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Complexity in treatment Outcome, Psychopathology and Epidemiology (COPE) is a research group at the University of Oslo studying the dynamics interwoven with the emergence and maintenance of psychological disorders and the optimization of psychological treatment. The research team is further engaged with the epidemiological modeling of preventive health behavior and mental health during pandemics.

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About the group

The COPE acronym stems from its main areas of investigation. This includes the application and adaptation of complex systems (C) to improve the outcome (O) of psychological treatment, enhance the understanding of the mechanisms interwoven with the maintenance and emergence of psychopathology (P), and involvement in epidemiological (E) mental health studies on the non-clinical general population in order to enhance understanding on critical transitions to psychopathological states.

Ongoing projects

COPE's research projects currently center around investigations of outcome and mechanisms during psychological treatment in addition to epidemiological investigations of mental health and preventive health behavior during pandemics.


The group collaborates with a wide range of international and national scholars, including researchers from Boston University and the University of Amsterdam. Nationally, the group collaborates closely with Modum Bad Psychiatric Hospital and Research Center, researchers at the University of Bergen, and Diakonhjemmet Psychiatric Hospital.

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Information about team members

Team head

Sverre Urnes Johnson

Research team members

Omid V. Ebrahimi
Asle Hoffart
KariAnne Vrabel
Miriam S. Johnson
Nora Skjerdingstad
Øyvind Halsøy
Therese Snuggerud
Sara Ebling Nordbø
Ole Myklebust Amundsen

Affiliated researchers