Bernd Borchard, PHD
Bernd Borchard studied psychology in Göttingen from 1986-1992. From 1992-February 1994 he worked in the Psychological Service of the prison and in the social therapy facility of Kassel (Germany). From 1994 -2009 Bernd Borchard worked in the forensic psychiatry of Moringen (Germany). In 1999 he received the license to practice as a psychological psychotherapist and acts as a lecturer and supervisor in the education of psychotherapists in Germany. Bernd Borchard also acts as an expert for forensic assessments on criminal responsibility and risk of recidivism. He also acts as a trainer and supervisor of FOTRES. Since May 2009 he heads the forensic psychiatric unit of the psychiatric/psychological service in the Pöschwies correctional facility (inpatient milieu therapy ward for high risk violent and sex offenders).
Célia Steinlin-Danielsson, MSc
Célia Steinlin-Danielsson studied psychology and criminology at Zurich and Murcia (Spain) University. From 2006 until 2008 she was employed at the Psychiatric/Psychological Service (PPS) of the Zurich Office of Corrections, as well as at the Massnahmenzentrum Uitikon. Célia Steinlin-Danielsson worked for SAMOSA in Winterthur, where she gathered first insights into therapeutic practice. Since March of 2009 she is working at the Adolescent Forensic Ambulance of the Psychiatric University Clinic in Basel. From 2008 until 2011 she conducted risk assessments using FOTRES for the Probation and Correction Services of the canton of Zurich.? Since 2008 Célia Steinlin-Danielsson is completing a psychotherapy training in cognitive psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. Since 2011 she is a PhD student at the University of Basel where she is writing her thesis on « Empathy in Adolescents with Psychopathic Personality Traits ». Since 2011 Célia Steinlin-Danielsson is in charge of the office of the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions (EFCAP).
Jérôme Endrass, Prof. PhD
Jérôme Endrass studied psychology, psychopathology and philosophy at the University of Zurich. He received habilitation at the University of Zurich in 2008, and since 2011 has been an APL-professor at the University of Constance. From 1996 to 2003, he worked as a researcher and senior assistant at the Psychiatric University Clinic in Zurich. Between 2003 and September 2013 he led the Research Department for the Psychiatric-Psychological Service of the Canton of Zurich (PPS). Since October 2013 he has served as deputy head of the PPS. He is head of the research group „Forensic Psychology“ at the University of Constance.
Diana Fries, MA
Diana Fries studied general psychology and forensic psychology at Hawaii Pacific University (USA) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (USA). She completed different internships, where she gained experience conducting therapy with juvenile delinquents and adult sex offenders, testing the efficacy of the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) in respect to the prevention of criminal recidivism. She wrote her master thesis on “Differences in Psychological Consequences among Children and Adolescents in War Zones versus Terrorist Attacks: A Review.” She has been working at the Psychiatric-Psychological Services of the Zurich Office of Corrections since August 2009.
Juliane Gerth, MSc
Juliane Gerth studied psychology at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) with focus on clinical and educational psychology as well as criminology. Since 2009 she works as a researcher for the Research Department of the Psychiatric-Psychological Service of the Canton of Zurich (PPS), and has served as deputy head of it since October 2013. She teaches at the Universities of Constance and Zurich.
Cornel Gmür, MSc
Cornel Gmür studied psychology, psychopathology and economics at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Since 2011 he is working at the Psychiatric/Psychological Service (PPD) of the Zurich Office of Corrections. His work and research foci are: forensic epidemiology, basics of risk-assessment, neuropsychological assessment of violent and sex offenders.
Frauke Kilvinger, MSc
Frauke Kilvinger studied clinical psychology, criminology and legal psychology at the University of Constance in Germany. From 2009 to 2011, she worked as a research associate at the Psychiatric/Psychological Service (PPS) of the Zurich Office of Corrections and is currently employed as a psychologist working with adolescent detainees at the Massnahmenzentrum Uitikon in Canton Zurich, Switzerland. She finished her Masters degree in Advanced Studies in Developmental Diagnostics and Psychological Counseling at the University of Basel in 2013 and is now completing a Masters degree in Cognitive-Behavioral and Interpersonal Psychotherapy at the Klaus-Grawe Institut in Zürich.
Thomas Noll, JD MD
Thomas Noll studied law and medicine at the Universities of Basel and Geneva. He completed his psychiatric and psychotherapeutic education at a variety of clinics, as well as at the Psychiatric-Psychological Service of the Zurich Department of Justice, where he worked as senior physician. He obtained his academic title as a medical specialist (FMH) in 2006. Noll received his doctorates at Basel University School of Medicine (2003) and University of Zurich Law School (2006). His dissertation concerned recidivism risk assessment for violent and sexual offenders. Between 2007 and 2013, Noll worked as chief prison officer at the Pöschwies state penitentiary, the largest correctional facility in Switzerland. In 2011, he completed his Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. Since 2013, he serves as director of the Swiss training center for prison staff (SAZ). He regularly holds lectures on penal and criminological topics
Astrid Rossegger, PhD
Astrid Rossegger studied psychology and criminology at the University of Constance. Since 2000 she has worked as a researcher for the Psychiatric-Psychological Service of the Canton of Zurich (PPS). Since October 2013, she has served as head of the Research Department for the PPS, which focuses on the development and evaluation of methods of estimating the likelihood of recidivism in violent and sexual offenders, and the investigation of the effectiveness of offense-oriented therapies. She is also a member of the executive board of the PPS and since 2007 has taught at the University of Zurich and the University of Constance.
