Dr. Julia Amann

Dr.  Julia Amann

Dr. Julia Amann

Professur für Bioethik

HOA H 17

Hottingerstrasse 10

8092 Zürich


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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Julia Amann joined the Health Ethics and Policy Lab as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2019. Julia is a health communication scholar with extensive experience and training in qualitative and participatory research methods. Her research interests span a broad range of topics at the intersection of digital health technologies, bioethics, and health communication.

In her current work, Julia investigates the opportunities and challenges of medical AI, focusing on the ethical implications for research and clinical practice. As part of the H2020 project Precise4q, Julia is carrying out empirical work to investigate different stakeholders' expectations and attitudes towards the use of artificial intelligence in clinical care for stroke patients. In addition, Julia contributes to several ongoing projects at the Health Ethics and Policy Lab, including work on algorithmic transparency and explainable AI.

Prior to starting her position at ETH, Julia obtained an MSc in Communication, Management and Health (University of Lugano, CH) and an MSc in Business Administration (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA). During her graduate studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Communication and Health (Lugano, CH) and Pamplin College of Business (Blacksburg, USA). In 2018, she obtained her PhD in Health Sciences and Health Policy at the University of Lucerne with a dissertation that explored the role of online communities in fostering patient participation in the healthcare innovation process.

In addition to her institutional commitments, Julia is an active member of the research committee of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) and the early-career network yEACH. Julia also co-leads the Public Health Schweiz special interest group on Technologies for Public Health and is a member of the association's expert committee. Julia is also a board member of the Open Mind Institute, a non-profit organization that aims to foster an active exchange between science and society.

Research interests and expertise
Digital health
> Medical AI
Co-design & participatory research
Health literacy
Shared decision-making
Patient and public involvement (PPI)
Design and evaluation of health campaigns



