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Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

David Bürgin

David Bürgin, Dr.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Risk & Resilience
Room number
AND 4.46

Dr. David Bürgin is an empirical researcher and health psychologist and working as postdoctoral research associate at the Jacob Center for Productive Youth Development.  In previous years, Dr. Bürgin has worked in various capacities in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research at the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel, Switzerland and in Ulm, Germany. He also worked as a lecturer at the University of Basel and gained international research experience as a visiting graduate student at UCSF San Francisco. From his academic background, Dr. Bürgin is a psychologist (MSc) with a major in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience and holds a PhD in Clinical Research from the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel. His research overall focusses on the bio-psycho-socio-ecological consequences of childhood adversities and stressors, with the overall hope that a deeper understanding of these consequences transfers to increased and improved care efforts. In his research he seeks to integrate findings from population-based samples and from research in at-risk populations. At the margins of our societies, and so of any large-scale population-based study, are sub-populations with specific risk profiles and resulting support needs; these must be identified and addressed. As such his research aims to help inform and target care efforts and public health measures towards supporting young stressed and burdened people to thrive despite adversity.

Research Focus

  • Translational Stress and Resilience Studies
  • Public Mental Health and Social Participation
  • Developmental Psychopathology and Psychotraumatology
  • Stress Conceptualization and Measurement
  • Child Welfare and Refugee Populations


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