Personal details

Name
Dr Fred Arne Thorberg
Position(s)
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Psychology, Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 6161
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Masters (Bond University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member – Australian Psychological Society
  • International Affiliate – American Psychological Association (Division – 50 Addiction Psychology)
  • Member – Compassionate Mind Foundation UK
  • Registered Psychologist
Keywords

Alexithymia, Substance use disorders, Alcohol, Emotion regulation, Addiction, Mindfulness, Craving, Attachment, Compassion

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr. Thorberg is a Visiting Fellow and Psychologist in the School of Psychology and Counselling. His main area of research interest is in alexithymia, emotion regulation difficulties, attachment, mindfulness, neuroscience and intervention studies for people with substance use problems and disorders. He is very passionate about improving the well-being and quality of life for people with substance misuse.

He has previously worked as a Visiting Professor at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He currently holds affiliations as a Visiting Researcher in the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), he is an Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bond University, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Oslo (Norway) and is employed as a Senior Research Fellow and Consultant at the National Centre for Dual Diagnosis at Innlandet Hospital Trust (Norway).

Dr. Thorberg has an extensive international collaborative network of clinicians and researchers across Australia (QUT, UQ, Queensland Health, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Curtin University, Bond University), Norway (University of Oslo, Innlandet Hospital Trust), United Kingdom (York St. John University, Derby University), Thailand (Khon Kaen University, Chulalongkorn University), Japan (Kwansei Gakuin University, Kagawa Nutrition University), Canada (UBC) and the United States (UCLA, UCSB).

He is currently heading a large international research project on alexithymia and alcohol use disorders across Australia and Norway also involving the USA. He has been Chief Investigator and Project Leader on 4 peer-reviewed international grants, including funding from the Regional Health Authority of Norway, Norwegian Extra Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation and Innlandet Hospital Trust.

He has over 40 publications including 37 peer reviewed articles, conference papers, reports and presented at numerous conferences worldwide.

Dr. Thorberg has worked clinically with people with substance use disorders, eating disorders and other issues both in private practice as well as at Drug Treatment Rehabilitation Centres in Australia and internationally.

This information has been contributed by Dr Fred Arne Thorberg.

Experience

Past Experience: 

  • Developed multidisciplinary youth substance abuse collaborations between QUT and UQ, with an emphasis on Technology, Injury Prevention and Mental Health.
  • Consultant for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Rehabilitation Centres in Norway
  • Involved in the implementation of the Norwegian National Guideline for Dual Diagnosis.
  • Worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other behavioural problems.
  • Taught at Primary and Secondary Schools in Norway.
  • Marketing and consulting the IT industry in the private sector.

Previous Volunteer Service: 

  • Gold Coast Eating Disorder Association.
This information has been contributed by Dr Fred Arne Thorberg.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
College of Problems on Drug Dependence Travel Award for Early Career Investigators
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Most cited Addictive Behaviors Articles since 2009: Thorberg, F. A., Young, R. McD., Sullivan, K. A., & Lyvers, M. (2009). Alexithymia and Alcohol Use Disorders: A Critical Review
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Early Career Psychologist Travel Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
American Psychological Association - Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) - Outstanding Early Career Presentation Award
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2010
Details
Ongoing collaboration with Prof. Edythe D. London's laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging, at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). This has so far led to 5 conference presentations, 3 peer reviewed articles, 2 articles under review and another 2 forthcoming. Prof. London is an internationally recognized expert in the study of drug addiction and pioneered the application of brain imaging to the study of substance abuse. The collaboration with Prof. Reidar Tyssen at the Department of Behavioural Sciences in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo has so far resulted in 8 conference presentations, 3 peer reviewed articles and competitive international research funding. Prof. Tyssen is Department Chair and heading an ongoing 25-year Longitudinal Study of Norwegian Medical Students and Doctors (NORDOC), including over a 1000 participants.