Publication and media presence

Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum is internationally known for his research about internet gaming, internet gaming disorder, internet addiction and anxiety disorders. As a well sought after expert, he has had 50+ publications in newspapers, peer-reviewed journals and books. Please find a selection of his publications on this page.

Peer reviewed journals

Lehenbauer-Baum, M., Klaps, A., Kovacovsky, Z. & Stetina, B.U. (2015). Social fears, depression and quality of life in a German Sample of World of Warcraft Players: Debunking Differences between Addiction and High Engagement. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 18(6), 343-349.

Lehenbauer-Baum, M., & Fohringer, M. (2015). Towards classification criteria for internet gaming disorder: Debunking differences between addiction and high engagement in a German sample of World of Warcraft players. Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 345–351.

Lehenbauer-Baum, M. (2014). Facebook, Twitter & Co. – Ethische Aspekte einer Nutzung sozialer Netzwerke in der Praxis (Facebook, Twitter & Co. – Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Social Networking Sites for Clinical Psychologists). Psychologie in Österreich4, 246-253.

Lehenbauer, M., Kothgassner, O., Kryspin-Exner, I., & Stetina, B. U. (2013). An online self-administered social skills training for young adults: results of a pilot study. Computers & Education, 61, 217-224. doi:

Kothgassner, O., Felnhofer, A., Beutl, L., Hlavacs, H., Lehenbauer, M., & Stetina, B. (2012). A virtual training tool for giving talks. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7522, 53-66.

Stetina, B.U., Kothgassner, O., Lehenbauer, M., & Kryspin-Exner, I. (2011). Beyond the fascination of online-games: Probing addictive behavior and depression in the world of online-gaming. Computers in Human Behavior, 27 (1), 473–479.

Book/Chapter Contributions

Lehenbauer-Baum, M. (2016). Nomophobia – an artificially created disorder. In: Gale-Greenhaven. (Ed.). At Issue: Does the Internet Increase Anxiety? (in press).

Lehenbauer-Baum, M. & Fohringer, M. (2015). Internet Gaming Disorder: Internet Addiction and High Engagement in World of Warcraft players. In: Bishop, J. (Ed.). Psychological and social implications surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction (in press).

Stetina, B.U., Kothgassner, O., Felnhofer, A. & Lehenbauer, M. (2012). Games for health? Have fun with virtual reality! In Eichenberg, C. (ed.) Virtual Reality. Rijeka: Intech.

Lehenbauer, M., Kothgassner, O., Felnhofer A., & Glenk, L. (2012). Play for change? A psychological view on computer games. In: Mitgutsch, K., Wimmer, J. Rusch, D., & Rosenstingl, H. (Eds.) Applied Playfulness. Conference Proceedings of the FROG Vienna Games Conference 2011. Wien: Braumüller.

International media and press appearances

Please note that some of the links are in German.

Interview with “Il Sole 24 Ore” about internet addiction/problematic internet use, Italian, 08/29/2014–153125.shtml?uuid=ABp3xDoB – weblink

Interview with “Tiroler Tagespresse” about “nomophobia” and “phubbing” GERMAN, 08/24/2013

Nicht ohne mein Handy – Nicht ohne mein Handy – Tiroler Tageszeitung – 24.08.13 – PDF – PDF file

Interview with boulevard magazine “WOMAN” about relationships and the Internet, GERMAN, 08/21/2013 weblink

Interview with the Austrian newspaper “Die Presse” about fears of atomic power reactor accidents, GERMAN, 03/20/2011 – weblink

Interview with the Austrian newspaper “TIPPS” about shyness, GERMAN, 07/21/2010

Shyness Interview, TIPPS, July 21, 2010 – PDF file

Interview with “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten” about “Shyness and tips for social anxiety”, GERMAN, 07/20/2010

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, July 20, 2010 –  PDF file

Interview with “Wiener Bezirkszeitung” about “shyness and social anxiety”, GERMAN, 09/23/2009

Wiener Bezirkszeitung, September, 23, 2009 – PDF file

Interview with “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten” about “social anxiety in children and adolescents”, GERMAN, 07/01/2009

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, July 1, 2009 – PDF file

Interview about my project about social skills training for adolescents, GERMAN, 04/22/2009

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, April 22, 2009