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Stig Bernt Poulsen

Stig Bernt Poulsen

Associate Professor

Research fields

-        Psychotherapy for major psychiatric disorders

-        Client experience of psychotherapy

-        Practice oriented research in psychotherapy

-        Psychological assessment

 

Research group memberships

-        Department of Psychology: Center for Psychotherapy Research

-        Department of Psychology: The Copenhagen Bulimia Trial Group

-        Society for Psychotherapy Research: President Elect of the European Chapter

 

Research: brief description

Stig Poulsen is associate professor in clinical psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. His main research focus is psychotherapy studied from various perspectives and he is currently the coordinator of the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the Department of Psychology.

Together with Susanne Lunn, Stig Poulsen has been the principal investigator on a randomized controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy for bulimia nervosa (Poulsen et al., American Journal of Psychiatry 2014) and he is currently involved in a number of other randomized controlled trials of psychotherapy for various psychiatric conditions. His research interests cover both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and he has conducted several studies of client experience of psychotherapy. The current focus of his research is practice based approaches to psychotherapy research and he is collaborating with the Danish Regions and the Danish Psychological Association on a study of outcome and therapist responsiveness in psychotherapies by psychologists in the Danish Practice Sector.

Stig Poulsen is currently President Elect of the European section of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and was local host of the international meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research in Copenhagen 2014. He is a board member of the Danish Depression Database and has been appointed as member of several commitees by the Danish Psychological Association.

Link to Google Scholar profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zKYjry8AAAAJ&hl=en

Link to Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stig_Poulsen

 

Current research projects

-        Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy for bulimia nervosa

-        Feedback informed therapy for eating disorders

-        Rumination focused CBT for depression

-        Mentalization-based treatment for adolescents with borderline personality disorders

-        Psychotherapy in the Danish practice sector

 

Major grants

2008      Research grant, the Ivan Nielsen Foundation for Individuals with Particular Mental Disorders (DKK 105.000)

2002      Research grant (with Susanne Lunn), the Egmont Foundation (DKK 1.000.000)

2002      Research grant (with Susanne Lunn), the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (DKK 2.138.000)

 

Teaching

-        Coordinator of teaching in clinical psychology at BA and KA levels

-        Lectures and seminars in clinical psychology and psychotherapy

-        Master’s theses

-        PhD theses

 

Selected publications

Folke, S., Daniel, S.I.F., Poulsen, S. & Lunn, S. (in press). Client attachment security predicts alliance in a randomized controlled trial of two psychotherapies for bulimia nervosa. Psychotherapy Research. DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2015.1027319.

Daniel, S. I. F., Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. (2015). Client attachment and therapist feelings in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. Psychotherapy, 52(2), 247-257. DOI: 10.1037/a0038886.

Hvenegaard, M., Watkins, E.R., Poulsen, S., Rosenberg, N. K., Gondan, M., Grafton, B., Austin, S. F., Howard, H. & Moeller, S.B. (2015). Rumination-focused cognitive behaviour therapy vs. cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: Study protocol for a randomised controlled superiority trial. Trials, 16, 344. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-0875-y.

Lunn, S., Poulsen, S. & Daniel, S. I. F. (2015). Psychoanalytic psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa. In H. Thompson-Brenner (Ed.), Casebook of evidence-based therapy for eating disorders, pp.135-162.New York: Guilford Press.

Mathiesen, B. B., Sandros, C., Wilczek, A., Poulsen, S., Lunn, S. & Pedersen, S. H. (2015). Psychodynamic profile and reflective functioning in patients with bulimia nervosa. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 62, 20-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.06.005.

Pedersen, S. H., Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. (2015). Eating disorders and mentalization: High reflective functioning in patients with bulimia nervosa. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(4), 671-694.

Poulsen, S., Lau, M. & Simonsen, S. (2015). Forskning i psykoterapi (Psychotherapy Research). In F. Alberdi, B. Rosenbaum & P. Sørensen (red.), Moderne psykoterapi: Teorier og metoder (Modern psychotherapy: Theories and methods), pp. 543-581. Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel.

Straarup, N. S. & Poulsen, S. (2015). Helpful aspects of metacognitive therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: A qualitative study. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 8, e22. DOI: 10.1017/S1754470X15000574.

