Erkki Heinoen's STSM in Bern
I had the great pleasure of visiting Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schmidt’s laboratory and the University of Bern.
Bern has a remarkable tradition of psychotherapy research, with several luminaries of the field in in its history – and, carried on by a younger generation of productive researchers, post-docs, and graduate students. It was most inspiring to witness this thriving academic and clinical environment.
During my stay, I acquainted myself with the research laboratory of Dr. Stefanie Schmidt, who recently started as Professor at the Department. Her work involves several core themes of our action: studying moderators (such as age effects) and identifying mediators of psychotherapy for young people, and employing statistical techniques, such as structural equation modeling and meta-analyses, toward this aim. Dr. Schmidt’s work has focused especially on severe mental disorders such as psychosis and its prediction.
I had the opportunity to observe Prof. Dr. Schmidt’s and her co-workers’ and students’ work in this area; participate in their meetings; and present my own work conducted in Finland to interested colleagues at the department. Getting to know the day-to-day operations and organization of Prof. Dr. Schmidt’s laboratory, the department of psychology, and the clinic where their work is carried out was also a most inspiring model for me. We also discussed the joys and challenges of academic life, involving funding applications and opportunities for future collaboration between Finland and Switzerland.
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland