Reidar Schei Jessen

PhD candidate

Academic interests

  • Clinical psychology and psychotherapy 
  • Developmental psychology 
  • Psychology of sexual orientation and gender diversity 
  • Psychoanalysis 
  • Queer theory  
  • Critical theory and psychology 
  • Qualitative methods 

My PhD project, Gender dysphoria among adolescents, is a qualitative and phenomenological interview study. The aim is to shed light on how gender dysphoria is experienced by young people themselves, in order to develop theory of gender identity development and future research on gender affirmative treatment. The project is supported by Damm Foundation (Stiftelsen Dam) in collaboration with Norwegian Council for Mental Health (Rådet for psykisk helse), Queer Youth Norway (Skeiv Ungdom), Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Foreningen FRI), and Harry Benjamin Ressurssenter (HBRS). 


  • Doctoral Research Fellow, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo, 2018 - 
  • Clinical psychologist, Østfold hospital, 2016 – 2018 
  • Cand.psychol. (clinical psychologist), University of Oslo, spring 2016 


  • Jessen, Reidar Schei & Roen, Katrina (2019). Balancing in the margins of gender: exploring psychologists’ meaning-making in their work with gender non-conforming youth seeking puberty suppression. Psychology & Sexuality.  ISSN 1941-9899. . doi: 10.1080/19419899.2019.1568290
  • Røren, Marie; Jessen, Reidar Schei; Divon, Shai André & Moss, Sigrun Marie (2019). Intercultural attention in trauma treatment: Western trauma treatment negotiated and modified in Sudan. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.  ISSN 0147-1767.  70(May), s 67- 77 . doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2019.03.002 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary

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  • Engebretsen, Elisabeth Lund & Jessen, Reidar Schei (2017, 13. desember). Nasjon og kjønn i nyere feministisk teori. [Tidsskrift].  Tidsskriftet Fett #4 (temanummer: Nasjon).
  • Jessen, Reidar Schei (2016, 12. juli). Kvinner som fulgte kallet.  Vårt Land.

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