Psykologisk Institut

Mia Skytte OToole

Lektor

Curriculum Vitae

PUBLICATIONS (Last updated November 2022)

ORCID: 0000-0002-9155-8426
Published/accepted peer-reviewed book or journal publications: 69
Conference proceedings: 41
H-index = 26, M-index =2.4,  i-10 index = 36 (calculated by Google Scholar), Total citations >2,300

See publications here: https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/mia-skytte-otoole(26e0a34d-1586-4927-94f1-0200e944212e)/publications.html

EDUCATION

May 16: Clinical authorization, The Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice

Jan 15: Ph.D. Psychology: “Emotion regulation in social anxiety disorder” (4-year program) Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Sept 11: MSc Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

June 07: BA Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Major career breaks: Three periods of maternity leave: From Nov 28th 2012 to Aug 16th 2013, from Oct 5th 2015 to April 29th 2016, and from July 10th 2019 to February 12th 2020.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Nov 16 → present: Associate professor. Clinical psychology. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

May 20 → May 2021: Psychologist and consultant. Oncology Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen.

Feb 15 → Sept 16: Postdoctoral Fellow. Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University. 

Nov 14 → Jan 15: Research Assistant. Center on Autobiographical Memory Research, Aarhus University and Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Sept 09 → Oct 14: Ph.D. fellow. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.               

INTERNATIONAL RESERACH STAYS

June 2022 → July 2022: Visiting Research Fellow. Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy w/ Professor Johannes Michalak. University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany.

Aug 2018 → Nov 2018: Visiting Research Fellow. The Research group for Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences directed by professor Peter Kuppens, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Sept 2013 → May 2014: Visiting Research Fellow Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety Disorders Laboratory. Director Dr. Douglas S. Mennin City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, USA.

Sept 2008 → Dec 2008: Visiting Research Assistant. Psychophysiology Laboratory. Director Dr. James Gross. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA.

CLINICAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

August 21 → present: Supervisor, consultant, and treatment developer. Multidisciplinary team investigating the feasibility of a modular psychosocial intervention developed with the aim of treating late effects following surgery for advanced colorectal cancer. Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Jan 21 → present: Member of MDT; as clinical psychologist participating in monthly multidisciplinary team (MDT) conferences initiated by the Danish Breast Cancer Group Center and Clinic for Late effects.

Feb 21 → present:  Supervisor and clinical educator. Practical trial implementing and evaluating ConquerFear-Group for fear of cancer recurrence in the Danish Cancer Society. Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Jan 20 → present: Principal investigator and supervisor. Randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of Behavior Activation for depression. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

June 20 → present: ERT expert consultant. Randomized controlled trial comparing emotion regulation therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for caregivers of cancer patients. Directed by clinical director Allison Applebaum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

May 20 → present: Supervisor. Developing and testing a treatment program for caregivers of COVID-19 ICU patients. Oncology Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen.

Sep 17 → present:  Supervisor. Randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of ConquerFear on fear of cancer recurrence. Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Feb 15 → Dec 19: Principal investigator and supervisor. Randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) on caregivers of cancer patients. Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Jan 16 → Dec 17: Supervisor. Open trial investigating the efficacy of Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) on caregivers of cancer patients. Directed by prof. Doug Mennin and clinical director Allison Applebaum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA. 

Mar 15 → Sept 15: Group therapist. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cool Kids) for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Oct 13 → May 14: Psychology Extern. Open trial investigating the efficacy of Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) on individuals with generalized anxiety disorder with and without depression. Primary investigator prof. Doug Mennin and prof. Dave Fresco, Hunter College, New York.

Jan 12 → June 12: Supervisor. Cognitive supervision of counseling nurses. Outpatient Department for Mania and Depression, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov.                   

Jan 09 → Sept 13 / May 14 → Dec 14: Psychologist. Diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy. Clinic for OCD and Anxiety Disorders Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov.                

Jan 09 → Feb 10: Psychologist. Diagnostic assessment, individual therapy. Center for Suicide Prevention Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov.               

RESEARCH AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

-         Research award. Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University. 50.000 DKK (2018)

-          Early career research award. Danish Psychological Association: 25.000 DKK (2017)

-          Nominated by The Danish Association for Psychologists as Denmark’s candidate for the Comenius Early Career Award. European Federation of Psychologist’s Association (EFPA) (2017)

-          Ph.D. award. AUFF (Aarhus University Research Foundation): 50.000 DKK (2015)

MAJOR RESEARCH AREAS AND COLLABORATIONS

2019 → present: Professor Johannes Michalak. University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. Topics: Embodiment

2015 → present: Professor Bobby Zachariae: Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Aarhus University, Denmark. Topics: Fear of cancer recurrence, psychotherapy for cancer caregivers, biological correlates to distress.

