NRU Management Group


Dea S. Stenbæk
Assoc. Professor, Psychologist
Dept. Neurology and Neurobiology Research Unit,
Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet,
Building 8057,
Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
3545 6741

Curriculum vitae

Scientific interests:

I conduct research from an integrated experimental approach and my overall research focus is the interdisciplinary study of pharmacological manipulations of the serotonin (5-HT) system. I mainly focus on neuropsychopharmacological effects of the serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2AR) agonist psilocybin, which is a psychedelic compound that is emerging as a promising novel therapeutic for neuropsychiatric disorders. I furthermore focus on the importance of extra-pharmacological factors, e.g., use of music and therapeutic setting on the psychological effects of psilocybin or other psychedelics. As clinical lead, I train students and clinicians in safe administration of psilocybin. To understand how 5-HT more broadly is involved in neurocognition in the healthy and disordered brain, I also study associations of various 5-HT receptors using PET imaging, i.e., 5-HT2AR, 5-HT4R, 5-HTT and 5-HT1BR with personality and neurocognition.


2019 - Associate Professor and senior research psychologist at University of Copenhagen and Neurobiology Research Unit (NRU), Rigshospitalet
2019 - External Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Psychology
2018 Authorized as clinical psychologist by the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice
2016 - 2019 Post Doc at NRU, Rigshospitalet
2016 - 2017 Clinical psychologist at Clinic of Crisis Psychology, Rigshospitalet
2012 - 2015 PhD student (Neuroscience) at NRU, Rigshospitalet
2011 - 2015 Clinical psychologist at Reden International
2011 - Specialist-training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) psychotherapy.
2011 M.Sc. in Psychology
2009 - 2011 Research assistant at NRU, Rigshospitalet
2006 - 2008 In-service training in Analytical Psychotherapy at the Jung Institute

International relations:

I collaborate with the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, including Professor David Nutt and Clinical Director David Erritzoe. As part of an internationalization grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research, I am currently an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow in this group as clinical lead in a study of psilocybin as treatment for OCD. I also collaborate with the Cambridge Cognition Group, including Professor Rebecca Elliott from Manchester University and Professors Barbara Sahakian and Trevor Robbins from Cambridge University.

Supervision of students:

I have extensive experience with training and supervising MA and PhD level psychology students from Danish universities and abroad. Being part of an interdisciplinary research environment, I have supervised both medical and psychology students. I am currently supervising 3 PhD-students and 8 MA students in relation to research projects. I teach BA and MA classes at Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.

Management experience:

I have been responsible for conception of research ideas, writing study protocols, project management, communication with all relevant authorities, statistical analyses, and writing of manuscripts for publication in international peer-reviewed journals.


2021: Scolarstipend (50.000 kr) from Ivan Nielsen Foundation (PI)
2020: Project funding (600.000 kr) from Rigshospitalet’s Research Foundation (Co-PI)
2020: Scholarstipend (150.000 kr) from Danish Society of Neuroscience (Co-PI)
2020: Scholarstipend (150.000 kr) from Novo Nordisk Foundation (Co-PI)
2019: Project funding (1.575.000 kr) from The Danish Council for Independent Research (PI)
2019: Scholarstipend (140.000 kr) from Lundbeck Foundation (Co-PI)
2018: Project funding (200.000 kr) from the Health Foundation (Co-PI)
2017: Project funding (2.000.000 kr) from MVU (Co-PI)
2017: Project funding (250.000 kr) from OUH og Rigshospitalet puljen (Co-PI)
2016: Post doc/project funding (1.844.000 kr) from The Danish Council for Independent Research (Co-PI)
2016: Project funding (400.000 kr) from Augustinusfonden (Co-PI)
2013: Scholarstipend (120.000 kr) from Lundbeckfonden (Co-PI)
2011: Project funding (115.000 kr) from Aase og Ejnar Danielsens Fond (Co-PI).


My full list of scientific publications can be accessed using the following PubMed search string: Stenbæk-DS [Author].