Marie Louise Reinholdt-Dunne

Marie Louise Reinholdt-Dunne

Associate Professor

Research fields

Attention control, attentional bias, emotion regulation, and anxiety disorders


Research group memberships

Copenhagen Child Anxiety Project


Research: brief description

My main focus of research is investigating how variations in executive attention control relate to individual differences in metacognitions, cognitions, emotion regulation, and behavior. At the Copenhagen Child Anxiety Project, we address this topic empirically using a combination of methods that include experimental reaction-time tasks, observational paradigms, and questionnaires in normal developing children as well as children with clinical anxiety.

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Current research projects

In addition to my work with Copenhagen Child Anxiety Project, I am also part of the following research:

  • Collaboration with Karin Mogg and Brendan Bradley (University of Southampton) investigating attention control and attentional bias in anxiety disorders.
  • Collaboration with Mike Rinck and Anke Klein (University of Nijmegen) investigating information processing bias and social anxiety.
  • Collaboration with Dr. Philippe Goldin and Dr. Amanda Morrison (Stanford University) investigating mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy and attention control in adults with social anxiety. 
  • Collaboration with Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz (University of California, Irvine) examining The Mindful Health and Safety Program and attention control in nurses and other healthcare professionals at UC Irvine Health.
  • a number of bullet points, for example representing supervised PhD projects)


Major grants

  • Danish Research Council, post doc (FKK), 2010 (DKK 1,600,000)
  • Inge Lehmann Grant, 2010 (DKK 110,000)
  • School of Psychology PhD Studentship, University of Southampton, 2005 (GBP 48,000)
  • University Grant, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002 (USD 1,000)



  • Clinical Child Psychology at MA level
  • Cognitive Psychology at BA level
  • Supervision of BA and MA theses


Selected publications

Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Mogg, K., Vangkilde, S.A., Bradley, B.P., & Esbjørn, B.H. (2015). The effect of cognitive behavioral therapy on attention control and attentional bias in anxious children. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 785-796.  

Esbjørn, B. H., Normann, N., & Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L. (2015). Adapting Metacognitive Therapy to Children with Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Suggestions for a Manual. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 1-8.

Breinholst, S., Esbjørn, B. H., & Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L. (2014). Effects of attachment and rearing behavior on anxiety in normal developing youth: A mediational study. Personality and Individual Differences.

Esbjørn, B. H., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., Nielsen, S. K., Smith, A. C., Breinholst, S., & Leth, I. (2015). Exploring the Effect of Case Formulation Driven CBT for Children with Anxiety Disorders: A Feasibility Study. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 43(01), 20-30.

Bender, P. K., Sømhovd, M., Pons, F., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., & Esbjørn, B. H. (2014). The impact of attachment security and emotion dysregulation on anxiety in children and adolescents. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, (ahead-of-print), 1-16.

Esbjørn, B. H., Sømhovd, M. J., Nielsen, S. K., Normann, N., Leth, I., & Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L. (2014). Parental Changes After Involvement in their Anxious Child's Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Journal of anxiety disorders.

Esbjørn, B. H., Lønfeldt, N. N., Nielsen, S. K., Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Sømhovd, M.J.,& Cartwright-Hatton, S. (2014). Meta-worry, Worry, and Anxiety in Children: Relationships and Interactions. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-12.

Esbjørn, B. H., Sømhovd, M. J., Holm, J. M., Lønfeldt, N., Bender, P. K., Nielsen, S. K., & Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L. (2013). A structural assessment of the 30-item Metacognitions Questionnaire for Children and relations to anxiety symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1211-1299.

Esbjørn, B. H., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., Breinholst, S., Nielsen, S. K., & Leth, I. (2013). Exploring the effect of case formulation driven CBT for children with anxiety disorders: A feasibility study. Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-11.

Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., Mogg, K., & Bradley, B. P. (2013). Attention Control: Relationships between self-report and behavioral measures, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 430-440.

Esbjørn, B. H., Reinholdt-Dunne, M. L., Caspersen, I. D. , Christensen, L. B. , & Chorpita, B. F. (2013). Penn State Worry Questionnaire: Findings from normative and clinical samples in Denmark. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioural Assessment, 35, 113-122.

Esbjørn, B.H., Sømhovd, M.J., Turnstedt, C., & Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L. (2012). Assessing the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS) in a national sample of Danish youth aged 8-16 years. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037339

Bender, P.K., Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Esbjorn, B.H., & Pons, F. (2012). Emotion dysregulation and anxiety in children and adolescents: Gender differences. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 284-288.

Mueller, S.C., Hardin, M.G., Mogg, K., Benson, V., Bradley, B.P., Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Liversedge, S., Pine, D., & Ernst, M. (2012). The influence of emotional stimuli on attention orienting and inhibitory control in pediatric anxiety. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 856-863.

Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Mogg, K., Benson, V., Bradley, B.P., Hardin, M.G., Pine, D., Liversedge, S., & Ernst, M. (2012). Anxiety and selective attention to angry faces: An antisaccade study. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24, 54-65.

Breinholst, S., Esbjørn., B.H., Reinholdt-Dunne., M.L., & Stallard, P. (2012). CBT for the treatment of child anxiety disorders: A review of why parental involvement has not enhances outcomes. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 416-424.

Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Mogg, K., Esbjørn, B.H., & Bradley, B.P. (2011). Effects of age and anxiety on processing threat cues in healthy children. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3, 30-41.

Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Esbjørn, B.H., Høyer, M., Boesen, A. J., Dahl, S., Hansen, S.G., & Leth, I. (2011). Emotional Difficulties in a Danish Community Sample of 7th Grade Children. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 52, 433-439.

Esbjørn, B.H., Bender P.K., Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Munck, L.A., & Ollendick, T.H. (2011).The development of anxiety disorders: Considering the contributions of attachment and emotion regulation. Clinical Child and Family Review, 15, 129-143.

Reinholdt-Dunne, M.L., Mogg, K., & Bradley, B.P. (2009). Effects of anxiety and attentional control on processing pictorial and linguistic emotional information. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 410-417. 

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