2013 → present: Professor Douglas Mennin: Department of Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York (previously: Hunter College, New York). Topics: Emotion regulation in anxiety and depression, developing and testing Emotion Regulation Therapy, emotion differentiation.

RESEARCH FUNDING

Funding total: 25.091.520 DKK

Select ongoing/funded grants:

2020: Randomized controlled trial of emotion regulation therapy for cancer caregivers: A mechanism-targeted approach to addressing caregiver distress. Principal investigators: Allison Applebaum and Douglas S. Mennin. Role: Grant proposal co-author and collaborator. National Cancer Institute (NIH; R01CA244185-01A1): 4.329.410 DKK (666.063 USD)

2020: Psychological support for family caregivers of COVID-19 patients in intensive care. Principal investigator: Postdoc Annika von Heymann. Role: Grant proposal co-author and clinical supervisor.
FKK (The Danish Council of Independent Research): 1.386.968 DKK

2020: To bring the field forward, we need to take a step back: Optimizing psychological treatment for pain after breast cancer. Principal investigator: Assistant professor Maja Johannsen
Role: Grant proposal co-author and clinical supervisor.
FKK (The Danish Council of Independent Research): 2.613.435 DKK

2020: The role of the motoric system in emotions: Establishing the MOTOR Group. Role: Principal Investigator. VELUX FOUNDATIONS: 5.282.509 DKK

2017: Psychological treatment for fear of cancer recurrence – a randomized controlled trial. Principal investigator: Bobby Zachariae.
Role: Grant proposal co-author and collaborator. The Danish Cancer Society: 1.500.000 DKK

RESEARCH SUPERVISION; current 

  • Postdoc supervisor: PhD Cecilie Buskbjerg: Optimizing psychological treatment for pain after breast cancer. Aarhus University, 2022-2024.

  • PhD co-supervisor: MSc Sofie Møgelberg Knutzen: Determination of Optimal Sleep treatment Elements (The DOSE Project). Aarhus University, 2022-2025.

  • PhD co-supervisor: MSc Marie Tranberg: Emotional qualities of life story chapters among individuals with high and low suicide risk in a case-control study and a correlational study. Aarhus University, 2022-2025.

  • PhD co-supervisor: MSc Katrine B Komischke-Konnerup: Cognitive behavioral therapy for complicated grief. 2021-2023.

  • PHD main supervisor: MSc Anne Thingbak Larsen: An Examination of the Relationships between Psychopathology, Metacognitive Beliefs and Attention Control in Children and Adolescents. Aarhus University, 2021-2024.

  • Postdoc supervisor: PhD Mai Bjørn Mikkelsen: The role of the motoric system in emotions. Aarhus University, 2020-2022.

  • PhD main supervisor: MSc Nina Tauber Møller: Targeting emotion regulation in a randomized controlled trial of a psychological intervention for fear of cancer recurrence in cancer survivors. Aarhus University, 2017-2023.

UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENTAL, UNION, AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Section Editor [clinical psychology and mental disorder], Scandinavian Journal of Psychology (June, 2021→ present)

  • Member of program council: ‘Folkeuniversitetet Aarhus (2022 → present)

  • Review of grant proposals: Israel Science Foundation (2020), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden (2021)

  • Associate Editor, Anxiety, Stress & Coping (March, 2017 → December, 2021)

  • Member of review board for internal evaluation of grant applications (VELUX; 2020, 2022)

  • Member of application assessment committee for 1) position as research assistant in psychology and statistics, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2018), 2) postdoc position in health psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2022).

  • Member of organizing committee. International conference “FEAR: Brain, Behaviour, Society”, Aarhus, Denmark. Conference held by Aarhus Institute of Advances Studies (2017)

  • Statistical consultant, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2015→2018)

  • Local work council member (LSU), Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2012 → 2013)

  • Ad hoc reviewer (since 2012): Psychiatry Research, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, European Psychiatry, Clinical Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, Stress & Health, Global Journal of Health Science, Psyke & Logos, Psycho-Oncology, Cognition and Emotion, PLoS ONE, Personality and Social Psychology Compass.

  • University Section member in Danish Union for Psychologists (2010 → 2012)

  • PhD representative, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (Sept 11 – June 12)

MEDIA APPEARANCES AND PUBLIC OUTREACH

For at full list of media appearances see: https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/mia-skytte-otoole(26e0a34d-1586-4927-94f1-0200e944212e)/clippings.html

For at full list of talks and lectures see: https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/persons/mia-skytte-otoole(26e0a34d-1586-4927-94f1-0200e944212e)/activities.html