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Dr. Anne Herrmann

Academic Education

07/2015 – 12/2017 PhD  (Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine), Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia

  • Thesis on patient-centred decision making in cancer care
  • Research visit at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, UK (11/2016)

10/2011 – 12/2013  Master of Arts (Communication Sciences), Leipzig University, Germany

  • Thesis on the diffusion of social innovations (grade: 1.0, highest passing grade)
  • Research visit at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, USA (09/2013)

10/2007 – 09/2011  Bachelor of Arts (Communication Sciences), Leipzig University, Germany

  • Thesis on cross-country comparison of rumour studies in Germany and France (grade: 1.1, “excellent”)
  • Research visit at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France (03/2011)

Scientific Curriculum

10/2020 – current     Interim Professor, Medical Sociology, Department for Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University Regensburg, Germany

  • Leading a research team focused on preventive healthcare and health services research, head of teaching of medical sociology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Regensburg, supervision of PhD students

01/2020 – 01/2021     Maternity leave


02/2019 – current    Conjoint Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle and Affiliate of the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Australia 

  • Involved in curriculum development and student supervision

06/2019 – 09/2020     Research Lecturer, Medical Sociology, Department for Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University Regensburg, Germany 

  • Responsible for design and conduct of health services research (with a focus on examining and improving communication processes between doctors, patients and support persons), dissemination of research findings, teaching and supervision of PhD students

02/2019 – 05/2019     Research Fellow, Department of Haematology and Internal Oncology, University Hospital Regensburg, Germany

  • Leading a research project aiming to improve doctor-patient communication related to haematopoietic stem cell transplantations

01/2018 – 12/2018    Research Associate, Health Behaviour Research Collaborative at the Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, and Hunter Medical Research Institute

  • Co-leading a number of research projects committed to reducing the evidence-practice gap in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare

09/2017 – 12/2017    Research Assistant supporting work conducted by the Health Behaviour Research Collaborative, University of Newcastle


05/2015 – 06/2015     Carpentry Work, renovating a property in Newcastle


02/2014 – 04/2015     Researcher and Project Manager, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig

  • Supporting the collaboration between scientific and non-scientific actors, promoting public awareness of science, stakeholder management, conducting qualitative research; project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

04/2012 – 07/2012     Lecturer and Research Assistant, Leipzig University

  • Teaching undergraduate students the basics of qualitative research methods
  • Joining the research collaborative “Religious non-conformism and cultural dynamics”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

10/2011 – 01/2012     Project Manager for the Central Germany final of FameLab, Leipzig (www.britishcouncil.de/en/famelab)

  • Organising a science communication competition to increase public awareness and understanding of science, responsible for event management, including strategic planning, event promotion and evaluation; project sponsored by the British Council

05/2010 – 02/2011    Communication Officer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig,            

  • Writing, proofing, editing media contributions and in-house publications, organising and promoting a science communication competition

Research Focus

  • Identifying and overcoming evidence-practice gaps in healthcare
  • Patient-centred communication
  • Patient empowerment and shared decision making
  • Mixed-methods research

Grants and Awards

(more than 320.000 EUR in total)

09/2019Travel grant provided by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Regensburg as part of the promoting female researchers funding scheme
08/2019Project funding provided by the Priority Centre for Health Behaviour, University of Newcastle
07/2019Fellowship/project funding sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation to support highly qualified individual junior scholars, project title: “Developing and testing strategies to overcome ‘uninformed consent’ in clinical trials involving cancer patients”
06/2019Project funding provided by the German Consortium for Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Knochenmark- und Blutstammzelltransplantation e.V. – DAG-KBT)
Recognition as one of the top 20 most downloaded papers of Health Science Reports in 2017-2018 (Title: Exploring women's experiences with a decision aid for neoadjuvant systemic therapy for operable breast cancer, authors: Herrmann A, Zdenkowski N, Hall A, Boyle FM, Butow P)
03/2019  Seal of Excellence provided by the European Commission for the project proposal: “Developing and testing a multicomponent intervention designed to improve decision making between children with cancer, their parents and treating clinicians”, submitted under the Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
10/2018Statistical support package, sponsored by the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

