D. Biermann - Teuscher, Ph.D.
Dorit Biermann started working at the department Health, Ethics & Society in June 2018. In 2011 Dorit started her PhD trajectory at the Department of Human Biology and Movement Sciences aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an adapted lifestyle intervention. The lifestyle intervention aimed to reduce waist circumference and improve other components of the metabolic syndrome in individuals with low socioeconomic status of different ethnic origin. The title of her dissertation is: A lifestyle intervention study targeting individuals with low socioeconomic status of different ethnic origins: needs of the target group and research demands. Among the effects of the intervention, she describes the methodological challenges associated with conducting research among a generally inadequately reached target group in health research and discusses appropriate approaches.
Together with Lotte Thissen, Agnes Meershoek, and Klasien Horstman, she is now working on the project "Health in Action", a participatory ethnographic research into work place health promotion. The aim of this project is to develop work place health approaches in close collaboration with employees that are attuned to their perspectives and needs.