Our overall goal is to find answers to how personality disorders best can be understood and treated.
The Research Group for Personality Psychiatry is a collaboration of researchers and clinicians with a special focus on personality disorders.
Personality disorder (PD) – by definition maladaptive patterns of emotionality, cognition, and behaviors – can be dimensionally conceptualized within domains of self and interpersonal personality functioning. High priority research includes mapping personality functioning, genetic factors, assessment, and mental and somatic comorbidity in clinical samples.
Effective treatments are mainly documented for borderline PD. The research group is working to expand knowledge on clinical and economic utility of PD treatments within mental health and addiction services, further understanding of PD treatment processes, and test interventions for avoidant and antisocial PD. Research interests include occupational habilitation and adolescent PD.
Our research aims to
- Increase knowledge on personality disorders
- Improve accuracy of assessment and diagnoses
Improve quality of treatment
Our research projects focus on
- Core aspects of personality functioning, comorbidity and genetics
- Personality disorder classification and assessment
- Treatment, costs, and habilitation
We collaborate with
- People with lived experience
- Researchers and research environments
- A new book in Norwegian about avoidant personality disorder: Wilberg, T. & Eikenæs, I. U-M. (2022) Å ønske, men ikke våge - Om engstelig unnvikende personlighetsproblemer. Oslo: Gyldendal. ISBN: 9788205554641
- Position as PhD candidate - Translational collaboration with project title: "Pain, Personality disorder & Poligenic Risk". Application deadline: February 11th. (Link)
- Position as coordinator/project leader at Psychotherapy Quality Laboratory. Application deadline: February 20th. (Link)
- Thirty-year anniversary for our major clinical research collaboration - The Norwegian Network for Personality Disorder 1992-2022. (Link)
- PhD graduation: Espen Folmo, June 2021. (Link)
Research networks aim to bring together researchers, stimulate more research and increase research collaboration.
- Research Network for Avoidant Personality Disorder. Contact: Theresa Wilberg
- Nordic MBT research network. Contact: Elfrida Hartveit Kvarstein
- Nordic AMPD (Alternative Model Personality Disorders). Contact in Norway: Benjamin Hummelen
- Extreme challenges - National project group: Extreme self-harming behaviors. Contact: Elfrida Hartveit Kvarstein
Upcoming events / international- and national conferences / webinars
See Norwegian Advisory Unit, Personality Psychiatry (Norwegian text)