Research Group on Migration and Psychosocial Health (MiPH)

  • Description
  • Description

    The interdisciplinary Research Group for Migration and Psychosocial Health engages in different research activities focusing on the topics of Migration and Health and Culturally Competent Care. In terms of content, epidemiological issues ( ), together with structural quality, quality of processes and health and social care outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse communities are examined.

    In this context we investigate the influence of migration on individuals’ psychosocial health. We also assess the barriers to and resources for accessing health care services through the perspectives of patients and staff.

    Our research group develops interventions for health care professionals (e.g., cross-cultural competence training for psychotherapists: ) as well as for migrants (e.g., intercultural training for civil protection and disaster assistance). Furthermore, we design quality measures to optimise the care of migrants (guidelines for basic and advanced training for psychotherapists to acquire cross-cultural competencies; guidelines for the qualification of interpreters who work with refugees in the field of social work).

    Beyond our involvement in research and training, we also develop migration-, culture- and language-sensitive documentation and psychometric tools (e.g., “Cross-Cultural Competence of Healthcare Professionals” (CCCHP), Turkish Speaking Version of the “Hamburg Modules for the Assessment of Psychosocial Health” (T-Health-49)).

    Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, we collaborate not only locally and nationally but also internationally with research colleagues and institutions from different fields. Thanks to these collaborative efforts, we are interconnected with diverse healthcare providers, migrant organizations, experts in the field of intercultural health research, NGOs and public organisations.

    Our current research projects focus on the following subjects:

    • Cultural competence in inpatient mental health care
    • Cultural competence in home nursing care
    • Multilingualism in healthcare
    • Quality standards for the qualification of interpreters in the field of social work who work with refugees

    In order to encourage researchers and practitioners to dialogue and share their knowledge and expertise, we organize conferences, congresses and workshops (e.g.

    If you are interested in getting in touch with us or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
    Phone: +49 40 7410-59743

