Our institute is dedicated to the research of disease patterns and therapy options in psyche-soma interactions. On the one hand, this includes the comprehensive teaching of classical psychosomatics where physical symptoms are investigated as being psychologically causative (somatoform diseases – physical symptoms that cannot be proven by somatic findings, such as idiopathic skin diseases or functional disorders).

Furthermore, we deal with the crucial area of psychological effects of physical diseases and possibilities of psychotherapeutic interventions. Our research and teaching activities focus on psychooncology, psychocardiology and the psychological perspective of transplant patients.

Heads: Univ. Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl / Assoz. Prof. Dr. Kathrin Mörtl, e-mail


  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl – Head, Psychooncology, Psychosomatics in Gynaecology and Obstetrics; Systemic Family Therapist
  • Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Kathrin Mörtl – Head, Psychosomatic Concepts, Psychoanalysis
  • Waltraud Wiesinger, BA – Congenital Heart Defects, Research Award, Systemic Family Therapist – Constituent Honorary Member
  • Dr. Raphael Oberhuber – Paediatric Cardiology, Clinical Psychologist at the Children’s Heart Centre Linz
  • Branka Milic – Congenital heart defects, psychoanalysis
  • Birgitta Schiller, Mag.pth. – Psychosomatic concepts, individual psychology
  • Manuel Fürholzer, BA – Rare diseases, individual psychology

Academic Activities

Students of psychotherapy science have started a reading circle on psychosomatics, which we support.
Contact: kathrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Teaching & Training
Our staff members regularly teach in our study programme. A selection of courses in which you can learn about our research methods and projects:
– Forms of intervention in physical illnesses (in German and English): Univ. Prof. Dr. Fiegl, Assoz. Prof. Dr. Mörtl, Mag. Pritz, Dr. Oberhuber, Mag. Milic, Ms. Wiesinger, BA (constituent honorary member)
– Psychosomatics (in English): Assoz. Prof. Dr. Mörtl, kathrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Supervision of theses
Our staff members are happy to supervise theses in our research spectrum. There is also the possibility to cooperate with one of our staff members and to work on a given topic.
Contact: kathrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Selected Research Projects

  • Stress on medical staff during the CoVid-19 pandemic
  • Body anamnesis questionnaire. Implementation of a screening at the psychotherapeutic university outpatient clinic of Sigmund Freud University
  • KörperLOS – A qualitative study on the role of the body in digital psychotherapeutic treatment
  • Body Focus Groups – Psychosomatic attitudes and competence of health workers in training on the subject of body & mental health
  • Tako-Tsubo Syndrome: stress-induced cardiomyopathy in Austria

Contact: birgitta.schiller@sfu.ac.at



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta FIEGL
Email: jutta.fiegl@sfu.ac.at

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Kathrin MÖRTL
Email: kathrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Institute for Psychosomatics
Faculty of Psychotherapy Science
Sigmund Freud Private University
Freudplatz 1, Room 4021 & 4022
1020 Vienna