Mirjam Jenny

Mirjam Jenny

jenny [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de
+49 (0)30 82406-720
Head Research Scientist

Curriculum Vitae

Mirjam Jenny is the Head Research Scientist at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. She enjoys research at the intersection of psychology, computer science, and medicine. Currently, she is developing decision aids for the medical domain, for example, fast and frugal decision trees for emergency medicine and anesthesiology using machine learning methods. She is interested in medical decision making and risk literacy as well as digital health and has additional experience in cognitive modeling of subjective probability. Being actively engaged in the German health care landscape she hopes to improve medical decision making for patients, doctors, and institutions. Finally, she enjoys conceptual work, for example, on process models and risk communication. Her research has been featured in media outlets in Europe and the United States.


since 2016

Head Research Scientist at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development


Data Scientist at the The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung) in Berlin


Post doctoral researcher at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development


PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), University of Basel, Switzerland


Master of Science in Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland


Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland


Selected publications

Jenny, M. A., Hertwig R., Ackermann, S., Messmer, A. S., Nickel. Ch. H. & Bingisser, R. (2015). Are morbidity and mortality predictable in patients presenting with nonspecific complaints using routine variables? Academic Emergency Medicine, 22, 1155-1163. doi:10.1111/acem.12755

van den Bos, W., Jenny, M. A. & Wulf, D. U. (2014). Open minded psychology. In: Moore, S. A. (ed.) Issues in Open Research Data. Pp. 107–127. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ban.g

Jenny, M. A., Rieskamp, J., & Nilsson, H. (2014). Inferring conjunctive probabilities from experienced noisy samples: Evidence from the configural weighted average model. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 203–217. doi:10.1037/a0034261

Jenny, M. A., Pachur, T., Williams, L., Becker, E., & Margraf, J. (2013). Simple rules for detecting depression. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 149-157. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.06.001

Nilsson, H., Rieskamp, J., & Jenny, M. A. (2013). Exploring the overestimation of conjunctive probabilities. Frontiers in Psychology, 101, 1-12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00101

Fuchs, H. M., Jenny, M., & Fiedler, S. (2012). Psychologists are open to change, yet wary of rules. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 639–642. doi:10.1177/1745691612459521


Selected presentations

Jenny, M. A. (2015). How to improve medical decision making with cognitive data science. Vortrag in der Kassenärztlichen Bundesvereinigung in Berlin, Deutschland.

Jenny, M. A., & Hertwig, R., & Bingisser, R. (2014). Improving decision making in the emergency department with simple decision aids. Vortrag am 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making in Long Beach, USA.

Jenny, M. A., & Kause, A. (2014). Goals in risk communication and their implications for effective communication methods: A taxonomy. Vortrag an der 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis–Europe in Istanbul, Türkei.

Eingeladene Keynote: How changing research practices and using Bayesian statistics benefits the behavioral sciences (2014). 9th European Workshop on Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in Lüneburg, Deutschland.

Einfache Entscheidungsregeln für die Medizin (2013). Emilie Louise Frey Preis Festrede an der jährlichen Tagung der Akademikerinnen-Vereinigung Basel (Prof. C. Bandle) in Basel, Schweiz.

Selbstkritik und neue Horizonte: Transparenz in der Psychologie (2013). Annual Forum on Clinical Science of the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation, Swiss National Science Foundation in Bern, Schweiz.

Eingeladener Workshop: Simple decision aids for better medicine (2014). Workshop gehalten am 7th JDM Workshop for Early–Career Researchers an der Universität Mannheim, Deutschland.


Selected awards

She has been awarded with the Emilie Louise Frey Prize for best dissertation by the Basel Association of Female Academics and the Basel Association of Female University Lecturers and with the Otto Hahn Medal for best dissertation related research by the Max Planck Society.