  • 2020

    • Mösko M (2020). Mehrsprachigkeit in der Gesundheitsversorgung. In Ingrid Gogolin, Antje Hansen, Sarah McMonagle, Dominique Rauch, Paul Leseman (Hg.): Handbuch Mehrsprachigkeit und Bildung, 369-375. Springer Verlag, Berlin.
    • Higgen S, Mösko M (2020). Mental health and cultural and linguistic diversity as challenges in school? An interview study on the implications for students and teachers. PLoS ONE 15(7): e0236160.
    • Khan-Gökkaya S, Mösko M (2020). Interkulturelles Coaching für geflüchtete Fachkräfte in
      Gesundheitsberufen: Entwicklung, Durchführung und Evaluation. Organisationsberat Superv Coach (2020) 27:383–399
    • Breitsprecher C., Mueller J. T., Mösko M (2020) Qualitätsstandards und Mindestanforderungen für die Qualifizierung von Dolmetscher*innen für die soziale Arbeit in Deutschland. Hamburg: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf. ISBN 978-3-00-064135-0
    • Handtke O, Imgart H, Krenge S, Kuhnert J, Schneider J, Mösko M (2020). Barrieren und Ressourcen in der Behandlung von PatientInnen mit Migrationshintergrund in der psychosomatischen Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation: DOI: 10.1055/a-1270-2100
    • Khan-Gökkaya S, Mösko M (2020). Process- and outcome evaluation of an orientation programme for refugee health professionals. Med Education Online; 25(1): 1811543. doi: 10.1080/10872981.2020.1811543
    • Breitsprecher C, Mueller JT, Mösko M (2020) Quality standards and minimum requirements for the qualification of interpreters in social work settings in Germany. Hamburg: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg–Eppendorf. ISBN 978-3-00-066148-8
    • Khan-Gökkaya S, Mösko M (2020). Labour Market Integration of Refugee HealthProfessionals in Germany: Challenges and Strategies. International Migration. doi: 10.1111/imig.12752
    • Higgen S, Mösko M (in prep.). Mental health and cultural and linguistic diversity as challenges in school? An interview study on the implications for students and teachers. PLoS ONE 15(7):e0236160.
    • Lambert L, Karow A, Gallinat J, Lüdecke D, Kraft V, Rohenkohl A, Schröter R, Finter C, Siem AK, Tlach L, Werkle N, Bargel S, Ohm G, Hoff M, Peter H, Scherer M, Mews C, Pruskil S, Härter M, Dirmaier J, Schulte-Markwort M, Löwe B, Briken P, Peper H, Schweiger M, Mösko M, Bock T, Wittzack M, Meyer HJ, Konnopka A, König H, Wegscheider K, Daubmann A, Peth J, König HH, Schulz H (2020). Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial evaluating an evidence-based, stepped and coordinated care service model for mental disorders (RECOVER). BMJ Open. 10:e036021. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036021
    • Schilgen B, Nienhaus A, Mösko M (2020). Extent of psychosocial distress among immigrant and non-immigrant homecare nurses – A comparative cross sectional survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 3;17(5). doi: 10.3390/ijerph17051635.
    • Handtke O, Günter L, Mösko M (2020). Work-related stress factors and resources of staff in inpatient mental health centres – an explorative cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. bmjopen-2019-032911.R1
    • Khan-Gökayya S, Higgen S, Mösko M (2019). Qualification programmes for immigranthealth professionals: A systematic review. PLoS ONE 14(11): e0224933.
    • Schilgen B, Handtke O, Nienhaus A, Mösko M (2019). Work-related barriers and resources of migrant and autochthonous homecare nurses in Germany: A qualitative comparative study
      APPL NURS RES;46:57-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2019.02.008
    • Khan-Gökkaya, S., & Mösko, M. (2018). 1.10-P1 Systematic Review on international qualification programmes for the labour market integration of refugees and immigrant health professionals. The European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_1), cky048-001.
    • Mösko, M., Maggu, J., Bührig, K., & Schulz, H. (2018). 3.5-O8 Multilingualism in the hospital in Germany-demands, resources and practices. The European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_1), cky047-116.
    • Mueller, J., Breitsprecher, C., Schulz, H., & Mösko, M. (2018). 4.5-O5 Training in community interpreting: a systematic review of evaluated programmes. The European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_1), cky047-152.
    • Schilgen, B., Nienhaus, A., Handtke, O., Schulz, H., & Mösko, M. (2018). 6.2-O5 Health situation of migrant and minority nurses: a systematic review. The European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_1), cky047-204.
    • Janssen-Kallenberg, H., Schulz, H., Kluge, U., Strehle, J., Wittchen, H., Wolfradt, U., Koch-Gromus, U., Heinz, A., Dingoyan, D., Mösko M. (2017). Acculturation and other risk factors of depressive disorders in individuals with Turkish migration backgrounds. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1-12), 264.
    • Dingoyan, D., Schulz, H., Kluge, U., Penka, S., Vardar, A., von Wolff, A., Strehle, J., Wittchen, H., Koch, U., Heinz, A., Mösko, M. (2017). Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders among first and second generation individuals with Turkish migration backgrounds in Germany. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), 177.
    • Schilgen, B., Nienhaus, A., Handtke, O., Schulz, H., & Mösko, M. (2017). Health situation of migrant and minority nurses: A systematic review. PloS One, 12(6), e0179183.
    • Dingoyan, D., Mösko, M., Imamoğlu, Y., von Wolff, A., Strehle, J., Wittchen, H.-U., Schulz, H., Koch‐Gromus, U., Heinz, A., Kluge, U. (2017). Development and feasibility of the computerized Turkish edition of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview [DIA‐X/CIDI version 2.8 (TR)]. International journal of methods in psychiatric research, 26(3), e1533.
    • Mösko, M., Dingoyan, D., Penka, S., Vardar, A., Schulz, H., Koch, U., Heinz, A., Kluge, U. (2016). Prevalence of mental disorders and health service utilization among individuals with Turkish migration backgrounds in Germany: a study protocol for an epidemiological investigation. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 6(03), 237-252.
    • Baschin, K., Wormeck, I., & Mösko, M. (2016). Guidelines for Trainings in Inter-/Transcultural Competence for Psychotherapists. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie, 66(2), 67-73.
    • Bäärnhielm, S. & Mösko, M. (2015). Cross Cultural Communication with Traumatized Immigrants. In Schouler-Ocak, M (ed.), Trauma and Migration - Cultural Factors in Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatized Immigrants. Berlin: Springer, 39-55.
    • Bernhard, G., Knibbe, R., von Wolff, A., Dingoyan, D., Schulz, H., & Mösko, M. (2015). Development and psychometric evaluation of an instrument to assess cross-cultural competence of healthcare professionals (CCCHP). PloS One, 10(12), e0144049.
    • Penka, S., Faißt, H., Vardar, A., Borde, T., Mösko, M., Dingoyan, D., Schulz, H., Koch, U., Kluge, U. Heinz, A. (2015). The current state of intercultural opening in psychosocial services - The results of an assessment in an inner-city district of Berlin. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie, 65(9-10), 353-362.
    • Metzner, F., Schwinn, A., Mösko, M., & Pawils, S. (2015). Families with migrant backgrounds as target group of early interventions: results of a social early warning system in a metropolitan region. Das Gesundheitswesen, 77(10), 742-748.
    • Rapp, M. A., Kluge, U., Penka, S., Vardar, A., Aichberger, M. C., Mundt, A. P., Schouler-Ocak, M., Mösko, M., Butler, J., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Heinz, A. (2015). When local poverty is more important than your income: mental health in minorities in inner cities. World Psychiatry, 14(2), 249-250.
    • Mösko, M. (2015). Cross-cultural Opening - a long way to achieve substantial changes in the German mental health care system. Socialmedicinsk tidskrift, 92(1), 79-88.
    • Mösko, M. (2014). Cross-cultural trainings as a module in the process of cross-cultural opening in mental health care service: needs, concepts, examples and developments. Nervenheilkunde, 2(6), 445-450.
    • Mösko, M., Gil‐Martinez, F., & Schulz, H. (2013). Cross‐Cultural Opening in German Outpatient Mental Healthcare Service: An Exploratory Study of Structural and Procedural Aspects. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 20(5), 434-446.
    • Odening, D., Jeschke, K., Hillenbrand, D. & Mösko, M. (2013). The Current State of Intercultural Opening in Psychosocial Services. The Results of an Assessment in an Inner-City District of Berlin. Verhaltenstherapie & Psychosoziale Praxis, 53-72.
    • Dingoyan, D., Schulz, H., & Mösko, M. (2012). The willingness to participate in health research studies of individuals with Turkish migration backgrounds: barriers and resources. European Psychiatry, 27, S4-S9.
    • Bäärnhielm, S., & Mösko, M. (2012). Cross-cultural training in mental health care–challenges and experiences from Sweden and Germany. European Psychiatry, 27, S70-S75.
    • Mösko, M., Baschin, K., Längst, G. von Lersner, U. (2012). Interkulturelle Trainings für die psychosoziale Versorgung - Bedarf, Konzepte und Herausforderungen. Psychotherapeut, (1)15-21.
    • Mösko, M., Pradel, S., & Schulz, H. (2011). The care of people with a migration background in psychosomatic rehabilitation. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz, 54(4), 465-474.
    • Mösko, M., Rabung, S., Tingir, B., Pradel, S., Dippel, A., Winkeler, M., Schneider, J., Dahlbender, R., Koch, E., Schouler-Ocak, M., Koch-Gromus, U., Schulz, H. (2011). Psychometric analysis of the Turkish speaking version of the" Hamburg Modules for the Assessment of Psychosocial Health"(T-HEALTH-49). Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie, 61(12), 503-511.
    • Harfst, T., Ghods, C., Mösko, M., & Schulz, H. (2009). Measuring positive behaviour and experience in inpatients with mental disorders - the Hamburg Self-Care Questionnaire (HamSCQ). Die Rehabilitation, 48(5), 277-282.
    • Mösko, M., Schneider, J., Koch, U., & Schulz, H. (2008). Does a Turkish migration background influence treatment outcome? Results of a prospective inpatient healthcare study. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie, 58(3-4), 176-182.

