Schmidt

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Geneva (2005)
  • MAS in Psychology, University of Geneva (2001)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Geneva (2001)
  • Master in Psychology, University of Geneva (1999)
  • MLaw, University of Zurich (1996)

Clinical Qualifications

  • DU in Psychotraumatology, Paris Cité University, France (2023)
  • Psychologist Specialized in Psychotherapy FSP (2017)
  • MAS in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, University of Geneva (2007)

Advanced Clinical Trainings

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Boot Camp with Prof. Steven C. Hayes, Prof. Robyn D. Walser, and Prof. Kelly G. Wilson, Seattle/Washington, USA (2024)
  • CBASP Intensive Training Workshop for Chronic Depression with Prof. James P. McCullough, Richmond/Virginia, USA (2019)
  • International Training Program in Schema Therapy with Prof. Jeffrey E. Young and Dr. Wendy T. Behary, Schema Therapy Institutes of New York and New Jersey, USA (2019)
  • Certificate of Advanced (Level II) Training in Complicated Grief Treatment with Prof. M. Katherine Shear, Center for Complicated Grief, Columbia University, New York, USA (2018)
  • Certificate of Introduction to Ethnopsychiatry with Prof. Tobie Nathan, Centre Georges Devereux, Paris, France (2018)

Clinical Activities

  • Department of Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich (since 2016)
  • Psychological Counseling Center, University of Geneva (during psychotherapy training)

Research Areas

  • Psychopathological states: depression, prolonged grief disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, nightmares
  • Transdiagnostic processes: self-regulation, mental control, emotion regulation, executive functions
  • Therapeutic interventions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Cognitive-Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP); Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT); Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET); Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT); Schema Therapy; Ethnopsychiatry.

Editorial Activities

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Behavior Therapy
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology


  • Allensbach Foundation for Public Opinion Research (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • International Association of Ethnopsychoanalysis (AIEP)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST)
  • Swiss Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (ASPCO)
  • Swiss Federation of Psychologists (FSP)
  • Swiss Society for Sports Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (SSSPP)


Teaching (2021-2022)