Marianne Therese Smogeli Holter

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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Qualitative research methods

  • Web-based interventions - as change-supporting tools, the potential for relationship, trust, and a working (e-)alliance, and to improve the welfare services in a broad sense.

  • Behaviour change

  • Body-mind relationships

  • Pain psychology

  • Cultural- and societal psychology

  • Relational welfare

I'm also interested in themes such as sustainability, PTMF (Power Threat Meaning Framework), psychological abuse, and children's social services.


Marianne Therese is a qualitative postdoctoral researcher at The Mind-body Lab, where she is part of a group researching the development of long-term pain and fatigue after breast cancer surgery, and the preventive potential of hypnosis and eHealth, ACT-based therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). She will use qualitative interviews and diaries to look at how certain thought patterns may be related to pain and fatigue. She has a PhD in eHealth based behaviour change and the e-alliance, was responsible for the content development of the "robot psychologist" Endre and contributes to several eHealth projects.


2020: Funding received from the Norwegian Research Council: Preventing an Opioid Epidemic In Norway- focusing on Treatment of chronic pain (POINT). Role: Leader of work package. 16 millions NOK.

Teaching experience

  • Qualitative methods

  • EHealth

  • Pain psychology


2020 - present: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo

2018 - 2020: Researcher, SERAF, University of Oslo

2014 - 2019: PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo

2010 - 2013: Social worker at the Children's social services in Oslo Municipality

2008 - 2010: Master in psychology, University of Oslo

Tags: Qualitative Methods, Cultural and Community Psychology


  • Sandtrø, Hege Pettersen; Glavin, Kari; Størksen, Hege Therese; Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli & Drozd, Filip (2022). Mothers and public health nurses' experiences of sleep problems in children aged 6 months to 3 years: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN). ISSN 0962-1067. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16586.
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli (2022). The Ethical and Methodological Dilemma of Questioning the Truthfulness of a Participant’s Story: Using “Circulating Reference” to Enhance the Validity of Qualitative Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM). ISSN 1609-4069. 21. doi: 10.1177/16094069221117985.
  • Reme, Silje Endresen; Munk, Alice; Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli; Falk, Ragnhild Sørum & Jacobsen, Henrik Børsting (2022). Pre- and post-operative psychological interventions to prevent pain and fatigue after breast cancer surgery (PREVENT): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203. 17(7). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0268606.
  • Kulhánek, Adam; Lukavska, Katerina; Gabrhelík, Roman; Novák, Daniel; Burda, Václav & Prokop, Jindřich [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2022). Comparing Reminders Sent via SMS Text Messaging and Email for Improving Adherence to an Electronic Health Program: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mhealth and uhealth. ISSN 2291-5222. 10(3). doi: 10.2196/31040.
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli (2021). Et fritt behandlingsvalg? – Betingelser for og betydningen av valgfrihet i spesialisthelsetjenesten. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0800-336X. 38(4), p. 298–307. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3053-2021-04-04. Full text in Research Archive
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli; Ness, Ottar; Johansen, Ayna Beate & Brendryen, Håvar (2020). Making Come-Alive and Keeping Un-Alive: How People Relate to Self-Guided Web-Based Health Interventions. Qualitative Health Research. ISSN 1049-7323. 30(6), p. 927–941. doi: 10.1177/1049732320902456.
  • Holter, Marianne T. S.; Ness, Ottar; Johansen, Ayna Beate & Brendryen, Håvar (2019). Getting Change-Space: A Grounded Theory Study of Automated eHealth Therapy. The Qualitative Report (TQR). ISSN 1052-0147. 24(7), p. 1636–1657. doi: 10.46743/2160-3715/2019.3988. Full text in Research Archive
  • Holter, Marianne T. S.; Johansen, Ayna Beate; Ness, Ottar; Brinkmann, Svend; Høybye, Mette Terp & Brendryen, Håvar (2019). Qualitative Interview Studies of Working Mechanisms in Electronic Health: Tools to Enhance Study Quality. Journal of Medical Internet Research. ISSN 1438-8871. 21(5). doi: 10.2196/10354. Full text in Research Archive
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli; Johansen, Ayna Beate & Brendryen, Håvar (2016). How a Fully Automated eHealth Program Simulates Three Therapeutic Processes: A Case Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. ISSN 1438-8871. 18(6). doi: 10.2196/jmir.5415. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Kaarbøe, Oddvar Martin; Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli & Linden, Tord Skogedal (2021). Fritt behandlingsvalg – presentasjon av de viktigste resultatene fra evalueringen .
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli; Ness, Ottar; Johansen, Ayna & Brendryen, Håvar (2015). Challenges in qualitative interviewing about user experience in eHealth: Moving beyond the superficial user interview.
  • Brendryen, Håvar; Danaher, Brian G; Johansen, Ayna & Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli (2014). Testing the Efficacy of an Automated Lapse Management System: an RCT-Protocol of an Internet-Delivered Smoking Cessation Intervention.
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli; Brendryen, Håvar; Johansen, Ayna & Danaher, Brian G (2014). What’s therapeutic alliance got to do with it? A qualitative (ongoing) study of how the user’s relationship to an eHealth program for smoking cessation might be important for program adherence and treatment outcome.
  • Kaarbøe, Oddvar Martin; Lindén, Tord Skogedal; Ervik, Rune; Holmås, Tor Helge; Iversen, Tor & Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). Evaluering av fritt behandlingsvalg. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Holter, Marianne Therese Smogeli (2019). The working alliance in automated therapy: Development of an alliance-supporting eHealth program and two grounded theory studies of relating and change. Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. ISSN 978-82-8377-444-3. Full text in Research Archive

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