Research Team Optimus Study Switzerland

Co-Principal Investigators:

Dr Andreas Jud is staff at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art, School of Social Work. His research interests focus on child protection and service provision, both nationally and internationally. Among other previous projects, he has been an investigator at the first nationally representative study on child protection services in Switzerland. He has notably collaborated with the University Children’s Hospital Zurich, the department of child psychiatry and psychotherapy at Ulm University, Germany, and the Centre of Research on Children and Families at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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.

Researchers:

Dr. Hakim Ben Salah, Child Abuse Observatory, University of Lausanne

Dr Hakim Ben Salah teaches research methodology and conducts research at both the University of Lausanne and the University of Applied Sciences and Art of Fribourg.

Dr. Thérèse Cuttelod, Child Abuse Observatory, University of Lausanne

Dr Thérèse Cuttelod is a clinical psychologist and researcher. Her interests include long-term consequences of child sexual abuse, resiliency and working with teenage perpetrators.

Tanja Mitrovic (M.A.), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Social Work

Tanja Mitrovic studied social sciences at the University of Lucerne. 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.

Camille Sigg (M.A.), Child Abuse Observatory, University of Lausanne

After studying social sciences in Fribourg and Lausanne, Camille Sigg (M.A.) is in charge of the coordination of the Child Abuse Observatory. Her interests focus on social policies and applied research.

Cycle 1

Manuel Eisner is Professor of Comparative and Developmental Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. His research interests include the history of violence, individual development and aggression, cross-cultural comparative analysis of violence, and violence prevention. He is the PI of the Zurich Project on the Social Development of Children, a longitudinal study of 1200 children from ages 7 to 15. 

Margit Averdijk is a research associate at the Zurich Project for the Social Development of Children and Youth (z-proso), which is located at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). Her research interests include the etiology of victimization, social contexts of crime, and individuals' development of violent behaviour.

Katrin Mueller-Johnson is a lecturer of Applied Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the sexual victimization of children and adults and its psychological and criminal justice consequences. She also investigates how to improve the forensic interviewing of such potentially vulnerable witnesses.

Cycle 2

Miriam Stutz (B.A.), School of Social Work, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

After studying political sciences and law in Lucerne and Bonn, Miriam Stutz (B.A.) participated in several research and evaluation projects on support services in the social and political field.

Study’s design, methodology and data

The following persons were responsible for the study’s design, methodology and data collection:

NameTitle and Institution
Co-Principal InvestigatorSchnyder, Ulrich (Prof. Dr.)Professor of Polyclinical Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich
Co-Principal InvestigatorMohler-Kuo, Meichun (Dr.)Institute for Social and Preventative Medicine, Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich
Co-Principal InvestigatorLandolt, Markus (Prof. Dr.)Psychological Institute, Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich
Co-Principal InvestigatorMaier, Thomas (Dr.)Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich

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