Language, Psyche and Health

In the Language, Psyche and Health research group, we explore the interplay between language and psyche in communicative processes and how it relates to health.

We understand health in the broadest sense – as the absence of physical and mental illness, as well as the presence of well-being. Through collaboration with researchers from a health care professional and/or health psychology background and through the involvement of citizens, including patients and other relevant actors, it is the goal of this research group to explore and to suggest, try out and implement solutions to challenges related to health and well-being.

Research on the interplay between language and psyche necessitates an interdisciplinary approach; our group explores how linguistic and communicative aspects affect and are affected by intra- and inter-psychological processes. We draw on theories from linguistics and psychology, and we work with a range of data collection and analytic methods, including: interaction analyses, observations, interviews, psychophysiological measurements and phonetic analyses.

Our group’s members focus on how patients and health professionals establish understanding. We examine how the establishment of these understandings affect the relations which are built, as well as the significance such understandings have for the patients´ treatments, illnesses, and experiences. In addition, our group studies how communicative processes in general affect and are affected by psychological processes, including how the establishment of understanding can be alleviating.


Digital health advice

Can the health behavior of citizens be affected when communication is carried out digitally and via a health app?

Psychoeducative health interventions and patient involvement

Can health professionals’ levels of emotional awareness be increased through psychoeducative interventions and can a possible increase contribute to a higher degree of incorporation of patient perspectives and experiences in health communicative interactions?


How are decisions negotiated and made in (asymmetrical) relations? How can an interactional space be created where the perspectives of both the health professional and the patient are vocalized?

Emotion regulation in interaction

How are emotions formed and affected interactionally and how can interlocutors contribute to dyadic emotion regulation?

Grief in conversations

How may conversations in grief groups alleviate for the bereaved in their grief processes?


How are students´ well-being affected by the use of computers in education? What is the significance of the presence or absence of devices for the experience of comfort, closeness, and togetherness?





Name Title Phone E-mail
Fosgerau, Christina Fogtmann Professor +4535328642 E-mail
Hansen, Kathrine Lund PhD Fellow +4535324787 E-mail
Lindell, Johanna Falby Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535328384 E-mail
Schops, Antje Research Assistant +4535325074 E-mail
Tøndering, John Associate Professor +4535328652 E-mail

Affiliated researchers

  • Ag, Astrid 
  • Due, Brian Lystgaard 
  • Eriksen, Camilla Bruun
  • Femø, Mie
  • Gellert, Anna
  • Larsen, Bolette Frydendahl
  • Perregård, Betinna 
  • Nielsen, Søren Beck
  • Lüchow, Louise
  • Nielsen, Ann Merrit Rikke 
  • Scheuer Jann 
  • Vang, Rikke 

Head of research group