Oksana Berhe, MSc

Visiting PhD Student

What are your research interests?
  • Effect of social environment on mental health and well-being
  • Stress resilience
  • Neuroscience of mental well-being
  • Adverse childhood experience
Current Projects/Studies you are involved with
I am a PhD student in the research training group (GRK 2350) which investigates the ‘Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Psychosocial and Somatic Conditions Across the Lifespan’. It is embedded in the central lines of research at the Central Institute of Mental Health (Mannheim, Germany) and the Medical Faculty Heidelberg (Germany). My research focus is: ‘ACEs and Stress Sensitivity: the Modulatory Role of the Social Environment’
Please tell us a bit about your background
I received my first degree in engineering and technology. Later I completed a program and received a diploma in Business Psychology.

After much experience in management consulting, I decided to return to academia and attended the Freie universität Berlin (Germany) to obtain a MSc in cognitive, social and affective neuroscience.

What inspires you to come to work/placement?
My inspiration – to make a real difference to people’s daily lives. To hold back the growing stress and burnout epidemic. To offer people sustainable, science-backed solutions to develop mental resilience, to unlock their emotional potential and boost daily well-being and performance.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your work?
To return to academia after years in business.