Gretty Mirdal

Gretty Mirdal

Professor Emerita

My work has focused on the different aspects of biological and psychological interactions, and more specifically bio-social vulnerability and environmental stress. I have conducted research on the effect of birth complications in children of schizophrenic mothers, on early mother-infant interaction, on psychosomatic processes in stress-related disorders, on the bio-psycho-social stresses of migration, on the physical and mental health of immigrant women, and on the treatment of post-traumatic disorders. The question of diagnostic systems in psychiatry has been at the centre of my interest, and I am presently working on the changes that have occurred in the nomenclature of diseases from neurasthenia, through so-called somatization disorders, to the burn-out syndrome of our days. Throughout my work, I have attempted to build bridges between literature and psychology, I am presently engaged in a study on the remembrance of place and time at the neuronal and phenomenological levels, based on recent neuroscientific research and the work of writers such as Marcel Proust and Orhan Pamuk.

Uddannelse og specializationer

  • 1963 Baccalaureate, American College for Girls, Istanbul
  • 1965 B.A., Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
  • 1969, Københavns Universitet
  • 1994 Dr.phil., Københavns Universitet
  • 1997 Specialistgodkendelse i psykoterapi og supervision
  • 1997 Specialistgodkendelse i sundhedspsykologi

Ansættelser og forskningsophold

  • 1966-68 Forskningsassistent, Psykologisk Institut, Kommunehospitalet, København
  • 1969-73 Amanuensis, Institut for Klinisk Psykologi, KU 
  • 1973-00 Lektor, Institut for Klinisk Psykologi, KU
  • 1978-81 Gæsteforsker på Neonatal Afdeling, Rigshospitalet
  • 1990-93 Gæsteforsker på Allergologisk Ambulatorium, Rigshopitalet
  • 1997      Gæsteforsker på Institut de Psychosomatique, Hopital Pierre Marty, Paris
  • 1999-07 Klinisk supervisor for den tværfaglige behandling af traumatiserede flygtninge (CEPAR and OASIS, København)
  • 2000-12 Forskningsprofessor i Tanskulturel klinisk psykologi
  • 2012-18 Direktør Institut d'Études Avancées de Paris (IEA)
  • 2018 -    Programdirektør for "Brain, Culture and Society" ved IEA

Udnævnelser til falige råd og udvalg

  • 1992-1998 Medlem og næstformand af Det Humanistiske Forskningsråd
  • 1996-2003 Member af European Science Foundation (ESF), Standing Committee for the Humanities 
  • 1994-1998 Medlem af the "Platform on Multicultural Societies and Mental Health, WHO, Geneva
  • 1996-2001 Medlem af Steering Committee for det internationale forskningsprogram "Islam in the Mediterranean Muslim World"
  • 1999-2007 Danmarks Grundforskningsfond, medlem af bestyrelsen
  • 2000-2004  Medlem af Governing Council of the European Science Foundation
  • 2001- 2005 Medlem af Scientific Committee of the European Association for Professional Psychologists
  • 2001- 2005 Medlem af Conseil Scientifique, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • 2001-2007 Medlem af EURAB  (the European Research Advisory Board at the European Union)
  • 2004-2007 Formand for the Standing Committee for the Humanities, ESF
  • 2001-2002 - Member of the Jury Senior of the Institut Universitaire de France
  • 2005-2006 Formand for det franske Humanistiske og Samfundsvidenskabelige Forskningsråd (Agence Nationale de la Recherche)
  • 2006-2007  Member of the Grand Jury of the Descartes Prize  
  • 2007-2010 Medlem af Conseil Scientifique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (renomination)
  • 2007-2023 Formandskab og medlemskab af diverse paneller  for European Research Council

Videnskabelige Selskaber

  • 1999-  Medlem af Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabelige Selskab
  • 2007-  Officier des Palmes Académique







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