Psykologisk Institut

Esben Hougaard

Professor emeritus

Curriculum Vitae

Esben Hougaard


Born 1946, Danish nationality

Educational degree

Cand. Psych. 1971 from Copenhagen University

Employment record

Positions at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

            2004 - : Professor; 2015-2016 half-time; 2017-2018 20 %

            2005-2011: Head of the Research and Teaching Clinic at the Department of Psychology

            1976-2004: Associate Professor

            1972-1976: Assistant Professor

Positions at Aarhus University Hospital in Risskov

            2002-2005: Part-time employed at the Clinic for Anxiety and Personality Disorders

            1994-1997: Part-time employed at the Hospital

            1979-1980: Half-time employed at the Hospital

Research administration and board membership

        2004 - : Head of the Research Unit for Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology and Behaviourals Sciences

        2010-2016: Head of the PhD Program at Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

         2010 - : Member of the scientific board of Nordic Psychology

        2008-09: Head of the Danish Research School of Psychology

        2009-2010: Member of Board for Mental Health, the Research Council of Norway

Research Areas

Anxiety disorders and depression. Psychotherapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Teaching Areas

Clinical Psychology. Psychotherapy. CBT for anxiety disorders and depression. Supervised > 200 MSc theses and > 15 PhD theses.

Selected publications

Hougaard, E. (1994). The therapeutic alliance: A conceptual analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 35, 67-85.

Hougaard, E., Rosenberg, R. & Nielsen, T. (red.) (2002). Angst og angstbehandling. København: Reitzel (375 pp.).

Hougaard, E. (2004). Psykoterapi: Teori og forskning. København: Dansk Psykologisk Forlag (720 pp.).

Jónsson, H. & Hougaard, E. (2009). Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 119, 98-1006.

Hougaard, E. (2010) Placebo and antidepressant treatment for major depression: Is there a lesson to be learnt for psychotherapy? Nordic Psychology. 62(2), 7-26.

Piet J,. Hougaard E. (2011). The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for prevention of  relapse in recurrent major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review; 31, 1032-40.

Fentz, H. N., Hoffart, A., Jensen, M. B., Arendt, M., O'Toole, M. S., Rosenberg, N.K., Hougaard, E. (2013). Mechanisms of change in cognitive behaviour therapy for panic disorder: the role of panic self-efficacy and catastrophic misinterpretations. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51 (9), 579-587.

Jensen, V.L., Hougaard, E., Fishman, D.B. (2013). Sara, A Social Phobia Client with Sudden Change After Exposure Exercises in an Intensive Cognitive-Behavior-Group Therapy: A Case-Based Analysis of Mechanisms of Change. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy.Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Volume 9, Module 3, Article 1, pp. 275-336, 10-27-13.

Hougaard, E., Fishman, D.B. , Jensen, V.L. (2013). Response to Commentary onSara, A Social Phobia Client with Sudden Change After Exposure Exercises in Intensive Cognitive-Behavior Group Therapy: A Case-Based Analysis of Mechanisms of Change. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. Volume 9, Module 3, Article 3, pp. 347-358, 10-27-13.

Arendt, K., Thastum, M. & Hougaard, E (2015). Efficacy of a Danish version of the Cool Kids program: A randomized wait-list controlled trial. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 133, 109-121