Fjola Helgadottir's Publications, Talks and Media Appearances

Dr Fjola Helgadottir

Media Interviews and Articles

  • Interviewed in 2015 for Science Magazine in the USA on the development of AI-Therapy. This work started as my PhD project and was called CBTpsych. Here is a link to Iceland Review covering the feature. Title: Icelandic Researcher Featured in Science Magazine
  • Featured in 2016 in United Kingdom's Telegraph in an article called "How Excel Spreadsheets can help you make major life decisions". More…
  • Interviewed in 2016 for the Australian Sydney Morning Herald for the article titled: What is life like for women in Iceland, the world’s most woman-friendly country? More…
  • Interviewed in 2015 Iceland for the TV series Hindurvitni. The show is an Icelandic educational (edutainment) show covering superstitions and magical thinking. My interview was on the psychological impact of magical thinking and its links to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Furthermore, I discussed my research on Icelandic superstitions.
  • Interviewed in Iceland, November 13, 2014 by Marta María at Smartland. Topic: Helping those with fertility problems to find happiness. More….
  • Interviewed in Iceland, September 30th 2013 by Malín Brand at Morgunblaðið. Topic: Stress and anxiety for those trying to conceive, and the development of an online CBT program to tackle this. More….
  • Interviewed in Iceland, September 8th 2013 by Hrund Þórsdóttir at Stöð 2. Topic: AI-Therapy's Overcome Social Anxiety reaches people who otherwise would not seek help. More…
  • Interviewed in Iceland, November 4th 2012 by Anna Lilja at Mbl.is. Topic: AI-Therapy is not trying to cut out psychologists, but rather reach a wider audience. More…
  • Interviewed in Iceland, July 30th, 2012. National Channel 1. Ten minute radio discussion about Superstition in Iceland. More…
  • Interviewed in Iceland, July 29th, 2012. Superstitious behaviour increased in the wake of the financial crisis in Iceland. More…
  • Interviewed in Iceland, July 29th, 2012. Superstition among highly educated people in Iceland. More…
  • Interviewed in Iceland, September 14th, 2009 by the radio talk show Siddegisutvarpid (The Afternoon show). The discussion was about the computer psychologist I designed for my PhD. Reykjavik, Iceland. More…
  • Interviewed in Iceland, September 29th, 2009 by the Icelandic newspaper Frettabladid. Translation of the title is Designed a computer psychologist. Reykjavik, Iceland. More…
  • In Australia. President's report on the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) conference in Melbourne. Dr Alina Morawska, AACBT Queensland's Branch Newsletter, 2nd edition, June 2010. Queensland, Australia. More…
  • In Australia. The Winter 2010 edition of the Baseline magazine, an article covers Fjola Dogg Helgadottirs's award speech at the 33rd AACBT in Melbourne, Australia. More…
  • iIn Iceland. Interviewed on December 18th 2009 by The Icelandic newspaper Morgunbladid. Translation of title: Spending christmas on top of Kilimanjaro. Reykjavik, Iceland. More…
  • In Iceland. Interviewed by the project setup in honour of Vigdis Finnbogadottir, whom 30 years ago became Iceland's, and the world's, first democratically voted female president of state. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • In AustraliaInterviewed on Fremantle Radio 107.9 on the psychology of superstitions. May 2008, Perth, Australia.
  • In Iceland, 15th of July, 2004 the television talk show Island i bitid (Goodmorning Iceland) interviewed Fjola Dogg Helgadottir and Margret Gudjonsdottir regarding the research results from their psychology honours thesis from the University of Iceland. A 10 minute spot included an open panel discussion of the primary findings. More…

Articles on mental health

  • Helgadottir, F. (2015). Why Feeling Invisible Could Be a Key to Feeling Better Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2015). What is it Like to Have Schizophrenia? Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2015). Depression: Is There a Smartphone App for That? Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Fighting Addiction with Technology Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Diagnosing Dementia by Getting Lost in Virtual Worlds. Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Why Virtual Humans Make Better Listeners Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Ethical Robots and Brain Implants for Mental Illness Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Do Humans Make Bad Therapists? Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Man vs Machine: The Ultimate Therapist Showdown Part 1 Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Therapy: Your next therapist may be a computer, but don't expect any small talk. Psychology Today. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Computerized Therapy: Will Your Next Therapist Be a Computer?. Psych Central. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). Top 5 Myths about Computerized Therapy. Psych Central. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. (2014). The Future of Computerized Therapy. Psych Central. More…
  • CBT for individuals who stutter. Grapevine Newsletter, Speak Easy Association. Sydney, Australia More…
  • Memorial letter: the negative role of psychics for grieving individuals. Icelandic Psychology Societies' Online Newsletter. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Toti tolvukall: overview of the use of automated methods in mental health. Icelandic Psychology Societies' Online Newsletter. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Let's get out of the closet: the role of safety behaviours in everyday life. Icelandic Psychology Societies' Online Newsletter. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Critical thinking is the best saving tip . Icelandic Psychology Societies' Online Newsletter. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Co-editor of V66. Election were held in Verzlunarskoli Islands for this role. Author of two Magazine articles in V66 in 2000. One article was about the overuse of mental drugs, and the other was on the social impact of psychics in Iceland.

Symposium and lectures

  • Coming up April 8th, 2017 in San Franciso, U.S.A.
    At the Anxiety and Depression Confernce Dr. Helgadottir will be chairing a roundtable titled: Harmful Safety Behavior or Helpful Coping Strategy? Understanding Client Behavior in the Face of Anxiety. Chair: Fjola Helgadottir, Discussant: Charles Taylor, Presenters: Andrea Ashbaugh, Melissa Plasencia Dr. Melisa Robichaud. More…
  • Objectives:
    1. Recognize the theoretical difference between a safety seeking behavior and a coping behavior in anxiety disorders
    2. Identify means of discriminating between safety seeking and coping behaviors in cognitive behavioral treatment
    3. Describe different CBT strategies to target safety seeking behaviors in treatment
    Level and Duration: Intermediate/Advanced 60 minutes

  • 2016 in Vancouver, Canada Can machines be good therapists? We need computerized therapy, not computerized therapists. June 1st, 2016 @ 1pm. The Vancouver CBT Centre, Vancouver, Canada. Dr Fjola Helgadottir
  • 2015 in Vancouver, Canada At Providence Health Care psychology lectures series. Title of the talk "Learn How Psychologists are using the Internet to Deliver Evidence-Based Treatments."
  • 2014 in the United Kingdom. Symposium at the 42nd British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) in July 2014. Uncovering the role of safety seeking behaviours in anxiety disorders – an update on recent clinical findings and the therapist’s role. Chair: Freda MacManus. Discussant: Paul Salkovksis. Speakers: Brynjar Halldorsson, Fjola Dogg Helgadottir, Kate Muse and Claire Mein, Birmingham, United Kingdom. More…
  • 2013 in South America Symposium at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies WCBCT, July 2013. Symposium Title: The latest developments in internet-based treatments of common mental disorders. Chair: Per Carlbring. Speakers: Gerhard Anderson, Per Carlbring, Fjola Dogg Helgadottir, Pim Cuijpers, Nickolai Titov. Peru, Lima. More…
  • 2012 in the United Kingdom Dr. Fjola Helgadottir. From concept to reality: A case study in commercialising psychology research with AI-Therapy. January 23, 2013. Department of Psychiatry, The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. More… Dr Fjola Helgadottir
  • Dr Fjola Helgadottir. Building a evidence based webtraining for therapists: survey results. Advanced CBT-E workshop, 2012. Department of Psychiatry, The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • 2011 in Europe Helgadottir, F. D. 41st EACBT Congress, September 2011. Symposium title: Internet-delivered CBT. A recipe for online treatment of social anxiety: a closer look at the ingredients. Chair Gerhard Andersson. Speakers: Fjola Dogg Helgadottir, Per Carlbring, Brjann Ljotsson. Reykjavik, Iceland. More…
  • 2011 in Australia Helgadottir, F. D. Lecture for the clinical college of the Australia Psychology Society, February 28th, 2011. 10 reasons why clinical psychologist should be thrilled about modern technology! Vibe Hotel, Sydney, Australia. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D. Tracy Goodall Early Career Awardee presentation at the AACBT 33rd National Conference held in the Grand Hyatt, April 17th-20th, 2010. This prestigious award recognises research or clinical innovation that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Melbourne, Australia. More…
  • Fjola Dogg Helgadottir. Thursday 19th February 2010: Workshop at the SpeakEasy Convention, Workshop: What CBT can offer people who stutter. Sydney, Australia. More…
  • Guest lectures on psychopathology, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Lowe, R., Helgadottir, F. D. Menzies, R., O'Brian, S. Packman, A. & Onslow, M. (Accepted for publication). Safety behaviors and stuttering. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
  • Helgadottir, F. D., Menzies, R., Onslow, M., Packman, A. & O'Brian, S. (2014). A standalone Internet cognitive behavior therapy treatment for social anxiety in adults who stutter: CBTpsych. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 41, 47-54. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D., Menzies, R., Onslow, M., Packman, A. & O'Brian, S. (2014). Safety behaviors in speech treatment for adults who stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1308-1313 More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D. & Fairburn, C. G. (2014). Web-centred Training in Psychological Treatments: A Study of Therapist Preferences. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 52, 61-63. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D., Menzies, R. & Einstein, D. (2012). Magical thinking and obsessive compulsive disorder in Australia and Iceland: A cross-cultural comparison. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1, 216-219. More…
  • Einstein, D. A., Menzies, R.G., St Clare, T., Drobny, J., & Helgadottir, F. D. (2011). The treatment of magical ideation in two individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 4, 16-29. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D., Menzies, R., Onslow, M., Packman, A. & O'Brian, S. (2009a). Online CBT I: Bridging the gap between Eliza and modern online CBT treatment packages. Behaviour Change, 26 (4), 245-253. Cambridge Journal. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D., Menzies, R., Onslow, M., Packman, A. & O'Brian, S. (2009b). Online CBT II: A Phase I trial of a standalone, online CBT treatment program for social anxiety in stuttering. Behaviour Change, 26 (4), 254-270. Cambridge Journal. More…
  • Drummond, P.D., Back, K., Harrison, J., Dogg Helgadottir, F., Lange, B., Lee, C. (2007). Blushing During Social interactions in people with fear of blushing. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (7), 1601-1608. More…