  • Amann J*, Vetter D*, Blomberg SN, Christensen HC, Coffee M, Gerke S, et al. (2022) To explain or not to explain?—Artificial intelligence explainability in clinical decision support systems.PLOS Digit Health 1(2): e0000016.
  • Sleigh J, Amann J, Schneider M, & Vayena E (2021). Qualitative analysis of visual risk communication on twitter during the Covid-19 pandemic. BMC public health, 21(1), 1-12. 
  • Amann J & Sleigh J (2021) Too vulnerable to involve? Challenges of engaging Vulnerable Groups in the Co-production of Public Services Through Research. International Journal of Public Administration, 1-13
  • Van Beusekom MM, & Amann J (2021). Addressing inclusivity in the new normal: opportunities for remote co-design in health communication research. Patient Educ Couns.
  • Zicari RV, Brusseau J, Blomberg SN, Christensen HC, Coffee M, Ganapini MB, Gerke S, Gilbert TK, Hickman E, Hildt E, Holm S, Kühne U, Madai VI, Osika W, Spezzatti A, Schnebel E, Tithi JJ, Vetter D, Westerlund M, Wurth R, Amann J, Antun V, Beretta V, Bruneault F, Campano E, Düdder B, Gallucci A, Goffi E, Haase CB, Hagendorff T, Kringen P, Möslein F, Ottenheimer D, Ozols M, Palazzani L, Petrin M, Tafur K, Tørresen J, Volland H and Kararigas G (2021) On Assessing Trustworthy AI in Healthcare. Machine Learning as a Supportive Tool to Recognize Cardiac Arrest in Emergency Calls. Front. Hum. Dyn 3:673104.
  • Zicari RV, Ahmed S, Amann J, Braun SA, Brodersen J, Bruneault F, Brusseau J, Campano E, Coffee M, Dengel A, Düdder B, Gallucci A, Gilbert TK, Gottfrois P, Goffi E, Haase CB, Hagendorff T, Hickman E, Hildt E, Holm S, Kringen P, Kühne U, Lucieri A, Madai VI, Moreno-Sánchez PA, Medlicott O, Ozols M, Schnebel E, Spezzatti A, Tithi JJ, Umbrello S, Vetter D, Volland H, Westerlund M and Wurth R (2021) Co-Design of a Trustworthy AI System in Healthcare: Deep Learning Based Skin Lesion Classifier. Front. Hum. Dyn 3:688152.
  • Zanini C, Amann J, Brach, M Gemperli A, & Rubinelli S. (2021). The challenges characterizing the lived experience of caregiving. A qualitative study in the field of spinal cord injury. Spinal cord, 1-11.
  • Amann J, Sleigh J, Vayena E. (2021) Digital contact-tracing during the Covid-19 pandemic: an analysis of newspaper coverage in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. PloS one. 16(2):e0246524.
  • Amann J, Blasimme A, Vayena E, Frey D, Madai VI (2020) Explainability for artificial intelligence in healthcare: a multidisciplinary perspective. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 20(1):1-9.
  • Amann J, Fiordelli M, Scheel-Sailer A, Brach M, Rubinelli S (2020) Opportunities and Challenges of a Self-Management App to Support People With Spinal Cord Injury in the Prevention of Pressure Injuries: Qualitative Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(12):e22452.
  • Amann J, Fiordelli M, Brach M, Bertschy S, Scheel-Sailer A, Rubinelli S (2020) Co-designing a Self-Management App Prototype to Support People With Spinal Cord Injury in the Prevention of Pressure Injuries: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(7):e18018.
  • Zanini C, Fiordelli M, Amann J, Brach M, Gemperli A, Rubinelli S (2020) Coping strategies of family caregivers in spinal cord injury: a qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 23:1-0.
  • Fiordelli M, Zanini C, Amann J, Scheel-Sailer A, Brach M, Stucki G, Rubinelli S (2020) Selecting Evidence-Based Content for Inclusion in Self-Management Apps for Pressure Injuries in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury: Participatory Design Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(5):e15818.
  • Sleigh J, Schneider M, Amann J, Vayena E (2020) Visualizing an Ethics Framework: A Method to Create Interactive Knowledge Visualizations From Health Policy Documents. J Med Internet Res, 22(1):e16249.
  • Amati M, Grignoli N, Rubinelli S, Amann J, Zanini C (2019) The role of hope for health professionals in rehabilitation: A qualitative study on unfavorable prognosis communication. PloS one,14(10):e0224394.
  • Diviani N, Zanini C, Amann J, Chadha S, Cieza A & Rubinelli S (2019). Awareness, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Music-Induced Hearing Loss: Towards the Development of a Health Communication Strategy to Promote Safe Listening. Patient Educ Couns. 102(8), 1506-1512.  
  • Amann J, Palis H, Jongerius C, Rossi MG, Altendorf M, van Beusekom M, de Looper M,  Medendorp, N, Ofstad E, Houwen J & Duprez V (2019) Express rather than impress: Benefits of the rEACH summer school for early-career researchers in the field of health communication. Patient Educ Couns. 102(2), 398-400.
  • Amann J, Brach M, & Rubinelli S (2018). How healthcare professionals experience patient participation in designing healthcare services and products. A qualitative study in the field of spinal cord injury in Switzerland. Patient Educ Couns. 101(8), 1452-9.
  • Amann J (2017). Democratising healthcare: The role of eHealth technologies in driving patient participation. EMJ Innovation, 1(1), 40-46. 
  • Amann J, Rubinelli S (2017). Views of community managers on knowledge co-creation in online communities for people with disabilities. J Med Internet Res, 19(10).
  • Amann J, Zanini C, Rubinelli S (2016). What online user innovation communities can teach us about capturing the experiences of patients living with chronic health conditions. A scoping review. PloS one, 11(6), e0156175. 
  • Amann J, Rubinelli S, Kreps GL (2015). Revisiting the concept of health literacy. The patient as information seeker and provider. European Health Psychologist, 17(6), 286-290. 


Book chapter

  • Amann J. (forthcoming) Machine learning in stroke medicine: Opportunities and challenges for risk prediction and prevention. In F. Jotternad, M. Ienca (Eds.) Artificial Intelligence in Brain and Mental Health: Springer, Europe.
  • Rubinelli S, Amann J. Critical health literacy through the lens of argumentation theory. In: M. Danesi, S. Greco (Eds.) Case Studies in Discourse Analysis. Lincom Europa, Munich; 2016.


Commissioned reports 

  • Ienca M, Scheibner J, Ferretti A, Gille F, Amann J, Sleigh J, Blasimme A, Vayena E (2019) How the General Data Protection Regulation changes the rules for scientific research. European Parliamentary Research Service, Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA): PE 634.447
  • Amann J, di Nardo M, Lips T., Vogel T. Die Schweizer Getränkeindustrie. Eine Analyse der Marketing- und Produktentwicklungsstrategien von Süssgetränken. In: Schneider, J. eds (2013). Süssgetränke und Körpergewicht bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Stand der Forschung und Empfehlungen. Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz Bericht 3, Bern und Lausanne. p. 120-130.
  • Dubowicz A, Camerini A, Ludolph R, Amann J, Schulz PJ (2013). Bewegung und Ernährung an Schweizer Schulen: Ergebnisse der zweiten Befragung von Schulleitungspersonen in der Schweiz und im Fürstentum Liechtenstein. Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz.
  • Dubowicz A, Camerini A, Ludolph R, Amann J, Schulz PJ (2013). Ernährung, Bewegung und Körpergewicht: Wissen, Einstellung und Wahrnehmung der Schweizer Bevölkerung: Ergebnisse der Bevölkerungsbefragungen von 2006, 2009, und 2012. Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz.

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