International Society for Quality of Life Research
International Society for Quality of Life Research

New Investigators

Who are New Investigators?

Full-time students, post-doctoral fellows who have received their doctorate in the past five years, and researchers who have worked in the health-related quality of life field for up to five years

Purpose of the Special Interest Group

  • Create a network for investigators new to the field of HRQOL
  • Help solve common problems at early stages of one’s career
  • Share experiences
  • Facilitate discussion
  • Stay up to date on issues of interest to New Investigators
  • Provide educational material, in the form of articles, webinars, roundtables, etc
  • Cooperate with the other SIGs to introduce their field to New Investigators

Annual Conference Activities

Here is a sample of some of the Annual Conference activities new investigators have organized in recent years.

Tricks of the Trade Series: Senior ISOQOL members discuss their career paths and provide tips and tricks for a successful career in HRQOL.

Roundtable Discussions: Small group discussions on career topics. Previous topics include crafting a resumé and job interview strategies.

Panel Discussion: Career pathways in academia, consultancy and industry insights of experts

SIG Business Meeting: A forum for discussion issues pertaining to New Investigators and to determine new projects.

Social/Networking: Connecting with fellow new investigators can expand your research network and also your social network within your research areas.

Communication and Information Sharing

LinkedIn: Join the LinkedIn group ISOQOL New Investigator SIG

Quality of Life Quarterly: ISOQOL's quarterly newsletter includes a column from the New Investigator SIG Chairs. 

Online Education

Webinar: An Introduction to Response Shift Theory and Methods
September 18, 2013

Planned Webinar for 2017: Peer review 101 : How to write a good peer review for an academic journal?


New Investigator SIG Co-Chairs

Manraj Kaur, PT, MSc, PhD(c)

Kathrin Fischer

Kathrin is a doctoral student in Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Germany. She first took an interest in medicine by becoming a nurse at Kurpfalz School of Nursing in Mannheim. Subsequently she extended that path towards research at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück where she earned a bachelor degree in nursing science. Furthermore, in 2014 she graduated the master’s degree in public health sciences with the major in health economics, policy and management from Karolinka Institutet, Sweden. Kathrin started her PhD in January 2015 at the Medical Department, Division of Psychosomatic Medicine. In her PhD, she focuses on the assessment of health-related quality of life of children and adolescents with chronic conditions, using modern test theory. Besides her PhD project, Kathrin teaches problem-based learning at Charité.

Past Co-Chairs
Roxanne Jensen, PhD (2009-2011)
Bellinda King-Kallimanis, PhD (2010-2012)
Antonia Bennett, PhD (2011-2013)
Katerina Papageorgiou (2012-2014)
Marc Jacobs (2013-2015)
Catherine Bottomley (née Golics), PhD (2014-2016)

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