Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Mia Skytte OToole

Associate professor

Curriculum Vitae

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.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

Nov 16 → present: Associate professor. Clinical psychology. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (Maternity leave from July 10th ’19 to Feb 20th ‘20).

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

Aug 18 → Nov 18: Visiting Research Fellow. The Research group for Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences directed by professor Peter Kuppens, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Feb 15 → Sept 16: Postdoctoral Fellow. Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University. (Teaching obligation 20%, Maternity leave from Oct 5th ’15 to April 29th ‘16)

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. student. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University. (Maternity leave from Nov 28th ’12 to Aug 16th ’13)

Sept 13 → May 14: Visiting Researcher. Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety Disorders Laboratory. Director Dr. Douglas S. Mennin City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, USA.

Sept 08 → Dec 08: Visiting Researcher. Psychophysiology Laboratory. Director Dr. James Gross. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA.

Sept 07 → Aug 08: Research Assistant. Personality and social psychology group. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University.

Dec 05 → Aug 08: Research Assistant. Clinic for OCD and Anxiety Disorders, Center for Suicide Prevention, and Psychiatric Emergency Room Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov.                

CLINICAL POSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

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: Primary 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

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: 23.461.520 DKK

2020: Randomized Controlled Trial of Emotion Regulation Therapy for Cancer Caregivers: A Mechanism-Targeted Approach to Addressing Caregiver Distress.
Primary investigators: Allison Applebaum and Douglas S. Mennin
Role: Grant proposal co-author and collaborator.
National Cancer Institute (NIH; 1R01CA244185-01A1): 4.329.410 DKK (666.063 USD)

2020: Psychological support for family caregivers of patients in intensive care for COVID-19. Primary 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. Primary investigator: Assistant professor Maja Johannsen. Role: Grant proposal co-author and clinical supervisor. FKK (The Danish Council of Independent Research): 2.613.435 DKK

2019: The role of the motoric system in emotions: Establishing the MOTOR Group. Role: Primary Investigator. VELUX FONDEN: 5.282.509 DKK

2017: Expanding previously supported project: Development of information material to patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.

Primary investigator: MSc Psychology, Mai Mikkelsen.
Role: Grant proposal co-author and PhD co-supervisor.
TrygFonden: 360.000 DKK

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

2016: Development of information material to patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
Primary investigator: MSc Psychology, Mai Mikkelsen.
Role: Grant proposal co-author and PhD co-supervisor. TrygFonden: 602.200 DKK

2016: Postdoc-project: ”Mental and physical health of caregivers of cancer patients: A randomized controlled trial of Emotion Regulation Therapy”.
Role: Primary investigator.
The Danish Cancer Society: 770.000 DKK

2015: “A prospective study investigating autobiographical thinking style and mental health and well-being following childbirth”.
Primary investigator: Associate Professor Lynn Watson
Role: Consultant                                                     
AUFF: 38.590 DKK

2015: “Development of emotion regulation during life transitions”.
Primary investigator: Associate professor Mimi Mehlsen.
Role: Grant proposal co-author and member of steering committee                                       
FKK (The Danish Council of Independent Research): 5.793.408 DKK

2015: Postdoc-project: ”Mental and physical health of caregivers of cancer patients: A randomized controlled trial of Emotion Regulation Therapy”.
Role: Primary investigator.                                 
The Danish Cancer Society: 650.000 DKK

2013: Stay as visiting researcher at Hunter College, New York, 2013/2014.
Role: Visiting Researcher
Danmark-Amerika Fondet via Knud Højgaards Fond (100.000 DKK) and Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (35.000 DKK).

TEACHING

Overview of teaching activities (Updated January '20)

TypeSubjectLevel (ECTS)
Seminars, workshops, coursesQuantitative research methodsGeneral psychology seminarClinical seminarsClinical intervention methodsTheory-practiceSPSS / research methodsWorkshop for coming master thesis studentIntroduction to multilevel modellingMSc (5)MSc (15)MSc (15)MSc (5)MSc (5)BA (10)MScPhD (2)
LecturesClinical Psychology, adult (coordinator)Clinical PsychologyPsychiatry (coordinator)BA (10)MSc (15)BA (5)
SupervisionMaster ThesisCo-supervisorMain supervisorMSc (30)PhDPhD

PHD: SUPERVISION AND EXAMINATION

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

PhD supervisor: MSc Gitte Tramm: The role of the motoric system in emotions. Aarhus University, 2020-2022.

PhD supervisor: MSc Emma Elkjær Poulsen: Emotion differentiation and emotion regulation. Aarhus University, 2018-2020.

PhD co-supervisor: MSc Ole Karkov Østergård: The incremental effect of using feedback in psychotherapy in the Student Counseling Service in Denmark. Aarhus University, 2018.

