Deniz Zelihić

PhD candidate

Funding and collaboration

I am officially employed by the Centre for Rare Disorders, Rikshospitalet, Oslo University Hospital. The doctoral research project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. My doctoral project is more specifically part of a bigger project with the aim of evaluating and implementing a new eHealth-based treatment for young people with appearance-related concerns due to a visible medical condition. The treatment/intervention is called Young People Face IT (Ung Face IT in Norwegian) and is currently being evaluated in through a randomised controlled trial.

Academic interests

I am very interested in the domain of appearance psychology and the implementation of new treatment methods for vulnerable patient groups, such as young people with visible differences due to medical conditions or acquired injuries. I am also interested in new eHealth-based treatments and iCBT (internet-based cognitive therapy). The randomised controlled trial is my preferred choice of method for gathering evidence.; however, I look forward to gathering data in further projects using other methods.

Apart from appearance psychology, I am also very interested in research on rare disorders and the dissemination about information on rare disorders in the society. Individuals with rare disorders constitute an especially vulnerable group and although labelled as “rare”, there are more than 30 million people that suffer from a rare condition in Europe.


  • 2019- PhD Candidate at the Department of Psychology and Centre for Rare Disorders, Rikshospitalet, Oslo University Hospital
  • 2018-2019: Educational-psychological counsellor at Skedsmo municipality
  • 2016-2018: Master’s degree in Educational- psychological counselling at the Department of Education, University of Oslo
  • 2017-2018: Research assistant at the Department of Special Education, University of Oslo
  • 2013-2016: Bachelor’s degree in Education at the Department of Education, University of Oslo

The complete research team include Kristin Feragen (project manager/Centre for Rare Disorders, Rikshospitalet), Heidi Williamson (co-supervisor/Centre for Appearance Research, Bristol), Ingela L. Kvalem (co-supervisor/Department of Psychology, University of Oslo), and Tine Nordgreen (co-supervisor/Haukeland University Hospital and University of Bergen).


  • 01.07.2019-30.06.2020: Member of the PhD Programme Board as representative for doctoral research fellows at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.
Tags: Appearance-research, intervention studies, Mixed methods, Quantitative methods, Rare Disorders, qualitative exploration

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Published Mar. 3, 2020 1:23 PM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2020 10:58 AM