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).

Department of Health Psychology

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 at the Department of Health Psychology 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, 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 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, a and psychological disorders are important for reducing global burden of disease.

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


  EU-Horizon 2020
  Family Validation Study. Validation of the criteria and interview for parent-child relational problems.
  A Psychoeducation Family Intervention via Social Technology to Improve Social Support, Health and Well-Being among Elderly.
  Online Health-Related Information Seeking for Self and Family Members.
  Automated Facial Affect Coding to Understand Couple Processes.
  Relationship Functioning, Depression and Anxiety in American and German couples.


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

Katharina Prandstetter, M.Sc.
Student Staff Member

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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