Dr. Julia von Thienen
at the University of Potsdam
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.
Thienen, J. P. A. von (2013). Kausalniveaus. Eine Methodenanalyse zur Kausalforschung der Psychologie. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.
Available online at http://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/shop/einzelansicht.html?tx_ttproducts_pi1[backPID]=79&tx_ttproducts_pi1[product]=1136&cHash=55e3263c87.
Thienen, J. P. A. von (2015). Design Thinking in Theorie und Praxis. In C. Meinel, U. Weinberg and T. Krohn (eds.), Design thinking live (33-48). Hamburg: Murmann.
Thienen, J. P. A. von, Perlich, A. & Meinel, C. (2015). Tele-Board MED: Supporting 21st-century-medicine for mutual benefit. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design Thinking Research. Building Innovators (101-130). Berlin: Springer.
Available online at http://www.springerprofessional.de/008---tele-board-med253a-supporting-twenty-first-century-medicine-for-mutual-benefit/5219918.html.
Thienen, J. P. A. von, Meinel, C. & Nicolai, C. (2014). How design thinking tools help to solve wicked problems. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Building innovation eco-systems (97-102). Berlin: Springer.
Available online at http://www.springerprofessional.de/007---how-design-thinking-tools-help-to-solve-wicked-problems/4629322.html.
Thienen, J. P. A. von, Noweski, C., Meinel, C., Lang, S., Nicolai, C. & Bartz, A. (2012). What can design thinking learn from behavior group therapy? In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Measuring performance in context (285-302). Berlin: Springer.
Available online at https://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachgebiete/meinel/papers/Book_Chapters/What_Can_Design_Thinking_Learn_from_Behavior_Group_Therapy.pdf.
Thienen, J. P. A. von, Noweski, C., Rauth, I. Meinel, C. & Lang, S. (2012). If you want to know who you are, tell me here you are: The importance of places. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Studying co-creation in practice (53-73). Berlin: Springer.
Available online at https://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachgebiete/meinel/papers/Book_Chapters/If_You_Want_to_Know_Who_You_Are_Tell_Me_Where_You_Are_-_The_Importance_of_Places.pdf.
Thienen, J. P. A. von, Noweski, C., Meinel, C. & Rauth, I. (2011). The co-evolution of theory and practice in design thinking – or – “mind the oddness trap!”. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Understand – improve – apply (81-99). Berlin: Springer.
Available online at https://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachgebiete/meinel/papers/Book_Chapters/The_Co-evolution_of_Theory_and_Practice_in_Design_Thinking.pdf.
Noweski, C., Scheer, A., Büttner, N., Thienen, J. P. A. von, Erdmann, J. & Meinel, C. (2012). Towards a paradigm shift in education practice: Developing twenty-first century skills with design thinking. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Measuring performance in context (71-94). Berlin: Springer.
Available online at https://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachgebiete/meinel/papers/Book_Chapters/Towards_a_Paradigm_Shift_in_Education_Practice_-_Developing_Twenty-First_Century_Skills_with_Design_Thinking.pdf.
Thienen, J. P. A. von & Meinel, C. (2015). Building on a Stages of Change Model to bring home more big design thinking ideas. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research, http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2015/001.
Thienen, J. P. A. von & Meinel, C. (2014). A design thinking process to tackle individual life problems (created for use in behaviour psychotherapy). Electronic colloquium on design thinking research, http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2014/002.
Thienen, J. P. A. von & Meinel, C. (2014). Let’s bring home even more benefits from design thinking: Ideas for an iterated design thinking process model. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research, http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2014/001.