  • Ongoing theses

    • Higgen, Sanna (Psychologie). Entwicklung und Evaluation eines Präventionsprogramms zur Förderung der Resilienz geflüchteter Kinder für den Schulunterricht. (Development and evaluation of a school-based prevention program to strengthen the resilience of refugee children) Dissertation, PhD.
    • Khan-Gökkaya, Sidra (Public Health). Berufliche Integration von Geflüchteten in die Gesundheitsversorgung: Bedarfe, Konzepte und Wirksamkeit. (Integration of Refugees in Patient Care: needs, concepts and efficacy.) Dissertation, PhD
    • Handtke, Oriana (Psychology). Interkulturelle Barrieren und Ressourcen bei der Inanspruchnahme und in der Versorgung von Patienten mit Migrationshintergrund in der stationären psychosomatischen Rehabilitation. (Cross-cultural barriers and resources in the utilization and treatment of patients with migration background in inpatient mental health care.) Dissertation, PhD.
    • Mueller, Jessica Terese (Psychology). Qualitätsstandards zur Qualifizierung von Sprachmittlern in der sozialen Arbeit mit Flüchtlingen: Überblick, Bedarfsanalyse, Entwicklung. (Quality Standards for the Qualification of Community Interpreters in the Field of Social Work.) Dissertation, PhD

