Who we are

Organizing Committee

Post Doc Representative: Clare Killikelly
Co-Presidents: Shauna Rohner, Eva Stelzer, Gail Womersley
Vice President: Karin Rechsteiner
Communication and social media officer: Mirëlinda Shala 
Funding officers: Shauna Rohner, Clare Killikelly, Eva Stelzer
International outreach coordinators: Ningning Zhou, Kanako Shimizu

 

Dr. Clare Killikelly

Post Doctoral Group Leader and Clinical Psychologist (University of Zurich)

Clare Killikelly is working at the Division of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention, University of Zurich. Her research group examines the clinical utility and global applicability of the new ICD-11 Prolonged Grief Disorder. Along with establishing the validity of the new symptom criteria in international contexts, her research seeks to better understand the nature of suffering and distress in different communities in order to develop accessible and culturally informed assessments and interventions.

E-Mail: c.killikelly@psychologie.uzh.ch

Dr. Shauna Rohner

Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Zurich)

Shauna Rohner is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Division of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention, Department of Psychology, at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Her research interests focus on trauma, resilience, and the psychological, biological, social, and environmental aspects of health and ageing processes. With a background in health and clinical psychology, she has worked in a number of research institutes, both in Switzerland and internationally. Her previous positions have included research assistant, scientific collaborator, and project officer; encompassing research on stress, adversity, health, and ageing processes. Her current project focuses on experiences of early adversity and trauma, resilience, and adaptive development later in life.

E-Mail: s.mcgee@psychologie.uzh.ch

Gail Womersley, MSc

Assistant PhD Candidate (University of Neuchâtel)

Gail Womersley is Assistant PhD Candidate at the Institute of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her research interests focus on PTSD among refugee victims of torture, cross-cultural manifestations of trauma and its implications for legal and social policy.
E-Mail: gail.womersley@unine.ch

Eva Stelzer, MSc

PhD Student (University of Arizona)

Eva Stelzer is a doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Arizona, working in the Grief Loss and Social Stress Laboratory. In her research, she examines how basic psychological processes and sociocultural factors impact adjustment to the death of a loved one. As a visiting PhD student at UZH, Eva is part of the MAPAsia grief team assessing grief responses in Japan, China, and Switzerland.

E-Mail: e.stelzer@psychologie.uzh.ch

Dr. Karin Rechsteiner

Former PhD Student (University of Zurich)

Karin Rechsteiner is a former doctoral student in the Division of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention, Department of Psychology, at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Her research interests focus on cultural clinical psychology, and metaphors on trauma from a cross-cultural perspective (C. G. Jung Fellowships).

E-Mail: k.rechsteiner@psychologie.uzh.ch

Mirëlinda Shala, Mag. phil.

PhD Student  (University of Zurich)

Mirëlinda Shala is a doctoral student in the Division of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention, Department of Psychology, at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Her research interests focus on the cultural concepts of distress among Albanian immigrants in Switzerland and the cultural adaptation of an e-mental-health intervention for Albanian-speaking individuals.

E-Mail: m.shala@psychologie.uzh.ch

Ningning Zhou, MSc

 PhD Student (Beijing Normal University)

Ningning Zhou is visiting PhD Student at the University of Zurich. She is part of the MAPAsia grief team assessing grief responses in Japan, China, and Switzerland. Her research interests focus on Chinese bereaved parents who lost their only child
E-Mail: ningning.zhou@uzh.ch

Dr. Kanako Shimizu

PostDoc (Jichi Medical University)

Kanako Shimizu is a visiting PostDoc at the University of Zurich. Kanako is part of the MAPAsia grief team assessing grief responses in Japan, China, and Switzerland. Her research interests focus on prolonged grief disorder, cross cultural psychology and psychiatry, and clinical intervention and e-mental health.

E-Mail: k.shimizu@psychologie.uzh.ch

Affiliated members

  • Dr. Eva Heim (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Dr. Naser Morina (UniversityHospital Zurich & University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Nikolaj Kiselev, PhD Student (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Viviane Pfluger, PhD Student (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • ​​Edvaldo Begotaraj, PhD Student (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)

  • Islam H. Borinca, PhD Student (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Edona Maloku, PhD Student (Utrecht University, The Netherlands & Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo, RIT Kosovo)

  • Makiko Iguchi, PhD Student (University of Sophia, Tokyo)

  • Roman Palitsky, PhD Student (University of Arizona, USA)

  • Isaac Young, PhD Student (University of Arizona, USA)​

  • Da'Mere Wilson, PhD Student (University of Arizona, USA)

  • Krystal Jovel, PhD Student (University of Arizona, USA)

  • Penelope Adams, Master Student (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Clodagh Cogley, Master Student (University College Dublin, Ireland)

  • Carmen Mertlitsch, Sen. Scientist Mag. (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)​

 

Want to join?

Thank you for your interest in our network. Please contact us via e-mail on ccpyrn@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a member. Please indicate your research discipline and research institution.  

You will be regularly informed by e-mail about activities and upcoming events.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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