Steering group

The steering group of MentalEmpowerment represents the strategical directions and innovative impulses of our initiative and is composed of representatives from the fields of sportpsychology, sport science and psychotherapy/psychiatry.

The steering board is activ in all working fields of our initiative: (information, events, further education, screening, mediation).

Especially the following working fields are shaped and fulfilled of the steering group:

  • Development of practical recommendations and guidelines for practical work in education, and coaching of athletes and/or their advisors. This development takes place in close cooperation with professional associations, representatives of praxis and partner institutions.
  • Definition, selection, design and recommendation of criteria for appropriate screeningtools with salutogenetic orientation.
  • Development of recommendations for education and further education of different target groups. These recommendations should help educational institutions to plan or revise their conceptions
  • Development and initiation of researcht with high perspectives on transfer of knowledge and relevance in practical work for mental health in elite sport.
  • Application to the advisory board or to external funds to financiate specific projects in the field of mental health in elite sport.


Dipl.-Psych. Anna Heese
Psychological ambulance of the German Sports University Cologne


Dr. Egbert Herrmann
Medical Head of psychosomatic section, Clinic Medicos.AufSchalke



Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Kellmann
Ruhr University Bochum



Univ. Prof. Dr. Jens Kleinert
Institute of Psychology, German Sports University Cologne



Dipl.-Psych. Monika Liesenfeld
Sportpsychologist, Olympic Training Center Berlin



Prof. Dr. Thorsten Weidig
Sportpsychologist and lecturer of H:G University for Health and Sport, Technic and Arts, Berlin