I am a sociologist and nurse with experience in mental health care.

Currently, I work at Bern University Hospital for Mental Health (Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste Bern) and at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

Details of my work can be found on Researchgate, Google Scholar, and Orcid (incl. CV).


In the early 1980s, I trained as a nurse in a psychiatric clinic in northern Germany. After a few years in nursing, I switched to sociology and completed my studies with a doctorate and habilitation in general sociology at the University of Münster, Germany.

Between 1994 and 2008, I worked as a quality manager and researcher at the Muenster Public Mental Hospital (LWL-Klinik Münster). After moving to Switzerland, I worked as a lecturer and professor in nursing research at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) from 2009 to 2015. In 2015, I took up my position as Head of Research and Development at the Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the Bern University Hospital for Mental Health (UPD Bern). Since July 2021, I have also been employed as a professor of psychiatric rehabilitation research at BUAS.