Current activities

1)  ADiTS meetings – once a month, generally on the 1st Tuesday, Speciale students supervised by Helle Spindler or Andrew Moskowitz working on projects related to ADiTS (including those below) attend a meeting to discuss their research projects, questions of interest, or relevant publications. Graduate students supervised by other Psychology Department staff who are involved in research related to the themes of ADiTS are also welcome to attend.

2)  Awareness during anaesthesia – a qualitative study of the experiences of persons who have awakened under anaesthesia during surgery.

3)  Hallucinations in the grieving elderly – an assessment of the prevalence and significance of hallucinations of the deceased spouse in elderly individuals, and its relation to depression, complicated grief, and symptoms of PTSD

4)  The Aarhus Hearing Voices Project – an assessment of the Aarhus Hearing Voices Project, which views hearing voices as common responses to life stresses. Qualitative interviews and quantitative assessments of persons participating in group and individual treatment, as well as an exploration of the relationship between voice hearing, trauma and dissociation. This project will also lead to the development of an instrument to assess a person’s ‘relationship’ to their voices – to be used in treatment and outcome research.

5)  The EAGALA project – an assessment of a special therapeutic approach involving horses. Qualitative interviews with persons who have gone through the program, and a pilot assessment project of a 4-month treatment program are being carried out.


Completed Masters Theses

1)   Kira Viba Jespersen – The impact of music on sleep in traumatized refugees: A review and empirical study of music listening as intervention for sleep improvement.

2)   Mette Lønbo Grantzau – Genesis and maintenance of panic disorder – with a focus on emotion regulation and early adverse experiences.

3)   Jóhanna Bergsdóttir – The Violentization theory: The foundation, structure and critical reception of Lonnie Athen’s theory of violent behaviour.

4)   Sara Zacho Clausen – anomalous self-experience in early schizophrenia viewed from a dissociative perspective.

5)   Tómas Hermannsson – Interpersonal therapy as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder treatment

6)   Harpa Eysteinsdóttir – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment (EMDR) for children and adolescents

7)   Espen M. G. Kristoffersen – Can delusions be understood as a defense against overwhelming experiences and unacceptable impulses, and does this perspective offer therapeutic benefits?

8)   Cecilie Røste & Hilde Hoel Fjærli – Auditory verbal hallucinations: Understanding voice hearing from two different perspectives

9)   Irena Mitic – Terapeuters utfordringer: Klinisk vurdering i behandlingen av pasienter med dissociative lidelser / The therapist's challenge: Clinical judgment and decision making in the treatment of patients with dissociative disorders

10)      Charlotte Train Larsen – How are witnesses affected by bullying? Are current intervention strategies effective in addressing potential trauma experienced by witnessing bullying?

11)      Michelle Lind Kappel – A review of current instruments for assessing treatment progress among traumatized refugees resettled in western countries

12)      Janne Nyborg – En undersøgelse af diagnoserne PTSD og ADHD ved børn og unge - med fokus på symptomoverlap, komorbiditet og kausalitet / An investigation of the diagnoses PTSD and ADHD in children and adolescents - focusing on overlapping, symptoms, co-morbidity and causality

13)      Ditte Aagaard Norup – A review of the psychological consequences of being a close relative of people with epilepsy - a sudden, unexpected, and potentially life threatening physical illness

14)      Ida E.S. Østensen – Traumer og mestringsstrategier - en studie av forholdet mellom traumatisering/PTSD og mestringsstrategier på kjønn, alder og traumetype / Trauma and coping strategies - a study of the relationship between traumatisation/PTSD and coping strategies on gender, age, and type of trauma

15)      Anne Sofie Håck Olesen – DESNOS: A Useful Diagnostically Construct Or Just Another Comorbid Diagnosis Concerning Traumatized Individuals : An Evaluation of DESNOS (complex PTSD), Including Two Empirical Studies Regarding Individuals with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse

16)      Louise Bischoff Clemensen – Teorien om det komplekse traume, og dennes værdi i opsporingen og behandlingen af børn traumatiseret på baggrund af vedvarende vold i familien.