Examination committee (chair; Spring, 2018). MSc Majse Lind: Personal and Vicarious Life Stories: Relations to Self Understanding, Other Understanding, and Psychopathology. Aarhus University.

PhD 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, 2017-2021.

PhD co-supervisor: MSc Mai Bjørn Mikkelsen: Emotion development across adulthood. Aarhus University, 2017-2020.

Examination committee (2017): MA and Graduate student Megan E. Renna. Health Psychology & Clinical Science Training Area Second doctoral examination submitted to the Graduate Faculty in Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy The Graduate Center, City University of New York: “The association between anxiety disorders and inflammation: A systematic review and meta-analysis“

SPECIALIST EDUCATION: SUPERVISION AND EXAMINATION OF RESEARCH MODULE

2018:MSc Ann Charlotte Christophersen: ”Kognitive tests kan ikke sikkert forudsige køreevne efter apopleksi eller traumatisk hjerneskade. - En litteraturgennemgang samt anbefalinger til klinisk praksis i forbindelse med evaluering af køreevne” (Neuropsychology)

2017:MSc Kristine Dannesboe Schrøder: ”Effekten af Amantadin på kognitive og adfærdsmæssige følger efter erhvervet hjerneskade er fortsat uklar – en systematisk litteraturgennemgang” (Neuropsychology)

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

Dec ’17: International conference “FEAR: Brain, Behaviour, Society”, Aarhus, Denmark. Member of organizing committee. Conference held by Aarhus Institute of Advances Studies.

COURSES TAKEN

Research management

- Management – an introductory course to new leaders (AU; 2020)

Teaching and educational courses

- Teacher Training Program for associate professors and professors: Educational IT (“Go Online”) (2020/2021)

- Teacher Training Program for associate professors and professors: Master’s thesis, PhD, and peer supervision (2018)

- Teacher Training Program for assistant professors and post.docs (2016)

- Teacher Training for group instructors (2009)Teaching and educational courses

- Teacher Training Program for associate professors and professors: Master’s thesis, PhD, and peer supervision  (2018)

- Teacher Training Program for assistant professors and post.docs  (2016)

- Teacher Training for group instructors (2009)

Stastistics and research methods

- Introduction to Bayesian statistics by Roy Levy, online (2016)

- Summer school. Multilevel models and structural equation models in STATA. Metrica, Stockholm, Sweden (2015)

- Academic writing. Psykologisk Institut, Aarhus Universitet (2012)

- Mutilevel modeling. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2011)

- Quantitative research methods. Institute for Social Sciences, Aarhus University (2011)

- Meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2010)

- Advanced research methods. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2010)

Clinical courses: Therapy and diagnostics

- Emotion focused therapy level 1b: Institute for Emotion focused therapy, Copenhagen (2016)

- Emotion focused therapy level 1a: Institute for Emotion focused therapy, Copenhagen (2015)

- Phlebotomy certification, Aarhus University Hospital (2015)

- Clinical Perspectives on autobiographical memory. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2011/2012)

- Psychopharmacology, PsykiatriFonden (2012)

- The therapeutic alliance, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov (2011)

- Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry. Institute for Health Sciences, Aarhus University (2010)

- Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders-I. Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University (2010)

EDITORIAL AND REVIEWER EXPERIENCE

- Review of grant proposals: Israel Science Foundation (2020)

- Associate Editor, Anxiety, Stress & Coping (March, 2017 →)

- 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, Social and Personality Psychology Compass

UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENTAL, AND UNION SERVICE

- Member of review board for internal evaluation of grant applications (2020)

- Application assessment committee for position as research assistant in psychology and statistics, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University (2018)

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

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

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

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

MEDIA AND ONLINE APPEARANCE

- Forbes: Online article on on findings by Elkjaer et al., 2020: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2020/10/02/the-debate-on-power-posing-continues-heres-where-we-stand/#5fac78e202ee (October, 2020)
- TV2 Østjylland: Online article on findings by Elkjaer et al., 2020: https://www.tv2ostjylland.dk/aarhus/set-58-mio-gange-aarhus-forskere-afliver-global-myte (September, 2020)
- Press release concerning Elkjaer et al., 2020: https://bss.au.dk/insights/samfund-2/2020/power-posing-goer-dig-naeppe-til-super-woman/ (September, 2020)
- Radio show (P1), Brinkmanns Briks ’Mellem frygt og håb’ (April, 2020): https://www.dr.dk/radio/p1/brinkmanns-briks/brinkmanns-briks-special-7
- Press release concerning O’Toole et al., 2020: https://knaek.cancer.dk/content/terapi-til-paaroerende-hjaelper-ogsaa-patienten (October, 2019)
- Radio interview following book release for “Aftenklubben på NOVA” (June, 2019): https://radioplay.dk/podcast/aftenklubben/lyt/2018326/

