Carina Bichler

Name: Carina Bichler, BSc. BSc. MSc. MSc.


Phone number: (+43) 0512 507 45873 

Tutorial hours: by arrangement

Address: Fürstenweg 176, 6020 Innsbruck

Faculty: Sports Science


Research group: Sport and Exercise Psychology

About the person - Research interests - Teaching - Publications    

About the person:

Carina Bichler studied Health and Competitive Sports and Psychology at the University of Innsbruck. She specialized in Clinical Psychology and collaborates with the outpatient clinic for anxiety disorders of the Medical University Innsbruck and the Village Project. In her doctoral thesis, she researches psychological effects of physical activity in patients with mental disorders. Group-based physical activity, such as Climbing Therapy and Nordic Walking are tested as add-on treatments for patients with anxiety and trauma related disorders.

Collaborating in the team of Prof. Martin Kopp, the team received research grants from the central bank of the Republic of Austria, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and the University of Innsbruck (LFU Innsbruck).

Research interests:

Exercise and health psychology with focus on mental disorders

Single exercise bouts and associated psychological aspects


Teaching at the Institute for Sports Science in Innsbruck (ongoing):

  • UE Conversation Techniques

Teaching at Department of Sport Science in Innsbruck (previously):

  • UE Psychoregulative Techniques in Therapy Training
  •  PS Communication and Motivation
  • UE Relaxation Techniques
  • UE Conversation Techniques

Full publications: 

Highlighted publications:

Bichler, C. S., Niedermeier, M., Hüfner, K., Gálffy, M., Gostner, J. M., Nelles, P., Schöttl, S. E., Sperner-Unterweger, B., & Kopp, M. (2022). Climbing as an Add-On Treatment Option for Patients with Severe Anxiety Disorders and PTSD: Feasibility Analysis and First Results of a Randomized Controlled Longitudinal Clinical Pilot Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(18), 11622.

Bichler, C.S., & Kopp, M. (2022). Bewegungsintervention als gesundheitsrelevantes Anwendungsfeld der Sportpsychologie – eine Potenzialanalyse. Physical Activity Intervention as a Health-Relevant Field of Application of Sports Psychology – An Analysis of Potentials. Psychologie in Österreich, 2.

Bichler, C.S., Niedermeier, M-. Hüfner, K., Gálffy, M., Sperner-Unterweger, B., & Kopp, M. (2022). Affective Responses to Both Climbing and Nordic Walking Exercise Are Associated With Intermediate-Term Increases in Physical Activity in Patients With Anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - A Randomized Longitudinal Controlled Clinical Pilot Trial. Front. Psychiatry, 13. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.856730.

Galffy, M., Bichler, C.S., Mohr, T., Egeter, J., Neu, L., Oberhammer, M., Högl, B., Deisenhammer, E. A., Sperner-Unterweger, B., & Hüfner, K. (2022). Adhoc Setup of an Online Mental Health Self-Help Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Description of the Development and Implementation Processes and Analysis of Its Users' and Usage Profiles. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 853371.

Stuerz, K., Hartmann, S., Holzner, B., Bichler, C.S., Niedermeier, M., Kopp, M., & Guenther V. (2022). Effects of a Two-Step Cognitive and Relaxation Training Program in Care Home Residents with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19(14), 8316. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19148316 

Schöttl, S.E., Niedermeier, M., Kopp-Wilfling, P., Frühauf, A., Bichler, C.S., Edlinger, M., Holzner, B., Kopp, M. (2022). Add-on exercise interventions for smoking cessation in people with mental illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 14(1):115. DOI: 10.1186/s13102-022-00498-y 

Bichler, C.S., Niedermeier, M., Gufler, A., Gálffy, M., Sperner-Unterweger, B., & Kopp, M. (2021). A case-control study on physical activity preferences, motives, and barriers in patients with psychiatric conditions. Comprehensive Psychiatry,152276.

Mangweth-Matzek, B., Decker, B., Erschbaumer, I., Wurnig, V., Kemmler, G., Bichler, C.S., Rupp, C.I. (2021). Disordered eating symptoms in Austrian men of different ages in the context of fitness centers. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesety.

Niedermeier, M., Frühauf, A., Bichler, C., Rosenberger, R., & Kopp, M. (2019). Exercise – risks and side effects / Sport - zu Riskien und Nebenwirkungen. Der Orthopäde 48/12, 1030 - 1035.

Bichler, C., Niedermeier, M., Frühauf, A., Längle, N., Fleischhacker, W., Mechtcheriakov, S., & Kopp, M. (2017). Acute effects of exercise on affective responses, cravings and heart rate variability in inpatients with alcohol use disorder – A randomized cross-over trial. Mental Health and Physical Activity 13, 68 - 76.

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