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Diana Klinger
Diana Klinger, MSc MA MAClinical Psychologist

Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Position: PHD Student

ORCID: 0000-0002-1959-1088
T +43 1 40400 30395

Further Information


Adolescent Psychiatry; Adolescent Psychology; Autistic Disorder; Child Abuse; Child Psychiatry; Child Psychology; Gender Identity; Health Services for Transgendered Persons; Psychological Tests; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Transgendered Persons

Research group(s)

Research interests

As a practicing clinical psychologist and board manager of the Gender Incongruence Board at the Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics (CCP), I provide health services, mainly psychological assessment for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. My main research focus is also connected to this patient group, as the aim of my doctoral thesis is to offer insight into the mental health of transgender and gender diverse youth.

Gender dysphoric adolescents are significantly more likely to have mental health problems than their cisgender peers, thus expertise in psychiatric disorders, such as autism-spectrum-disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders is essential in this field. Furthermore, I focus on the development of psychological treatment methods for transgender adolescents.

Selected publications

  1. Klinger, D. et al. (2023) ‘Mental Health of Transgender Youth: A Comparison of Assigned Female at Birth and Assigned Male at Birth Individuals’, Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(14), p. 4710. Available at:
  2. Knaus, S. et al. (2024) ‘Body Mass Index Distributions and Obesity Prevalence in a Transgender Youth Cohort – A Retrospective Analysis’, Journal of Adolescent Health [Preprint]. Available at:
  3. Goreis, A. et al. (2023) ‘Conspiracy beliefs and COVID-19 guideline adherence in adolescent psychiatric outpatients: the predictive role of adverse childhood experiences’, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 17(1). Available at:
  4. Pfeffer, B. et al. (2022) ‘Coping styles mediating the relationship between perceived chronic stress and conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19’, Current Psychology, 43(15), pp. 13963–13971. Available at:
  5. Klinger, D. (2021) ‘Internet-Based Psychological Assessment and Intervention During the COVID-19 Pandemic With an Adolescent Transgender Patient – A Case Report’, Digital Psychology, 2(1), pp. 19–22. Available at: