Trond Haaken Diseth

  • Professor (UiO), Chief consultant (OUS)
  • +47 23 07 49 40


Name Trond Haaken Diseth

  • Date of birth July 5th, 1957
  • Home address Rønningvn. 4a, 0494 Oslo
  • Home phone +47 22226772
  • Professional position Professor (University of Oslo) and Chief Consultant (Rikshospitalet)
  • Academic degree Professor,
  • Office address Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
  • Department of Paediatrics, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, 0027 Oslo
  • Office phone/fax +47 23074940 (phone), +47 23074950 (fax)
  • Mail:,


  • 1984 Medical degree, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO)
  • 1985 Authorized as practicing physician
  • 1986 Officer (lieutenant), Medical Company, Lahaugmoen
  • 1992-97 University scholarship/Doctoral program, Faculty of Medicine, UiO
  • 1997 (Ph.d), UiO
  • 2000 Board certified specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 2005 Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO)

Professional positions:

  • 1985 Internships, Departments of Medicine and Surgery, Sandefjord Hospital
  • 1986 District Practitioner, Tjølling district, Vestfold County
  • 1986-87 Resident, Medical Company, Sørlandets Sjøforsvarsdistrikt, Kristiansand
  • 1986-87 Practitioner, Emergency ward, Outpatient's Div., Kristiansand district
  • 1987-88 District Practitioner, Larvik district, Vestfold County
  • 1987-00 Practitioner, Emergency ward, Outpatient's Div., Larvik district
  • 1988-91 Resident, State Hospital for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oslo
  • 1991-92 Senior consultant, State Hospital for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oslo
  • 1992-97 Research fellow, Institute of psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UiO
  • 1997-98 Senior consultant, Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rikshospitalet
  • 1998-99 Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Clinic, Vinderen, Oslo
  • 1999 Chief consultant, Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, RH (3 mnds)
  • 1999-01 Senior consultant, Div. of child and adolescent Psychiatry, RH
  • 2002 Chief consultant, Div. of Child and Adolescent psychiatry, RH (7 mnds)
  • 2001-2004 Post-doctoral research fellow, Inst. of psychiatry, Fac. of Medicine,UiO
  • 2001-2004 Senior consultant (20%), Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, RH
  • 2004- Head of department/chief consultant, RH
  • 2005- Professor, Institute of psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UiO


University of Oslo

  • 1990- Lectures in behavioural science, paediatrics, child psychiatry, Fac.of Med., UiO
  • 1995-96 Semesterleader, 15th. termin, Institute of Psychiatry, Fac.of Medicine, UiO
  • 1994- Further-education courses in medicine, the Norwegian Medical Association
  • 1998- Lectures in child psychiatry, Inst. of Psychology, Dept. of Soc. Sciences, UiO
  • 1991- Lectures in child psychiatry for special-nurses and educational-specialists

Other organisations

  • 1990- Lectures arranged by RH, Frambu, Smågruppesenteret, and other associations


  • 1998- Clinical supervisor for 8 child psychiatric candidates, Dnlf
  • 1999- 10, semesterpaper, UiO
  • 2002- Research supervisor for 4 research fellows; doctoral candidate (UiO/NFR/NTNU)

Scientific activities:

Research scholarships;

  • 1992-97 University scholarship, Institute of Psychiatry, Fac. of Medicine, UiO
  • 2001-04 Post-doctoral scholarship, Institute of Psychiatry, Fac. of Medicine, UiO

Doctoral degree

  • 1997 Thesis, UiO: "Adolescent with congenital malformations in the anorecto-urogenital region. A clinical bio-psychosocial study".


  • 2005- Professor II, Institute of psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UiO

Publications (see below);

  • 1990- First author: 18 articles
  • Co-author: 15 articles, 3 books, 2 chapters in textbooks
  • 1994- 22 international lectures/published posters 

Manuscript reviewer:

1997- Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Acta Paediatricaica, Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Wellcome Trust

Various scientific activities;

  • 1994- Norwegian repr. in Nordic working committee for child psychiatric research
  • 1995 Translated into Norwegian: Adolescent Dissosiative Experience Scale
  • 2002 Translated into Norwegian: Pediatric Quality of Life Questionnaire


Board memberships:

  • 1995-99 Board of Norwegian Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
    • - Member of the board, 1995-96
    • - Secretary, 1997-99
  • 1993- Nordic Working Committee for Child Psychiatric Research;
    • - Norwegian representative, 1993-
    • - Organizer of two Nordic Research Course, Oslo; 1993 and 2000
  • 1993- Member of the Council for children with anorectal anomalies
  • 1995- Member of the Council for children with bladder extrophy and epispadias
  • 1995-2001 Member of the Council for children with liver diseases
  • 1997-2002 Competance board, Smågruppesenteret, Rikshospitalet:
    • - Vice-chairman, 1997-02
  • 1999- Norwegian Psychiatric Association's Committee for consultation-liaison and psychosomatic medicine;
    • - Member, 1999-


Administration and management:

  • Larvik Public Health Counsil, 1987-88:
    • - Chairman of Intercommunity Guidance Clinic for HIV/AIDS
    • - Chairman of Interdisciplinary communal workgroup for HIV-information in the schools
    • - Chairman of various interdisciplinary groups in Health Stations/School Health Services Helsedirektoratet, 1990:
    • - Member, Working Committee for "Retningslinjer for å forhindre spredning av HIV og for å sikre pasienters og foresattes rettigheter i BUP-institusjoner"
  • State Hospital for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1989-91:
    • - the local Yngre Legers Forening's delegate
    • - the local Norwegian Medical Association's delegate in Arbeidsutvalget University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry:
    • - Semester-leader, termin, 1995-96.
    • - Member of Undervisningsutvalget, 1995-97.
  • Child Psychiatric Research Group, Rikshospitalet:
    • - Secretary, 1992-95
  • Intersex team:
    • - Member of RH's team concerning children with ambiguous sex, 1996-
  • Smågruppesenterets workinggroups in regard to:
    • - Follow-up supervisor for children with anorectal anomalies, 1995
    • - Follow-up supervisor for children with bladder extrophy and epispadias, 1996
    • - Follow-up supervisor for children with AGS, 1997
    • - Information booklet "Children with stomy", 1997
  • Norwegian Workgroup for Transsexuals:
    • - Member 1999-
  • Forum for Anxiety disorders:
    • - Member 1999-

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Publications 2018

Bugge I, Jensen TK, Nilsen LG, Ekeberg Ø, Dyb G, Diseth TH (2018)
Psychosocial care for hospitalized young survivors after the terror attack on Utøya Island: A qualitative study of the survivors' experiences
Injury, 50 (1), 197-204
DOI 10.1016/j.injury.2018.10.024, PubMed 30366828

Larsen K, Aasland A, Diseth TH (2018)
Identification of Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Second Year of Life at Day-Care Centres by Day-Care Staff: Step One in the Development of a Short Observation List
J Autism Dev Disord, 48 (7), 2267-2277
DOI 10.1007/s10803-018-3489-x, PubMed 29423606

Larsen K, Aasland A, Diseth TH (2018)
Brief Report: Agreement Between Parents and Day-Care Professionals on Early Symptoms Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders
J Autism Dev Disord, 48 (4), 1063-1068
DOI 10.1007/s10803-017-3355-2, PubMed 29086212

Thorsteinsdottir H, Diseth TH, Lie A, Tangeraas T, Matthews I, Åsberg A, Bjerre A (2018)
Small effort, high impact: Focus on physical activity improves oxygen uptake (VO2peak ), quality of life, and mental health after pediatric renal transplantation
Pediatr Transplant, 22 (6), e13242
DOI 10.1111/petr.13242, PubMed 29921004

Publications 2017

Bugge I, Dyb G, Stensland SØ, Ekeberg Ø, Wentzel-Larsen T, Diseth TH (2017)
Physical Injury and Somatic Complaints: The Mediating Role of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Young Survivors of a Terror Attack
J Trauma Stress, 30 (3), 229-236
DOI 10.1002/jts.22191, PubMed 28556275

Diseth TH, Emblem R (2017)
Long-term psychosocial consequences of surgical congenital malformations
Semin Pediatr Surg, 26 (5), 286-294
DOI 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2017.09.009, PubMed 29110824

Munkhaugen EK, Gjevik E, Pripp AH, Sponheim E, Diseth TH (2017)
School refusal behaviour: Are children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder at a higher risk?
Res. Autism Spectr. Disord., 41-42, 31-38

Munkhaugen EK, Torske T, Gjevik E, Nærland T, Pripp AH, Diseth TH (2017)
Individual characteristics of students with autism spectrum disorders and school refusal behavior
Autism, 1362361317748619 (in press)
DOI 10.1177/1362361317748619, PubMed 29241346

Publications 2016

Misund AR, Bråten S, Nerdrum P, Pripp AH, Diseth TH (2016)
A Norwegian prospective study of preterm mother-infant interactions at 6 and 18 months and the impact of maternal mental health problems, pregnancy and birth complications
BMJ Open, 6 (5), e009699
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009699, PubMed 27147380

Ramstad K, Jahnsen R, Diseth TH (2016)
Associations between recurrent musculoskeletal pain and visits to the family doctor (GP) and specialist multi-professional team in 74 Norwegian youth with cerebral palsy
Child Care Health Dev, 42 (5), 735-41
DOI 10.1111/cch.12366, PubMed 27283955

Publications 2015

Bugge I, Dyb G, Stensland SØ, Ekeberg Ø, Wentzel-Larsen T, Diseth TH (2015)
Physical injury and posttraumatic stress reactions. A study of the survivors of the 2011 shooting massacre on Utøya Island, Norway
J Psychosom Res, 79 (5), 384-90
DOI 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.09.005, PubMed 26526313

Eilertsen ME, Hjemdal O, Le TT, Diseth TH, Reinfjell T (2015)
Resilience factors play an important role in the mental health of parents when children survive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Acta Paediatr, 105 (1), e30-4
DOI 10.1111/apa.13232, PubMed 26426347

Ramstad K, Jahnsen RB, Diseth TH (2015)
[Adolescents with cerebral palsy and their contact with the GP and the habilitative services]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 135 (5), 429-33
DOI 10.4045/tidsskr.14.0434, PubMed 25761027

Ramstad K, Jahnsen RB, Diseth TH (2015)
Adolescents with cerebral palsy and their contact with the GP and the habilitative services
Tidsskr. Nor. Laegeforen., 135 (5), 428-432

Publications 2014

Misund AR, Nerdrum P, Diseth TH (2014)
Mental health in women experiencing preterm birth
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 14, 263
DOI 10.1186/1471-2393-14-263, PubMed 25107462

Ramstad K, Loge JH, Jahnsen R, Diseth TH (2014)
Self-reported mental health in youth with cerebral palsy and associations to recurrent musculoskeletal pain
Disabil Rehabil, 37 (2), 144-50
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2014.913703, PubMed 24786760

Publications 2013

Dyb G, Jensen TK, Nygaard E, Ekeberg O, Diseth TH, Wentzel-Larsen T, Thoresen S (2013)
Post-traumatic stress reactions in survivors of the 2011 massacre on Utøya Island, Norway
Br J Psychiatry, 204, 361-7
DOI 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.133157, PubMed 24115344

Isaksen J, Diseth TH, Schjølberg S, Skjeldal OH (2013)
Autism spectrum disorders--are they really epidemic?
Eur J Paediatr Neurol, 17 (4), 327-33
DOI 10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.03.003, PubMed 23602439

Misund AR, Nerdrum P, Bråten S, Pripp AH, Diseth TH (2013)
Long-term risk of mental health problems in women experiencing preterm birth: a longitudinal study of 29 mothers
Ann Gen Psychiatry, 12 (1), 33
DOI 10.1186/1744-859X-12-33, PubMed 24176131

Publications 2012

Haveraaen SB, Diseth TH (2012)
[Benefits when children are ill--more trouble than support?]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 132 (14), 1633-6
DOI 10.4045/tidsskr.12.0714, PubMed 22875133

Isaksen J, Bryn V, Diseth TH, Heiberg A, Schjølberg S, Skjeldal OH (2012)
Children with autism spectrum disorders - the importance of medical investigations
Eur J Paediatr Neurol, 17 (1), 68-76
DOI 10.1016/j.ejpn.2012.08.004, PubMed 22954514

Isaksen J, Diseth TH, Schjølberg S, Skjeldal OH (2012)
Observed prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in two Norwegian counties
Eur J Paediatr Neurol, 16 (6), 592-8
DOI 10.1016/j.ejpn.2012.01.014, PubMed 22342070

Ramstad K, Jahnsen R, Skjeldal OH, Diseth TH (2012)
Mental health, health related quality of life and recurrent musculoskeletal pain in children with cerebral palsy 8-18 years old
Disabil Rehabil, 34 (19), 1589-95
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2012.656794, PubMed 22352294

Ramstad K, Jahnsen R, Skjeldal OH, Diseth TH (2012)
Parent-reported participation in children with cerebral palsy: the contribution of recurrent musculoskeletal pain and child mental health problems
Dev Med Child Neurol, 54 (9), 829-35
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2012.04341.x, PubMed 22779735

Publications 2011

Diseth TH, Tangeraas T, Reinfjell T, Bjerre A (2011)
Kidney transplantation in childhood: mental health and quality of life of children and caregivers
Pediatr Nephrol, 26 (10), 1881-92
DOI 10.1007/s00467-011-1887-9, PubMed 21520007

Ramstad K, Jahnsen R, Skjeldal OH, Diseth TH (2011)
Characteristics of recurrent musculoskeletal pain in children with cerebral palsy aged 8 to 18 years
Dev Med Child Neurol, 53 (11), 1013-8
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04070.x, PubMed 22014321

Publications 2010

Gjone H, Diseth TH, Fausa O, Nøvik TS, Heiberg A (2010)
Familial adenomatous polyposis: mental health, psychosocial functioning and reactions to genetic risk in adolescents
Clin Genet, 79 (1), 35-43
DOI 10.1111/j.1399-0004.2010.01534.x, PubMed 21143468

Tønseth KA, Bjark T, Kratz G, Gross A, Kirschner R, Schreiner T, Diseth TH, Haraldsen I (2010)
[Sex reassignment surgery in transsexuals]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 130 (4), 376-9
DOI 10.4045/tidsskr.08.0670, PubMed 20220861

Publications 2009

Faugli A, Bjørnland K, Emblem R, Nøvik TS, Diseth TH (2009)
Mental health and psychosocial functioning in adolescents with esophageal atresia
J Pediatr Surg, 44 (4), 729-37
DOI 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2008.09.027, PubMed 19361632

Faugli A, Emblem R, Bjørnland K, Diseth TH (2009)
Mental health in infants with esophageal atresia
Infant Ment Health J, 30 (1), 40-56
DOI 10.1002/imhj.20202, PubMed 28636118

Fredriksen PM, Diseth TH, Thaulow E (2009)
Children and adolescents with congenital heart disease: assessment of behavioural and emotional problems
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 18 (5), 292-300
DOI 10.1007/s00787-008-0730-8, PubMed 19156353

Reinfjell T, Lofstad GE, Nordahl HM, Vikan A, Diseth TH (2009)
Children in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: mental health, psychosocial adjustment and parental functioning
Eur J Cancer Care (Engl), 18 (4), 364-70
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2008.00954.x, PubMed 19473372

Publications 2008

Diseth TH (2008)
[Children born with ambiguous genitalia]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 128 (5), 576-80
PubMed 18311202

Faugli A, Emblem R, Veenstra M, Bjørnland K, Diseth TH (2008)
Does esophageal atresia influence the mother-infant interaction?
J Pediatr Surg, 43 (10), 1796-801
DOI 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2008.04.011, PubMed 18926210

Huynh ME, Vandvik IH, Diseth TH (2008)
Hypnotherapy in child psychiatry: the state of the art
Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 13 (3), 377-93
DOI 10.1177/1359104508090601, PubMed 18783121

Lofstad GE, Reinfjell T, Hestad K, Diseth TH (2008)
Cognitive outcome in children and adolescents treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with chemotherapy only
Acta Paediatr, 98 (1), 180-6
DOI 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.01055.x, PubMed 18826490

Reinfjell T, Hjemdal O, Aune T, Vikan A, Diseth TH (2008)
The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 as an assessment measure for depressive symptoms: a correlational study with young adolescents
Nord J Psychiatry, 62 (4), 279-86
DOI 10.1080/08039480801983950, PubMed 18645737

Skjeldal OH, Capjon H, Dahl A, Diseth TH (2008)
Therapy in a subtropical climate for children with cerebral palsy. Evidence of physical and psychosocial effects?
Acta Paediatr, 98 (4), 670-4
DOI 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.01114.x, PubMed 19006523

Publications 2007

Reinfjell T, Lofstad GE, Veenstra M, Vikan A, Diseth TH (2007)
Health-related quality of life and intellectual functioning in children in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Acta Paediatr, 96 (9), 1280-5
DOI 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2007.00383.x, PubMed 17590194

Publications 2006

Diseth TH (2006)
Dissociation following traumatic medical treatment procedures in childhood: a longitudinal follow-up
Dev Psychopathol, 18 (1), 233-51
DOI 10.1017/S0954579406060135, PubMed 16478561

Reinfjell T, Diseth TH, Veenstra M, Vikan A (2006)
Measuring health-related quality of life in young adolescents: reliability and validity in the Norwegian version of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 (PedsQL) generic core scales
Health Qual Life Outcomes, 4, 61
DOI 10.1186/1477-7525-4-61, PubMed 16972987

Publications 2005

Diseth TH (2005)
Dissociation in children and adolescents as reaction to trauma--an overview of conceptual issues and neurobiological factors
Nord J Psychiatry, 59 (2), 79-91
DOI 10.1080/08039480510022963, PubMed 16195104

Diseth TH, Christie HJ (2005)
Trauma-related dissociative (conversion) disorders in children and adolescents--an overview of assessment tools and treatment principles
Nord J Psychiatry, 59 (4), 278-92
DOI 10.1080/08039480500213683, PubMed 16195132

Faugli A, Aamodt G, Bjørnland K, Emblem R, Diseth TH (2005)
Assessment of early mother-child relation in infants with oesophageal atresia
Nord J Psychiatry, 59 (6), 498-503
DOI 10.1080/08039480500360856, PubMed 16316904

Publications 2004

Diseth TH, Vandvik IH (2004)
[Hypnotherapy in the treatment of refractory nocturnal enuresis]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 124 (4), 488-91
PubMed 14983195

Publications 2002

Aksnes G, Diseth TH, Helseth A, Edwin B, Stange M, Aafos G, Emblem R (2002)
Appendicostomy for antegrade enema: effects on somatic and psychosocial functioning in children with myelomeningocele
Pediatrics, 109 (3), 484-9
DOI 10.1542/peds.109.3.484, PubMed 11875145

Blomhoff S, Diseth TH, Jacobsen MB, Vatn M (2002)
[Irritable bowel syndrome--a multifactorial disease in children and adults]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 122 (12), 1213-7
PubMed 12089850

Publications 2000

Strømme P, Diseth TH (2000)
Prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses in children with mental retardation: data from a population-based study
Dev Med Child Neurol, 42 (4), 266-70
DOI 10.1017/S0012162200000451, PubMed 10795566

Publications 1999

Diseth TH, Emblem R, Schultz A (1999)
Mental health, psychosocial functioning, and quality of life in patients with bladder exstrophy and epispadias - an overview
World J Urol, 17 (4), 239-48
DOI 10.1007/s003450050139, PubMed 10460407

Aasland A, Diseth TH (1999)
Can the Harter Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents (SPPA) be used as an indicator of psychosocial outcome in adolescents with chronic physical disorders?
Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 8 (2), 78-85
DOI 10.1007/s007870050088, PubMed 10435456

Publications 1998

Bjornland K, Diseth TH, Emblem R (1998)
Long-term functional, manometric, and endosonographic evaluation of patients operated upon with the Duhamel technique
Pediatr Surg Int, 13 (1), 24-8
DOI 10.1007/s003830050236, PubMed 9391199

Diseth TH, Bjordal R, Schultz A, Stange M, Emblem R (1998)
Somatic function, mental health and psychosocial functioning in 22 adolescents with bladder exstrophy and epispadias
J Urol, 159 (5), 1684-9; discussion 1689-90
DOI 10.1097/00005392-199805000-00092, PubMed 9554394

Diseth TH, Egeland T, Emblem R (1998)
Effects of anal invasive treatment and incontinence on mental health and psychosocial functioning of adolescents with Hirschsprung's disease and low anorectal anomalies
J Pediatr Surg, 33 (3), 468-75
DOI 10.1016/S0022-3468(98)90090-2, PubMed 9537559

Publications 1997

Diseth TH, Bjørnland K, Nøvik TS, Emblem R (1997)
Bowel function, mental health, and psychosocial function in adolescents with Hirschsprung's disease
Arch Dis Child, 76 (2), 100-6
DOI 10.1136/adc.76.2.100, PubMed 9068296

Emblem R, Diseth T, Morkrid L (1997)
Anorectal anomalies: anorectal manometric function and anal endosonography in relation to functional outcome
Pediatr Surg Int, 12 (7), 516-9
DOI 10.1007/BF01258715, PubMed 9238120

Publications 1996

Diseth TH, Emblem R (1996)
Somatic function, mental health, and psychosocial adjustment of adolescents with anorectal anomalies
J Pediatr Surg, 31 (5), 638-43
DOI 10.1016/S0022-3468(96)90664-8, PubMed 8861471

Publications 1994

Diseth TH, Emblem R, Solbraa IB, Vandvik IH (1994)
A psychosocial follow-up of ten adolescents with low anorectal malformation
Acta Paediatr, 83 (2), 216-21
DOI 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1994.tb13054.x, PubMed 8193506

Emblem R, Diseth T, Mørkrid L, Stien R, Bjordal R (1994)
Anal endosonography and physiology in adolescents with corrected low anorectal anomalies
J Pediatr Surg, 29 (3), 447-51
DOI 10.1016/0022-3468(94)90589-4, PubMed 8201517

Publications 1993

Berge T, Diseth TH (1993)
[Encopresis--in a child psychiatric treatment regime]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 113 (27), 3345-8
PubMed 8273058

Publications 1989

Diseth TH (1989)
[The syringe dispenser project in Larvik. Experiences after one year]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 109 (32), 3345-8
PubMed 2595707

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