Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Astrid Junge

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Astrid Junge

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Astrid Junge
Vice-rector Research

Professor for Prevention and Sport

Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg

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Biography

Professor Astrid Junge obtained her doctorate in psychology, is accredited psychotherapist and completed her habilitation (equiv. post-doc dissertation) in the field of social- and preventive medicine. Since December 2013, she is Professor for Prevention and Sport at MSH Medical School Hamburg. Here, she is Vice-rector for Research since May 2015.

Following her studies, she has worked in research and education for the duration of 14 years at the University of Hamburg and at the University of Marburg in the areas of psychosomatics, sexual medicine and medical psychology / sociology. She conducted studies on quality management within the psychosomatic and orthopaedic departments of private hospitals. From 1996-2016, she was head of research of the medical research center of the FIFA (F-MARC) and made major contributions to the establishment of F-MARC and to the development of the Centre into an internationally recognized research organization.

Professor Junge is involved in a large number of projects with international sport associations (FINA, FIFA, IAAF, IOC), other universities and research groups in Germany and abroad. She also works for the Schulthess Clinik, Zurich and for the Swiss Concussion Center.

Teaching

Professor Astrid Junge lectured in the field of social- and preventive medicine at the University of Zurich. She also taught the subject ‘psychosomatics’ (theory and patient introduction) over several semesters in the Department for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

At the University of Marburg, she initiated an interdisciplinary series of lectures named ‘sexual medicine” for medical students and for students of psychology and taught this course as assistant lecturer in the Department of Human Medicine. Both, at the University of Hamburg and at the University of Marburg, Professor Astrid Junge taught the course ‘Medical Psychology / Medical Sociology’ for several semesters.   

Research Focus

Professor Astrid Junge’s research activities encompass a variety of research fields. Her current research focus is on the long-term health consequences of professional athletes, prevention of sport injuries, mental health of elite athletes during and after their career, as well as using sport as a tool to enhance mental health.

In line with her work for international sport associations, Professor Junge leads a variety of research projects on epidemiology, risk factors and prevention of sport injuries. She was involved in the development of methods on the standardized registration of sport injuries and its consensus statement. Furthermore, Professor Junge worked on projects such as the development and implementation of a medical screening for the prevention of sudden cardiac death, the formulation of guidelines for players with undefined gender and on the use of medications and dietary supplements of elite athletes.

Another focus of her work (2009-2016) was the development, implementation and evaluation of a sport-based health promotion program for children in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America.

Previous research- and work areas (1986-2008) include quality management in medical, psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic care; development, validation and trans-cultural adaption of survey instruments; studies on the measurement and prediction of treatment success in spine operations and on the measurement of quality of life of chronically ill patients.

Publications

  • German