Majse Lind receives the Danish Psychological Association’s 2020 Junior Researcher Award

Majse Lind, PhD from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences and currently working as a postdoc in the US, has just received the Danish Psychological Association’s Junior Researcher Award.

2020.06.19 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

Majse Lind. Photo: Private

 

Majse Lind, MSc and PhD in psychology, receives the Danish Psychological Association’s 2020 Junior Researcher Award for her research into clinical and cognitive psychology. More specifically, narrative identity in connection with borderline personality disorder.

Majse Lind receives the Danish Psychological Association’s Junior Researcher Award for her research into clinical and cognitive psychology. In her research, she has adopted an original approach to the exploration of narrative identity in hospitalised youngsters with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Among other things, her studies show that an incoherent narrative can be identified in people with BPD characteristics even at a young age. She has also demonstrated that psychotherapy can lead to an increased sense of coping in a person’s narrative identity. Her results indicate that the narrative perspective should be considered in interventions for young people to reduce their risk of developing BPD as adults.

“The purpose of the research awards presented by the Danish Psychological Association is to highlight and promote quality and research-based development in the field of psychology. It makes me very proud to see the young and talented researchers contributing to the development of new knowledge of how psychology contributes to the good life and society,” says Eva Secher, chair of the Danish Psychological Association and continues:

“Majse’s research not only sheds light on the BPD diagnosis and the treatment opportunities. It also contributes to strengthening the quality of the work carried out by psychologists.”

The assessment
The winner of the Danish Psychological Association’s 2020 Junior Researcher Award has been selected by a unanimous assessment committee on the basis of the following four criteria:

Majse Lind fully meets the criteria by having:

·         made a special contribution to uncovering a strategically important area of practice for psychologists

·         made a special contribution to the development of psychology as a science

·         made a special contribution to the development of psychologists’ quality of practice

·         employed an original approach to psychological research.

MAJSE Linds Research contributes to an important practice area for psychologists, as borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a resource-intensive diagnosis, which often requires many years of treatment. She demonstrates great originality by being the first to explore whether disorders in people’s perceptions of self and others are reflected in the way that people with BPD construct their own and their parents’ narrative identities.  Her research also indicates that psychotherapy is associated with a greater sense of coping in the narrative identity. This suggests that narrative identity deserves more attention in therapy research.

Majse Lind has published a number of articles in international journals, she has held two postdoc positions at recognised US universities and has received a research award. In addition, she heads a group of international researchers, who are working to ensure that narrative identity is included in the future diagnoses and conceptualisation of personality disorders (including ICD-11).

Majse Lind’s approach is original and sheds new light on the BPD diagnosis, its development and relevant treatment methods. This contributes to strengthening the psychologists’ quality of practice.

Majse Lind conducts innovative research with an impressive international impact, thus demonstrating great talent.

The assessment committee consists of: Vilhelm Borg, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Laila Øksnebjerg and Mimi Mehlsen.

The Danish Psychological Association’s Junior Researcher Award comes with DKK 25,000.

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