10/2018  First Place in the Science Slam of the 17th Congress of the German Network for Health Services Research (Deutsches Netzwerk für Versorgungsforschung e.V. – DNVF)
09/2018 Fellowship sponsored by the José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation/Young investigator award for the project proposal: “Developing and testing a multicomponent intervention designed to improve psychosocial outcomes of haematological cancer patients undergoing transplant procedures and their support persons”
08/2018   Merit award provided by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO, in recognition of contribution to the ESMO 2018 Congress)
07/2018   Travel Grant by the German Network for Health Services Research (DNVF)
06/2018Open access publication funding provided by the Priority Centre for Health Behaviour, University of Newcastle

12/2017  Implementation science student award sponsored by the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
08/2017Project funding provided by the Priority Centre for Health Behaviour, University of Newcastle

12/2016  Implementation science student award sponsored by HCRA
12/2016  University of Newcastle Faculty of Health and Medicine’s best higher degree research student award (in recognition of outstanding confirmation presentation)
08/2016  Travel grants sponsored by HCRA, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the European School of Oncology
07/2016  People’s choice award and First Place in the pre-confirmation round of the University of Newcastle’s Three Minute Thesis competition final (URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gUl0FG0Wew)
06/2015   University of Newcastle and HCRA PhD Scholarship and International Tuition Fees Scholarship
11/2007  Scholarship sponsored by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
12/2010  Scholarship sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Publications

Peer reviewed articles in academic journals and book chapters

  • Windschüttl S, Pukrop T, Herrmann A, Lindberg-Scharf P, Heudobler D, Herr W, Andreesen R,  Klinkhammer-Schalke M, Koller M: Entwicklung einer Screeningmethode und eines Workflows zur Erkennung von Patientenbedürfnissen in der onkologischen Ambulanz. The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care 2021. [accepted, in press]
  • Gabes M, Tischer C, Herrmann A, Howells L, Apfelbacher C: Cross-cultural translation and cognitive debriefing of the RECAP questionnaire in German patients with self-reported atopic eczema and parents of affected children. Journal of Patient Reported Outcomes 2021. 13(5). DOI: 10.1186/s41687-021-00285-2. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s41687-021-00285-2
  • Wolff D, Krause C, Herzberg PY, Herrmann A, Pavletic SZ, Heussner P, Mumm F, Balsiger C, Hilgendorf I, Hemmati PG, Holler E, Greinix H, Mitchell SA: Post-transplant multimorbidity index and quality of life in patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease – Results from a joint evaluation of a prospective German multicenter validation trial and an cohort from the National Institute of Health. Bone Marrow Transplantation 2021. 56: 243–256. DOI: 10.1038/s41409-020-01017-8. URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41409-020-01017-8 
  • Herrmann A, Mansfield, Elise, Hall, Alix, Tzelepis, Flora, Lynagh, Marita: Use of the Supportive Care Framework to explore haematological cancer survivors’ needs: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 2020. 20:1062. DOI: 0.1186/s12913-020-05927-7. 
    URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05927-7  
     
  • Mackenzie L, Mansfield E, Herrmann A, Grady A, Sanson-Fisher R, Evans TJ: Perceived problems with involvement in decision making about breast cancer treatment and care: A cross-sectional study. Patient Education and Counseling 2020. Sep 2;S0738-3991(20)30475-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.08.044. Online ahead of print. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738399120304754?via%3Dihub 
  • Herrmann A, Carey M, Zucca A, Boyd L, Roberts B: Australian GPs’ perceptions of barriers and enablers to best practice palliative care: a qualitative study. BMC Palliative Care 2019. 18(90). DOI: 10.1186/s12904-019-0478-6- URL: https://bmcpalliatcare.biomedcentral.com/articles/ 10.1186/s12904-019-0478-6
  • Carey M, Zucca A, Freund M, Byrant J, Hermann A, Roberts B: Systematic review of barriers and enablers to the delivery of palliative care by primary care practitioners. Palliative Medicine 2019. 33(9): 1131-1145. DOI: 10.1177/0269216319865414. URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269216319865414
  • Hermann A, Carey M, Zucca A, Boyd L, Roberts B: General practitioners’ perceptions of best practice care at the end of life: A qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice Open 2019. DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen19X101660. URL: https://bjgpopen.org/content/early/2019/09/03/ bjgpopen19X101660/tab-pdf
  • Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A: Not having adequate time to make a treatment decision can impact on cancer patients’ care experience: Results of a cross-sectional study. Patient Education and Counseling 2019. 102(11): 1957-1960. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.06.011. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738399119302435?via%3Dihub
  • Sanson-Fisher R, Forshaw K, Waller A, Mackenzie L, Bryant J, Herrmann A: Assessing patients’ experiences of cancer care across the treatment pathway: a mapping review. Supportive Care in Cancer 2019. 27(6): 1997-2006. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04740-1. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00520-019-04740-1
  • Herrmann A, Hall A, Zdenkowski N, Sanson-Fisher R: Heading in a new direction? Recommendations for future research on patient decision aids. Patient Education and Counseling 2019, 102(5): 1029-1034. doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.12.006 URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738399118305329?via%3Dihub
  • Herrmann A, Hall A, Proietto A: Using the Heath Belief Model to explore why women decide for or against the removal of their ovaries to reduce their risk of developing cancer. BMC Women's Health. 2018, 18(1):184. doi: 10.1186/s12905-018-0673-2. URL: https://bmcwomenshealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12905-018-0673-2
  • Watson R, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Turon H, Richards Lisa, Herrmann A: Do haematological cancer patients get the information they need about their cancer and its treatment? Results of a cross-sectional survey. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2018:1-11 (online first). doi: 10.1007/s00520-018-4525-2 2018. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00520-018-4525-2
  • Carey M, Herrmann A, Hall A, Mansfield E, Forshaw K: Exploring health literacy and preferences for risk communication among medical oncology patients. PLOS ONE. 2018, 13(9):e0203988. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203988. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6143261/
  • Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A: Support persons’ preferences for the type of consultation and the format of information provided when making a cancer treatment decision. BMC Research Notes. 2018;11(1):456. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3552-x. URL: https://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13104-018-3552-x
  • Herrmann A, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N, Watson R, Turon H: Not asking cancer patients about their preferences does make a difference. A cross-sectional study examining cancer patients’ preferred and perceived role in decision making regarding their last important cancer treatment. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2018;e12871. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12871.URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ecc.12871
  • Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A: A discrete choice experiment to assess cancer patients’ preferences for when and how to make treatment decisions. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2018;26:1215. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3944-9. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00520-017-3944-9
  • Herrmann A, Hall A, Zdenkowski N: Women’s experiences with deciding on neoadjuvant systemic therapy for operable breast cancer: A qualitative study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2018;5(1):68-76. doi: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_60_17. URL:http://www.apjon.org/article.asp?issn=2347-5625;year=2018;volume=5;issue=1;spage=68;epage=76;aulast=Herrmann
  • Herrmann A, Zdenkowski N, Hall A, Boyle FM, Butow P: Exploring women’s experiences with a decision aid for neoadjuvant systemic therapy for operable breast cancer. Health Science Reports. 2017;e213. doi:10.1002/HSR2.13. URL: www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hsr2.13/full
  • Herrmann A, Mansfield E, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N: Wilfully out of sight? A literature review on the effectiveness of cancer-related decision aids and implementation strategies. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2016;16(1):1-9. doi:10.1186/s12911-016-0273-8. URL: www.bmcmedinformdecismak.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12911-016-0273-8
  • Herrmann A, Kosinski J: Grounded Theory „schlank“ gedacht. Praxisnahe Forschung zwischen Wissenschaftlichkeit und Pragmatik. Miggelbrink J, Meyer F, Beurskens K (Ed.): Ins Feld und zurück – Praktische Probleme qualitativer Forschung in der Sozialgeographie. Heidelberg/Mannheim: Springer Spektrum; 2017:37-43. [peer reviewed book section on the pragmatic use of grounded theory]
  • Herrmann A: Das Unfassbare fassbar machen?! Die RTL-Berichterstattung am 11. September 2001 als Grenzerfahrung für offensichtliche und „versteckte“ Experten. Schwanebeck W (Ed.): Lüge, Täuschung, Hochstapelei. Geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Berlin: Neofelis; 2014:101-117. [peer reviewed book section analysing the role of experts in the reporting of commercial broadcasting after the September 11 terrorist attacks]
  • Herrmann A: Die Gerüchteforschung und ihr „Mauerblümchendasein“. Ein Plädoyer für grenzüberschreitende Forschung. Kutsch A, Sommer D (Ed.): Großbothener Vorträge zur Kommunikationswissenschaft XIII. Bremen: Edition lumière; 2014:119-147. URL: www.kmw.uni-leipzig.de/fileadmin/redaxo/PDF_Dateien_Beitrag_Herrmann.pdf [peer reviewed book section comparing rumour research in Germany and France, exploring the benefits of cross-cultural research]
  • Herrmann A: Gerüchtekommunikation als Gegenstand der deutschen und der französischen Kommunikationswissenschaft. Vergleichende Analyse eines wissenschaftlichen Randgebietes. Transfer (1); 2012. Abstract available online. URL: transfer.dgpuk.de/abstracts/geruechtekommunikation-als-gegenstand-der-deutschen-und-der-franzoesischenkommunikationswissenschaft/ [peer reviewed online article focusing on rumour research in Germany and France; journal published by the German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies]
  • Herrmann A, Zierenberg J: Qualitative Quantität! Kritische Überlegungen zum Phlogiston auf dem Basar der Wissenschaften. Jaros S (Ed.): Science. Who cares? Ein studentisches Kolleg fragt nach dem Wert von Wissenschaft für die Gesellschaft. Magdeburg/Leipzig: Meine; 2010:127-130. [peer reviewed book section on the disconnect between quantity and quality of scientific publications]

Conference publications

  • Herrmann A, Herr W, Holler E, Edinger M, Wolff D: Developing and testing a multicomponent intervention designed to improve psychosocial outcomes of haematological cancer patients undergoing transplant procedures and their support persons. 18. Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung (DKVF). Berlin, 09.-11.10.2019. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2019. Doc19dkvf331. DOI: 10.3205/19dkvf331,
  • Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Zdenkowski N: A mixed-methods approach to work towards patient-centered decision making in cancer care. Proceedings of the 2019 Congress of the German Society for Medical Sociology and the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A: Comparing cancer patients’ and support persons’ preferences for the type of consultation and the format of information provided when making a treatment decision. Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii603-viii640. DOI: 10.1093/annonc/mdy300.
  • Herrmann A: Soll ich oder soll ich nicht? Eine Untersuchung zur Verbesserung partizipativer Entscheidungsfindung in der Onkologie. Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung (DKVF). Berlin, 10.-12.10.2018. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2018. Doc DOC18dkvf178 /20181012/. DOI: 10.3205/18dkvf178.
  • Herrmann A, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N, Turon H, Watson R: An Australian cross-sectional study examining cancer patients’ preferred and perceived role in treatment decision making. Does asking patients about their preferences make a difference? Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung (DKVF). Berlin, 10.-12.10.2018. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2018. Doc18dkvf285. DOI: 10.3205/18dkvf285.
  • Herrmann A, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Wall L, Zdenkowski N, Waller A: A discrete choice experiment to assess cancer patients’ preferences for when and how to make treatment decisions. Proceedings of the 13th Behavioural Research in Cancer Control Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Herrmann A, Zdenkowski N, Hall A, Boyle FM, Butow P: Women’s experiences with a decision aid for neoadjuvant systemic therapy for operable breast cancer. 39th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, iPoster. [abstract published as “Zdenkowski N, Herrmann A, Hall A, Boyle FM, Butow P: Abstract P3-11-02: Women's experiences with a decision aid for neoadjuvant systemic therapy for operable breast cancer. Cancer Research. 2017;77, Supplement 4:P3-11-02-P13-11-02. DOI: 10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS16-P3-11-02”]
  • Herrmann A, Hall A, Zdenkowski N: Exploring how women make decisions on neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NAST) for operable breast cancer. The Breast. 2016;29, Supplement 1:S27. DOI: 10.1016/S0960-9776(16)30223-5.
  • Herrmann A, Mansfield E, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N: Examining where research efforts on cancer-related decision aids have been made. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016;12(23). DOI: 10.1111/ajco.12618.
  • Smits, R, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Turon H, Herrmann A, Richards L: Do hematological cancer patients get the information they need about their cancer and its treatment? Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016;12(32). DOI: 10.1111/ajco.12618.

Professional articles and media contributions



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