Daniel, S. I. F., Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. (2014). Autobiographical memory narratives in treatment for bulimia nervosa: The effect of client attachment, depression, and therapy type. Narrative Inquiry. 24(1), 153-174.

Davidsen, A.H., Poulsen, S., Waaddegaard, M., Lindschou, J. & Lau, M. (2014). Feedback versus no feedback to improve patient outcome in group psychotherapy for eating disorders (F-EAT): Protocol for a randomised clinical trial. Trials, 15, 138. DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-138

Elkjaer, H., Kristensen, E., Mortensen, E. L., Poulsen, S. & Lau, M. (2014). Analytic versus systemic group therapy for women with a history of child sexual abuse: One-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 87(2), 191-208.

Fenger, M, Mortensen, E.L, Poulsen, S., & Lau, M. (2014).A register based study of long-term health care use before and after psychotherapy. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 68(7), 450-459. DOI: 10.3109/08039488.2013.855255.

Pedersen, S.H., Poulsen, S. & Lunn, S. (2014). Affect regulation: Holding, containing and mirroring. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 95, 843–864. DOI: 10.1111/1745-8315.12205.

Poulsen, S., Lunn, S., Daniel, S. I. F., Folke, S., Mathiesen, B. B., Katznelson, H. & Fairburn, C. G. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy or cognitive behavior therapy for bulimia nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 109-116.

Poulsen, S. & Lunn, S. (2014). Response to Tasca, Hilsenroth and Thompson-Brenner. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171(5), 584.

Fenger, M, Poulsen, S., Mortensen, E.L., & Lau, M. (2013). A Register-Based Study of Occupational Functioning in Non-Psychotic Patients Before and After Psychotherapy.The Open Psychiatry Journal, 7, 1-8.

Ringer, A., Sjögren, L., Toldam, H., & Poulsen, S. (2013). Kvalitativ forskning i gruppeterapi (Qualitative research in group psychotherapy). I: J. Nielsen & P. Sørensen (red.), Brug gruppen – Psykodynamisk gruppeterapi (Use the group: Psychodynamic group psychotherapy) (pp. 355-371). Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel.

Elkjaer, H., Mortensen, E. L., Poulsen, S., Kristensen, E. & Lau, M. (2012). (U)overensstemmelse mellem behandler- og patientvurdering af effekt af gruppeterapi ((Dis)agreement between therapist and patient evaluation of group psychotherapy outcome). Matrix, 29(1), 23-38.

Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. (2012). Psychoanalytic psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa: A manualized approach. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 26(1), 48-64.

Lunn, S., Poulsen, S. & Daniel, S. I. F. (2012). A multiple case study of psychoanalytic therapies for clients with bulimia nervosa. Nordic Psychology, 64(2), 87-102.

Lunn, S., Poulsen, S. & Daniel, S. I. F. (2012). Subtypes in Bulimia Nervosa: the Role of Eating Disorder Symptomatology, Negative Affect, and Interpersonal Functioning. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53(8), 1078-1087.

Pedersen, S. H., Lunn, S., Katznelson, H., & Poulsen, S. (2012). Reflective Functioning in 70 Patients Suffering From Bulimia Nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 20(4), 303–310.

Fenger, M., Mortensen, E. L., Poulsen, S. & Lau, M. (2011). No-shows, drop-outs and completers in psychotherapeutic treatment: Demographic and clinical predictors in a large sample of non-psychotic patients. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 65(3), 183-191.

Pedersen, S. H., Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. (2010). Affektregulering – holding, containing og spejling (Affect regulation: Holding, containing and mirroring). Psyke & Logos, 31(2), 552-576.

Poulsen, S., Lunn, S. & Sandros, C. (2010). Client experience of psychodynamic psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa: An interview study. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(4), 469-483.

Poulsen, S. & Ivanouw, J. (2006): Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP). In: Elsass, P., Ivanouw, J., Lykke Mortensen, E., Poulsen, S. & Rosenbaum, B. (Eds.), Assessmentmetoder - Håndbog for psykologer og psykiatere (Assessment methods: A handbook for psychologists and psychiatrists) (pp. 371-388). Copenhagen: Dansk Psykologisk Forlag.

