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University Hospital for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in the age of children and adolescents

Univ.-Prof. Kathrin Sevecke
Univ.-Prof. Kathrin Sevecke
University Hospital for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in the age of children and adolescents

Milserstraße 10, Haus 6
6060 Hall in Tirol

Phone: +43 (0) 50504 33801
Fax: +43 (0) 50504/33835

Research Branch (ÖSTAT Classification)

302036, 501005, 501009, 501010


Child adolescent psychiatry, clinical psychiatry, identity, personality pathology, psychology, and psychotherapy

Research Focus

The superior focus of the research is on personality diagnosis and development of identity during adolescence.

A current focus is on the corona crisis and its impact on children as well on new treatment interventions.

General Facts

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has been located in Hall since November 2017. With 6 wards (youth, children, addiction, eating disorders, parent-child, accommodation), a day clinic and an outpatient clinic in Hall as well as a consultation and liaison service in Innsbruck, it offers age-specific diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents up to the age of 18 for all psychological, psychosomatic, psychosocial and developmental disorders. A day clinic for adolescent psychiatric issues will start operating in January 2020 as a joint project with Psychiatry II. The research department deals with current topics in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics. One focus is the research of personality development, identity and personality pathology according to the new criteria of the ICD-11.


Assessment and Course of Personality Disorders in Adolescence
Sevecke, Haid-Stecher, Taferner

Examination of the underlying dimensions that mediate the course and outcome of PD in adolescents

Attachment and Eating Disorders in Adolescence

Sevecke, Gander, Buchheim

Assessment of the attachment representations in adolescent patients with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa and analysis of their influence on the outcome

Digital Media

Sevecke, Fuchs

Investigation of the use, the potential misuse and comorbidities of excessive use of digital media in children and adolescents

Self-Injurious Behaviours in Adolescent Psychiatric In- and Outpatients

Sevecke, Fuchs

Examination of the prevalence of self-injurious behaviours (SIB) in adolescent patients and analyses of the most common forms, frequency, duration and severity of SiB within different psychiatric disorders.

Gender Dysphoria in children and adolescents


Recording psychopathological symptoms, body experience, identity development and quality of life of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria.

Mobbing victimisation and psychological problems

Haid-Stecher, Sevecke

Investigation of connections between bullying experiences of young people and emotional problems in view of stress theory and cognitive theory using data from a school and a clinical sample.

Microbiom-gut-brain interaction in Anorexia nervosa

Haid-Stecher, Sevecke

Systematic investigation of the causal role of the intestinal microbiome in the course of anorexia nervosa and identification of probiotics as a possible new therapeutic agent (funded project).

Mental disorders in Early Childhood

Taferner, Jahnke-Majorkovits, Sevecke

Examination of diagnosis, underlying dimensions (e.g., attachment patterns) and treatment of infants and toddlers with their parents at a child psychiatric parent-child unit.

Child temperament and mental disorders

Taferner, Sevecke

Examination of temperament factors, internal- and external behaviour problems on children aged two to nine.

ATEM- Adaptive Test of Emotion Knowledge

Taferner, Sevecke

Investigation of young children´s emotion knowledge to validate the new measure with a clinical sample.

Covid-19 and children

Exenberger, Wenter, Sevecke

Examination of anxiety, trauma, and stress symptoms and the quality of life in children aged 3-12 years from the child’s and their parents’ perspectives.

Attachment-based treatment for adolescents with psychiatric disorders

Gander, Sevecke

Test the effectiveness of a new attachment-based treatment on outcome variables like personality functioning, symptom severity, attachment quality and physiological stress level in a sample of 60 in-patient adolescents

Yoga for inpatients with eating disorders

Taferner, Sevecke, Exenberger

Examination of mechanisms and impact factors from a trauma-informed yoga intervention for inpatient adolescents with eating disorders on outcome variables like interoceptive awareness, stress and character strengths.


Selected Publications

Exenberger, S., Kumnig, M., Huber, A., Prodinger, W. M., Siller, H., Medicus, E., Brenner, E., Schüßler, G., & Höfer, S. (2021). Communicative and social competence in the medical curriculum of the Medical University of Innsbruck: learning, objectives, content, and

teaching methods, GMS Journal for Medical Education, 38(3), 1-16.

Exenberger, S., Steidl, A., Kamara, A., Huber, A. (2022). Exploring Posttraumatic Growth in Sierra Leone Using Mixed Methods. Journal of Happiness Studies, 23, 689–711.

