Helena Hermann

Helena Hermann, PhD.

Alumna 2015


Curriculum Vitae

Helena holds a Master of Science in Psychology, specialized in clinical psychology, and a PhD in Medical Ethics and Law from the University of Zurich. She has been mainly working on decision-making capacity/competence, and is in continuous education and training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

Research projects

Decision-making incapacity at the end of life and its assessment in Switzerland


Hermann, H. (2015). Decision-making capacity: The enigmatic gatekeeper for patients‘ right to self-determination. Dissertation, University of Zurich.

Hermann, H., Trachsel, M., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2015). Einwilligungsfähigkeit: Inhärente Fähigkeit oder ethisches Urteil? Ethik in der Medizin, doi:10.1007/s00481-015-0360-x. Link

Hermann, H., Trachsel, M., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2015). Physicians’ personal values in determining medical decision-making capacity: A survey study. Journal of Medical Ethics, doi:10.1136/medethics-2014-102263. Link

Hermann, H., Trachsel, M., Mitchell, C., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2014). Medical decision-making capacity: Knowledge, attitudes, and assessment practices of physicians in Switzerland. Swiss Medical Weekly, 144:w14039. Link

Hermann, H., Trachsel, M., & Biller-Andorno, N. (accepted). Accounting for intuition in decision-making capacity: Rethinking the reasoning standard? Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology.

Krieger, T., Hermann, H., Zimmermann, J., & grosse Holtforth, M. (2015). The associations of trait self-compassion and global self-esteem with daily affect and stress reactivity: A smartphone study. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 288-292. Link

Trachsel, M., Hermann, H., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2014). Cognitive fluctuation as a challenge for the assessment of decision-making capacity in patients with different forms of dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 30(4), 360-363. Link

Trachsel, M., Hermann, H., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2014). Urteilsfähigkeit: Ethische Relevanz, konzeptuelle Herausforderung und ärztliche Beurteilung. Swiss Medical Forum, 14(11), 221-225. Link

Trachsel, M., Hürlimann, D., Hermann, H., & Biller-Andorno, N. (2015). Umgang mit besonderen Herausforderungen bei der ärztlichen Beurteilung von Urteilsfähigkeit. Bioethica Forum, 8(2), 56-59.