Sverre Urnes Johnson

Associate Professor - Klinisk psykologi
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Phone +47 22845295
Mobile phone +4741633313
Room S02-06
Available hours By agreement
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3 A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Psychology

Academic Interests

  • Psychotherapy
  • Mechanisms of change 
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Metacognitive therapy
  • Network analysis
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Leader of COPE research team


PSYC4301 Psychological treatment

PSYC4302 Psychological treatment of adults

PSYC6310 Clinical practice

Higher education and employment history

  • Phd from the University of Oslo 2018

  • Specialist in clinical adult psychology (2018)

  • Supervisor in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Level 2 therapist in Metacognitive Therapy


  • Leader in the association for Metacognitive Therapy in Norway
  • Member in the Quality-committee for The Norwegian Psychological Association


Cooperation with Asle Hoffart (Modum Bad), Marianne Skogbrott Birkeland (NKVTS), Henrik Nordahl (NTNU), Odin Hjemdal (NTNU), James Boswell (University of Albany), Wolfgang Lutz (University of Trier).

Tags: Clinical psychology and personality psychology


  • Ebrahimi, Omid Vakili; Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2021). Physical Distancing and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Factors Associated With Psychological Symptoms and Adherence to Pandemic Mitigation Strategies. Clinical Psychological Science.  ISSN 2167-7026. . doi: 10.1177/2167702621994545
  • Ebrahimi, Omid Vakili; Sinkerud Johnson, Miriam; Ebling, Sara; Amundsen, Ole Myklebust; Halsøy, Øyvind; Hoffart, Asle; Skjerdingstad, Nora & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2021). Risk, Trust, and Flawed Assumptions: Vaccine Hesitancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers In Public Health.  ISSN 2296-2565. . doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.700213
  • Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Ebrahimi, Omid Vakili (2021). Loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic: change and predictors of change from strict to discontinued social distancing protocols. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.  ISSN 1061-5806. . doi: 10.1080/10615806.2021.1958790
  • Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Ebrahimi, Omid Vakili (2021). The network of stress-related states and depression and anxiety symptoms during the COVID-19 lockdown. Journal of Affective Disorders.  ISSN 0165-0327. . doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.019
  • Sinkerud Johnson, Miriam; Skjerdingstad, Nora; Ebrahimi, Omid V.; Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2021). Mechanisms of parental distress during and after the first COVID-19 lockdown phase: A two-wave longitudinal study. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  16:e0253087(6), s 1- 17 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253087
  • Skjerdingstad, Nora; Sinkerud Johnson, Miriam; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Hoffart, Asle & Ebrahimi, Omid Vakili (2021). Feelings of Worthlessness Links Depressive Symptoms and Parental Stress: A Network Analysis During the COVID-19 Pandemic. European psychiatry.  ISSN 0924-9338. . doi: 10.1192/j.eurpsy.2021.2223
  • Solbakken, Ole Andre; Ebrahimi, Omid Vakili; Hoffart, Asle; Monsen, Jon Trygve & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2021). Emotion regulation difficulties and interpersonal problems during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Predicting anxiety and depression. Psychological Medicine.  ISSN 0033-2917. . doi: 10.1017/S0033291721001987
  • Sunde, Tor; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Himle, Joseph A.; Bertelsen, Thomas Bjerregaard; Haaland, Vegard Øksendal; Vogel, Patrick A.; Walseth, Liv Tveit & Håland, Åshild Tellefsen (2021). Metacognitions and obsessive beliefs in obsessive-compulsive disorder: A study of within- and between-person effects on long-term outcome. Cognitive Therapy and Research.  ISSN 0147-5916.  s 1- 15 . doi: 10.1007/s10608-021-10210-y
  • Tilden, Terje; Ulvenes, Pål Gunnar; Zahl-Olsen, Rune; Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Wampold, Bruce E. & Håland, Åshild Tellefsen (2021). Predicting change through individual symptoms and relationship distress: A study of within- and between-person processes in couple therapy. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.  ISSN 1063-3995. . doi: 10.1002/cpp.2575
  • Wisting, Line Norøm; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Bulik, Cynthia M.; Andreassen, Ole Andreas; Rø, Øyvind & Bang, Lasse (2021). Psychometric properties of the Norwegian version of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) in a large female sample of adults with and without eating disorders. BMC Psychiatry.  ISSN 1471-244X.  21:6, s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1186/s12888-020-03013-0 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2020). Latent trait, latent-trait state, and a network approach to mental problems and their mechanisms of change. Clinical Psychological Science.  ISSN 2167-7026.  8(4), s 595- 613 . doi: 10.1177/2167702620901744
  • Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2020). Within-person networks of clinical features of social anxiety disorder during cognitive and interpersonal therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.  ISSN 0887-6185.  76 . doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102312
  • Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Ebrahimi, Omid V. (2020). Loneliness and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Risk factors and associations with psychopathology. Frontiers in Psychiatry.  ISSN 1664-0640.  11:589127, s 1- 9 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.589127 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Ebrahimi, Omid V. & Hoffart, Asle (2020). PTSD symptoms among health workers and public service providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203. . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0241032 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Hoffart, Asle; Tilden, Terje; Toft, Helge Prytz; Neupane, Sudan; Lien, Lars & Bramness, Jørgen Gustav (2020). Circulating cytokine levels in the treatment of comorbid anxiety disorders. Acta Neuropsychiatrica.  ISSN 0924-2708.  s 1- 7 . doi: 10.1017/neu.2020.38 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Tilden, Terje; Theisen, Marie; Wampold, Bruce E.; Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Hoffart, Asle (2020). Individual distress and dyadic adjustment over the course of couple therapy and three-year follow-up: A replication study. Psychotherapy Research.  ISSN 1050-3307.  30(3), s 375- 386 . doi: 10.1080/10503307.2019.1645369
  • Hoffart, Asle; Langkaas, Tomas Formo; Øktedalen, Tuva & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2019). The temporal dynamics of symptoms during exposure therapies of PTSD: a network approach.. European Journal of Psychotraumatology.  ISSN 2000-8066.  10:1618134, s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1618134 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Hoffart, Asle (2019). Moderators and predictors of outcome in metacognitive and cognitive behavioural therapy for co-morbid anxiety disorders. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.  ISSN 1063-3995.  26(4), s 399- 408 . doi: 10.1002/cpp.2361
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; S. Johnson, Miriam; Sele, Peter & Hoffart, Asle (2019). Kompleks post-traumatisk stresslidelse: fra latent konstrukt til nettverksforståelse. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  56(6), s 404- 415
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Ulvenes, Pål; Øktedalen, Tuva & Hoffart, Asle (2019). Psychometric Properties of the General Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) Scale in a Heterogeneous Psychiatric Sample. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  10(1713) . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01713 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Nordahl, Hans Morten & Wells, Adrian (2018). Mechanisms of change in metacognitive and cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment-resistant anxiety: The role of metacognitive beliefs and coping strategies. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.  ISSN 2043-8087.  9(3), s 1- 10 . doi: 10.1177/2043808718787414 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Hoffart, Asle; Øktedalen, Tuva; Ulvenes, Pål & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2018). The Mobility Inventory for Agoraphobia Avoidance Alone Scale: Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of Subscales. Assessment (Odessa, Fla.).  ISSN 1073-1911.  25(6), s 769- 776 . doi: 10.1177/1073191116659739
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Hoffart, Asle (2018). Metacognitive therapy versus cognitive behavioral therapy: A network approach. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  9:2382, s 1- 10 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02382
  • Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2017). Psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies are more different than you think: Conceptualizations of mental problems and consequences for studying mechanisms of change. Clinical Psychological Science.  ISSN 2167-7026.  5(6), s 1070- 1086 . doi: 10.1177/2167702617727096
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Hoffart, Asle; Nordahl, Hans Morten; Ulvenes, Pål; Vrabel, Kari-Anne & Wampold, Bruce E. (2017). Metacognition and cognition in inpatient mct and cbt for comorbid anxiety disorders: A study of within-person effects. Journal of Counseling Psychology.  ISSN 0022-0167.  65(1), s 86- 97 . doi: 10.1037/cou0000226
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Hoffart, Asle; Nordahl, Hans Morten & Wampold, Bruce E. (2017). Metacognitive therapy versus disorder-Specific CBT for comorbid anxiety disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.  ISSN 0887-6185.  50, s 103- 112 . doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2017.06.004
  • Langkaas, Tomas Formo; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Stenshorne, Kjersti; Collin-Tiller, Cecilie & Vrabel, Kari-Anne (2017). Klinisk signifikans i praksis.. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  54(12), s 1160- 1167
  • Sunde, Tor; Walseth, Liv Tveit; Himle, Joe; Vogel, Patrick A.; Launes, Gunvor; Haaland, Vegard Øksendal; Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Håland, Åshild Tellefsen (2017). A long-term follow-up of group behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder in a general outpatient clinic in Norway. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.  ISSN 2211-3649.  14, s 59- 64 . doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2017.06.002 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Hoffart, Asle (2016). Metacognitive therapy for comorbid anxiety disorders: A case study. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  7 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01515
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Hoffart, Asle; Havik, Odd E. & Nordgreen, Tine (2016). A survey of clinical psychologists' attitudes toward treatment manuals.. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.  ISSN 0735-7028.  47(5), s 340- 346 . doi: 10.1037/pro0000108
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Vik, Jone Solberg & Hoffart, Asle (2015). Panikklidelse og agorafobi., I:  Håndbok i kognitiv terapi 2. utgave.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 9788205458437.  6.  s 99 - 114
  • Hoffart, Asle; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Langkaas, Tomas Formo; Hedley, Liv Margaret; Hvidsten, Marit & Rasmussen, Aud (2013). Betydningen av spesifikke faktorer i behandling av angstlidelser, I: Gerd Kvale; Odd E. Havik; Einar Heiervang; Tone Tangen & Bente Storm Mowatt Haugland (red.),  Hvordan sikre angstpasienter kunnskapsbasert behandling?.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-01879-9.  12.  s 127 - 137
  • Hagen, Roger; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Rognan, Even & Hjemdal, Odin (2012). Mot en felles grunn: En transdiagnostisk tilnærming til psykologisk behandling. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  49(3), s 247- 252

