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Department of Psychiatry and Narcology is involved in pre and post graduate training in psychiatry of different health care professionals, as well as supervising doctoral students.

Members of the department have participated in numerous research projects, international and local clinical trials, published many referenced articles, presented posters at national and international congresses. 

Main areas of interest and expertise in research

  • Epidemiology, clinical features and risk factors for affective disorders in the general population and clinical settings
  • Prevalence, risk factors for, clinical features of different types of psychotic disorders
  • Suicidal behaviour in the general population and risk factors for suicide attempts/ suicides in clinical settings
  • Psychopharmacological treatment of affective and psychotic disorders

Publications 2020

International scientific publications
  • Wu Y, Levis B, Ioannidis JPA, Benedetti A, Thombs BD, DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) Collaboration. Probability of Major Depression Classification Based on the SCID, CIDI, and MINI Diagnostic Interviews: A Synthesis of Three Individual Participant Data Meta-Analyses. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics. 2020:1-13. WEB:
  • Sile L, Bezina K, Kvartalovs D, Erts R, Kikuste S, Sapele I, Rancans E. Naturalistic follow-up study of rehospitalization rates and assigned disability status of patients with first-episode schizophrenia spectrum psychosis in South East Latvia: preliminary results. Nord J Psychiatry. 2020:1-10. WEB:
  • Rancans E, Zambori J, Dalsgaard M, Baayen C, Areberg J, Ettrup A, Florea I. Intravenous vortioxetine to accelerate onset of effect in major depressive disorder: a 7-day randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled exploratory study. International clinical psychopharmacology. 2020. WEB: 10.1097/YIC.0000000000000326
  • Levis B, Sun Y, He C, Wu Y, Krishnan A, Bhandari PM,  Neupane D, Imran M, Brehaut E, Negeri Z, Fischer FH, Benedetti A, Thombs BD; Depression Screening Data (DEPRESSD) PHQ Collaboration, Che L, Levis A, Riehm K, Saadat N, Azar M, Rice D, Boruff J, Kloda L, Cuijpers P, Gilbody S, Ioannidis J, McMillan D, Patten S, Shrier I, Ziegelstein R, Moore A, Akena D, Amtmann D, Arroll B, Ayalon L, Baradaran H, Beraldi A, Bernstein C, Bhana A, Bombardier C, Buji RI, Butterworth P, Carter G, Chagas M, Chan J, Chan LF, Chibanda D, Cholera R, Clover K, Conway A, Conwell Y, Daray F, de Man-van Ginkel J, Delgadillo J, Diez-Quevedo C, Fann J, Field S, Fisher J, Fung D, Garman E, Gelaye B, Gholizadeh L, Gibson L, Goodyear-Smith F, Green E, Greeno C, Hall B, Hampel P, Hantsoo L, Haroz E, Harter M, Hegerl U, Hides L, Hobfoll S, Honikman S, Hudson M, Hyphantis T, Inagaki M, Ismail K, Jeon HJ, Jetté N, Khamseh M, Kiely K, Kohler S, Kohrt B, Kwan Y, Lamers F, Asunción Lara M, Levin-Aspenson H, Lino V, Liu SI, Lotrakul M, Loureiro S, Löwe B, Luitel N, Lund C, Marrie RA, Marsh L, Marx B, McGuire A, Mohd Sidik S, Munhoz T, Muramatsu K, Nakku J, Navarrete L, Osório F, Patel V, Pence B, Persoons P, Petersen I, Picardi A, Pugh S, Quinn T, Rancans E, Rathod S, Reuter K, Roch S, Rooney A, Rowe H, Santos I, Schram M, Shaaban J, Shinn E, Sidebottom A, Simning A, Spangenberg L, Stafford L, Sung S, Suzuki K, Swartz R, Tan PLL, Taylor-Rowan M, Tran T, Turner A, van der Feltz-Cornelis C, van Heyningen T, van Weert H, Wagner L, Li Wang J, White J, Winkley K, Wynter K, Yamada M, Zhi Zeng Q, Zhang Y. Accuracy of the PHQ-2 Alone and in Combination With the PHQ-9 for Screening to Detect Major Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Jama. 2020;323(22):2290-300. WEB: 10.1001/jama.2020.6504
