Research Team Optimus Study Switzerland

A multisite team, located in Lausanne and Lucerne, leads this project. This organization directly reflects the cultural differences observed in our country and facilitates communication with agencies and stakeholders from the different regions.

 

Principal Investigator & Project coordinator (Eastern part)

Dr Andreas Jud Ph.D., has a chair on child maltreatment epidemiology and trends at the University of Ulm, Germany, and is staff at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Social Work. He contributes for more than a decade to the growing empirical knowledge base on agency response to child maltreatment and heads several research projects on decision-making in child protection, e.g. on reporting alleged child maltreatment, standardized assessment, enacting child protection orders, etc. Moreover, he serves as an Associate Editor of “Child Abuse & Neglect”, the leading academic journal in its field. An SNSF-sponsored scholarship at Montreal’s McGill University launched his international career with conceptual and empirical output on different child protection systems. Both nationally and internationally, he is strongly advocating for an improved epidemiological data collection on legal, health and social services responses to child maltreatment.

 

Project coordinator (Western part)

Dr. René Knüsel is Professor of Sociology, of Political Sciences and Social Problems at the University of Lausanne and is the director of “the Child Abuse Observatory”. His research interests include how professionals deal with cases of suspected child abuse, social and political minorities and forms of exclusion in contemporary society.

 

Project manager (Western part)

Dr Hakim Ben Salah is a senior researcher at both the Institute of social sciences and the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in Lausanne.

 

Investigators (Eastern part)

Tanja Mitrovic (M.A.) is a junior researcher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Social Work and member of the Lucerne Center of Human Rights Education. She is focusing on child protection and on the rights of the child and is participating in research and evaluation projects on child and adult protection. She studied social sciences at the University of Lucerne.

Rahel Portmann (M.A.) is a junior researcher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Social Work. After her studies in Social Work, she was working for the social services of Nidau BE, office of child and adult protection, and now combining her practical experience with research.

 

Investigator (Western part)

Céline Kosirnik (M.A.) is a junior researcher of the Child Abuse Observatory at the University of Lausanne. She has a special interest in preventing child maltreatment and promoting child well-being. Céline Kosirnik studied health psychology at the University of Lausanne.

 

Expert on Data Management

Prof. Dr. Jana Köhler is professor of computer science at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland. She is an expert in artificial intelligence, intelligent processes and systems, business process automation, and software architecture. Together with her team, she developed and implemented the secure architecture of the Optimus software system to facilitate the gathering and integration of agency data.

 

Data Manager

Etienne Fux (B.Sc.) is Research Master’s Assistant at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Information Technology. He is focusing on optimization and scheduling problems of industrial processes as well as secure software systems. For Optimus Study, he helped in the development of the secure web platform and the setup and maintenance of the server infrastructure.

 

Acknowledgment of former team members

Dr. Thérèse Cuttelod, Director of and former researcher at Child Abuse Observatory, University of Lausanne.

Camille Sigg (M.A.), Researcher Associate at Federal Social Insurance Office FSIO and former researcher at and coordinater of the Child Abuse Observatory, University of Lausanne.

Stephan Schnürle (M.Sc.), Senior Software Engineer at PAX Basel. Before he was Research Associate at the Department of Computer Science, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Kai Waelti (B.Sc.), Research Assistant at the Department of Computer Science, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

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