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Andreas Karwautz Andreas Karwautz, MDHead of Eating Disorders Unit, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Position: Professor

T +43 1 40400 30570

Further Information


child and adolescent psychiatry; Eating Disorders; Feeding and Eating Disorders of Childhood; Genetics; Migraine Disorders; Pharmacovigilance; Psychotherapy

Research interests

My research team is dealing with all aspects of eating disorders with a special emphasis on anorexia nervosa in adolescence. Biological, psychological, psychiatric, and psychosocial research is performed in young people including children, adolescents and young adults. Child psychiatric epidemiology, quality assurance in psychopharmacological treatments (therapeutic drug monitoring), internet-based treatments, preevention measures for health issues, and migraine in children and adoelscents are main research topics of this interdisciplinary team over recent years.


  • ICare - Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe (project partner) (2014)
    Source of Funding: EU, H2020-PHC-2014
    Principal Investigator
  • SUCCEAT: Supporting Carers of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders (2014)
    Source of Funding: PHARMIG, Gemeinsame Gesundheitsziele aus dem Rahmen-Pharmavertrag
    Principal Investigator
  • Mental Health in Austrian Teenagers (MHAT) (2012)
    Source of Funding: PHARMIG, gemeinsame Gesundheitsziele aus dem Rahmen - Pharmavertrag
    Principal Investigator
  • Essstörungen bei speziellen internistischen/pädiatrischen Krankheiten: Kurze Validierung eines Screeninginstrumentes und Kontrolluntersuchung zur Spezifität (2004)
    Source of Funding: OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank), Anniversary Fund
    Principal Investigator
  • Juveniler Diabetes mellitus und Essstörungen (2001)
    Source of Funding: OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank),
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Karwautz, A.F.K. et al., 2010. Gene-environment interaction in anorexia nervosa: relevance of non-shared environment and the serotonin transporter gene. Mol Psychiatry, 16(6), pp.590-592. Available at:
  2. De Sousa, S.C. et al., 2007. A dopamine D4 receptor exon 3 VNTR allele protecting against migraine without aura. Ann Neurol., 61(6), pp.574-578. Available at:
  3. Boraska, V. et al., 2014. A genome-wide association study of anorexia nervosa. Mol Psychiatry, 19(10), pp.1085-1094. Available at:
  4. Karwautz A, et al. 2001. Individual-specific risk factors for anorexia nervosa: a pilot study using a discordant sister-pair design. Psychological Medicine 2001, 31: 317-329
  5. Karwautz, A. et al., 1999. Psychosocial Factors in Children and Adolescents with Migraine and Tension-Type Headache: A Controlled Study and Review of the Literature. Cephalalgia, 19(1), pp.32-43. Available at: