Astrid Gieselmann

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.  

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Alexa Nossek

Alexa Nossek is a medical ethicist. She studied philosophy and ancient history and received a M.A. from the University of Duisburg-Essen. Alexa obtained her doctorate in medical science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr University Bochum. She worked as a researcher at this institute from 2015 to 2020.

One of her research interests is ethics in psychiatry. Here she focuses on peer support work, recognition between staff and patients, patient autonomy and capacity, coercion and avoidance of coercion, and stigma.

Laura van Melle

Laura’s focus within the SALUS project is on self-binding directives in psychiatry. Being affiliated to the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine of the Ruhr University Bochum, to GGZ InGeest mental health care center and to the Department of Ethics, Right and Humanities at the Amsterdam UMC, her aim is to promote collaboration between these institutions in various projects on the reduction in psychiatry.

Laura studied psychology and obtained her PhD on the development, implementation and effect of the High and Intensive Care (HIC) model in Dutch mental health care at the VU University Medical Center in 2021. She is as a coordinator of the coercion reduction programme at GGZ inGeest and is a member of the HIC foundation board to guide further development and implementation of the HIC model.

Her research focus is on interventions and treatment concepts to reduce coercion and integrates (care) ethical perspectives.