Theresia Krieger

Dr. Theresia Krieger


Theresia Krieger is a public health scientist and nurse with international expertise (1995-ongoing). After completing her B.Sc. in Public Health & Administration with focus on the German health system (2006), she expanded her knowledge in International Public Health (M.Sc.) at Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh (2007). Ms. Krieger conducted the final step of the formal international academic education – the PhD degree – in the Department for Social Medicine at the University of Maastricht (2013-2019). In her public health doctoral she worked on “The stepwise development of a comprehensive family caregiver support program”.

Ms. Krieger started her scientific career/activities at the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP, University of Bremen) by exploring the further capacity building needs of humanitarian workers. In addition, she designed, conducted and evaluated the first summer school for employees of German medical humanitarian NGOs (2010-2012). From 2012 to 2015, she was occupied at the igps (Catholic University of North Rhine-Westphalia) with developing, implementing and evaluating the “Caregivers’ Guide”, a concept for family caregivers with focus on stroke. In the Geriatric setting in Aachen, she conducted the Vade Mecum research project with the Participatory Health Research (PHR) approach (2017-2018). Since June 2019, she is employed at the IMVR in the field of medical sociology as a scientific researcher. She is responsible for the operational project management of the external evaluation of isPO (integrated, cross-sectoral psycho-oncology) project, funded by the German Innovation Fund (IF).

Ms. Krieger designed, inaugurated and facilitates a one-year capacity building training in Participatory Health Research (2021). It is placed at the Cologne University Hospital and aims to empower patient representatives, practitioners and researchers alike. Participants will be enabled to conduct high quality participatory research projects in the field of health.

As a board member (Sprecher*innenkreis) of PartNet (Network for Participatory Health Research), she advocates the dissemination of and critical reflection on the PHR approach in Germany. As a member of the Steering Committee of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR), she is involved in decisions regarding communisation, strategic positioning and networking amount the different players.

  • Complex interventions in health
  • Health systems development
  • Public Health interventions
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Participatory Health Research (PHR)
  • Patient involvement & engagement (PPI)
  • Evaluation research (mixed methods)
  • Capacity building interventions and evaluations
  • Krieger, T.; Specht, R.; Errens, B.; Hagen, U.; Dorant, E. Caring for Family Caregivers of Geriatric Patients: Results of a Participatory Health Research Project on Actual State and Needs of Hospital-Based Care Professionals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5901,
  • Krieger T, Feron F, Dorant E (2020) Two-level multi-methodological evaluation of a new complex primary support programme for stroke care-givers in Germany. Ageing and Society 3, pages 1-31. doi:10.1017/S0144686X20000665.
  • Krieger T, Floren M, Feron F, Dorant E (2019) Optimising the Concept of a Complex Stroke Caregiver Support Programme via Participatory Action Research. Educational Action Research, DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2019.1699131.
  • Krieger T, Boumans N, Feron F, Dorant E (2020) Developing implementation management instruments in a complex intervention for stroke caregivers based on combined stakeholder and risk analyses. Scand J Caring Sci. 2020;34(1):215-229. doi:10.1111/scs.12723.
  • Krieger T, Feron F, Dorant E (2017) Developing a complex intervention programme for informal caregivers of stroke survivors: The Caregivers’ Guide. Scand J Caring Sci. 2017;31(1):146-156. doi:10.1111/scs.12344.