Professor Heinz Leymann, PhD, MD sci Biography


Professor Heinz Leymann created the term mobbing, which means a group of individuals uniting to persecute one individual in the workplace, workplace psychological harassment. He treated several victims of mobbing for some of the side effects, burnout, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


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Bullying; Whistleblowing; Information about Mobbing at the Workplace

Professor Heinz Leymann, PhD, MD sci

Heinz Leymann (Wikipedia):

Heinz Leymann was born on July 17, 1932 in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. He was a Swedish citizen. He was famous for his studies on mobbing among humans. He had a degree in pedagogical psychology, and another one in psychiatry and worked as a psychologist. He was a professor at Umeå University. He died in 1999 in Stockholm.

Academic Background:

Leymann, who became a Swedish citizen in the mid-1950s, was awarded his Ph.D. in pedagogical psychology from Stockholm University in 1978.[1] He then went on to get another research doctorate (doktor i medicinsk vetenskap, "doctor of medical science", typically translated into English as Ph.D.) in psychiatry in 1990 from Umeå University.[2] Somewhat unusually, his doctorate in psychiatry was based on his clinical background as a psychologist; he did not go through medical training.[3]

Leymann's Work on Mobbing:

Leymann pioneered research into mobbing in the 1980s. His initial research in the area was based on detailed case studies of a number of nurses who had committed or tried to commit suicide due to events at the workplace.[4]

Although he preferred the term bullying in the context of school children, some have come to regard mobbing as a form of group bullying. As professor and practicing psychologist, Leymann also noted one of the side-effects of mobbing is post-traumatic stress disorder and is frequently misdiagnosed. Among researchers who have built on Leymann's work are Noa Zanolli Davenport,[5] Thomas E. Hecker,[6] Linda Shallcross,[7] Kenneth Westhues[8] and Dieter Zapf.[9]

Dedicated to the research of Dr. Heinz Leymann, 1932-1999 Professor of Psychology Umeå University

Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Heinz Lehmann Award

For Outstanding Contributions to Neuropsychopharmacology

The Heinz Lehmann Award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions by a single individual in the field of research in neuropsychopharmacology in Canada. The Award consists of $5,000 research prize, a $2,000 travel award for the recipient to attend the CCNP Annual Meeting and a suitably engraved plaque. The Heinz Lehmann Award shall be presented annually for work done primarily in Canada by Canadian scientists, unless there is, in the view of the Awards Committee, no qualified nominee.