Prof. Dr. Katja Siefken
Professor for Physical Activity and Health

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Katja Siefken studied sport and health promotion at the University of Hamburg and at the University of Kansas (USA). After completing her doctorate at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand in the field of Physical Activity and Health, she was consulting the World Health Organization in the field of physical activity and health and was project lead for a number of research projects at MSH Medical School Hamburg. From 2017 to 2019 Katja worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of South Australia. Katja Siefken is a fellow of the German Scholars Leadership Academy (2018/2019).


Katja Siefken has been involved in teaching for a number of years. She has lectured at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand, at the Fiji School of Medicine in Fiji, the HAW Hamburg in Germany and the University of South Australia in Australia. Her focus in teaching lies in the areas of physical activity, sport and health. Since 2019, she works as Professor for Physical Activity and Health at the MSH Medical School Hamburg.


Her primary research focus is on the prevention on non-communicable diseases through physical activity and sport/health for development interventions in low- and middle income countries, with a specific focus on the Pacific Islands. She has ten years’ experience in designing, managing, implementing and evaluating physical activity interventions in various settings, including workplaces and communities in low- and middle income countries. Katja conducts intervention research in the area of ​​physical activity and its influence on mental, social and physical health. She places a special focus on health promotion through exercise in socially disadvantaged groups. In 2012, she founded the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Sport for Development with international experts. She has been the contact person for Germany for the Global Observatory for Physical Activity and Health since 2014 and works as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals. Her research projects are often characterized by international collaborations.



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