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Fred Arne Thorberg

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Dr. Thorberg is an Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at Bond University. He has previously worked at the University of Oslo, the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and as a Visiting Professor at UCLA. His main area of research interest is in alexithymia, emotion regulation, attachment theory, mindfulness, compassion, neuroscience and intervention studies for people with alcohol and drug dependence. He is very passionate about improving the well-being and quality of life for people with substance use disorders. Dr. Thorberg has previously worked as a psychologist with people with substance use and eating disorders as well as other issues both in private practice, psychiatric agencies and at Drug Treatment Rehabilitation Centres. He has been a consultant to Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres. Dr. Thorberg currently holds positions as a Visiting Researcher at UCLA, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Oslo and is employed as a Senior Research Fellow and Psychologist at Innlandet Hospital Trust. He has won several prestigious international awards for his research into alexithymia and alcohol use disorders including from the American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


  • Master of Arts University of Oslo
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology Macquarie University
  • Master of Clinical Psychology Bond University
  • Doctor of Philosophy Queensland University of Technology