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News from ESSPD President

Ueli Kramer, PhD
ESSPD President

Dear colleagues,

In October 2022, the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) had the pleasure to host the 6th International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and  Allied Disorders in a virtual format. The event featured a number of outstanding sessions, updating us with where the field of personality disorders currently is moving, hosted by renown experts in the field. The topic of the congress was “Change for a better future”, a topic I would expect would continuously impact our field in a lasting manner. If you are interested, please check out the resources on our website, in particular the freely available Presidential Debate, and the featured interviews with leading experts.

In order for you to be able to benefit from the entirety of the resources associated with the 6th Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and Allied Disorders, we decided to make the recorded content of the event available, especially for those who did not have the chance to register on time to take part in the meeting. The on-demand content will be available upon a fee until mid-January 2023. (Accessing the content will entitle having a participation certificate issued/register for video content).

Upcoming: Stay tuned as ESSPD proposes a series of webinars on pressing issues in the field of personality disorders, such as early intervention, intervention on parenting and the treatment of pathological narcissism (January – May 2023).

Upcoming: Early career researchers in Europe interested in research on personality disorders are invited to join us in the picturesque Crêt-Bérard, Switzerland in late August 2023, for our Third ESSPD Summer School: “Personality Disorders: Developmental  Pathways and Interventions”.

Deadline for application is February 1st, 2023
Important: full scholarships for early career researchers working in Eastern Europe are available!

I look forward to meeting many of you at one or the other ESSPD event next year!
Ueli Kramer, PhD
ESSPD President


Dear colleagues, friends and ESSPD members,

We are very happy to invite you to our next congress, the 6th International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder and Allied Disorders to be held online from 10–12 October 2022.

The overarching theme of our conference is:

“Change for a better future: Perspectives beyond symptoms“

Babette Renneberg, PhD
ESSPD Past President

ESSPD webinar

Those that didn’t have the chance to attend the webinar “The ICD-11 Classification of Personality Disorders – Challenges and Opportunities” can now purchase access to the recording.

ESSPD Research Update

The quarterly newsletter is focused upon the theme of borderline personality disorder, physical health, morbidity and mortality as well as BPD, trauma and PTSD, and contains a review of the five most innovative contributions to the literature in the recent months. The corresponding scientific writer is Sophie Liljedahl, PhD.

Deaths by suicide and other causes among patients with borderline personality disorder and personality-disordered comparison subjects over 24 years of prospective follow-up

Borderline personality disorder and self-directed violence in a sample of suicidal army soldiers

Scientific Journal

Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Dysregulation edited by Martin Bohus, Christian Schmahl and John M. Oldham is the official journal of the ESSPD. The open access journal focuses on the psychological, social, and neurobiological aspects of emotion dysregulation. It covers the whole range of BPD research including epidemiology, phenomenology, pathophysiology, psychological, and pharmacological treatment, neurobiology, genetics, and animal models of BPD. The journal recently received an impact factor of 2.067. The ESSPD donates three Waivers for Article Processing Charges (APC) primarily to members from Eastern European countries.


Stimulates and supports

scholarship, clinical experience, international collaboration and communication of research on all aspects of personality disorders including epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and assessment, course and treatment in Europe.

Society with a European signature

which will address the specific needs of the European personality disorder field and actively will expand it to countries in which it is less developed.

Actively seeks contact and cooperation

with family and users organizations and is open to professionals who are actively involved or interested in the study, assessment and treatment of personality disorders.

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