Ph.d., cand. psych.                                                                                                                   

Peter la Cour

Personal data:

Born 25-5-1954. Student 1972. Married, 2 children.

Cand.psych. 1980 from University of Copenhagen

Clinical authorized by Danish Psychological Association and authorized specialist in health psychology by Danish Health Board

Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion



  • 2019-                Self-employed
  • 2018 -2019     Center for Complex Symptoms, Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen
  • 2013 –  2018   Leader of Knowledgecenter for functional diseases, Psychiatry Copenhagen
  • 2008— 2013   Clinical psychologist at Multidisciplinary Pain Center, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
  • 2011 – 2011   Associate professor. University of Southern Denamrk, Health, Man and Society. (5 month)
  • 2007 – 2007   Post doc, Centre for research in existence and society, Inst of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
  • 2006 – 2006   Post doc, ½ time Inst. of Public Health, ½ time research priority area “Religion in the 21st century” University of Copenhagen
  • 2000 – 2005   Assistant professor, Inst. of Public Health, Department of Health Psychology, University of Copenhagen
  • 1999 – 2000   Research adjunct, Inst. of Public Health, Department of Health Psychology, University of Copenhagen
  • 1999 – 2001   Extern lector, Roskilde University Center (Psychology)
  • 1994 – 1999   Folk high School teacher, Krogerup Højskole. Specialities: Psychology and religion.
  • 1989 – 1994   Clinical psychologist, Hvidovre Hospital Psychiatric Ward. 91-92, 93-94 function as head of department
  • 1989 – 1989   Funded research. Psychological examination and interviews with HIV-positive.
  • 1986 – 1989   Clinical psychologist at Clinical Psychological Department, Skt Hans Hospital.
  • 1986 – 1999   Lecturer at Medical Psychology, Panum Instituttet, University of Copenhagen
  • 1985 – 1986   Clinical psychologist, Rigshospitalets Psychiatric Ward.
  • 1982 – 1983   Clinical psychologist at Clinical Psychological Department, Skt Hans Hospital. 

Psykotherapeutic education:

Theory: 1983 – 1994 participated and leading weekly educational programs in psychiatric wards (“Psychotherapeutic seminars”)

Supervision received: 1983 – ca 1987 received systematic supervision, later when needed and in relation to specialcourses/arrangements/supervisors.

Therapy received: Individal therapy, level 1-2 x weekly for one year (1992-3). Courses in group therapy, systemictherapy

Supervision given: 1987 – 1994 given supervision to psychologist, physician under training. Supervision of nursing ward in both individual as millieutherapeutic/socialpaedagogical sequences. Authorized as supervisor at the specialist training for psychiatrists 1990.

Selected seminars  congresses  lectures

The biopsychosocial model revised: Introducing the four dimensional model of health. European Psychology Conference, Moscow, juli 2019

Perceived injustice among chronic pain and somatic symptom-patients in Denmark. European Association for Psychosomatic Medicine. Luleå, Sverige. Juni 2016

Mindfulness and chronic pain. Short term and long term effects.  IAPR, Istanbul, August 2015

Mindfulness and chronic pain. What is next step? European Association for Psychosomatic Medicine. Nürnberg, juli 2015

Conversion. Konference: Mening livssyn og helse, Honne, Norge, september 2013

Clinical perspectives and methods following the SoMe Framework. International conference for Psychology of Religion, Lausanne, Schwitzerland, August 2013

The Pain Acceptance q-sort. International conference for Psychology of Religion, Bari, Italy, August 2011

What is the meaning od the word “spirituality”? International conference for Psychology of Religion, Bari, Italy, August 2011

Six meanings of the word “spirituality” in a secular region. Marts 2011, Prag

Reconsidering survival and church attendance in modern Denmark
– an invitation to creative thinking + Taking both secular, spiritual and religious meaning making seriously
. Conference host together with N. Chr. Hvidt: Research in faith and health in secular society. Maj 2010, University of Southern Denmark

Research on Meaning-Making and Health in Secular Society: Secular, Spiritual and Religious Existential Orientations. European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health Maj, 2010 • Bern

Conceptual Issues in Research on Meaning Making and Health in Secular Societies: Religious, Spiritual and Secular Existential Orientation. International kongres for religionspsykologi, august 2009, Wien

Illness and changes in worldview: Taking the needs of the patients seriously. European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health Maj, 2008 • Bern

The Nature, extend and place of spirituality in Danish health care settings. Ph.D.-kursus, Syddansk Universitet, September 2007

Existential and religious issues when admitted to hospital in a secular society: Patterns of change. Copenhagen Conference on Religion in the 21st century, september 2007

Atheism in the foxholes? Patterns between illness and religiousness in a secular setting. Internationale kongres for religionspsykologi, august 2006, Leuwen, Belgien

Gender differences in associations of religiosity and mortality. Forskningskonference. Co-ordination for Gender Studies, Copenhagen University. Oktober 2004

Attachment theory, church attendence and self-reported religiosity. Konference. One hundred years of psychology of religion.Amsterdam, 27. maj 2003

HIV and cognitiv dysfunktion. Selskabet for psykologer der arbejder med HIV og AIDS (Dansk Psykologforening), dec 1994

Aids and ethics. Dansk Psykologforenings Årsmøde 1993, Odense.

Honorary office

Member of the board, Dansk Sundhedspsykologisk Selskab, 2019 –

Member of the board, International Association for the Psychology of Religion, 2015 –

Kræftens Bekæmpelses Psykosociale Forskningsudvalg 2015 –

Staff-student committee for the education in Public Health, University of Copenhagen 2003 – 2006

Evaluation team for the education in Public Health, University of Copenhagen 2003 – 2006

Steering committee of University of Copenhagen research priority area: “Religion in the 21st century” 2003-2006

Steering committee for “Forum for exsistential psychology and therapy” 1999 – 2006

Steering committee for Christiansø Museum 2003 – 2010

Christiansø parochial church council 2002 – 2014

Steering commitee for Interdisciplinary Netvork for Research in Faith an Healthin Denmark 2006 –


Reviewer for

Social Science and Medicine


Journal for Individual Differences

Psychology, Health and Medicine


Pain Medicine

International journal for the Psychology of Religion

Archives for the Psychology of Religion

Mental Health, Religion and Culture

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Journal for Clinical Rheumatology

Health Psychology

Clinical Health Promotion



Scandinavian journal of Psychology

The journal of alternative and complementary medicine

Research on Aging

International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

Tidsskrift for Sygdom og Sundhed

Psyke og Logos

Ugeskrift for Læger

Nordic Psychology