The Research Team

Tabea Hässler smiles in the camera and is wearing a microphone and a badge from the East meets West conference.

Dr. Tabea Hässler

Dr. Tabea Hässler is a senior researcher at the University of Zurich and the curator of the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel together with Léïla. Tabea is a member of the management committee of the COST Action CA19103 on LGBTI+ Social and Economic (In)equalities and works with researchers from over 20 countries on four continents on LGBTIQ+ issues. Tabea’s research focuses on responses to inequalities among members of diverse advantaged and disadvantaged groups (e.g., in the LGBTIQ+, gender, and ethnic context) with a particular focus on the situation of LGBTIQ+ individuals in Switzerland and beyond. A central aim of Tabea’s work is to promote more inclusive societies and social justice. Therefore, Tabea considers it important to disseminate the findings to a broad audience.

A portrait of Léïla Eisner. Léïla is smiling in front of a dark background.

Dr. Léïla Eisner 

Dr. Léïla Eisner is a postdoctoral researcher in social psychology and the curator of the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel together with Tabea. Léïla’s research interest broadly involves intergroup relations and discrimination, with an emphasis on social norms and support for social change movements in the LGBTIQ+ context. Furthermore, Léïla believes in bridging the gap between academia and the community. Therefore, Léïla strives towards the diffusion of research findings to the general public.

The Social Media Team

A portrait of Leo in front of a light pink wall, matching their light pink short hair. They are wearing a black elegant turtle neck pullover.

Leo Theissing

Leo Theissing is a master’s student of Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Basel. They are a transmasculine non-binary person and trans community organizer. Their work on the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel includes assistance in researching, social media, and website management.

Lena Scheiwiller

Lena Scheiwiller is a bachelor’s student of Psychology and Popular Culture Studies at the University of Zurich. In her former studies, she completed a bachelor’s degree of Illustration Fiction at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and is working as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel.

Juan Carlos Hugues

Juan Carlos Hugues is a master’s student in Social and Intercultural Psychology at the University of Lausanne. He is interested in investigating the well-being of marginalized groups across different cultures and how social institutions can be transformed to help vulnerable groups flourish. Juan Carlos aids the Swiss LGBTIQ+ Panel through research and survey development. Outside of the lab, he likes to write short stories and poetry.


Tabea Hässler and Léïla Eisner
Universität Zürich
Psychologisches Institut
Lehrstuhl Sozialpsychologie
Binzmühlestrasse 14/15
8050 Zürich