Erkki Heinonen

Associate Professor - Klinisk psykologi
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Room S04-14
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

My main interests are in the process, mechanisms, and outcomes of psychotherapy. In other words: what are the patient-, therapist-, and relationship-related determinants of effective psychotherapy?

I am interested in both common and specific processes, across and within different models of therapy. Therapeutic approaches that I have investigated include psychodynamic, solution-focused, emotion-focused, and cognitive-behavioral orientations. Many of my publications stem from the Helsinki Psychotherapy Study, a randomized trial of short- and long-term therapies, representing different theoretical models in the treatment of depression and anxiety (

My dissertation, and one of my long-standing research foci, are also psychotherapists. What are the characteristics of effective clinicians – and how do they develop, in the course of training, supervision, and professional work? I am studying these questions in several international collaborations, such as the Oslo-based Nordic Psychotherapy Training Study (NORTRAS) and the SPR Interest Section on Psychotherapist Training and Development study (SPRISTAD).

I am also involved in the European Union -funded collaboration ‘TREATme’ (, a multidisciplinary researcher network focusing on individualized psychotherapy for young people with mental disorders – i.e., what works for whom and how, in youth psychotherapy.

Clinically, I have worked for many years in specialized healthcare, with different mental disorders, and taught and supervised both healthcare professionals and students. I have also trained specifically in emotion-focused therapy (EFT) at York University, Toronto, under Les Greenberg and colleagues.

Higher education and employment history

Academic and Clinical Practice:

  • 2019 → Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
  • 2017 - 2019 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • 2010-2012 Fulbright Scholar, University of Chicago, USA
  • 2008-2016 Clinical Psychologist (temporary positions), Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
  • 2008 - 2016 Visiting Lecturer, University of Helsinki (Department of Open University), Finland
  • 2008 → Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


  • 2019 Docent/Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2019 Certified EFT Therapist, International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT)
  • 2014-2016 Advanced training in clinical psychology (University of Helsinki / Helsinki University Hospital / Finnish Psychological Association)
  • 2014 Doctor of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008 Master of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland
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