On this page you will find an overview of the various projects the research group is involved in.

Student groups in psychiatry - students' experiences

Background and purpose

The student groups in basic psychiatry are one of the necessary learning arenas for developing good communication skills when meeting patients with mental disorders and drug addiction.

The aim of this study is to find out what the medical students at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, think they learn in the Basic Groups. The data will be included in a student thesis in medicine.

Students who have just completed Module 5 are asked to participate in the study.


Participants in the study are asked to fill in a short electronic questionnaire about what they think they have learned in the Basic Groups.

The questions are directly in accordance with the objectives for the Basic Groups. Participants must not provide any personal data such as age, gender, etc.

The project will end on 15.01.2021.

Group psychotherapy for adults with ADD / ADHD

Group psychotherapy for adults with ADD / ADHD will be an open exploratory forum where participants through exchanges with like-minded people can come to a better understanding of their own relational and emotional challenges, and develop better self-esteem and relational functioning.

A manual (Lorentzen, 2013) for short-term group psychotherapy for adults with mild to moderate mental and relational difficulties has shown a documented effect (Bakali et al., 2013; Fjeldstad et al., 2017). This is a pilot study to map whether the manual is also suitable for adults with diagnosed ADD / ADHD - or in need of adaptation to achieve the expected result.

The target group is people in the age group 23-39 with ADD or ADHD and experienced difficulties in relation to others.

The therapists in the study are psychologist specialist and PhD Hanne-Sofie Johnsen Dahl and psychiatrist Christian Hjort, both group analysts.

Profiles of psychological health and well-being among psychotherapists: A cross-cultural survey employing the person-centered approach

This project is a collaberation between the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo, and the Doctoral School of Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw, Poland.

The primary goal of the research project for this doctoral thesis is to examine the heterogeneity of the samples of psychotherapists from several countries with regard to their psychological health (burnout and secondary traumatic stress symptoms) and subjective well-being (life satisfaction and the positive and negative affect) through the use of latent profile analysis (see method).

In particular, the project wants to identify correlates of different profiles of psychotherapists in relation to the aforementioned outcome variables from both personal (self-efficacy, SE) and social (received and provided social support) factors, while controlling for vast categories of sociodemographic and work-related covariates (see Figure 1).

This project refer to the multidimensional model of burnout by Maslach (2001).

I-PDT versus I-CBT for depressed adolescents

The project receives support from the Kavli Foundation to research online psychological treatment for young people suffering from depression.

It will provide knowledge about whether online psychodynamic therapy and online cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce depressive symptoms in adolescents aged 15-18 years, and which of the two treatments is most effective.

You can read more about the project on the Kavli Foundation's own website.

NORTUT - Norwegian study of therapist development. A longitudinal study.

The intention of the longitudinal study is to reveal new knowledge about therapists’ development during training in different psychotherapy modes. 

The study is led by Professor Randi Ulberg, in collaboration with the therapy institutes. The data will be included in research line projects at the Faculty of Medicine, master's theses at the Department of Psychology and in doctoral work.

You can read more about the study on NORTUT's own website.

The First Experimental Study of Transference work – In Teenagers (FEST-IT)

FEST-IT is a study of the effect of psychotherapy on depressed adolescents.

It is the first study of its kind in Scandinavia and is a collaboration between UiO and Vestfold Hospital Trust. 

Read more about the study on FEST-ITs own website.

Published Oct. 23, 2020 11:10 AM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2020 11:10 AM