[HC]²-Team

Eva Baumann, Ph.D. h is professor of communication science at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany and head of the department's Hanover Center for Health Communication. In 2002 she earned her diploma in Media Management and in 2008 her Ph.D. in communication science in Hanover. Before she returned to Hanover in 2015, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Münster University, held interim professorships at the University of Erfurt and the University of Munich and was a member of the Bielefeld School of Public Health at the University of Bielefeld. Her teaching and research focuses on health and risk communication, and she has been contributing to the development and establishment of this field of research in German-speaking countries for many years. In this context, she is involved in numerous inter- and transdisciplinary research collaborations and transfer activities, e.g. as a scientific advisor to the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) and the Lower Saxony Health Association. She is co-founder of the Health Communication Section of the German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (DGPuK) and was a member of the DGPuK board for four years. She has been Vice President for Science at HMTMH since 2021. » See also
 

Lisa Felgendrefff, M.Sc. has been research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research since July 2023. She pursued her initial undergraduate studies in Psychology at Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, before culminating her master's studies in Psychology at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena. From 2017 to 2022, Lisa Felgendreff worked as a research assistant at the University of Erfurt, where she contributed to the “COSMO - COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring” project, while embarking upon her PhD thesis in the realm of health communication. Previously, she worked for five years in the field of market research, affording her insights into the healthcare domain and health insurance landscape. Her research interests are risk communication, communicating vaccine adverse events and supporting informed vaccination decisions. At the Hanover Center for Health Communication, Lisa Felgendreff is responsible for our project on around oral cancer prevention. » See also

Tanja Fisse, M.A. is a research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research (IJK) since December 2021. After completing her training as a digital and print media specialist, she studied media management at the IJK in her bachelor's and master's degrees. Following her studies, Tanja Fisse worked for three years at the Madsack Mediengruppe in Hanover, where she was most recently product manager at RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland. At [HC]², she is co-responsible for the project "Trust and patient-centered communication as factors of implant safety and implantological treatment success" as part of the collaborative research center "Safety-integrated and infection-reactive implants (SIIRI) and also works for the project "Agile bioinspired architectures (ABA)". » See also

Anna Freytag, M.A. is a research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research. After her Abitur, she studied media management at the IJK and communication sciences at the Université Stendhal in Grenoble, France. During her studies she already participated in numerous scientific projects. Following her studies, Anna Freytag first worked as a press officer for the German-French broadcaster ARTE in Strasbourg and then spent two years in the Big Data and Media Intelligence industry in Berlin. Her research focuses on stereotypes and stigmatization, media literacy and mindful media use. At [HC]² she is responsible for the project "Attitude towards people with mental illness in a polarizing society" as well as for the projekt "FairMediaSUCHT". » See also

Katarina Heitz, M.Sc. is a research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research since May 2023. She studied Media Management for her Bachelor's degree at the IJK and completed her Master's program in Persuasive Communication at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies, she worked as an intern and later as a freelance associate at aserto GmbH & Co. KG, where she was involved in projects related to evidence-based communication consulting. Following her studies, she worked as a project manager at the Industry Network for Health Economy in Hanover (Gesundheitswirtschaft Hannover e.V.). At [HC]², she is involved in the BiPsy project (Monitor Bildung und psychische Gesundheit).
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Elisabeth Hopfe, M.A. is a research assistant at the Hanover Center for Health Communication ([HC]²) since August 2023. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Media Management at IJK, she pursued her Master's degree in Communication and Media Research, also at IJK. As part of her Master's thesis, she conducted a Scoping Review on information seeking in the context of cancer. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant at [HC]², completed an internship in Diversity Management at OTTO, and worked as a freelance collaborator at aserto GmbH & Co. KG in the field of evidence-based strategic communication consulting and data analysis. At [HC]², she shares responsibility for the "Optimal Long-Term Survival after Cancer (OPTILATER)" project. » See also

Paula Memenga, M.A. works as a research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research since July 2021. She studied communication science with a minor in German studies and health communication in her master's degree at the University of Erfurt. Previously, she completed an apprenticeship as an audiovisual media specialist in the field of film and television production and worked as a production assistant for image films. At the Hanover Center of Health Communication she is co-responsible for the projects "Caring for patients during and beyond the corona crisis: The need for digital transformation of health information provision to acutely and chronically ill patients" (DigiCare) and "Cancer prevention in dialogue". » See also

Miriam Jaspersen is a research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research since April 2018. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences in Hanover on a BMEL-funded research project on bioplastics. After completing her studies in media management, Miriam Jaspersen worked for three years at Dievision, an agency for strategic communication, and for over 10 years in the areas of product communication, strategic marketing and global brand management at Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG. At the Hanover Center for Health Communication [HC]² she is part of the project Re-Framing Mental Health. » See also

Magdalena Rosset, M.A. has been on the [HC]² team since 2018. As a research assistant, she is responsible for the projects “Agile Bio-Inspired Architectures (ABA)” and “Hannover Transfer Campus” among other tasks. Her research focuses on health communication and strategic communication. She studied a bachelor's degree in communication science and sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and then completed a master's degree in media management at the Hanover University of Music, Theater and Media in Hanover. During her studies she worked as a student assistant at [HC]². » See also