  • Natalija Berzina, Eva Petrošina & Maris Taube (2020) The assessment of factors associated with patient satisfaction in evaluation of mental health care center, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1080/08039488.2020.1795715, SCOPUS. WEB:… 
  • Harro J, Aadamsoo K, Rootslane L, Laius O, O’Leary A, Adomaitiene V, Kupca B, Lehmets A, Navickas A, Rancans E, Taube M, Terauds E, Pops K. Comparison of psychotropic medication use in the Baltic countries, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 2020 May;74(4):301-306. DOI: WEB:…
  • Taube M, Quentin W, Provision of community-based mental health care, Latvia. Bull World Health Organ 2020;98:426-430 DOI: 10.2471/BLT.19.239913. WEB:
  • Tomlin, J., Lega, I., Braun, P. et al. Forensic mental health in Europe: some key figures. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (2020). DOI: WEB:…
  • L. Matutyte, I. Belena, N. Bezborodovs, D. Madissoon, M. Pinto da Costa, 2020, Attitudes towards migration from the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: similar history but different psychiatric trainees? International review of psychiatry. epub ahead of print. DOI:
  • E. Barrett, B. Jacobs, H. Klasen, S. Herguner, S. Agnafors, V. Banjac, N. Bezborodovs, E. Cini, C. Hamann, M. Huscsava, M. Kostadinova, Y. Kramar, V. Maravic, J. McGrath, S. Molteni, M. Moron-Nozaleda, S. Mudra, G. Nikolova, K. Vorkas, A. Prata, A. Revet, J. Joseph, R. Serbak, A. Tomac, H. Van den Steene, G. Xylouris, A. Zielinska, J. Hebebrand, 2020, The child and adolescent psychiatry: study of training in Europe (CAP-STATE). European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 29(1):11-27. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-019-01416-3
  • Rancans E, Vrublevska J, Kivite-Urtane A, Ivanovs R, Ziedonis D. Prevalence of major depression and associated correlates in Latvian primary care population: results from the National Research Program BIOMEDICINE 2014-2017. Nord J Psychiatry. 2020 Jan;74(1):60-68. DOI:
  • Kupats E, Vrublevska J, Zvejniece B, et al. Safety and Tolerability of the Anxiolytic and Nootropic Drug Phenibut: A Systematic Review of Clinical Trials and Case Reports. Pharmacopsychiatry. April 2020. DOI: 10.1055/a-1151-5017
  • Vrublevska J., Renemane L. (2020) Neuropsychopharmacotherapy: Guidelines. In: Riederer P., Laux G., Mulsant B., Le W., Nagatsu T. (eds) Neuropsychopharmacotherapy. Springer, Cham. WEB:
  • Rancans, E., Renemane, L., Kivite-Urtane, A., & Ziedonis, D. (2020). Prevalence and associated factors of mental disorders in the nationwide primary care population in Latvia: A cross-sectional study. Annals of General Psychiatry, 19(1), 1–10. Springer Nature, 04.2020. PMID: 32280360 PMCID: PMC7137231, SCOPUS. WEB:
  • N. Bezborodovs, I. Pudule, A. Villerusa, 2020, Prevalence of self-reported emotional and behavioural problems in Latvian adolescents. 24th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. Abstract, e-publication. WEB:
Peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • J. Vrubļevska. BMC Psychiatry (14.06.2020): BPSY-D-20-00493
  • Relative prevalence of anxiety and depression in cubital tunnel syndrome patients and associated factors. DOI: 10.21203/
  • J. Vrubļevska. Journal of Affective Disorders (31.05.2020) Ref: JAD_2020_832_R1 Title: Screening for depression in primary care with Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9): a systematic review. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.131
Student research papers and publications
Local and other publications