Dominik Sieh was born on October 8, 1981, in Göppingen, Germany. During high school, he followed an exchange program with the Colegio Alemán de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. In 2001, he emigrated to the Netherlands to serve as a social worker in the refugee community Jeanette Noëlhuis in Amsterdam. One year later, he started studying psychology at the University of Amsterdam. In 2005, he completed a 6-month exchange program at the University of Jussieu in Paris, focusing on psychoanalysis. Subsequently, he studied psychology and educational sciences at the University of Toronto. He completed his internship in clinical psychology at a mental health center for depression in The Hague. He received his master’s degree with honors in clinical psychology from the University of Amsterdam. In 2007, he started working as a therapist in a psychiatric institute for depression and anxiety. In 2008, he entered a Ph.D. program at the research institute of Child Development and Education of the University of Amsterdam, gaining insight into the impact of parents’ chronic medical condition on children. His dissertation resulted in the development of the Screening Instrument for Adolescents of Parents with Chronic Medical Condition (SIAPCMC), a short list of questions that can identify adolescents at risk for internalizing problems such as anxious and withdrawn behavior. In 2011, he finished a 3-year program at the Amsterdam Institute of Family and Couple Therapy and received a certificate in family therapy. In 2012, he attained a university teaching qualification (BKO). Over the past years, he has been focusing on Routine Outcome Monitoring within intercultural and forensic psychiatry. Since 2013 he has been working at Leiden University as lecturer and aims to validate the SIAPCMC for children of parents with a psychiatric disorder or addiction. He has a passion for languages and speaks German, Dutch, English, Spanish, and French.
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