Research and Consulting

Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum provides research consulting services as well!

He is still involved in continuing research and emerging trends of therapy (such as internet addiction, anxiety disorders and internet gaming addiction); he presents findings nationally and internationally. He is also an educator to graduate and doctorate students who are pursuing their goal of becoming licensed psychologists themselves (e.g., he is still teaching at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria).

In his research and consulting work, he addresses areas like assessment and interventions at an individual, group, and organizational level. Having a license as a clinical psychologist in Tennessee, your organization can benefit from his clinical and research expertise; you can expect professional and data-driven outcomes.

Thrive in Life Counseling and Therapy LLC offers consulting in English and German in the following areas:

  • Conducting psychological studies
  • Data evaluation and policy experience (e.g., Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum was a Statistical Research Specialist at the Tennessee Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for almost 2 years before opening up his own practice)
  • Data collection and management according to ethical guidelines (e.g., HIPAA)
  • Data evaluation
  • Data presentation (depending on the audience, we are familiar developing presentations and one-pagers for scientific as well as non-scientific audiences)
  • Scientific writing (we have expertise in writing for peer-reviewed journals)
  • Reviews of publications
  • Cognitive-behavioral and biofeedback treatment methods

Please send us an email or call us for more information, if you are interested in consulting services. Please find more information about Dr. Lehenbauer-Baum’s research background below.


In his research and consulting work, Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum is able to provide expertise on clinical psychology and how to incorporate new technology into clinical psychology to foster mental health. Please find a few examples of prior research and consulting work below.

Video games for health

Almost 75% of adolescents and young adults spend their time online and/or playing games on mobile devices and game consoles. Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum sees this as a useful benefit to use psychological interventions in games and apps via internet.

In his consulting work he focuses on digital games and mobile apps. As a licensed clinical psychologist (and gamer!) he can provide expertise and knowledge about psychological interventions, and how to include them in games.

Virtual reality

Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum was one of the founding members of the Virtual Reality Laboratory at the University of Vienna, an inter-departmental cooperation with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Hlavacs from the department of entertainment computing/faculty of computer science. Starting 2008, one of the first things he developed was a virtual auditorium for the treatment of social fears.

Project-related publication:

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.

Online-based social skills trainings for adolescents and adults


Funded by the Federal Austrian Ministry of Science, Dr. Mario Lehenbauer-Baum was able to develop an online-based social skills training for adolescents and adults, together with Dr. Birgit Stetina and programmers. Conducting a pilot study, we found highly relevant effects of our online-based training: an increase of social skills as well as a decrease of social fears.

Project-related publications:

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:

Lehenbauer, M. & Stetina, B.U. (2009). Virtuelle Simulationen, Virtuelle Realitäten: Neue Medien in der Behandlung. Verhaltenstherapie und Verhaltensmedizin, 30 (3), 368 – 383.

Lehenbauer, M. & Stetina, B.U. (2009). Coping with disease: Internet and social phobia. Psychology & Health, 24 (Supplement 1), 245.