Director: Kathrin Sevecke med. Kathrin Sevecke
Position: Professor
ORCID: 0000-0002-4236-1870
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Kathrin Sevecke is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist and serves as a full professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical University of Innsbruck. She is the president of the Austrian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychosomatics in Hall in Tyrol.

Her clinical training was completed at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn and at the Medical University of Cologne, Germany. Prof. Sevecke then worked at the child and adolescent psychiatry of University of Cologne as the head of the special unit for the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression and then became a professor at the University of Cologne. In 2013, she moved to the Medical University in Innsbruck, Austria. Additionally, she serves on national and international committees including the Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ÖGJKP and is an active member of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP).

Keywords: personality pathology in children and adolescents, impulse control disorders, forensic psychiatry, eating disorders, attachment representations, mental health during COVID-19, NSSID, depression

Research interests: My research focuses on the assessment and treatment of adolescents with personality disorders, NSSID, eating disorders and depression. In one of our current projects we investigate mental health issues in young people during the COVID-19 pandemic in Austria.

Selected Publications

Gander, M., Buchheim, A. & Sevecke, K. (2023). Personality disorders and attachment trauma in adolescent patients with psychiatric disorders. Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s10802-023-01141-1

Gander, M., Lenhart, L., Steiger, R., Buchheim, A., Mangesius, S., Birkl, C., Haid-Stecher, N., Fuchs, M., Libal, A., Dabkowska-Mika, A., Gizewski, R. & Sevecke, K. (2023). Attachment trauma is associated with white matter fiber microstructural alterations in adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa before and after exposure to psychotherapeutic and nutritional treatment. Brain Sciences, 13 (5), 7. doi: 10.3390/brainsci13050798

Kohlböck, G., Wenter, A., Sevecke, K., Exenberger, S. (2023). Differences in perceived threat and trauma in children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 17(1), 83. Doi:10.1186/s13034-023-00628

Dabkowska-Mika, A., Steiger, R., Gander, M., Haid-Stecher, N., Fuchs, M., Sevecke, K. & Gizewski, E. R. (2023). Evaluation of visual food stimuli paradigms on healthy adolescents for future use in fMRI studies in anorexia nervosa. Journal of Eating Disorders, 11(1), 35. doi: 10.1186/s40337-023-00761-8

Lenhart L, Gander M, Steiger R, Dabkowska-Mika A, Mangesius S, Haid-Stecher N, Fuchs M, Buchheim A, Sevecke K, Gizewski ER. (2022). Attachment status is associated with grey matter recovery in adolescent anorexia nervosa: findings from a longitudinal study. Eur J Neurosci. 55(5):1373-1387. doi: 10.1111/ejn.15614. Epub 2022 Feb 12. PMID: 35083790.

Wenter A, Schickl M, Sevecke K, Juen B, Exenberger S. Children's mental health during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic: burden, risk factors and posttraumatic growth - a mixed-methods parents' perspective. (2022) Front Psychol.
2 (13):901205. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.901205. PMID: 35719524; PMCID: PMC9201953.

Gander M, Fuchs M, Franz N, Jahnke-Majorkovits AC, Buchheim A, Bock A, Sevecke K. Non-suicidal self-injury and attachment trauma in adolescent inpatients with psychiatric disorders (2021). Compr Psychiatry, 111:152273.
doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2021.152273. Epub 2021 Sep 17. PMID: 34555553.

Jahnke-Majorkovits AC, Gander M, Taferner C, Sevecke K. (2021). Bindungsbezogene Affektregulierung von Müttern einer kinderpsychiatrischen Eltern-Kind-Station - eine Fallstudie [Attachment-Related Affect Regulation of Mothers in a Psychiatric Parent-Child Ward - A Case Study]. Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr, 70(8):662-678. doi: 10.13109/prkk.2021.70.8.662. PMID: 34898407.

Zentner M, Biedermann V, Taferner C, da Cudan H, Möhler E, Strauß H, Sevecke K. (2020). Early detection of temperament risk factors: a comparison of clinically referred and general population of children. Front Psychiatry, 24 (12): 667503. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.667503. PMID: 34248704; PMCID: PMC8264422.

Gander M, Buchheim A, Bock A, Steppan M, Sevecke K, Goth K. Unresolved attachment mediates the relationship between childhood trauma and impaired personality functioning in adolescence (2020). J Pers Disord, 34: 84-103. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2020_34_468.

Sevecke K, Resch F (2019). Stress und Coping. Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr, 68(7):572-574. doi: 10.13109/prkk.2019.68.7.572.

Sevecke K, Franke S, Kosson D, Krischer M. (2016). Emotional dysregulation and trauma predicting psychopathy dimensions in female and male juvenile offenders. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health, 1:10:43. doi: 10.1186/s13034-016-0130-7.

Fuchs M, Riedl D, Bock A, Rumpold G, Sevecke K. (2018). Pathological internet use - an important comorbidity in child and adolescent psychiatry: prevalence and correlation patterns in a naturalistic sample of adolescent inpatients. Biomed Res Int., 29: 1629147. doi: 10.1155/2018/1629147.

Sevecke K, Lehmkuhl G, Krischer MK (2009). Examining relations between psychopathology and psychopathy dimensions among adolescent female and male offenders. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 18(2):85-95. doi: 10.1007/s00787-008-0707-7. Epub 2008 Sep 19. PMID: 18807112.

Sevecke K, Pukrop R, Kosson DS, Krischer MK (2009). Factor structure of the hare psychopathy checklist: youth version in German female and male detainees and community adolescents. Psychol Assess, 21(1):45-56. doi: 10.1037/a0015032. PMID: 19290765.

Publication list​


Postdoc Scholars and clinical psychologists: MMag.a Manuela Gander, PhD. Mag.a Silvia Exenberger-Vanham
Mag.a Ann-Christin Jahnke-Majorkovits, PhD
Mag.a Nina Haid-Stecher, PhD
Christina Taferner, BA, BSc, MSc
Mag.a Gabriele Kohlböck

Medical doctors:
Dr. Martin Fuchs

Graduate students:
Anna Wenter, MSc
André Leonhardt, MSc​

Research assistants:
Jana Bryk, BA, MA