- Press release: https://knaek.cancer.dk/content/terapi-til-paaroerende-hjaelper-ogsaa-patienten (October, 2019)

- Radio interview following book release for “Aftenklubben på NOVA” (June, 2019): https://radioplay.dk/podcast/aftenklubben/lyt/2018326/

- Video interview on Fear of Cancer recurrence produced for the Association for Late-effects of Cancer (Senfølgeforeningen) (Nov, 2017)

- Podcast interview “Emotions carry important information”, The Danish Psychological Association’s Annual meeting (Aug, 2017): http://www.dp.dk/aarsmoede-2017-i-lyd-og-billeder/#1504710167049-6037924c-c167

- Interview for radio program (‘Supertankeren’), Dr P1 (June, 2017)

- Video interview on “Creating a better point of departure for in-class discussions”. Produced by Center for Teaching and Learning, Aarhus University (CUL). Available at CUL’s homepage.

- Documentary series on anxiety and its treatment, Kanal 4, (January, 2017)

- Interview for radio news and web article, P4 Copenhagen (June, 2016)

- Interview for newspaper article, Weekendavisen: On the rise in anxiety disorders (March, 2016)

- Book review, Danish Psychology Association: Expressive Writing: Words that heal by Pennekaber & Evans. (Danish: ”Skriv dit liv”) (August, 2015)

- Interview for newspaper article, Politiken: ”Angst: Når frygten for det ufarlige tager over” (June, 2015)

- Interview for newspaper article, Politiken: ”Angst står ofte i skyggen af depression” (June, 2015)

- Interview for web article, The Danish Cancer Society: ”Nyt værktøj til at styre bekymringer” Knaekcancer.tv2.dk (December, 2014)

- Interview for web article Videnskab.dk: ”Børn fra trænge kår styrer følelserne dårligere som voksne” (November, 2013)

INVITED TALKS AND COURSES

- Course on ’Conquer Fear’ treatment for psychologists at the Danish Cancer Society (2 days, Fall 2020)

- Talk at ’Folkeuniversitetet’: “Følelsernes kompas” (3 lectures, Fall 2020)

- Talk at ÆldreSagen: “Følelsernes kompas” (October, 2020)

- Course on psychotherapy for caregivers of cancer patients (2 days, Spring 2019)

- Talk on emotion and emotion regulation at Aarhus Student Counseling Service (December, 2018)

- Course on Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for caregivers of somatically ill patients (1 day, November 2018)

- Course on emotion focused therapeutic methods (2 days, November 2018) arranged by the association for Psychology Students at Aarhus University (FAPIA).

- Talk on emotion and emotion regulation in psychotherapy at the general assembly for psychologists in Kreds Frederiksborg. (May, 2018)

- Talk on current and future career options. National PhD day, Aarhus. (April 2018)

- Talk at the Integrative Gestalt Practice conference: An integrative perspective on emotion regulation flexibility. (March, 2018).

- Talk on emotion and emotion regulation in psychotherapy at the general assembly for psychologists in Kreds Limfjord. (February, 2018)

- Course on working with emotion in cancer patients and caregivers (1 day, November 2017) arranged by the Danish Cancer Society.

- Talk on continuous assessment. Inspiration Day, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Aarhus University. (November, 2017)

- Course on emotion focused therapeutic methods (2 days in October 2017) arranged by the association for Psychology Students at Aarhus University (FAPIA).

- Lecture: Stress and worry in cancer screening (March, 2017) arranged by Department for Public Health (afd. for folkeundersøgelser).

- Course on emotion regulation and emotion regulation in therapy (1 day, November 2016) arranged by the Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Team, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov.

- Course on emotion focused therapeutic methods (2 days in September 2016) arranged by the association for Psychology Students at Aarhus University (FAPIA).

- Talk on student engagement; experiences from own teaching. Inspiration Day, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Aarhus University. (September, 2016)

- Talk on emotion regulation and emotion regulation therapy: Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Team, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov (August, 2016)

- Guest lecture, Copenhagen University: ”Emotion regulation and psychotherapy” (October, 2015)

- Talk on blended learning: Effective Feedback Inspiration Day, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Aarhus University (October, 2015)

- Talk on being a caregiver of cancer patients: Annual meeting for volunteers of the Danish Cancer Society, Region Hovedstaden, Lyngby (September, 2015)

- Talk on emotion regulation and emotion regulation therapy: ‘Psykologfagligt Forum’, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov (July, 2014)

PUBLICATIONS (Last updated November 2020)

ORCID: 0000-0002-9155-8426
Published/accepted peer-reviewed book or journal publications: 50
Conference proceedings: 38
H-index = 19, 
i-10 index = 28 (calculated by Google Scholar), Total citations >1,000

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