Department of Health Psychology University Klagenfurt


Open Positions

We are looking for motivated students and scientists to join our growing team. The following positions are currently open:

 Doctoral Student Position: A 4-year full-time doctoral position in the research group of Univ.-Prof. Heather Foran is open. The deadline for applications is June 26th, 2019 . For more details, please see the following job ad: (Link).

 Research internship – as soon as possible

We are offering several research internships with the possibility for an immediate start within the international RISE project. The RISE project is a large multi-site study conducted in three South-eastern European countries. The focus of RISE is on evaluating a parenting intervention for vulnerable families who report child behaviour problems. The research internship is under the supervision of Dr. Elena Jansen and Univ.-Prof. Heather Foran.

Tasks include amongst others:

– Data coding and analysis
– Literature searches and contribution to development of study manuals
– Testing of data assessment procedures via tablets
– Attending local team meetings

Please send your application including your CV to

We will contact you if we need any further information.

Student Research Internships

Research project: Connecting Older Adults and Their Families through Social Technology

This research project examines social isolation in elderly family members (study 1) and aims to test an intervention to increase contact between young adults and their grandparents through training in online video or phone calls (study 2).

The research internship is in collaboration with Janina Müller and under supervision of Univ.-Prof. Heather Foran at the Department of Health Psychology, at Klagenfurt University. If interested, contact Janina Müller at

Tasks include:

Study 1:
· importing data into SPSS
· data preparation (e.g., survey data cleaning, specify missing values, evaluate psychometric properties of study measures, coding variables)
· analyzing data (e.g., descriptive statistics, correlations, regressions)

Study 2:
· editing materials for recruitment
· recruiting participants for studies (e.g., older adults in retirement homes)
· collecting data
· support the implementation of the psychoeducational intervention with older adults and their families (e.g., prepare training materials, support older adults to complete the questionnaire)
· importing data into SPSS
· data preparation (e.g., survey data cleaning, specify missing values, coding variables, evaluate psychometric properties of study measures)
· analyzing data (e.g., descriptive statistics, correlations, regressions)

Researchers are looking for participants.

 Research project investigating the connectedness of older adults and their families through social technology

Janina Müller, doctoral student under supervision and in collaboration with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heather Foran, is looking for younger and older adults to participate in a research study which examines social isolation in elderly family members and aims to test an intervention to increase contact between young adults and their grandparents through training in social technology.

To be eligible for this study, you must meet the following criteria:
Young adults; 18 years or older, german-speaking
Older adults; 65 years or older, german-speaking

If you are interested in participating:
Young adults can complete an online survey (approx. 45 minutes):
Older adults will either receive the paper-pencil questionnaire (approx. 20 minutes):
       at the Psychology Department (Room N.2.27 or N.2.50) at Klagenfurt University or
       by post/ email

To register your interest for this study, please contact the the study facilitator Janina Müller (

Research Focus

Most of the contributing factors to the global burden of disease are non-communicable diseases with predominately behavioral and environmental risk factors. Many of these risk factors are preventable, and our research team is interested in understanding these risk factors and their causes. Our research also includes studies on screening, assessment, prevention, treatment, and implementation. Current topics of interest include child nutrition, physical activity, obesity, family maltreatment, mental health, parenting, child behavioral symptoms, stress management, and interpersonal dysfunctions such as social isolation.

Family Psychology

Family problems and family maltreatment are major public health problems that can affect physical and mental health across the lifespan.

  • Improve screening and assessment of family problems and maltreatment
  • Understand the role of interpersonal processes in health behaviors and disease progress
  • Develop and test family-based interventions

Digital Health

Digitalization presents opportunities and challenges for health research and health care.

  • Evaluate online user health behaviors and health information
  • Develop and test innovative technology-based health interventions
  • Conduct implementation studies on behavioral health offers

Public Health

Behavioral risk factors such as poor nutrition, obesity, low physical activity, alcohol use, and psychological disorders are important for reducing global burden of disease. Prevention and early interventions targeting behavioral risk factors among children has wide-ranging implications for public health.

  • Conduct interdisciplinary research on behavioral public health
  • Coordinate the university research cluster on Public Health
  • Disseminate science-based health promotion offers to the community


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heather Foran
Professor, Chair of Department

Room: N.2.28
Office Hours: Thursday, 15-16

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Jenull

Room: N.2.29
Office Hours: Thursday 10-12

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Sven Rabung
Assistant Professor

Room: N.2.34a
Office Hours: Tuesday 14-15

Iris Krische

Dr. Elena Jansen

Dr. Xiang Zhao

 Janina Müller, M.Sc.
Doctoral Student

Christian Kubb, M.Sc.
Doctoral Student

Hugh Murphy, M.Sc.
Doctoral Student

Franziska Fides Dichtl, B.Sc.
Student Staff Member

Laure Restle, B.Sc.
Student Staff Member

Lucia Johanna Kuhn, B.Sc., B.Sc.
Student Staff Member

Iris Fraude, B.Sc.
Student Staff Member

Radu-Ionut Chiriac
Student Staff Member





Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Institute for Psychology
Department of Health Psychology
Universitätsstr. 65-67
A-9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria

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