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Sarah Ingrid Franksdatter Daniel

Sarah Ingrid Franksdatter Daniel

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

  • Psychotherapy proces and outcome
  • Adult attachment patterns and their psychotherapeutic implications
  • Attachment and psychopathology
  • Narrative processes in psychotherapy

Research groups

  • Center for Psychotherapy Research, steering group member

Research: Brief description 

Sarah Daniel is Associate Professor in clinical psychology. Her research focuses on process and outcome of psychotherapy with adults with a particular emphasis on the implications of adult attachment patterns. She has recently published a monograph on this subject with Routledge, and is frequently invited to lecture and teach in this area, both nationally and internationally. Sarah Daniel is actively involved in the Copenhagen Bulimia Trial (Poulsen et al., 2014) at the University Clinic and has initiated and carried out several studies of aspects of treatment process and outcome as part of this overall research project. Most recently, her focus has been on the relation between client attachment and therapist feelings and on quantitative and qualitative aspects of in-session silence as it relates to client attachment, therapy alliance, and outcome.

Sarah Daniel is part of the steering group of the Centre for Psychotherapy Research, which has strong links to the international Society for Psychotherapy Research and hosted the annual international meeting of 2014. Currently, together with associate professors Stig Poulsen and Susanne Lunn she is in the process of planning and securing funding for a large naturalistic study of therapist responsiveness to clients in therapies conducted in the Danish practice sector. This project involves local cooperation with the Danish Psychological Association and the Danish Regions and international collaboration with Professors Bruce Wampold, Louis Castonguay, Bernhard Strauss, and Brent Mallinckrodt.

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Current research projects

  • Client attachment, in-session verbal productivity, alliance, and outcome
  • Adult attachment and patterns of word use (in collaboration with Associate Professor Dorthe Duncker, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen)
  • Therapist attachment and challenges in learning emotionally focused couples therapy (in collaboration with Signe Steenberger, Centre for Family Development, Copenhagen)
  • Supervisor of PhD study by Alessandro Talia, “Attachment patterns and in-session patient behavior: bridging the gap between attachment research and clinical work”
  • Primary supervisor of PhD study by Sara K.K. Nielsen, “Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety in adults: An investigation of the moderating and mediating effects based on theories of attachment, emotion regulation, and attentional control”


Major grants

  • 2009 Young Elite Researcher’s Award. 200,000 DKR from the Danish Councils for Independent Research
  • 2008 Post doc. Scholarship. 1,570,000 DKR from the Danish Research Council for the Humanities
  • 2002 PhD scholarship. 1,260,000 DKR from the Danish Research Council for the Humanities


  • Teaching in clinical psychology, bachelor and master levels
  • Teaching coordinator - helping skills training
  • Supervision of master theses in clinical psychology and adjacent areas

Selected publications

  1. E-pub ahead of print
  2. Published
  3. Published

    The transmission of trauma in refugee families: associations between intra-family trauma communication style, children’s attachment security and psychosocial adjustment

    Dalgaard, N. T., Todd, B. K., Daniel, S. I. F. & Montgomery, E. 2016 In : Attachment and Human Development. 18, 1, p. 69-89

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Client attachment and therapist feelings in the treatment of bulimia nervosa

    Daniel, S. I. F., Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. B. 2015 In : Psychotherapy. 52, 2, p. 247-257 11 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Client attachment security predicts alliance in a randomized controlled trial of two psychotherapies for bulimia nervosa

    Folke, S., Daniel, S. I. F., Poulsen, S. B. & Lunn, S. 2016 In : Psychotherapy Research. 26, 4, p. 459-471 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. E-pub ahead of print

    Assessing Attachment in Psychotherapy: validation of the Patient Attachment Coding System (PACS)

    Talia, A., Miller-Bottome, M. & Daniel, S. I. F. 24 Nov 2015 In : Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Psychoanalytic psychotherapy for Bulimia Nervosa

    Lunn, S., Poulsen, S. B. & Daniel, S. I. F. 2015 Casebook of evidence-based therapy for eating disorders. Thompson-Brenner, H. (ed.). New York: Guilford Publications, Incorporated, Ch. 5, p. 135-162 28 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  8. Published

    Adult attachment patterns in a treatment context: Relationship and narrative

    Daniel, S. I. F. 2014 London: Routledge. 180 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  9. Published

    Autobiographical memory narratives in treatment for bulimia nervosa: The effect of client attachment, depression, and therapy type

    Daniel, S. I. F., Lunn, S. & Poulsen, S. B. 2014 In : Narrative Inquiry. 24, 1, p. 153-174 22 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    The Relationship Between Metacognitive Profile, Attachment Pattern, and Intersubjective Process in Psychotherapy of a Person Recovering from First-Episode Schizophrenia

    Harder, S. & Daniel, S. I. F. 2014 Social cognition and metacognition in schizophrenia: Psychopathology and treatment approaches . Lysaker, P., Dimaggio, G. & Brüne, M. (eds.). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, Ch. 16, p. 261-283 23 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  11. Published

    A Randomized Controlled Trial of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa

    Poulsen, S. B., Lunn, S., Daniel, S. I. F., Folke, S., Mathiesen, B. B., Katznelson, H. & Fairburn, C. G. 2014 In : American Journal of Psychiatry. 171, 1, p. 109-116 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  12. Published

    AAI predicts patients’ in-session interpersonal behavior and discourse: A “move to the level of the relation” for attachment-informed psychotherapy research

    Talia, A., Daniel, S. I. F., Miller-Bottome, M., Brambilla, D., Miccoli, D., Safran, J. D. & Lingiardi, V. 2014 In : Attachment and Human Development. 16, 2, p. 192-209 18 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  13. Published

    Anxiety levels in clinically referred children and their parents: Examining the unique influence of self-reported attachment styles and interview-based reflective functioning in mothers and fathers

    Esbjørn, B. H., Pedersen, S. H., Daniel, S. I. F., Hald, H. H., Holm, J. M. & Steele, H. 2013 In : British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 52, 4, p. 394-407 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  14. Published

    A multiple case study of psychoanalytic therapies for clients with bulimia nervosa

    Lunn, S., Poulsen, S. B. & Daniel, S. I. F. 2012 In : Nordic Psychology. 64, 2, p. 87-102 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  15. Published

    Subtypes in bulimia nervosa: the role of eating disorder symptomatology, negative affect, and interpersonal functioning

    Lunn, S., Poulsen, S. B. & Daniel, S. I. F. 2012 In : Comprehensive Psychiatry. 53, 8, p. 1078-1087 10 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  16. Published

    Relation og fortælling: Tilknytningsmønstre i en behandlingskontekst

    Daniel, S. I. F. 2012 Samfundslitteratur. 245 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  17. Published

    Adult Attachment Insecurity and Narrative Processes in Psychotherapy: An Exploratory Study

    Daniel, S. I. F. 2011 In : Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 18, 6, p. 498-511

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  18. Published

    The developmental roots of narrative expression in therapy: Contributions from attachment theory and research

    Daniel, S. I. F. 2009 In : Psychotherapy. 46, 3, p. 301-316 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  19. Published

    Adult attachment patterns and individual psychotherapy: a review

    Daniel, S. I. F. 2006 In : Clinical Psychology Review. 26, 8, p. 968-984

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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