Charlotte Schrimpff, M.A. is a research assistant at the Hanover Center for Health Communication at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media since November 2021. For her bachelor’s degree she studied musicology with minors in theatre and communication studies at the University of Leipzig and completed her master's degree in media and music at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with a study on German food blogs. At [HC]² she is part of the team in the project "Trust and patient-centred communication as determinants of implant acceptance and compliance with advanced implant treatment" within the collaborative research center "Safety-integrated and infection-reactive implants (SIIRI). She is also involved in the project "Agile bioinspired architectures (ABA)". » See also

Associated Team Members

Elena Link, Ph.D. was a research assistant at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany. After studying Media Management at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research she worked for the agency for communication analysis and consultation aserto GmbH & Co.KG. 2013 she return to the Department as an research assistant and PhD Student in the Project Biofabrication for Nife before changing to the Hanover Center for Health Communication. Her ongoing research focus are communication and social support in online communities as well as the influence and importance of trust in physicians and media information for information behaviors in health contexts. Since April 2023, Elena Link is Junior Professor for Science Communication at the University of Mainz, Germany, and will continue to work with the Center for Health Communication Hannover as an associate member in various projects. » See also

Jacqueline Posselt, M.Sc. has been a fellow of the PhD program Chronic Diseases and Health Literacy (ChEG) at the Hanover Center for Health Communication since April 2020. The focus of her dissertation project lies on digital health literacy in primary health care. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Health Management as well as a Master's degree in Public Health at the Hanover Medical School and worked for several years in a health insurance company.

Sara-Marie Soja (MPH) is a prospective doctoral student at the Hanover Centre for Health Communication ([HC]²) since 2022. There she works in the "Transfer Leben" sub-project in the "Hannover Transfer Campus" network. She initially studied Health Communication at Bielefeld University and then completed her Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Aberdeen in the UK. She then worked as a research assistant at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig in the Department of Epidemiology from 2019. There she worked in the field of citizen science and public relations.

Student Assistants

Hanna Blazyca joined the Hanover Center for Health Communication ([HC]²) as a student assistant in March 2024.

From 2017 to 2020, Hanna Blazyca completed her bachelor's degree in media management at the IJK and dedicated her bachelor's thesis to a topic in the field of health communication. She investigated how an app for tinnitus patients should be designed to be helpful. She is currently studying for a Master's degree in Communication and Media Research. In addition to her studies, Hanna Blazyca has gained a wealth of experience in media practice and didactics: She helped set up a media skills programme for students and lecturers at Leibniz University, completed an editorial internship at RTL Mediengruppe, worked in personnel marketing at Finanz Informatik and most recently at NDR.

Paula Hutecker is supporting the Hanover Center for Health Communication ([HC]²) as a student assistant since August 2022.

From 2018 to 2022, she studied the Bachelor Media Management at the IJK and wrote her bachelor thesis on the topic "Strengthening strengths or weakening weaknesses? An empirical investigation of the influence of content and goal frames on attitude and behavioral intention using the example of mental health prevention." During her studies, she worked as an intern and as a student trainee at aserto GmbH in the field of evidence-based strategic communication, consulting, and data analysis as well as as a student trainee at neuwaerts GmbH in the field of targeted marketing. Since October 2022, Paula has been studying for a Master's degree in Health Communication at the University of Erfurt.

Lori Maetje has been supporting the Hanover Center for Health Communication ([HC]²) as a student assistant since April 2023.

Currently, she is in her second semester of studies pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Media Management. After completing her high school education, Lori Maetje engaged in a six-month voluntary social service year (FSJ) in the field of culture. During this time, she worked at the "Markthalle - Raum für digitale Ideen" in a coworking space in Wolfsburg. The Markthalle has been recognized by the state of Lower Saxony as a forward-thinking educational and digital hub, attracting a diverse range of activities. Through this experience, Lori Maetje gained initial exposure to the areas of digitization, future-oriented work, and learning.

Thuy Trang Nguyen has joined the Hanover Centre for Health Communication ([HC]²) as a student assistant from November 2023.

She is currently completing her Bachelor's degree in Media Management at the IJK. She previously completed an apprenticeship as a marketing communications specialist at Jung von Matt SPORTS in Hamburg. During this time, she looked after well-known clients and was awarded the Young Wolves Prize for young consultants in marketing communications for her final project. During her time at university, Trang Nyuyen also completed an internship in Corporate Communications and External Affairs at TUI AG.

Hendrik Zech has been supporting the Hanover Centre for Health Communication ([HC]²) as a student assistant since January 2024.

Anything but straightforward: Enthusiastic about the versatility of communicative tasks, he immersed himself in a wide variety of working environments. These included global management consultancies for process optimisation, survey-based political consulting in Berlin, various editorial offices, manufacturers of vehicle charging infrastructure, e-learning and freelance communications consulting. From project assistance to project management, from start-ups to medium-sized companies. Always supplemented by honorary posts such as involvement in a successful European citizens' initiative, political party work at European level and a self-initiated fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research. After many years of interdisciplinary studies abroad, he has been studying for a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science at the IJK since October 2023.

 
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