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Julia von Thienen

Julia von Thienen was born in 1978 in Berlin. She studied psychology at the Free University of Berlin with an emphasis on research methodology and cognitive neuroscience. Electives were mathematics and computer sciences. In her PhD work, Julia von Thienen discussed differing theories of causation in psychology versus cognitive neuroscience – and how the two disciplines can create joint knowledge bases nonetheless. At the Free University of Berlin and at the University of Chicago she taught research methodology and philosophy of science. Apart from that, she worked in psychotherapeutic domains since 2003, specializing in behaviour psychotherapy.

Julia von Thienen joined the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam in 2008. In the project e.valuate, her team analyzed driving forces of design thinking. In the project Tele-Board MED, Julia von Thienen and her colleagues are concerned with an exchange of tools among design thinking and psychotherapy. More generally, the aim is to promote doctor-patient teamwork by building on design thinking ideas and work equipment.

Another research focus is design thinking theory. Julia von Thienen suggested an iterated design thinking process model and techniques to “bring home big ideas”. In terms of techniques and tools, she created a design thinking based problem solving crash course for psychotherapy patients. Besides that, she pioneered new approaches to help people handle failure and to implement “big ideas” in a world that sometimes does not welcome change.

Privately, Julia von Thienen is fond of being able to contribute to the academic life in her region as a member of the board of directors of the Erhard Höpfner Erhard Höpfner Foundation, which supports young academics in Berlin.


From Prototypes to Innovation

PI: Prof. Christoph Meinel Abstract For companies, the incorporation of Design Thinking as part of the innovation process … > mehr

Tele-BoardMED: Engaging Design Thinkers and Psychotherapists in Mutual Learning

PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract Tele-Board MED is a software that helps patient and doctor create and use … > mehr

Tele-Board MED: Assessing Interactions and Character Choice in Teams with a Machine Team Member

PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract The project Tele-Board MED brings design thinking work equipment into medical … > mehr

Tele-Board MED: Supporting Patient Progress with (Meta) Data Analytics (HPI)

PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract Tele-Board MED is a digital documentation system that allows doctors and … > mehr

Tele-Board for Medicine

PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract Even a person who is commonly very autonomous may experience states of great … > mehr


PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract The project team e.valuate wants to further pursue its investigation into the … > mehr


PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract Our 2009 experiment on Design Thinking performance yielded a surprising result: … > mehr

Redesigning the MEDICAL REPORT experience: Probing Design Thinking on High-Stake Tasks In Bureaucratic, Hierarchical Organizations

PI: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel Abstract Medical reports summarize diagnoses of patients, treatments and outcomes. They … > mehr