Katja joined the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine at Middlesex University in 2019.
She is a module leader as well Associate Programme Lead for PgDip Mental Health Nursing.
Katja is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and was trained at Middlesex University/Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (PgDip MH Nursing). She is still practicing with a London Mental Health Trust.
She holds a MSc in Sociology / Social Sciences (Free University, Berlin and University of East London), a PgCE for Secondary Schools in Social Sciences (Institute of Education, London) and a PgCERT for Higher Education (Middlesex University).
English, German, some Dutch
Katja`s interests are in reducing restrictive practices in nursing and to make a difference in peoples` lives. As a professional and an individual she believes in sharing learning, developing quality standards and practical tools that support the reduction of restrictive practices. That all involves service users being part of the dissemination of teaching and learning.
There is growing recognition among professional bodies and government departments that whilst the use of any kind of restraint may on rare occasions be necessary to keep people safe, it is also traumatic and must be minimised in therapeutic settings.
There is a clear need for cross sector collaboration to improve support for people in vulnerable situations, and ensure peoples` human rights are respected and protected and are not subject to coercive or unnecessary restrictive practices (Restraint Reduction Network).
After graduation in 2000 (Free University of Berlin) Katja had work placements at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, London and Brunel University, Centre for the Study of Health, Sickness and Disablement, Middlesex for a short period of time. In 2002, her Master`s degree was transfered to a doctoral candidate at the University of East London.
The title of her research project was called "Between Heaven and Earth: The Super Subastantial Realm of the Cyborg" and the aim of the investigation was to explore the concept of the body, its central character of modern fetishism, and the self in how far it shows trends in contemporary society concerning bodily modifications. It was an investigation of human relationships, how society deals with individual and societal change and a contribution towards an understanding of symptoms on the subject of deviancy in society. This path examined strategies of inclusion and exclusion as a structural element, the use of technology in both modifying the person and for the purposes of communication via the body and endeavoured to shed light on culture, gender and personhood today.