I am a PhD student working in the G+ Project (Gesture training in schizophrenia). I studied at the universities of Zurich and Marburg. In 2013 I completed my B.A. in Language and Communication, my M.A. in Clinical Linguistics followed in 2016 with a thesis enquiring the neural processing of similes in language and gesture in patients with schizophrenia. Now I work as a speech therapist and researcher.
My research focuses on language and gesture processing in schizophrenia and depression. I am particularly interested in the phenomenon of concretism – the dysfunction of interpreting metaphors in an abstract way. By investigating how the processing of metaphors can be influenced by an intervention program, I try to get a more comprehensive understanding of communication dysfunctions in psychiatric disorders. I appreciate this interdisciplinary work and looking forward to advance my qualification in therapeutic and scientific methods.