I am a psychoanalyst in private practice and a psychosocial researcher. That means I am not only interested in ‘individual psychology’ but the intertwinement of the individual and the societal. My background is in psychology and the social sciences. I studied psychology, English and French in Marburg and Paris from 1995 to 1998. In 2003 I finished my studies in psychology at the University of Bremen, Germany (Diplom).
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Bremen in 2008. My dissertation examined the aftermath of the Holocaust in several generations of non-Jewish Germans after Auschwitz, which, amongst other publications, resulted in a book, published in January 2009. Das (Nicht-) Sprechen über die Judenvernichtung. Psychische Weiterwirkungen des Holocaust in mehreren Generationen nicht-jüdischer Deutscher. ((Non)Speaking about the Extermination of the Jews. Psychical Aftermath of the Holocaust in Several Generations of non-Jewish Germans).
In 2007 and 2008 I collaborated on a study on right-wing-extremist attitudes in Germany, including anti-Semitism, racism and nationalism, with Dr. Oliver Decker and Prof. Dr. Elmar Brähler at Leipzig University. The study was built on a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative methods and also culminated in a book of which I was co-author. Ein Blick in die Mitte. Zur Entstehung rechtsextremer und demokratischer Einstellungen in Deutschland. (A Glance At The Center. On the Genesis of Right-Wing-Extremist and Democratic Attitudes in Germany).
Thereafter, I was a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Assistant Professor) in a project on gender relations in the medical profession: Career Paths and Career Breaks of Women Physicians under the auspices of Prof. Dr. D. Alfermann, University of Leipzig, Germany.
From April to September 2010 I was a visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York).
Since 2015 I have the certificate in psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute in New York where I also teach Gender, Sex & Sexuality for candidates in psychoanalytic training. In my clinical work I am engaged in a relational approach.
My research is based on a combination of qualitative methods in the social sciences and psychoanalysis. I explore the psychosocial, i.e. the intertwinement of ‘the psychical’ and ‘the societal’ in the human subject. My academic roots were formed within a research tradition based on Freudian psychoanalysis and on the so-called Frankfurt school of Critical Theory (Adorno, Horkheimer).
Psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, qualitative methods, right-wing-extremism, racism, anti-semitism, intergenerational transmission, trauma, stigma, studies in gender, sex and sexuality.
Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute
American Psychoanalytic Association
International Psychoanalytic Association
Co-Editor of the Journal "Psychoanalyse. Texte zur Sozialforschung" (Psychoanalysis. Contributions to Social Research).
Editorial Board Member of the Journal "Contemporary Psychoanalysis"
Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS)
International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis (IRGfPSA)
Supraregional Research Group on the Psychosocial Long-term Effects of the Shoah at the Sigmund-Freud-Institute in Frankfurt/Main.