Podcasts

  • 2016 in Vancouver BC, Canada:
    Dr. Fjola Helgadottir spoke about behavioural activation as a treatment for depression on the Beautiful Minds radio show. Click here to listen…
  • 2015 in Washington DC, USA:
    AI-Therapy was featured in Science Magazine's Podcast and the July 17th 2015 publication in an article called The synthetic therapist. The treatment program is referred to as CBTpsych, however its correct name is AI-Therapy.

Peer-reviewed conference talks

  • Helgadottir, F.D., Menzies, R.G., Jones, M. World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies WCBCT July, 2013. Open paper: Title: Superstitious behaviour in Iceland during and after the global financial crisis simulates the aetiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Peru, Lima. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D. & Menzies, R. World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, June, 2010. Open Paper: Fully-automated, online CBT program for social anxiety: Phase II trial findings. Boston, U.S.A. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D. Postgraduate Research Conference, Session 7 Mental health. Individual Paper. November 2009 Preliminary findings. Faculty of Health Sciences. Sydney, Australia.
  • Helgadottir, F. D. & Menzies, R. AACBT 32nd National Conference, 5-9 September 2009. Paper session: Anxiety and Eating Disorders. An automated, online CBT program for social anxiety: Preliminary findings from Phase II trial. Perth, Australia.
  • Helgadottir, F. D. & Menzies, R. Individual Paper. New paradigm in internet treatments: a case study of social anxiety in stuttering. The 11th European Congress of Psychology, 7-10 July 2009. Oslo, Norway. More…
  • Helgadottir, F. D. & Menzies, R. Individual Paper. An Internet CBT treatment program for social anxiety in stuttering: Preliminary data Phase I. 31st National AACBT Conference, 17-21 September 2008. Adelaide, Australia.
  • Helgadottir, F. D. & Menzies, R. Interactive CBT Internet Treatment for social phobia among stutterers. Biennial Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Conference. The University of Sydney, 1-2 November 2007. Sydney, Australia. More…

Co-authoring posters at scientific conferences

  • Depression in Young People. Poster presented at the 34th EACBT conference, 8-11 September 2004. Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Poster at the 26th Annual International School Psychology Colloquium July 2004. School Psychology in the 21st Century - Whose Needs? Whose Benefits? Exeter, United Kingdom.
  • The Science Days series of the The Icelandic University Hospital in Iceland. The latest results from the prevention of depression project, May 2004. Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Prevention of Depression in Adolescents, 22nd Nordic Congress on Psychology: Psychology in a World of Change and Diversity, August 2004. Copenhagen, Denmark.