After leaving secondary school I was trained as a medical assistant at a General Practitioner. After three years of training, I worked for another five years in my profession at a Urologist. It was not before 2005 that I started my studies in Media Informatics at TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, in which Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an integral component of the curriculum. From 2012 to 2018 I was working as research assistant in Media Informatics and as programme coordinator of the master programme Web Science at TH Köln in Germany, while being an external PhD student in HCI at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
My PhD research focused on Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records (PAEHR) in Sweden, in which I investigated the opportunities and challenges of patients accessing their electronic health records, especially in relation to human values, patient participation, and the doctor-patient relationship.
Since 2019, I am working as a senior researcher at Roessingh Research & Development in Enschede (The Netherlands), where I am involved in various national and international research projects. My work focuses on human-centered and value sensitive design of personalised health technology, where co-creation with end-users and stakeholders is key to ensure that the innovation meets user needs and fits the healthcare context.