Sarah Steinau, MD

Former Visiting Researcher, Psychiatry

Sarah Steinau is a medical doctor and psychiatrist at the Department for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics of the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich. She completed her doctoral thesis at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany) investigating obsessive-compulsive disorder with advanced MRI-techniques and began her work in the field of psychiatric research at the Translational Research Center (University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Berne) in 2015. Since 2017, Dr. Steinau has been working closely together with the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich. She performs forensic evaluations in criminal cases and is interested in the complex relationship between mental health disorders and delinquent behavior in offenders requiring (high) secure psychiatric care. Dr. Steinau focuses on how legal and ethical rules affect medical practice and research, including informed consent and mandatory treatment. In particular, she is investigating ethical aspects in the execution of sentences and measures within the Swiss health and justice system. For her PhD, she is working with the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Nikola Biller-Andorno, establishing the online resource DIPEx.ch. DIPEx aims to describe a wide range of people’s individual experiences with different health conditions and to present them in an audio and/or video format. The project forms part of the international DIPEx network, currently representing twelve countries. DIPEx works with a well-established and rigorous qualitative research methodology developed by the University of Oxford in 2000. In this context, Dr. Steinau is interested in mentally ill offenders treated in forensic-psychiatric (high security) units in Switzerland, establishing a module on management and recovery of forensic-psychiatric patients within the Swiss justice system. Dr. Steinau left the KIE on October 5, 2018.