Interdisciplinary Advisory Group

To derive concrete policy and practice recommendations from the project results, the team discusses the following with an interdisciplinary advisory group:

  • Which opportunities and challenges arise from the medicalization and psychologization of social problems?
  • How can the results of the project be interpreted and which consequences can be inferred?
  • Which general recommendations should be taken into account by political and administrative as well as by civil society actors when they are implementing measures?

The advisory group consists of renowned experts of seven relevant scientific disciplines. The research group consults the advisory group in regular meetings on overarching research themes as well as specific methodological questions. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary dialogue should lead to cross-cutting policy recommendations, methods and instruments, which are relevant for further scientific research, policy innovations as well as for the work of civil society organizations.


Prof. Dr. Harald Gündel, Medical Director of the Clinic for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, University Hospital Ulm.


Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Gerlinger, Professor for Healthcare systems, health policy and the sociology of health, University Bielefeld


Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper, Scientific Director Deutsches Jugendinsititut e.V. and Professor for Pedagogy with the focus on youth research at the institute of pedagogy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Huster, Professor of public law, social and health law and the philosophy of law, Ruhr-University Bochum


Prof. Dr. Pia Schober, Professor for Microsociology with the focus on early childhood family and education policies.


Prof. Dr. Traugott Jähnichen, Professor for Christian Social Ethics, Ruhr-University Bochum.


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Boockmann, Director of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW), University of Tübingen.