My particular passion is advocating for children at risk and enabling equal opportunities for them in order to reach their full cognitive potential. Based on many years of interdisciplinary research, I use approaches in practice that aim at supporting people, especially children and adolescents who feel disconnected and lack a sense of belonging.
In my approach, I use psychoeducation with the goal of meeting a person’s universal needs and values that are in connection with their social environment.
In this way, I contribute to enabling them to thrive and try to heal what adverse experiences may have broken.
Isabella Sarto-Jackson is a neurobiologist, executive manager of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, and president of the Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA).
She holds a Master´s degree in genetics, a PhD in neurobiochemistry, and the venia docendi in neurobiology.
For more than a decade she has worked as a neuroscientist at the Center for Brain Research of the Medical University in Vienna.
She has since extended her research focus to cognitive science and evolutionary biology and gives lectures at the University of Vienna, the Webster Vienna Private University, and the Comenius University in Bratislava.
Isabella Sarto-Jackson is associate editor of the journal Biological Theory and co-chair of the education committee of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.
Over the last years, she has dedicated her efforts to teaching neuroscientific findings to social education workers and social welfare workers by giving advanced training courses. Her work is highly interdisciplinary – at the interface of neurobiology, cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and social education.
Her particular passion is advocating for children at risk and enabling equal opportunities for them in order to reach their full cognitive potential.