Senior Research Fellow (Prof. Dr. Gisela Michel)

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Projects of the Health and Social Behaviour Team



Manya Hendriks studied Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands after which she completed the Advanced Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics at the University of Leuven, Belgium. In September 2014, she started her PhD in Bioethics at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich in collaboration with the Department of Neonatology at the University Hospital Zurich. She conducted her PhD in the project ‘Extremely Preterm Infants: Factors in Decision-Making’ which was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NFP67: End-of-life). The project examined the attitudes and values that play a role in end-of-life decisions for preterm infants of all stakeholders (i.e. society, health care providers and parents in Switzerland). She specifically focused on the societal attitudes and values and the experiences of parents of extreme preterm infants who were born and died at t a University Hospital in Switzerland. She completed her PhD with the thesis entitled “At the Beginning and the End: End of Life Decision-Making for Extremely Preterm Infants” in October 2017.

Since November 2017, she works as a Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine of the University of Lucerne.



My research interests are the ethical implications of the current standard of (psychosocial) care for childhood cancer survivors. My current research focuses on young adult cancer survivors and the needs and preferences for psychosocial care after childhood cancer. Aims are to identify psychosocial problems that childhood cancer survivors encountered after being diagnosed and treated for their cancer, then evaluate how survivors coped with such problems and where they found help and support, and finally assess survivors’ needs and preferences for future psychosocial care. 



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