About me

As a clinical health-psychologist I work at the Children’s Heart Center and in my own practice. I also work pedagogically with children who are suffering from cancer, who are in the oncological ward of the Kinderklinik in Linz. I teach inclusive education at the Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich. In addition I present lectures and seminars nationally and internationally.

I have been happily married for several years and father of two of my own and two adopted children.

Short Vita

  • Completed Doctor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Salzburg (Paris-Lodron, 2000)
  • Finishing post-graduating Education as Clinical- and Health-Psychologist (2000)
  • Psychoanalytic self-awareness (since 2006)
  • Research sabbatical at the University of Utah and the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (1997)
  • Completed Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Salzburg (Paris-Lodron, 1996)
  • Continuously completed advanced training events in pedagogical and psychological departments
  • Graduated in Teaching for Secondary Education (German and Music) and in adult education from the Pedagogic Academy (1989)
  • Graduated from the Public Music University (Bruckner Konservatorium) in Piano Instruction (1987)
  • Graduated in Adult-Education from the Pedagogic Academy
  • Work abroad in pastoral care (1984-1986)
  • A-level exams (1983)
Work Experience 
  • Commenced on-going empirical studies at the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Heart Center of Linz, Kepler University Hospital, preparing patients psychologically for cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • Finalist at the posterprice competition, Association for European Pediatric Congenital Cardiology, AEPC, Sevilla, Spain, 2019
  • Professor at the University of Education of Upper Austria
  • Adjunct Professor at Sigmund Freud Privat University in Vienna
  • Adjunct Professor at the Hamburg Fernhochschule
  • Adjunct Professor at Webster University in Vienna
  • Readings at the Leipzig book fair, Vienna book fair and London book fair
  • National and international lectures for doctors and psychologists
  • Psychological and pedagogical treatment of young people with behavioral problems in a youth home and at the Department of Psychiatry and at the Department of Oncology at the Kepler University Hospital Linz
  • Director of pedagogical training seminars for teachers and psychotherapists
  • Director of training seminars for ward sisters
  • Teacher responsible for integrating foreign children into the Austrian school system
  • Twenty-two years in a School of Economic Professions (HBLA) in Linz as a teacher of German and Music
  • Piano and Orff-schoolwork instructor at a music school in Traun, Upper Austria
  • Private practice (since 2000)
  • Clinical psychologist and health psychologist at the Children's Heart Centre of the Kepler University Hospital Linz (research activity in the field of differentiated psychological preparation for heart operations for children and parents, development and quality of life of children with congenital heart defects (since 1997).
  • Establishment of a special school facility in the Linz-Wegscheid Social Youth Home in cooperation with the Linz City District School Board (1997-2000)

Personal cardiac data
Valvular aortic stenosis, aortic valve replacement 1983, Vienna, Homograft implantation 1987, Salt Lake City, USA, 2012 Implantation of two interposers in the subclavian and ascending aorta, Linz, 2016 Recurrent Ross operation