Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics in Childhood and Adolescence

Research Focus
General Facts
Selected Publications
Selected Funding, Collaboration

Keywords: Child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology, clinical psychiatry, attachment research, Covid-19, cyber-mobbing, eating disorders, internet addiction, psychotherapy, identity, personality pathology
Research (ÖSTAT Classification) : 302036, 501005, 501009, 501010

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.

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
K. Sevecke, N. Haid-Stecher, C. Taferner

Examination of the underlying dimensions (e.g., attachment patterns, emotion regulation) that mediate the course and outcome of PD in adolescents.

Attachment and Eating Disorders in Adolescence
K. Sevecke, M. Gander, A. 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
K. Sevecke, M. 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
K. Sevecke, M. 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
N. Haid-Stecher, M. Fuchs

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

Impact of Therapeutic Climbing on the Mental Health of Adolescent Inpatients
N. Haid-Stecher, K. Sevecke (collaboration: A. Frühauf, M. Kopp)

Comparison of acute effects of a climbing intervention (CI) on affective responses with a different exercise intervention (swimming), and an occupational therapy intervention in children and adolescents during in-patient treatment for mental health disorders.

Mobbing Victimisation and Psychological Problems
N. Haid-Stecher, K. 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
N. Haid-Stecher, K. Sevecke (collaboration: A. Karwautz)

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
NC. Taferner, AC. Jahnke-Majorkovits, K. 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
C. Taferner, K. Sevecke (collaboration M. Zentner)

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

ATEM- Adaptive Test of Emotion Knowledge
C. Taferner, K. Sevecke (collaboration: M. von Salisch)

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

Covid-19 and Children
S. Exenberger, C. Taferner, K. Sevecke

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

Multiple Substance Abuse as a Form of High Risk Behaviour in Adolescence
N. Ortner, A. Bock, M. Fuchs, N. Haid-Stecher, K. Sevecke

Examination of multiple substance abuse as a form of high risk behaviour in adolescence based on a sample of 43 in-patient adolescents over the course of 20 months.

Selected Publications

  • Fuchs, M., Ortner, N., Haid-Stecher, N., Thun-Hohenstein, L., & Sevecke, K. (2020). Versorgungsmodelle für Kinder und Jugendliche mit Geschlechtsdysphorie: Überblick unter Berücksichtigung der österreichischen Behandlungsrealität. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 69, 590-602.
  • Gander, M., Buchheim, A., Bock, A., Steppan, M., Sevecke K., & Goth, K. (2020). Unresolved attachment mediates the relationship between childhood trauma and impaired personality functioning in adolescence. Journal of Personality Disorders, 34, 468. doi:10.1521/pedi_2020_34_468
  • Haid-Stecher, N., Exenberger, S., Unterrainer, Ch., Bliem, H., Sevecke, K., & Juen, B. (2019) Validierung der deutschsprachigen Version der Multidimensional Offline and Online Peer Victimization Scale (MOOPV) für Jugendliche an einer Schülerstichprobe, Psychosomatik, Psychotherapie und medizinische Psychologie.
  • Ortner, N., Bock, A., Fuchs, M., Haid-Stecher, N., & Sevecke K. (2020). Multipler Substanzmissbrauch als Variante von Hochrisiko-Verhalten im Jugendalter. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 69, 156-169.
  • Sevecke, K., Haid-Stecher, N., Goth K., Bock, A., & Krischer, M.K. (2019). Zeit für was Neues? Paradigmenwechsel für die Persönlichkeitsstörung im ICD-11 Überblick und Chancen für das Jugendalter. PTT – Persönlichkeitstörungen: Theorie und Therapie, 23, 299-309.

Selection of Funding

  • Microbiom-gut-brain interaction in Anorexia nervosa: Part of the European project “Microbiom-gut-brain interaction  in  Anorexia nervosa”  (MiGBAN) (coordinator:    Herpert-Dahlmann) funded by the ERANET-NEURON-2018 Call (in Austria: FWF).
  • Covid-19 and children: Land Tirol


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

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kathrin Sevecke
Milserstr. 10, Haus 6

6060 Hall in Tirol

Phone: +43 (0) 50504/33834
Fax: 50504/33835