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Claudia Klier
Assoc. Prof., PD., M.D. Claudia KlierHead of Pediatric Psychosomatics

Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergology and Endocrinology)
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-0696-8904
T +43 1 40400 32320

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Filicide; Neonaticide; Preventive Psychiatry; Psychopharmacology in pregnancy

Research interests

 I am both an adult and child psychiatrist as well as a psychotherapist and graduated from the Medical University of Vienna. I spent one year as a postdoc at the Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University,  NYC with Myrna M. Weissman, where I started my research career in the field of perinatal psychiatry, specifically affective disorders in the aftermath of reproductive events. This has brought me back to the States twice to work at Drexel University, Philadelphia with Prof. Pamela Geller on mental health after miscarriage. My research interests are perinatal psychiatry, psychopharmacology in pregnancy and pediatric psychosomatics. Lately my research shifted to the field of infanticide and its prevention. I was appointed associate professor in 2013, when I returned from a sabbatical in Australia, working at ORYGEN, University of Melbourne in the field of prevention in youth mental health. I am head of the pediatric psychosomatic clinic at the children’s hospital within the General Hospital of Vienna and associate professor at the Medical University of Vienna.


Selected publications

  1. Klier, C.M. et al., 2019. Repeated neonaticide: differences and similarities to single neonaticide events. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 22(1), pp.159–164. Available at:
  2. Grylli, C. et al., 2015. Anonymous birth law saves babies—optimization, sustainability and public awareness. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19(2), pp.291–297. Available at:
  3. Windhager, E. et al., 2014. Perinatal Use of Aripiprazole. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 34(5), pp.637–641. Available at:
  4. Amon, S. et al., 2018. Gender differences in legal outcomes of filicide in Austria and Finland. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 22(1), pp.165–172. Available at:
  5. Klier, C. et al., 2012. Is the introduction of anonymous delivery associated with a reduction of high neonaticide rates in Austria? A retrospective study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 120(4), pp.428–434. Available at: