I have a background in Psychology (University of Magdeburg, Germany) and specialised with a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology at Newcastle University. My research interest lies in the field of ageing and in previous quantitative projects I have looked at social networks / social isolation and loneliness in later life with a cross-cultural emphasis comparing German and English cohort studies (ELSA, DEAS).
My research in Open Lab explores the possibilities that HCI offers older adults beyond the scope of assistive technologies only. I am interested in how older people can positively experience and make use of digital technologies as part of their community practices. Collaborating with the Older Voices radio team in Newcastle, a community radio show produced by older adults for older adults, I looked at how participatory and community media can enhance civic participation in later life and support older adults in having their voices heard in their community and across the city.
In addition to my research, I spent years volunteering with disabled children and adults in Berlin and France. In Newcastle I am volunteering for a University student support service.