Christoph Schmitt, MSc
Christoph Schmitt studied psychology specializing in legal psychology and psychopathology at Bonn University. He wrote his master thesis on „Prognose des Studienerfolgs bei Medizinstudenten“ [„Predicting academic success in medical students“], and was involved in designing selection interviews based on his results for medical studies candidates.
He worked as an expert on traffic violations at the Medical-Psychological Examination Centre [Medizinisch-Psychologischen Untersuchungstellen (MPU) des TÜV Rheinland] from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he was trained as a psychotherapist at Bonn University. After a short involvement in the dehospitalization program of the Rhein-Mosel Clinic Andernach, he transferred to the Forensic-Psychiatric Clinic Nette-Gut near Koblenz in 1996, where he was senior psychotherapist until the end of 2005 for the ward of violent- and sex offenders with a high risk of recidivism. Since the beginning of 2006, Christoph Schmitt has been working for the administrative department for ‘Criminal Risk Assessment’ [Stabstelle “Kriminalprognostik”] at the Clinic Nette-Gut. Furthermore, he is responsible for supervising the clinic’s legal psychologists in training, organizing educational programs at the clinic, and supervising research projects. He researches on the predictors of gradual release abuse, and evaluates the treatment progress of patients placed in forensic institutions.
Christoph Schmitt has been a certified psychotherapist since 1998, as well as a qualified forensic psychologist of the German Psychological Society (BDP/DGP) since 2003. Since 2005 he has been approved to act as a supervisor in this subject area.
Katharina Seewald, MSc
Katharina Seewald studied psychology and criminology at the Universities of Constance (Germany) and Monterrey (Mexico). She did a clinical internship in a forensic hospital in Berlin (Germany) and assisted in forensic research at the Forensic Psychiatry Unit of the University of Oxford (UK). Since February 2012 Katharina Seewald works as a research assistant at the department for evaluation and quality management of the Zurich Office of Corrections. In April 2013 she reduced her research activity there in order to get involved in a grant project about mass murders at the University of Constance. In her doctoral dissertation she focuses on quality of forensic expert opinions.
Frank Urbaniok, Prof. MD
Frank Urbaniok studied medicine in Münster and Düsseldorf. As scholarship holder of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation he founded and chaired the study group ‘Sciences and Ethics’. From 1989 till 1995 he worked as a medical doctor in the Psychiatric Regional Hospital of Langenfeld /Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany), from 1992 as a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist. From 1992 to 1995 he set up a model ward for the treatment of offenders with personality disorders (Langenfelder Model) and coined the term ‚offense-oriented’ therapy. In 1995 he moved to Zurich where he first worked as an attending physician in the Psychiatric/Psychological Service of the Zurich Office of Corrections and became head of the department in 1997.
Frank Urbaniok continues to work as a psychotherapist and therapy supervisor and acts as court-appointed forensic expert. He held the presidency of the Institute for Victim Protection and Offender Treatment (Switzerland) and was closely involved in the setting up of the postgraduate course 'Advanced Studies in Forensic Science' at Zurich University. Frank Urbaniok is member of the executive board of the Zurich Office of Corrections since 1999 and holds seats in various expert advisory boards and committees. He was member of the task force set up by the Swiss Federal Council for the implementation of the ‚Verwahrungsinitiative’ [People’s Initiative on Preventive Detention].
As exponent of offense-oriented therapy Frank Urbaniok specializes in the treatment of violent and sex offenders. He developed FOTRES (Forensic Operationalized Therapy/Risk Evaluation-System) - a quality management and documentation tool for risk assessment of offenders, which is currently being used in five different countries. He furthermore holds the lead in various forensic therapy and research projects. A further focus of his work includes the development of team concepts and psychotherapies, such as the model of team-oriented inpatient treatment.
Frank Urbaniok has published several books. He regularly gives talks and holds workshops at national and international symposia and congresses. He has published numerous articles in renowned scientific journals both in German and English.
Elena Yundina, Dr.
Elena Yundina studied psychology at the University of Bochum, focusing on criminology and forensic psychiatry. From 2005 to 2007, she was employed at the forensic psychiatric clinic of Straubing. From 2003 to 2013, she worked as a research associate at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Psychiatric University Clinic in Munich. There she was responsible for conducting forensic psychological assessments, teaching student courses, providing supervision, and leading research projects. Since September 2013, she has served as a researcher in the Department of Forensic Psychology at the University of Constance.