Elisabeth Ardelt-Gattinger

Elisabeth Ardelt-Gattinger

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ARDELT-GATTINGER Elisabeth, Dr. Univ.-Doz.
*1945 – Born in Schladming, Austria

Elisabeth Ardelt-Gattinger, PhD, Univ. Doz. is a retired associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Salzburg and a Psychotherapist. She started her career in Salzburg, researching and teaching in Social, Organizational and Clinical Psychology.

Founding and working in a psychosomatic ward of an Austrian hospital, she worked closely with obese patients and became aware of the massive discriminations they faced. After a research period at the Centre for the Morbidly Obese in Fort Lauderdale she focused her scientific research on this topic.

Based on structured interviewing and testing of around 10.000 people and the analysis of psychological assessments prior to bariatric interventions Elisabeth Ardelt-Gattinger and an interdisciplinary team developed and validated a specific Testsystem for Obesity and other illnesses linked to a unhealthy lifestyle (AD-EVA).

She has been carrying out a lot of obesity prevention projects and she still works as a researcher and lecturer now. She is a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (German Society of Psychologie), the Deutsche Adipositas Gesellschaft (DAG) (German Obesity Society) as well as being a founding member of the Obesety Academy Austria (OAA).

Education & Work Experience

  • 1964-1972 Studies of History, German Literature and Psychology
  • 1973-1991 Research Assistant and lecturing Psychology at the Psychological Institute of University of Salzburg
  • 1981-2000 Establishment and leadership of the Psychosomatic Departement of the Hospital of Hallein
  • 1982 to this day Psychotherapist Behaviour Therapy
  • 1987 to this day Psychotherapist Client Centered Therapy
  • 1991-2011 Associated Professor at the Psychological Institute of University of Salzburg
  • 1992 to this day diagnostics of obese children/adolescents and adults pro and post Bariatric Surgery
  • 2001 to this day management and training of interdisciplinary therapy groups for obese children and their parents
  • 2001 to this day counseling and therapy of morbidly obese children/adolescents; prevention measures in schools and kindergartens (prevention of obesity and clinical and preclinical eating disorders)
  • 2002 to this day training of interdisciplinary teams: physicians (especially pediatrists and surgeons), dietitians, sports experts, psychologists, psychiatrists)

Stays Abroad

  • Jan – March 1997 Management Training with the Staff of the University Leon, Nicaragua
  • Jan – March 2000 Center for the morbidly Obese, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


  • German Society for Psychology
  • Austrian Network Eating Disorders
  • German Obesity Society
  • Austrian Society for client-centered Psychotherapy
  • Austrian Committee for Behavior Modification


  • Theodor Körner Award 1990
  • ECOG and Louis Bonduelle Research Award 2012.