Poulsen, S. (2006): Sammensætningen af et assessmentbatteri. I: Elsass, P., Ivanouw, J., Lykke Mortensen, E., Poulsen, S. & Rosenbaum, B. (Eds.), Assessmentmetoder - Håndbog for psykologer og psykiatere (Assessment methods: A handbook for psychologists and psychiatrists) (pp. 27-64). Copenhagen: Dansk Psykologisk Forlag.

Elsass, P., Ivanouw, J., Lykke Mortensen, E., Poulsen, S. & Rosenbaum, B. (red.) (2006): Assessmentmetoder - Håndbog for psykologer og psykiatere (Assessment methods: A handbook for psychologists and psychiatrists). Copenhagen: Dansk Psykologisk Forlag.

Poulsen, S. (2006): Psykoterapi – en introduktion (Psychotherapy: An introduction). Copenhagen: Frydenlund.

Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. (2005): Spiseforstyrrelser i et afhængighedsperspektiv (Eating disorders from an addiction perspective). Psyke & Logos, 26(1), 43-58.

Nathan, V. & Poulsen, S. (2004): Group-Analytic Training Groups for Psychology Students: A Qualitative Study. Group Analysis, 37(2), 163-178.

Poulsen, S. (2004): De-privatization: Client Experience of Short-Term Dynamic Group Psychotherapy. Group, 28(1), 31-50.

Poulsen, S. (2003): Effekten af psykodynamisk terapi - empirisk belyst (The outcome of psychdynamic therapy: An empirical perspective). Matrix, 20(1), 27-49.

Poulsen, S. (2002): Attachment and Separation in Individual and Group Psychotherapy. In: D. Aherne, P. Figge & G. Rott (Eds.), Separation and Attachment in Higher Education: Fedora Psyche Conference in Copenhagen, 1999, pp. 117-132 (Louvain-la-Neuve: FEDORA).

Poulsen, S. (2001): Terapeutiske faktorer i korttidsgrupper. 2. Forskning og klinik (Therapeutic factors in short-term group psychotherapy: 2. Research and clinical perspectives). Matrix, 17(4), 419-451.

Poulsen, S. (2000): Terapeutiske faktorer i korttidsgrupper. 1. Kategorisystemer for terapeutiske faktorer (Therapeutic factors in short-term group psychotherapy: 1. Classification systems of therapeutic factors). Matrix, 17(2), 207-237.

Poulsen, S. (2000): Gruppeanalytisk og interpersonel korttidsgruppeterapi - teori og forskning. 2. Terapeutens opgaver i gruppen (Group analytic and interpersonal short-term group psychotherapy – theory and research: 2. The tasks of the group therapist). Matrix, 17(1), 26-52.

Poulsen, S. (2000): Gruppeanalytisk og interpersonel korttidsgruppeterapi - teori og forskning. 1. Almene principper (Group analytic and interpersonal short-term group psychotherapy – theory and research: 1. Basic principles). Matrix, 17(1), 5-25.

Poulsen, S. (1999): Afprivatisering - Klienters oplevelse af psykodynamisk korttidsgruppeterapi (Deprivatization: Client experience of short-term psychodynamic group psychotherapy). University of Copenhagen: PhD-thesis.

Poulsen, S. (1999): Grounded Theory - en kvalitativ forskningsstrategi for psykoterapiforskning (Grounded Theory: A qualitative research strategy for psychotherapy research). Agrippa, 19(1-2), 126-156.

Fredtoft, T., Poulsen, S., Bauer, M., & Malm, M. (1996): Dependency and perfectionism: Short-term dynamic group psychotherapy for university students. Psychodynamic Counselling, 2(4), 476-497.

Poulsen, S. (1995): Illusion og fravær - Objektrelationsteoretiske perspektiver på symbolisering (Illusion and absence: Object relations theoretical perspectives on symbolization). Psyke & Logos, 16(1), 134-151.

Poulsen, S. & Hjulmand, K. (1992): Det ubevidste i objektrelationsteorien (The unconscious in object relations theory). Psyke og Logos, 13, 114-134.

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