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Karin Waldherr

Since 2017, Karin Waldherr has headed the Research & Quality Management department and the Certificate programme Evaluation in the Health, Social and Education Sector at Ferdinand Porsche FernFH, with 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 general questions. She is a project manager at FernFH and task leader of the stakeholder survey for the Horizon 2020 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 (together with Günther Rathner).

Career path

Since 2017

Head of Research & Quality Management, Head
of Evaluation in the Health, Social and Education Sector
Ferdinand Porsche FernFH

2014 – 2017

Programme director BA in Aging Services Management, 
Ferdinand Porsche FernFH

2013 – 2014

Head of the Development Team for the BA in
Aging Services Management,
Ferdinand Porsche FernFH

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 (ÖGES), Vice-President
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), representative of ÖGES on the “Partnership, Chapter and Affiliate Committee”
  • German Evaluation Society (DeGEval)
  • Austrian Society for Public Health (ÖGPH)
  • European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
  • European Association of Methodology (EAM)
  • European Mathematical Psychology Group (EMPG)
  • International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS)
  • German Speaking Implementation Assocation (GSIA)
  • Global Implementation Society (GIS), founding member, Co-Chair of GIS Journal Committees

Karin Waldherr

Research & quality management
Head of department