Per A. Høglend

Professor, Dr. Med, Senior Psychiatrist

Phone: (+ 47) 22 02 99 60
Fax: (+ 47) 22 49 58 61

Visiting address
Vinderen Psykiatriske
Forskningsveien 7
0319 OSLO

Mailing address
Institute of clinical medicine, Vinderen
P.O. Box 85 Vinderen
0319 OSLO

Research interests

The main research projects are about the development of more efficient psychotherapies for depression, anxiety and personality disorders. These disorders are by far the leading cause of disability worldwide. The research is also basic research, testing mainstream psychological clinical theories. In addition research in social medicine, psychiatric diagnostics, defence mechanisms, drug abuse, psychometrics, psychosomatic medicine, educational research, and law and psychiatry.


The First Experimental Study of Transference-Interpretations (in Norwegian)

Selected papers

Johansson P, Høglend P, Ulberg R, Bøgwald KPB, Amlo S, Heyerdahl O, Sørbye Ø, Marble A, Sjaastad MC. Is increased insight really a mediator for long-term effects of transference interpretations. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2010, 78, 438-448

Høglend P, Perry JC, Dahl H-S, Lorentzen S, Hersoug AG. Treatment of personality disorders: The role of transference interpretation for long term outcome and use of health services 3 years after psychotherapy European Psychiatry, 2010, E-pub ahead of print

Johansson P, Høglend P, Hersoug AG. Therapeutic alliance mediates the effect of patients expectancy. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2010, E-pub ahead of print.

Høglend P, Gabbard G. When is transference work useful dynamic psychotherapy. In R Levy, JS Ablon (Eds). Handbook of evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, in press

Høglend P, Hersoug AG, Gabbard G, Crits-Christoph P, et al. Short and long-term effects of transference interpretation in the context of therapeutic alliance and quality of object relations. Submitted

Ulberg R, Johansson P, Høglend P. Effects of gender in an experimental study of transference interpretations. Can J Psychiatry , 2009; 54: 78 – 86.

Hersoug AG, Høglend P, Havik O, et. al. Therapist Characteristics Influencing the Quality of Alliance in Long-term Psychotherapy. Clin Psychol Psychother 2009; 16: 100 - 110

Hagtvet, Knut Arne; Høglend, Per Andreas. Assessing precision of change scores in psychodynamic psychotherapy: A generalizability theory approach. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 2008; 41:162-177

Høglend P, Bøgwald KP, Amlo S, Marble A, Sjaastad MC, Sørbye Ø, Heyerdahl O, Johansson P, Ulberg R. Transference interpretations in dynamic psychotherapy: Do they really yield sustained effects? Am J Psychiatry 2008; 165; 763 - 771

Høglend, P, Amlo, S, Marble, A, Bøgwald, KP, Sørbye, Ø, Sjaastad, MC, Heyerdahl, O. Analysis of the patient-therapist relationship in dynamic psychotherapy: An experimental study of transference interpretations. Am J Psychiatry, 2006; 163: 1739-1746.
Related: Selected as one of the 9 most important and interesting papers by Editorial board in American Journal of Psychiatry: 2006 in Review. Am J Psychiatry 2006; 163: 2037 – 2040
Gabbard G. Editorial: When is transference work useful in dynamic psychotherapy? Am J Psychiatry; 163: 1667 - 1667

Hersoug AG, Bøgwald KP, Høglend P. Development of defensive functioning: Does interpretation contribute to improvement? Clin Psychol Psychother 2005;12:288-296.

Høglend P. Analysis of transference in dynamic psychotherapy: A review of empirical research. Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2004; 12: 280-300.

Nerdrum P, Malt UF, Høglend P, et al. A 7-year prospective quasi-experimental study of the effects of removing dental amalgam in 76 self-referred patients compared with 146 controls. J Psychosomatic Res, 2004; 57: 103-111.

Høglend P. Outstanding Early Career Award Paper: Research on long-term effects of brief dynamic psychotherapy, Psychother Res, 2003; 13: 271-292

Nerdrum P, Høglend P. Short and long-term effects of training in empatic communication: Trainee personality makes a difference. The Clinical Supervisor, 2003; 21: 1-19.

Lorentzen S, Høglend P. Predictors of change during long-term analytic group therapy. Psychother Psychosom, 2004;73:25-35.

Høglend P. Long-term effects of transference interpretations: Comparing results from a quasiexperimental and a naturalistic long-term follow-up study of brief dynamic psychotherapy. Acta Psychiatr Scand 1996; 93: 205-211

Høglend P, Piper WE. Focal adherence in brief dynamic psychotherapy: A comparison of findings from two independent studies. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Train 1996 (Winter 1995); 32: 618-628

Høglend P. Motivation for brief dynamic psychotherapy. Psychother Psychosom 1996; 65: 209-215

Perry JC, Høglend P, Shear K, Kardos M, Vaillant G, Horowitz M, Bille H, Winkelman E, Kagan D. Field trial of a diagnostic axis for defence mechanisms for DSM - IV.J Pers Dis, 1998; 12: 56–68

Høglend P, Perry JC. Defensive functioning predicts improvement in major depressive episodes. J Nerv Ment Dis, 1998; 186: 238–243

Perry JC, Høglend P. Convergent and discriminant validity of Overall Defensive Functioning, J Nerv Ment Dis, 1998: 186: 529-535.

Høglend P. Transference interpretations and long-term change after dynamic psychotherapy of brief to moderate length. Am J Psychother 1993: 47: 494-507.

Høglend P, Heyerdahl O, Amlo S, Engelstad V, Fossum A, Sørbye Ø, Sørlie T. Interpretations of the patient-therapist relationship in brief dynamic psychotherapy: Effects on long-term mode specific changes. J Psychother Pract Research 1993: 2: 296-306.

Høglend P. Personality disorders and long-term outcome after brief dynamic psychotherapy. J Pers Dis 1993: 7: 168-18

Høglend P, Guldberg CA, Perry JC. Scientific approaches to making psychodynamic formulations. Nord J. Psychiatry 1992: 46: 41-48