Martina Andrea Hodel holds a PhD in ‘Biomedical Ethics and Law’ from the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine. She is currently working as a clinical psychologist in an acute psychiatric setting (Klinik Zugersee, Oberwil) and continues to be affiliated with the institute.
Prior to her PhD, she obtained a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Universities of Zurich and Humboldt (Berlin, Germany) and a minor in law from the Universty of Bern, Switzerland.
Her PhD dissertation was concerned with ethical concepts relevant to the care of patients with severe mental illness. Funded by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, she has been in charge of planning and conduct of a survey study among psychiatrists in Switzerland. Throughout her doctorate, she has focused on applied ethics concepts relevant to mental health, the conflicting goals of autonomy and beneficence in psychiatry, and the topic of assisted suicide/medical assistance in dying on the basis of suffering from mental illness.
In addition to her PhD work, she was engaged as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the qualitative research project DIPEx Switzerland. Within this project, she was collaborating in a multidisciplinary team of qualitative researchers aiming at building an online platform consisting of patient narratives.