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).
Matthias Burghart holds a full-time stipend for studying psychology at the University of Konstanz. From October 2013 until July 2014 he worked as a student assistant for the project „TARGET“ which analyses highly expressive and targeted violence funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education. Since October 2014 Matthias is taking a research internship at the Research and Development Divison of the Department of Mental Health Services for the Office of Corrections, Canton of Zurich.
Leonel da Cunha Gonçalves, PhD
Leonel da Cunha Gonçalves studied forensic psychology at the University of Minho, School of Psychology, Portugal, where he completed his Master (2008) and PhD degree (2014). Leonel da Cunha Gonçalves received a PhD grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology for his research on inmates’ adjustment to prison life and correctional practices. In 2013, he did a PhD student exchange at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, in Amsterdam. He also did an internship and served as a Red Cross volunteer in a Portuguese prison, having provided psycho-social intervention to prisoners. Since November 2014, he works as a researcher at the Department of Mental Health Services of the Zürich office of Corrections, in the Research and Development Division.
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 Department of Mental Health Services in Zurich. Since October 2013 he has served as deputy head of the Department of Mental Health Services. He is head of the research group „Forensic Psychology“ at the University of Constance.
María Isabel Fontao, PHD
Dr. María Isabel Fontao studied Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Between 1996 and 2000, she completed a post-graduate training in clinical child and adolescent psychology. From 1995 to 2000, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Developmental Psychology of the University of Buenos Aires. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Ulm in Germany (2004). She spent several years as a research assistant in Forensic Psychotherapy at the University of Ulm (2003-2006) and the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Reichenau (Germany; 2008-2012). Since 2012 she has been working as a licensed psychological psychotherapist in the Psychotherapy Outpatient Clinic of the University of Konstanz (Germany). Currently, she is a senior researcher in Forensic Psychology at the University of Konstanz.
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 Department of Mental Health Services of the Zurich Office of Corrections since August 2009.
Juliane Gerth, PhD
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 Department of Mental Health Services of the Canton of Zurich (PPS), and has served as deputy head of it since October 2013. Since April 2013 she is an associated member of the research group "Correctional Psychology" at the University of Konstanz. Juliane Gerth received her PhD at the University of Konstanz in February 2015, composing her doctorial thesis on the topic of standardized risk assessment of violent and sexual offenders. She teaches at the Universities of Konstanz and Zurich.
Gilda Giebel, PHD
Gilda Giebel studied psychology and religious studies at the Universities of Erfurt and Konstanz. From 2010 to 2013 she was employed as a doctoral researcher in the DFG-sponsored project „Psychobiology of human disposition to violate and murder” of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Konstanz. In her PhD thesis on „Female mating preferences – the influence of male dominance” she investigated romantic relationships of women with imprisoned criminal offenders and analyzed characteristics of women who are attracted to dominant and aggressive men. Since October 2013 Gilda Giebel is employed as a postdoctoral research fellow of the correctional psychology research group of the University of Konstanz and focuses on motives and characteristics of young school shooters as part of the BMBF-sponsored project TARGET (“Incident and case analysis of highly expressive targeted violence“).
Cornel Gmür, MSc
Cornel Gmür studied psychology, psychopathology and economics at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Since 2011 he is working at the Department of Mental Health Services 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.
Aurea Haueter, M.Sc.
Aurea Haueter studied Psychology at the University of Zurich, where she completed her Master in 2015 focusing on clinical psychology as major and law as minor subject. She also took part in the Erasmus Programme and studied one term at the University of Vienna. While working as a research assistant at the Universities of Basel and Zurich, she participated in driving-related psychological assessments. Since February 2015 she works as a researcher for the Research and Development Division of the Department of Mental Health Services of the Canton of Zurich.
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 Department of Mental Health Services 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 teaches at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Zurich.
Frauke Rösch, MSc
Frauke Rösch 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 Department of Mental Health Services 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.
Astrid Rossegger, PD Dr.
Astrid Rossegger studied psychology and criminology at the University of Constance. Since 2000 she has worked as a researcher for the Department of Mental Health Services of the Canton of Zurich. Since October 2013, she has served as head of the Research Department for the Department of Mental Health Services, 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 Department of Mental Health Services and since 2007 has taught at the University of Zurich and the University of Constance.
Friederike Sadowski, MSC
Friederike Sadowski studied psychology, political science and peace and conflict studies (regional focus: Middle East) at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. She spent two study terms in Egypt and did also research on motivations for suicide attacks and terrorism in different conflicts. Since 2012 she is doing her PhD in psychology at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (Bielefeld University, Germany). In particular she investigates the relation of religious identity, religious fundamentalism and anti-western prejudice in Egypt where she also conducted the related field research in 2012 and 2013. At Bielefeld University, she also taught in social psychology. Since January 2015 Friederike Sadowski is employed as research assistant for the Research and Development Division of the Department of Mental Health Services of the Canton of Zurich. Currently she is mainly engaged in research on the legitimization of serious violent crimes.
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). Until October 2014 she worked as a researcher at the department for evaluation and development of the Zurich Office of Corrections and as associated member of the Correctional Psychology group at the University of Konstanz in a multi-site grant project about mass murders and school shootings in Germany. Since November 2014 Katharina Seewald works at the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. In her doctoral dissertation she focuses on quality of forensic expert opinions and the efficacy of offense-focused interventions.
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 Department of Mental Health Services 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.