Edith Montgomery

Education and academic degrees
Authorized psychologist, specialist in child psychology and a supervisor and specialist in psychotherapy

Dr. Med. (2011)

PhD degree in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen (1997)

Diploma in systemic therapy from The Rhohamton Institut of Higher Education, London (1993)

MSc in psychology from the University of Copenhagen (1977)


Senior Researcher, DIGNITY (2012 -)

Research Director, Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT), Copenhagen (from 1999-2012)

External associate professor, Institute of Psychology, University of Copenhagen (2000-1)

Chief Psychologist, RCT, Copenhagen (1993-98)

Clinical psychologist, research fellow, consultant RCT, Copenhagen (1988-1993)

Clinical psychologist, School Psychological Counselling Centre, Lyngby (1980-91)

Clinical psychologist, Student Counselling Centre, Copenhagen (1979-80 and 1977-78)

Post-graduate training position, Adult Psychiatric Department, Gentofte Hospi­tal (1978-79)

Trust and membership
Member of the Centre Council of the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU), University of Copenhagen (from 2010)

Member of the steering committee of the Nordic Network for Research on Refugee Children (from 2006)

Member of the chairmanship for external examiners at the BSc and MSc programs in Public Health Science, Master of Public Health, and IT and Health at Danish universities (from 2005)

Member of the steering committee for (from 2005)

Appointed as external examiner at the BSc and MSc programs in Public Health Science at Danish universities (from 2001)

Selected research related activities

Member of doctoral project commissions at the University of Ghent, Belgium, the University of Bergen Norway, the University of Oslo, Norway, La Trobe University Australia, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium, Tampera University Finland, University of Copenhagen Denmark and University of Southern Denmark. 

Used as reviewer by 16 scientific journals

Grants for research projects obtained from The Egmont foundation, The Ministry of Social Affairs, Sygekassernes Helsefond, Tryg fonden, the Ministry of Refugee and Integration, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, the Dr. Sofus Carl and Olga Doris Friis Fund, the BG Fund, the Danish Medical Association/Højmosegaardlegatet, the Torkil Steensbeck Fund, Chief Engineer Walter Christensen and O. Kristiane Christensen Fund, the Steamship Company Torm, Alfred Benzon’s Fund, the Tides Foundation and Henrik Henriksens Fund.

Current networks
Nordic network for research on refugee children (

Research network on health among ethnic minorities

Selected publications

Berliner P, Hauch Fenger P, Montgomery E & Kjaerulf F. Violence, mental health, and community interventions. In: Community Psychology. Barcelona University Press, 2004.

Bek-Pedersen K & Montgomery E. Narratives of the past and present: Young refugees' construction of a family identity in exile. Journal of Refugee Studies, 2006: 19 (1), 94-112.

Dalgaard, N.T., Daniel, S.I.F., Todd, B. & Montgomery, E. The Transmission of Trauma in Refugee Families – Associations between Intra-Family Trauma Communication Style, Children’s Attachment Security and Psychosocial adjustment. Attachment & Human Development, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2015.1113305. 

Dalgaard, N.T., Montgomery, E. Disclosure and silencing: A systematic review of the literature on patterns of trauma communication in refugee families. Transcultural psychiatry, 2015, 52:579-593.

Filges, T., Montgomery, E., Kastrup, M. The Impact of Detention on the Health of Asylum Seekers: A Systematic Review. Research on Social Work Practice, 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1049731516630384

Filges, T., Montgomery, E., Kastrup, M., Jørgensen, A.M.K. The impact of detention on the health of asylum seekers: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2015:13. Link:

Foldspang A. & Montgomery E. Criterion-validity based assessment of four scale constructs. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2000; 28: 146-153.

Haene, L.De, Dalgaard, N.T., Montgomery, E., Grietens, H., Verschuerin, K. Attachment Narratives in Refugee Children: Inter-Rater Reliability and Qualitative Analysis in Pilot Findings from Two-Site Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 2013, 26: 413-417.

Jacobsen L & Montgomery E: Treating torture victims. In: Schulz WF (ed.): The phenomenon of torture: readings and commentary. Philadelpia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007: 285-296.

Jessen, T. & Montgomery, E. Reception of asylum seeking and refugee children in the Nordic countries. The Danish report (2010).

Johansen, ML, Mouritsen, T & Montgomery E.: Towards a Concerted Effort. Networking to Prevent Youth Crime in Traumatized Refugee Families. Copenhagen:  RCT, 2007

Jørgensen, P.S., Leth, I., Montgomery, E. The Children's Rights Convention in Denmark: A Status Report on Implementation in Perspective. Early Education & Development, 2011, 22 (5): 839-862.

Montgomery, E. Consequences of torture and organized violence among children and youth from the Middle East. In: Nordic Work with Traumatised Refugees – Do We Really Care. Red: Overland, G., Guribye, E., Lie, B. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP), 2014.

Montgomery, E., Linnet, S. Børn og unge med flygtningebaggrund (Children and youth with refugee background). Copenhagen: Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2012.

Montgomery, E. Diagnoser, politik og medmenneskelighed - posttraumatisk belastningsreaktion. Social Politik, 2011, 4:14-19.

Montgomery, E. Trauma, Exile and Mental Health in Young Refugees. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2011, 124 (Suppl. 440): 1-46.

