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Karin Waldherr

Since 2017, Karin Waldherr has headed the Research & Development Department and the Certificate Programme Evaluation in the Health, Social and Education Sector at Ferdinand Porsche FernFH, with an emphasis on evaluation and implementation research, research methods, psychometrics, health promotion, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses (especially eating disorders and associated disorders) over the lifespan, e-mental health and overarching questions.

Between 2015 and 2019, she was principal investigator at FernFH and task leader of the stakeholder survey for the Horizon2020 project “ICare - Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe”. Since 2012, she has been Chair & Convenor of the International Congress on Eating Disorders in Alpbach/Tyrol (since 2021 together with Gerhard Schüßler, before with Günther Rathner). Waldherr is also Associate Editor at the journal "GIRA - Global Implementation Research and Applications", member of the editorial board of "Digital Psychology" and member of the scientific advisory board of Fonds Gesundes Österreich (FGÖ).

Career path

Since 2017

Head of Research & Development, Programme Director
Evaluation in the Health, Social and Education Sector

2014 – 2017

Programme Director BA in Aging Services Management

2013 – 2014

Head of Development Team for the BA in
Aging Services Management

2008 – 2013

Key Researcher Evaluation, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Health
Promotion Research, Ludwig Boltzmann Society, Vienna

2008 – 2016

External lecturer, Introduction to Quantitative Methods,
Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna

2008 – 2013

External lecturer, Applied Methodology and Statistics,
BA in Business Administration & Psychology, FernFH

2004 – 2008

University Assistant, Department of Methodology, Institute for
Basic Psychological Research, Faculty of Psychology,
University of Vienna

2001 – 2004

University assistant (part-time), Department of Methodology, Institute
of Psychology, Faculty of Basic and Integrative Sciences,
University of Vienna

1995 – 2000

Contract Assistant, Department of Methodology, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of
Basic and Integrative Sciences, University of Vienna

Education

2003 – 2005   

International postgraduate training on the treatment of eating disorders

2001 – 2004

Postgraduate training as clinical psychologist and health psychologist

1995 – 2001

Doctoral studies, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna
Topic: Differential Item Functioning analyses using the family
of Rasch models

1987 – 1995

Diploma in Psychology, University of Vienna

Memberships of Academic Societies

  • Austrian Society on Eating disorders (ASED), President
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), representative of ASED on the “Partnership, Chapter and Affiliate Committee”
  • DeGEval Evaluation Society
  • Austrian Society for Public Health (ÖGPH)
  • European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
  • German Speaking Implementation Assocation (GSIA)
  • Global Implementation Society (GIS), founding member, Co-Chair of GIS Journal Committees
Karin Waldherr

Karin Waldherr

Research & development
Head of department