• Psychologist, specialized in developmental psychopathology, diagnostic, treatment and evaluation of feeding disorder and feeding tube weaning therapy
  • PhD Thesis: The Feeding Adversity Scale: Development and evaluation of a psycho diagnostic instrument for early onset feeding disorders in premature infants. (University of Osnabrueck, Institute for Psychology)
  • MA Thesis: Comparison of the quality of interaction between parents and infants with organic and non-organic feeding disorder in the feeding situation.
  • Head of the Institute for Psychology and Psychosomatic of Early Childhood – IPPEC (with Dr. Martina Jotzo)
  • Self-employed psychologist in the main working field: Inpatient and outpatient tube weaning and therapy of feeding disorders.
  • Head of the centre for paediatric swallowing, feeding and tube weaning of the Child Hospital Princes Margaret (Darmstadt, Germany).

Teachings

  • Team and individual trainings in tube weaning and feeding disorder treatments
  • Primary and secondary prevention of feeding disorder and longterm tube feeding
  • Psychosomatic aspects of enteral feeding
  • Publication and lectures

Research

  • Developmental psychopathology, feeding development, psychosomatic aspects of enteral nutrition, developmental neonatology and intensive care

Clinical Work

  • Self-employed psychologist in the main working field: Inpatient and outpatient tube weaning and therapy of feeding disorders.
  • Set-up member of the clinic for babies and their parents Osnabrueck (early onset disorder clinic) at the University of Osnabrueck (Section Culture and Development, Prof. Dr. H. Keller)

Additional qualification

  • Griffith´s Scales of Mental Development at the Department of Neuropediatrics, Child Hospital, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Client Centered Counseling at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Unit, University of Osnabrueck, Germany.
  • Tube weaning and therapy of early onset feeding disorders at the Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Child Hospital, University of Graz, Austria.
  • DC: 0-3 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood at theDepartment of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Child Hospital, University of Graz, Austria.

Awards & Honors

  • Award for research on tube weaning in severely handicapped children from the Donation for severely handicapped people: “Pure Live” (with Prof. Dr. med Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer, Dr. Martina Jotzo, Prof. Dr. med Peter Scheer, Dr. Thomas Trabi).
  • Ph.D. Scholarship Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes