Senior Researcher, Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health, Public Health and Health Care Research at Ludwig-Maximilians-University
Steering Committee member, ICF Research Branch, WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Germany (at DIMDI)
Dr. Michaela Coenen is a Senior Researcher at the Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health located at the Chair for Public Health and Health Services Research, Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology – IBE at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. She received her degree in psychology in 1993 and a Master in Public Health in 2002 from LMU. In 2008, she completed her doctorate also at LMU based on her scientific work in validating ICF Core Sets from the patient perspective under the auspices of the (former) Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. After being involved in several projects researching the therapy of chronic diseases (mainly substance abuse disorders), Michaela Coenen conducted and coordinated several studies toward the development and validation of ICF Core Sets. This included the projects to develop and validate the ICF Core Sets for multiple sclerosis, hand conditions, and inflammatory bowel diseases. She has also been involved in several other large-scale scientific endeavors, notably the European Union-funded project "PARADISE - Psychosocial fActors RelevAnt to brain DISorders in Europe" and the "Development of a Model Disability Survey", a collaborative effort between the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Michaela Coenen has been leading the "Lighthouse Project Hand", an initiative supported by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). This project aims to implement the ICF Core Sets for hand conditions in clinical routine and research along the continuum of care. Besides her research and administrative activities, Dr. Coenen serves as the supervisor for several master and doctoral students.