Switzerland

Global Health and Development Policy

Lecturers

LECTURERS TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

Astrid Stuckelberger, PhD
Astrid is recognized internationally for her work in public health. She is a senior lecturer/researcher at the University of Geneva’s Public Health Medical School and works on an e-learning program for health ministries in collaboration with the World Health Organization, University of Pretoria, Georgetown University, and University of Geneva. She holds a master’s degree focused on cross-cultural psychology, media, and anthropology from the University of Geneva and an advanced master’s degree in cross-cultural health psychology. Her PhD was on the determinants and mechanisms of a population health assessment with a gender perspective.

Astrid has advised the UN, European Commission, and Swiss government on public health, and was deputy director of the Geneva State Health Department’s National Research Programme on Ageing. She received awards from the UN Secretary-General in 1999 and in 2009 was recognized as one of the 100 leading personalities in Switzerland. She conducted a joint project developing a training manual on international research ethics with WHO and Harvard University. She is chair of the UN-affiliated NGO committee on ageing and convened the working group on education development at the UN. She is on the board of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues. She has published widely.

Claire Sommerville, PhD
Claire is a medical anthropologist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She has researched non-communicable diseases, social determinants of health, ageing, decision-making and m-health technologies, ethics, nested-RCT studies, health policy, governance, and security and is researching neglected tropical diseases and non-communicable diseases in Peru, Nepal, and Mozambique. She is executive director of the Gender Centre and research associate in the Global Health Centre at Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies where she also teaches applied research and executive education. Previously, she taught the qualitative research methods and coordinated research on gender, land, and the right to food; consulted for the UN; and was senior social scientist developing and testing health technology prototypes at Intel Digital Health’s Technology Research of Independent Living Centre at Trinity College Dublin. Her most recent publications appear in The Lancet Diabetes & EndocrinologyThe European Journal of Public Health, and Aging and the Digital Life Course.

Nicolas Bertholet, MD, DrMed
Nicolas has an MS in epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health, an MD from Lausanne Medical School, and a DrMed from Lausanne University. He trained in preventive medicine, public health, and psychiatry and psychotherapy (board certified by the Swiss Medical Association). He completed a research fellowship at the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine and was Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Center for Mental Health Research. He is associate physician at Lausanne University Hospital’s Alcohol Treatment Center and privatdozent and senior lecturer at Lausanne University’s Faculty of Biology and Medicine. He is associate editor for the US National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education program. In 2014, he was awarded the New Investigator Award by the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. He researches screening and intervention for unhealthy substance use and has developed web- and smartphone-based screening and interventions for unhealthy alcohol use. He is involved in numerous collaborations with researchers from the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

Nicolas’s publications

Ariel Eytan, MD, PhD
Ariel holds an MD and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Geneva. He is trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist specialized in consultation-liaison and forensic psychiatry. His main interests are in the cross-cultural aspects of mental disorders, the interface between mental and physical health, international psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Ariel has worked as a research assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on the cultural dimension of psychiatric classifications. He is currently senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and assistant professor in the forensic department of the Geneva University Hospitals. He also chairs the Swiss Federal Commission for the treatment of persons interned for life. Ariel researched trauma, depression, and mental health in post-conflict settings such as Kosovo and Rwanda and worked on the screening and diagnosis of mental disorders among asylum seekers and refugees in Switzerland. He teaches cross-cultural psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and ethics to medical students and residents in psychiatry. He is the author of approximately 65 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

Elisabeth Meur, PhD
Elisabeth holds a master’s degree in contemporary Arab and Muslim worlds from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. She studied political psychology at Stanford University and emotions in international relations at the University of Washington. In 2014, she completed her PhD in international relations (Academy of Louvain, University of Namur and Tocqueville Chair in Security Policies), examining the influence of resentment in the Lebanese-Syrian securitization. Her research stands at the intersection of security studies and political psychology and mainly focuses on the role of social emotions in conflict and post-conflict societies, particularly the influence of complex social emotions on security and foreign policy following traumatic events. She has conducted empirical research in Lebanon and Syria since 2006. She has been research project coordinator and lecturer at the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action and has taught research methods and research design and supervised academic dissertations.