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  • Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2019). Psykiske lidelser: Fra rot-årsaker til problemer i samspill.. Tidsskrift for kognitivterapi.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2018). Oppsumert. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2018). Transdiagnostisk behandling av angstlidelser.. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  55(4), s 271- 273
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2017, 09. april). "Grubling".. [Radio].  NRK P2 Ytring.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2017, 18. mai). "Psyktnormalt - prosjektet".. [Radio].  NRK Buskerud.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2017, 05. september). Slik får du brukt med negative tanker.. [Internett].
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2016). Metacognition, cognition and anxiety: A process-outcome study..
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Hoffart, Asle; Nordahl, H. M. & Wampold, Bruce E. (2016). MCT vs Diagnosis-specific CBT for complex anxiety disorders: A randomized controlled trial..
  • Neumer, Simon-Peter; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Costache, Alexandra & Hagen, Roger (2016). Transdiagnostic treatments: A promising strategy for indicated prevention?.
  • Hoffart, Asle & Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2015). Bedre med pakkeforløp enn selvstandardisering.. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Rognli, Erling (2015). Trenger mer gyldig kunnskap om effekten av psykoterapi. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  52(2), s 148- 148
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2014). Er du redd? Her er psykologens råd.. PsykOpp Nytt.  4(21), s 37- 37
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2014). Transdiagnostic metacognitive therapy for complex anxiety patients.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes (2014). Unyansert om diagnoser. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  51(10), s 854- 855
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Langkaas, Tomas Formo; Hagen, Roger & Halvorsen, Joar Øveraas (2014, 11. mars). - Betania Malvik bør være en vekker.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Langkaas, Tomas Formo; Halvorsen, Joar Øveraas & Hagen, Roger (2014). Omstridt behandling. Adresseavisen.  ISSN 0805-3804.  s 10- 10
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Lauvnes, Gunvor & Irgens, Audun Campbell (2014). Norsk forening for Metakognitiv Terapi. Tidsskrift for kognitiv terapi.  ISSN 1504-3142.  (3), s 46- 47
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; McEvoy, Peter; Montesano, Adrian & Hoffart, Asle (2014). Transdiagnostic Treatment Models.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Rognan, Even (2014). Transdiagnostic treatment of complex OCD.
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Rognli, Erling (2014). Empiri, ikke personlig smak. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  51(12), s 1045- 1052
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Sinkerud Johnson, Miriam & Hoffart, Asle (2014). Terapi vs medisiner. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  51(4), s 8- 10
  • Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Halvorsen, Joar Øveraas; Sinkerud, Miriam; Hesselberg, Jan-Ole & Hagen, Roger (2013). Psykologutdanningens grunnpilar. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  s 19- 19
  • Halvorsen, Joar Øveraas; Johnson, Sverre Urnes; Olsen, Alexander & Hagen, Roger (2012). Fokus på forskning: Psykologforeningens hovedsatsningsområde 2013–2016. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  49(9), s 904- 906
  • Hagen, Roger; Johnson, Sverre Urnes & Rognan, Even (2011). Transdiagnostisk psykologisk behandling.

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