I am a sociologist and mental health nurse who works in academic research and teaching.
In the early 1980s I was trained as a mental health nurse at a mental hospital in northern Germany. After some years of nursing practice I became a sociologist and graduated with a Dr. phil. and a subsequent PhD (Habilitation) from the University of Muenster, Germany.
From 1994 to 2008 I worked as a quality manager and researcher at Muenster Public Mental Hospital (LWL-Klinik Münster). After moving to Switzerland in 2009 I joined the nursing research group at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS). While remaining affiliated with BUAS I became head of research and development at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Bern University Hospital for Mental Health (UPD Bern) in 2015.