Gander, M., Fuchs, M., Franz, N., Jahnke-Majorkovits, A.-C., Buchheim, A., Bock, A., & Sevecke, K. (2021). Non-suicidal self-injury and attachment trauma in adolescent inpatients with psychiatric disorders. Compr Psychiatry, 111, 152273.      

Gladstone, B., Exenberger, S., Weimand, B., & Geretsegger, M. (2021). TheCapability Approach in Research about Children and Childhood: A Scoping Review. Child Indicators Research, 14(2), 453-475. doi:10.1007/s12187-020-09766-0

Jahnke-Majorkovits, A.C., Gander, M., Taferner, C., & Sevecke, K. (2021). Bindungsbezogene Affektregulierung von Müttern einer kinderpsychiatrischen Eltern-Kind-Station – eine Fallstudie. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 70(8), 662-678.

Juen, B., & Exenberger, S. (2022). Zuversichtlich leben – Erholung, Widerstand, Wachstum. In: M. Schenk & H. Wölfl (Hrsg), Was Kindern jetzt gut tut – Gesundheit fördern in einer Welt im Umbruch (S. 189-198). AMPULS VERLAG Marke der Gesund kommunizieren Media KG.

Lenhart, L.*, Gander, M.*, Steiger, R., Dabkowska-Mika, A., Mangesius, S., Haid-Stecher, N., Fuchs, M., Buchheim, A., Sevecke, K. & Gizewski E. (2022). Attachment status is associated with gray matter recovery in adolescent anorexia nervosa: Findings from a longitudinal study. European Journal of Neuroscience, 55(5), 1373-1387.

Sevecke, K., Wenter, A., & Böge, I. (2022). Stationäre Versorgung in der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie – wer hat Platz? Neuropsychiatrie. doi:10.1007/s40211-022-00443-y

Sevecke, K., Wenter, A., Haid-Stecher, N., Fuchs, M., & Böge, I. (2022). Die psychische Gesundheit unserer Kinder und Jugendlichen und deren Behandlungsmöglichkeiten im Drei-Länder-Vergleich (Ö, D, CH) unter Berücksichtigung der Veränderungen durch die COVID-19-Pandemie. Neuropsychiatrie. doi:10.1007/s40211-022-00438-9

Sevecke, K., Wenter, A., Schickl, M., Kranz, M., Krstic, N., & Fuchs, M. (2022). Stationäre Versorgungskapazitäten in der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie – Zunahme der Akutvorstellungen während der COVID-19 Pandemie? Neuropsychiatrie. doi:10.1007/s40211-022-00423-2

Siller, H., Beck-Rabanser, C., Hochleitner, M., & Exenberger, S. (2021). Not a woman-question, but a power-question” – A qualitative study of third parties on psychological violence in academic medicine. Workplace Health& Safety, 69(1), 41-49. doi: 10.1177/2165079920938001

Taferner, C., Jahnke-Majorkovits, A.C., Nakamura, S., & Sevecke, K. (2022). Merkmale der Inanspruchnahmepopulation einer Eltern-Kind-Station: Frühe interaktionszentrierte Behandlung als Chance in der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie. Neuropsychiatrie. doi: 10.1007/s40211-022-00430-3.

Wenter, A., Schickl, M., Sevecke, K., Juen, B., & Exenberger, S. (2022). Children‘s Mental Health During the First Two Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Burden, Risk Factors and Posttraumatic Growth – A Mixed Methods Parents’ Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 13:901205. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.901205

Selection of Funding

  • Microbiom-gut-brain interaction in Anorexia nervosa: Part of the European project “Microbiom-gut-brain interaction  in  Anorexia nervosa”  (MiGBAN) (coordinator:  B.  Herpert-Dahlmann) funded by the ERANET-NEURON-2018 Call (in Austria: FWF).
  • Covid-19 and children: Land Tirol (Projekt-Nr. F.21427)
  • Frühes Hometreatment als neues Behandlungsangebot der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie: Bindungsbezogene Behandlung von 1-6- jährigen Kindern und ihren Eltern: Qualitätsförderungsprogramm 2021 des Tiroler Gesundheitsfonds
  • COVID-19 Folgeprojekt: Kinder und Jugendliche – GetFit4MentalHealth“ (2023)


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Buchheim, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Juen, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Beate  Herpertz-Dahlmann,  University  of  Aachen, Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Höfer, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz, Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Kopp, Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Univ.-Prof. Prof. Maria von Salisch, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmeck & Dr. Kirstin Goth, Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel, Switzerland

Univ.-Prof- Marcel Zentner, Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Dr. Marije Stoltenborgh, Universität Leiden, Niederlande