Montgomery, E., Patel, N. Torture rehabilitation: Reflections on treatment outcome studies. Torture, 2011, 21 (2): 141-145.

Montgomery, E. Langtidsfølger (Long-term impacts). In: Vitus, K. & Smith Nielsen, S. (eds.) Asylbørn i Danmark. En barndom i undtagelsestilstand (Asylum children in Denmark. A childhood in a state of emergency). Copenhagen: Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2011.

Montgomery, E.  Rehabilitering af torturoverlevere med PTSD (Rehabilitating torture survivors with PTSD). In: Eplov, L.F., Petersen, L. & Olander, M. (eds.) Psykiatrisk og psykosocial rehabilitering- en recoveryorienteret tilgang (Psychiatric and psycho-social rehabilitating - a recoveryoriented approach) . Copenhagen: Munksgaard Denmark, 2010.

Montgomery E. Trauma and Resilience in Young Refugees: A 9 Year Follow-up Study.  Development and Psychopathology, 2010; 22:477-489.

Montgomery E. Long-term effects of organized violence on young Middle Eastern refugees' mental health. Social Science & Medicine, 2008; 67:1596-1603.

Montgomery E. Self and parent assessment of mental health: Disagreement on externalising and internalising behaviour in young refugees from the Middle East. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2008; 13: 49-63.

Montgomery E & Foldspang A. Discrimination, mental problems and social adaptation in young refugees. European Journal of Public Health, 2008; 18 (2): 156-61. (electronic prepublication 2007)

Montgomery E & Foldspang A. Construct validity of PTSD in a sample of refugee children from the Middle East: Can a separate diagnostic entity be justified? International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 2006: 15(2), 64-74.

Montgomery E & Foldspang, A. Predictors of the Authorities' Decision to Grant Asylum in Denmark. Journal of Refugee Studies, 2005: 18 (4), 454-466.

Montgomery E & Foldspang A. Seeking asylum in Denmark: Refugee children's mental health and exposure to violence. European Journal of Public Health, 2005; 15: 233-237.

Montgomery E. Traumatised refugee families - the child's perspective. In: Berliner P, Arenas JG, Haagensen JO (Ed.) Torture and Organised Violence. Dansk Psykologisk Forlag, Copenhagen 2005.

Montgomery E. Tortured families: A Coordinated Management of Meaning Analysis. Family Process. 2004: 43 (3), 349-371.

Montgomery E & Foldspang A. Traumatic experience and sleep disturbance in refugee children from the Middle East. European Journal of Public Health. 2001; 11: 18-22.

Montgomery E. Children exposed to organized violence - trauma and coping.In van Willigen L (Ed.) Health hazards of organized violence in children (II). Coping and protective factors. Utrecht: Stichting Pharos, 2000, p. 69-81.

Montgomery E. Flygtningebørn - traume, udvikling, intervention (Refugee children - trauma, development and intervention). Dansk Psykologisk Forlag. Copenhagen 2000 (second edition 2002).

Montgomery E. Refugee children from the Middle East. Scandinavian Journal of Social Medicine, Supplementum 54: Oslo, Scandinavian University Press, 1998.

Olsen DR, Montgomery E, Bøjholm S & Foldspang A. Prevalence of pain in the head, back and feet in refugees previously exposed to torture. A ten-year follow-up study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2006; 1-9.

Olsen DR, Montgomery E, Carlsson J & Foldspang A. Prevalent pain and pain level among torture survivors: A follow-up study. Danish Medical Bulletin, 2006; 53:210-4.

Olsen DR, Montgomery E, Bøjholm S & Foldspang A. Prevalent musculo-skeletal pain as a correlate of previous exposure to torture. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2006; 34(5):496-503.

Punamäki RL, Quota S, El Sarraj E. and Montgomery, E. Psychological Distress and Resources among Siblings and Parents Exposed to Traumatic Events. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2006; 30 (5); 385-397.

Quota S, Punamäki RL & Montgomery E & El Sarraj E. Predictors of psychological distress and positive resources among Palestinian adolescents: Trauma, child, and mothering characteristics. Child Abuse & Neglect, 2007; 31: 699-717.

Sjölund B (ed.): contrib. authors: Harlacher U, Jansen GB, Kastrup M, Madsen A-G, Montgomery E, Prip K, Sjölund BH: RCT Field Manual on Rehabilitation, Ver. 1:1, Copenhagen: RCT, 2007.

Sjölund B, Kastrup M, Montgomery E & Persson AL. Rehabilitating torture survivors. J Rehabil Med, 2009; 41: 689-696.

Von Folsach, L L & Montgomery E. Pervasive Refusal Syndrome among asylum-seeking children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2006; 11(3): 457-473.

Wang, S-J, Chowdhury, A.H., Haque, A.M., Masum, S-u-D, Biswas, S., Modvig, J., Montgomery, E. Prevalence, Correlates and Health Consequences of Household Exposure to Violence and Human Rights Violations in Western Bangladesh: A Population-Based Approach Assessing Individual and Collective Victimization. In: Hidemichi, M., Dussich, J.J.P., Kirchhoff, G.F. (eds.): Victimology and Human Security: New Horizons. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers (WLP), 2012.

Wang, S-J, Modvig, J & Montgomery, E. Household Exposure to Violence and Human Rights Violations in Western Bangladesh (I): Prevalence, Risk Factors and Consequences. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2009, 9:29.

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