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.