Annemarie Schumacher Dimech, Dr. phil.

President and Co-founder

Annemarie serves as President of the Women’s Brain Project, and is also one of the organization’s co-founders. She heads the new Certificate of Advanced Studies in Palliative Care and the further education programme in Healthcare and Medical Leadership at the University of Lucerne.

She graduated in psychology from the University of Malta, and holds an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey (UK). In 2010, she obtained her PhD at the University of Bern. Today, she is employed at the University of Lucerne where she developed and is heading its programme of further education in Palliative Care.

Her fascination with the interaction between body and mind motivates her to study physical and environmental factors affecting mental health. Annemarie believes that our behaviour and environment can have a long-lasting impact on our mental health. This approach forms the basis of her work with the Women’s Brain Project, where she contributes to educational events as well as myriad projects including publications, research, and other scientific events.

The sex and gender differences in various factors, including socioeconomic and psychological factors, affecting brain and mental health was Annemarie’s motivation to join forces with Antonella Santuccione Chadha, Maria Teresa Ferretti, and Gautam Maitra to found the Women’s Brain Project. Through her work with the Women’s Brain Project, increasing awareness and sharing knowledge about these differences can lead to changes that will significantly improve women’s health and society’s well-being.

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