Astrid Gieselmann
Researcher
Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr University Bochum
astrid.gieselmann@rub.de

Astrid is a physician and works as a researcher at the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine. Her primary research focus within the SALUS project is the use of advance directives in psychiatry. The research methods she uses include conceptual and normative analysis as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. She currently works on a systematic literature review on self-binding directives.

Astrid studied medicine and received a BA in philosophy and history from the University of Münster in Germany, where she recently submitted her medical dissertation on psychiatrists’ attitudes towards advance directives in psychiatry. She is a member of the institutional review board of the medical faculty of the Ruhr University Bochum.

Her research focus in on advance directives in psychiatry, decision-making for persons who are unable to consent and research ethics.  

M.Sc.
Laura van Melle
Researcher
Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr University Bochum
laura.vanmelle@rub.de

Laura’s focus within the SALUS project is on self-binding directives in psychiatry. Working both at the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine of the Ruhr University Bochum and the Department of Medical Humanities of the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, her aim is to promote collaboration between these institutions in various projects on coercion in psychiatry.

Laura currently finishes a PhD project on the implementation of High and Intensive Care (HIC) in Dutch mental health care at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre. She is a trained facilitator Moral Case Deliberation and previously worked as a psychologist at an acute inpatient psychiatric ward at GGZ Breburg and at the 113 Online suicide prevention center.

Her research focus is on care ethics in both ambulatory and clinical care and on interventions and treatment concepts to reduce coercion.