Professional Experience

Roman Winkler is Head of the Department of Evidence and Quality Standards at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH). He has more than 20 years of experience in technology assessment with a focus on health technology assessment (HTA). Apart from his HTA expertise, he has profound research experiences focusing on assessments of complex public health interventions (incl. LGBTIQ research). In this context, Roman Winkler has provided methodological knowledge in numerous national and international projects to bridge public health research issues with actual policy needs. He dealt with various principal health topics covering the recent COVID-19 pandemic, mental health, child public health and high-tech interventions in medicine. Besides his research activities, Roman Winkler has a psychotherapy licence and he is lecturer at the Medical University of Vienna/ University of Vienna. He is a member of various Austrian and international committees/expert groups, such as the European Public Health Association, the Austrian Public Health Association, the Federal Austrian Corona Commission.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Child (public) health, mental health & psychotherapy research
  • LGBTIQ health research
  • Health technoloy assessment (HTA) and evaluation of complex public health interventions
  • Evidence-based medicine


  • Science communication to foster the understanding of the pertinence of sexual health throughout the life-cycle (for citizens as well as for policy-makers)
  • Evidence-informed policy-making support

Selected Publications

Wolf S, Winkler R (2020): A systematic Analysis of Evaluation Methods for Inpatient Children and Adolescents Rehabilitation Programs. In: Klin Pädiatr, 232(4):187-196.

Plöderl M, Niederkrotenthaler T, Winkler R (2019). Depression und Suizidalität bei LSBTI, In: Depressionsbericht Österreich, BMASGK/Gesundheit Österreich.

Reinsperger I, Rosian K, Winkler R (2019): Assessment of public health interventions for decision support: methods & processes of the evaluation of the Austrian screening programme for pregnant women & children. In: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift, Volume 169, Issue 11-12, pp 263–270.

Plöderl M, Winkler R (2019): Sexuelle Orientierung im Gesundheitswesen.Umgangmit einer unsichtbaren Diversity-Dimension, In: Steger, F (Hrsg.), Diversität im Gesundheitswesen, Verlag Karl AlberFreiburg/München S. 299-318.

Winkler, R (2018): Paardynamik und gleichgeschlechtliche Beziehungen: Grundlagen, Handlungsfelder und Empfehlungen für die therapeutische Praxis, In: Hutterer-Krisch, R & Rass-Hubinek, G. (Hrsg. ), Paardynamik. Methoden spezifische und methoden übergreifende Beiträge zur Psychotherapie im Paar und Einzelsetting, Wien: Facultas Verlag, S. 411-426.

Zechmeister-Koss I, Tüchler H, Winkler R, Fritz C, Thun-Hohenstein L (2017): Inpatient treatment in child and adolescent psychiatry: Does reimbursement reflect resource use? In: Health Policy (eingereicht)

Zechmeister-Koss I, Winkler R, Fritz C, Thun-Hohenstein L, Tüchler H (2016): Services Use of Children and Adolescents before dmission to Psychiatric Inpatient Care: An Analysis of a Clinic Cohort, In: The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 19, pp. 103-113.

Reinsperger I, Winkler R, Piso B (2015): Identifying sociomedical risk factors during pregnancy: recommendations from international evidence-based guidelines, In: Journal of Public Health, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp. 1-13.

Piso B, Reinsperger I, Winkler R (2014): Recommendations from international clinical guidelines for routine antenatal infection screening: Does evidence matter? In: International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 2014; 12:50-61.