Andres Ricardo  Schneeberger

Andres Ricardo Schneeberger, PD Dr. med.

Ärztlicher Direktor Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung

Chefarzt Privatklinik Mentalva

Facharzt für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie FMH ABPN

Konsiliar- und Liaisonpsychiatrie FMH

Psychiatrische Dienste Graubünden

Phone: +41 58 225 30 00

Telfax: +41 58 225 30 99

Address: La Nicca Strasse 17, 7408 Cazis


In 1999, Dr. Schneeberger received his Medical degree from the University of Basel in Switzerland and completed his doctoral thesis in 2000, when he was honored with the faculty award for Best Doctoral Thesis. In 2002 and 2003, he completed his Swiss Board Examinations for Psychiatry. By 2007, he had completed his Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Licensing in the United States. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Montefiore Hospital, affiliated with the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York. He served as Chief Resident Psychiatrist at the chronic long-term inpatient unit at Bronx Psychiatric Center and was then appointed as Senior Chief Resident at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Schneeberger is a board licensed psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the Swiss Board FMH. He is currently appointed as chief medical director of Psychiatrische Dienste Graubünden, Switzerland. In March 2019 he completed his habilitation, received the venia legend and is a lecturer for psychiatry at the University of Zurich. He also is on the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


His research projects focus in general on psychiatric treatment modalities, mental health service delivery and policies as well as financial aspects and tariff systems. A special focus of his research interest has been the mental health of minority populations. He has also worked scientifically on the effects of complex trauma in people with severe mental illness as well as the causes and effects of aggression in psychiatric inpatient settings.          


Current Research Projects:

• The effects of implementing an open-door policy for a psychiatric ward on the ward atmosphere, as perceived by a psychiatric population and the staff – An observational study before and after changing the treatment settings (changing policy)

• Expectations and experiences of psychiatric patients applying therapeutic body wraps (TBW) and physiological correlates thereof

• Efficacy of treatment for tinnitus based on cognitive behavioral therapy in an inpatient setting: a 10-year retrospective outcome analysis

• Praxisimplementierung der deutschen Version des MBI-C in einer Schweizer Memory Clinic – Validierung, Normierung und Auswirkungen in der klinischen Praxis 

• Stationäre Mutter-Kind-Behandlung bei den Psychiatrischen Diensten Graubünden: Behandlungskonzept und –Ergebnisse.

Selected Publications

Schneeberger AR, Kowalinski E, Fröhlich D, Schroeder K, von Felten S, Zinkler M, Beine, KH, Heinz A, Borgwardt S, Lang U, Bux DA, Huber CG (2017).  Aggression and violence in psychiatric hospitals with and without open door policies: A 15-year naturalistic observational study. Journal of psychiatric research. 95: 189-195

Schneeberger AR, Huber CG, Lang UE, Muenzenmaier KH, Castille D, Jaeger M, Seixas A, Sowislo J, Link BG (2017). Effects of assisted outpatient treatment and health care services on psychotic symptoms. Social Science & Medicine. 175: 152-160

Schneeberger AR, Huber CG, Seixas AA, Muenzenmaier KH, Lang UE, Castille D, Larkin S, Link BG (2017). Alcohol consumption and the use of health care services in people with severe mental illness and stressful childhood experiences. Journal of addictive diseases. 36: 97-104

Ford JD*, Schneeberger AR*, Komarovskaya I, Muenzenmaier K, Castille D, Opler LA, Link, B (2017). The Symptoms of Trauma Scale (SOTS): Psychometric evaluation and gender differences with adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. 18: 559-57 (*shared first authorship)

Huber CG*, Schneeberger AR*, Kowalinski E, Fröhlich D, von Felten S, Walter M, Zinkler M, Beine K, Heinz A, Borgwardt S, Lang UE (2016). Suicide risk and absconding in psychiatric hospitals with and without open door policies: a 15 year, observational study. The Lancet Psychiatry. 3: 842-849 (*shared first authorship)

Jungfer HA*, Schneeberger AR*, Borgwardt S, Walter M, Vogel M, Gairing SK, Lang UE, Huber CG (2014). Reduction of seclusion on a hospital-wide level: Successful implementation of a less restrictive policy. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 54: 94-99 (*shared first authorship)

Schneeberger AR, Muenzenmaier K, Castille D, Battaglia J, Link B (2014). Use of Psychotropic Medication Groups in People with Severe Mental Illness and Stressful Childhood Experiences. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. 15: 494-511

Schneeberger AR, Muenzenmaier KH, Battaglia J, Castille D, Link BG (2012). Childhood abuse, head injuries, and use of medical emergency services in people with severe mental illness. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 21: 570-582

Schneeberger AR, Dietl MF, Muenzenmaier KH, Huber CG, Lang UE (2014). Stressful childhood experiences and health outcomes in sexual minority populations: a systematic review. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 49: 1427-1445

Schneeberger AR (2016). Geschlechtsspezifische Aspekte (Frauen). In: Handbuch der Antisozialen Persönlichkeitsstörung. Dulz B, Briken P, Kernberg OF, Rauchfleisch U (eds.), pp 149-158, Schattauer Verlag: Stuttgart