Jenny, Mirjam

Associate Research Scientist

Main Focus

Mirjam Jenny leads the Science Communication Unit at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. She is a cognitive decision scientist and combines insights and methods from cognitive psychology, computer science, and medicine to develop cognitive science and AI-based decision tools. Her areas of focus are (digital) risk literacy, risk communication, data science and algorithmic and medical decision making.
Mirjam prioritizes research projects that can be transferred beyond academia to help solve societal challenges. Being actively engaged in health care and consumer education, she hopes to improve decision making for citizens, experts, policy makers, and institutions. Her research has been published and featured in media outlets in Europe and the United States.

Curriculum Vitae

2020 -
Head of the Science Communication Unit at the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin
Jan - June 2020
Executive Director at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg,
University of Potsdam

2016-2019

Head Research Scientist at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

2015

Data Scientist at the The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung) in Berlin

2013-2014

Post doctoral researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

2013

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), University of Basel, Switzerland

2009

Master of Science in Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland

2007

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected awards

Dr. Mirjam Jenny has been awarded with the Emilie Louise Frey Prize for best dissertation by the Basel Association of Female Academics and the Basel Association of Female University Lecturers and with the Otto Hahn Medal for best dissertation related research by the Max Planck Society.


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