Prof. Chantal Martin Sölch - Vice-Rector

Chantal Martin Sölch

After completing bilingual studies in Psychology and Neurobiology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Prof. Dr. Chantal Martin Soelch carried out her PhD research at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Villigen, Switzerland) using neuroimaging methods to investigate the brain’s reward system and received her PhD from the University of Fribourg in 2000. At the same time, she was working at the Memory Clinic of the Psychiatric University Hospital, Zurich, as a neuropsychologist. She then worked as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Basel for five years before being appointed research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, USA, for two years. Returning to Switzerland, she worked as Head Psychologist and Head of the research division of the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Zurich. She obtained her Habilitation at the University of Zurich in 2011 and was appointed Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Fribourg in 2012. She has been awarded a large number of grants and third-part funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation as well as from European Funding programs. She received a NARSAD (now Brain and Behavior Foundation) young Investigator Award in 2005. She was elected Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Fribourg in 2015 and Vice-Rector in 2019.