Rahel Biberich, Marina Istfouns, Laura Knapp, Lisa Koppensteiner, Jasmin Krammer, Jasmin Sommer

Rahel Biberich, born in 1992
as of 2015 – Study in Psychotherapy Science SFU Vienna

Marina Istfouns, born in 1991
as of 2014 – Study in Psychotherapy Science SFU Vienna


Laura Knapp, born in 1994
as of 2016 Study in Psychotherapy Science SFU Vienna

Lisa Koppensteiner, born in 1994
as of 2015 – Study in Psychotherapy Science SFU Vienna


Jasmin Krammer, born in 1988
as of 2016 – Study in Psychotherapy Science SFU Vienna

Jasmin Sommer, born in 1994
as of 2015 – Study in Psychotherapy Science SFU Vienna

Awarding of the price

Waltraud Wiesinger: "It was a successful and pleasant evening at the third Waltraud-Wiesinger research funding award ceremony. The lecture hall was full to overflowing with about 80 people, we will need the banquet hall next year. We had 5 submissions this year (all of them will be published at the SFU research bulletin).

The authors of this year's best work 'How women with congential heart defects experience their senses' made a fantastic speech. After a sustained applause we socialized at the delicious buffet. We are very happy about so many visitors.

As the founder I am greatful to see 18 students working on their research projects. I´d like to thank Mag. Dr. Raphael David Oberhuber for his enthusiasm in his lectures and Dr. Kathrin Mörtl, research manager, for supporting, mentoring and teaching the students.

I am also very greatful for the participation of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. univ. Ina Michel-Behnke, head of the childrens clinic at AKH Wien. She congratulated us for carrying out a research funding for patients with heart defects and their families.

My highlight of the evening was the presentation of the award winning work. The outcome of the research showed us how strong affected women are."

A heartfelt thank-you to the founder Waltraud Wiesinger and also to Birgitta Schiller for organizing the event.



Ali Ilbegi, BA pth

has been a student in the English Programme at the SFU since 2013. At present he is doing his Master Programme in Psychotherapy Science and acquiring practical knowledge in training on the basis of Behaviour therapy at the SFU Outpatients Clinic.

His work “Diagnosis: Congenital Heart Defect” deals with the diagnosis of a congenital heart defect of a new-born. He focuses on the effects of such a diagnosis and presents methods to reduce stress for parents and increasing the resilience for the children.

Awarding of the price

We the team in the Institute Psychosomatics at the SFU Faculty Psychotherapeutic Science were waiting with great interest for registrations to participate in the ceremony of the 2nd awarding of the "Waltraud Wiesinger–Research Promotion Prize 2017" but there was little response: Hardly any positive answers and few cancellations.
At least we knew who was definitely going to be present: The prize winner himself, Mr Ali Ilbegi, BA pth. with his family and guests, Rector Prof. Alfred Pritz, Vice Decan of faculty PTW Dr.in Kathrin Mörtl, the co-workers of the Institute and some of our friends and companions. We could only hope for lively interest on the part of the students. However our hopes were more than fulfilled – we even had to put some extra chairs into the crowded hall!

Among the guests we had invited we had the pleasure to welcome Georg Gaul MD, one of the most experienced cardiologists in Vienna, Mag. Dr. Raphael Oberhuber, Psychologist, Mag.a Branca Milic, the prize winner 2016, Birgitta Schiller BA pth. , Mag.a Angelika Becke, Psychotherapist.

In the beginning Alfred Pritz said some friendly and benevolent words about the prize winner, the research promotion prize and the interested audience: “This Research promotion Prize is developing in the right direction because this topic is dealt with in psychotherapy science for the first time. Although it is such a serious topic there are positive results giving hope for future development.

Kathrin Mörtl, Vice Decan of the Faculty Psychotherapist Science then invited the prize winner Mr Ali Ilbegi BA pth. to present his work. Afterwards the rector Alfred Pritz and the donator Waltraud Wiesinger handed over the document of the "Waltraud Wiesinger – Research Promotion Prize 2017" to Mr Ilbegi.

Finally there was the opportunity to participate in interesting discussions on this topic at the Come together – Buffet.

Waltraud Wiesinger: "It ́s a great pleasure to see how my idea is coming to life, taking shape and is continuing to grow in cooperation with the SFU. This is a good feeling for the future."



Maga Branka Milic

Branka Milic (M.A.), the winner of the "Waltraud Wiesinger-Forschungsörderungspreis in der Psychotherapie 2016" has her Master´s Degree in Psychotherapy Science / English-Programme at SFU Vienna.
Her academic Title: Magistra der Psychotherapiewissenschaft,
Her profession: Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst.

The present study aims to understand anxiety in patients with congenital heart defect. It shows the analytic process of psychologically healing a physically repaired heart.
Method: Psychoanalysis

Awarding of the price

It was a pleasure for us in the Sigmund Freud PrivateUniversity (SFU) to see the increasing interest in the first time presentation of the “Waltraud Wiesinger-Research Promotion Prize 2016”. We were delighted that on the day more than 50 people attended.

We, the initiators, were greatly honoured in welcoming amongst the invited guests the following personalities from the field of cardiology:

Prof. Dr. Harald GABRIEL, Head of Outpatients for congenital heart defects in adults (EMAH) at the General Hospital Vienna (AKH);

Mag.a Sigrid JALOWETZ (M.A.), clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, in the Children’s Heart Centre at the General Hospital Vienna (AKH);

Dr. Raphael David OBERHUBER (M.A.), clinical psychologist in the Children’s Heart Centre at the Kepler-University Clinic Linz, and Professor at the University of Education, Upper Austria;

Dr. Evelyn KUNSCHITZ, Senior Physician in the 2nd Medical Department at the HANUSCH Hospital, Vienna, Head of Outpatients-Psychocardiology. This is the hospital, where for the first time in Austria psychocardiology is being incorporated in medical treatment plans for people with heart diseases.

In addition to the great interest shown by SFU students, we were pleased to see some students of the faculty of medicine. We look forward from this encouraging start to a fruitful period of closer cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine of SFU.

Another group of students, who could not attend the event at the beginning, because their exam timetable coincided with it, joined us afterwards. Continuing education credits could be used.

The opening Speeches were given by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Alfred Pritz,
the Vice Rector and Head of the Psychotherapeutic Science Departement,
Leader of the Advisory Council, Doz.in Jutta Fiegl, as well as the initiator of the Research Promotion Prize in Psychotherapy for people with congenital heart defects, Waltraud Wiesinger, BA.

Dr. Kathrin Mörtl, Head of the International Research Department SFU Vienna, provided a link to the presentation of prize.

The winner of the “Waltraud Wiesinger-Research Promotion Prize Competition 2016” is Mag.a Branka Milic, (M.A).
After presenting her schientific work the public were invited to ask questions:

Questions asked included:

  • The duration of analytical psychotherapy presented in this case,
  • Branka Milic's own apprehensions when treating clients suffering from heart defects,
  • The subject of complex congenital heart defects where several life threatening surgical interventions may be required. The resulting mental stress is greater and longer lasting than the subject under presentation, which has, in the meantime, become medical routine.
A young woman also talked about her own concern over her little brother's congenital heart disease.

The resulting discussions generated new ideas and exchanges of contacts, leading in turn, to the beginnings of multi-professional cooperation, in accordance with SFU psychosomatic understanding.

We see this lively participation as a clear sign that congenital heart disease is an important subject and welcome wholeheartedly any further developments.