I am a clinical psychologist with a background in neuroinformatics. I have clinical experience from working at the Burghölzli of the Psychiatric UniversityHospital Zurich as well as from internships in neuropsychology (USZ) and a psychiatric day hospital (PUK). Before starting my PhD, I was able to gain pre-graduate research experience as a student research assistent in the Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging group (Prof Franz Vollenweider) and the URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging (Dr Christina Roecke). Finally, for my master thesis, I investigated functional neural changes during psychodynamic psychotherapy in patients with major depression (Prof Birgit Kleim and Prof Heinz Böker).
Currently, I am a PhD student of Christian Ruff’s research group at the Social and Neural Systems Laboratory (SNS Lab) of the University of Zurich. I am interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying our thoughts and behaviour in healthy as well as pathological states. Specifically, I’m investigating how we make decisions in interpersonal settings, and how these processes are altered in psychiatric disorders. To this end, I’m following a neurocomputational approach, combining insights from neuroscience, psychology and economics to uncover and formalize the processes leading to our decisions.