    Finished theses

    • Schilgen, Benjamin (Public Health). Arbeits- und Gesundheitssituation von Pflegenden mit Migrationshintergrund. (Health situation and working conditions of nurses with immigration background.) Dissertation, PhD
    • Dingoyan, Demet (Psychology). Psychische Störungen bei Menschen mit türkischem Migrationshintergrund in Deutschland: Barrieren, Methoden und Ergebnisse. (Psychological disorders among individuals with Turkish immigration background in Germany: barriers, methods and results.) Dissertation, Dr. phil.
    • Suarez, Greey (Psychology). Systematic Review of methods and results of Cross-Cultural Competence Training in Health Care. Diplom, Dipl.-Psych.
    • Khan Sidra (2016). Psychotherapeutische Versorgung von Flüchtlingen in Hamburg – eine qualitative Analyse. (Psychotherapeutic care of refugees in Hamburg – A qualitative analysis.) Master thesis, International Migration and intercultural relations.
    • Vanessa Müller (2016). Prävalenz und Risikofaktoren für Angststörungen bei Menschen mit türkischem Migrationshintergrund in Deutschland. (Prevalence and risk factors for anxiety disorder among individuals with Turkish immigration background in Germany.) Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Müller-Stephan, Marlene (2016). Rettung, Hilfe und Kultur – Eine kritische Evaluation der Schulungen für Migranten und Flüchtlinge über das deutsche Bevölkerungsschutzsystem. (Rescue, aid and culture – A critical evaluation of civil protection trainings for migrants and refugees.) Bachelor thesis, Psychology.
    • Holst, Silke (2016). Konzeption, Durchführung und Evaluation eines interkulturellen Trainings für Mitarbeitende einer Klinik der psychosomatischen Rehabilitation. (Conception, implementation and evaluation of intercultural trainings for employees in a psychosomatic rehabilitation clinic.) Diplom, Psychology.
    • Petak, Flora (2015). Migration background in inpatient psychotherapy: difficulties and resources. Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Hedder, Jönna Dorle (2015). Psychosoziale Gesundheit und Inanspruchnahme von Gesundheitsleistungen von Menschen peruanischer Herkunft in Hamburg. (Psychosocial health and utilization of health benefits among people of Peruvian descent in Hamburg.) Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Kallenberg, Hanna (2015). Risk factors of depressive disorders and symptom severity in individuals of Turkish migration background. Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Assadi Gohar, Zoha (2014). Psychosoziale Gesundheit und Inanspruchnahme von Gesundheitsleistungen bei Menschen mit iranischem Migrationshintergrund in Hamburg. (Psychosocial health and utilization of health benefits among people of Iranian descent in Hamburg.) Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Jakovljevic, Milka (2014). Interkulturelle Öffnung und multilinguale Behandlungsmöglichkeiten in der bundesweiten stationären psychotherapeutischen Versorgung. (Intercultural opening and multilingual treatment options in the inpatient psychotherapeutic care throughout the Federal Republic of Germany.) Diplom, Psychology.
    • Wissert, Katharina (2014). Einflussfaktoren auf die Inanspruchnahme psychosozialer Versorgungsleistungen von Menschen mit türkischem Migrationshintergrund. (Factors which influence the utilization of health benefits among individuals with Turkish immigration background.) Diplom, Psychology.
    • Lotta Loerbroks (2013). Struktur- und Prozessqualität (trans-) kultureller Trainings im Gesundheitswesen: Ergebnisse einer systematischen Literaturrecherche. (Structural and process quality of (trans-) cultural trainings in healthcare: Results of a systematic literature review.) Bachelor thesis, Psychology.
    • Risch, Rebekka (2012). Risk of mood and anxiety disorders among migrants – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Längst, Gerda (2012). Development and psychometric evaluation of an instrument (IKG) to measure cross-cultural competence of healthcare professionals. Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Odening, Diana (2012). Stand der interkulturellen Öffnung in der ambulanten psychotherapeutischen Versorgung. (State of the intercultural opening in outpatient psychotherapeutic care.) Diplom, Psychology.
    • Jordan, Constanze (2011). Inanspruchnahme gesundheitlicher Versorgungsangebote durch Menschen mit türkischem Migrationshintergrund. (Utilization of health services among individuals with Turkish immigration background.) Master thesis, Psychology.
    • Topal, Nazan (2011). Diagnostische Validität psychischer Störungen bei psychosomatischen Patienten mit türkischem Migrations­hintergrund. (Diagnostic validity of psychological disorders among psychosomatic patients with Turkish immigration background.) Diplom, Psychology.
    • Gil-Martinez, Fernanda (2009). Ambulante psychotherapeutische Versorgung von Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund in Hamburg. Eine Erkundungsuntersuchung. (Outpatient psychotherapeutic care of individuals with migration background in Hamburg. An investigative survey.) Diplom, Psychology.