Coaching Psychology Unit

The Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Copenhagen was established in 2009 in order to launch and coordinate interdisciplinary research, education and dissemination in coaching, coaching psychology and related fields.


The aim is to enhance the quality of life, well-being, performance and productivity of individuals, organizations and the broader community.

We teach coaching at all university levels and wish to collaborate with interested parties regarding coaching in sport, business and health care, including consultancy, training, joint research projects, etc.

Coaching lectures

The series of lectures "Coaching - research and practice" aims to build a bridge between research and praxis in coaching and related fields and at the same time embed coaching practices in the research discourse.

The intention is to hear from researchers and reflective practitioners, who explore coaching and related topics from a business, health or sports related angle.

The Danish branch of EMCC – The European Mentoring and Coaching Council, sponsors the series of lectures and webinars.

Research projects


Against the background of the current societal changes, which are best described through the concept of hypercomplexity, Reinhard Stelter tries to develop an understanding of what will be central to coaching as a transformative dialogue in the future.

This developmental and reseach work – which involves other professional colleagues, various organizations and experts – will be presented in a book published by Content Publishing.

Funded by

Content Publishing.

Project period: 2023 - 2024.


Professor Reinhard Stelter



The project takes its starting point in the resonance theory of the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa. His basic idea for the ground baking work is based on the motto: I acceleration is the problem, resonance might be the answer. However, Rosa has not said much about dialogue.

The attempt of this project is to open the idea of resonance for transformative dialogues. Resonance is understood as a collaborative practice between both parts.

Theoretically the project is inspired by both phenomenological and social constructionist thinking.

Funded by

Dansk Psykologisk Forlag

Project period: 2022 - 2023.


Professor Reinhard Stelter



The project is based on a number of interviews with people from different backgrounds (leadership, sports, civil life).

The aim is to examine how their lives and careers have taken shape, and which barriers they were able to overcome, which people have supported them – and how – and which contextual conditions have proven to be advantageous.

The empirical material is then analysed with the help of various theories.

The project will be disseminated as a book published by Akademisk Forlag in Copenhagen.

Funded by

Akademisk Forlag.

Project period: 2023 - 2025.


Professor Reinhard Stelter






















  • Ebbe Lavendt:
    "Positive Psychology Coaching – How Research Can Be Applied In Coaching”.
  • Morten Bertelsen:
    Research project about the coaching relationship.

Defended PhD theses

  • Knud Ryom:
    Supporting youth development through active citizenship and team sports.
  • Karen Seierøe Barfod:
    How is udeskole understood by Teachers?
  • Christel Halvor Trøstrup:
    How can narrative coaching in natural surroundings strengthen the quality of life for couples with one partner suffering from cancer?



Reinhard Stelter

Stefano De Dominicis
Associate professor

Books by Reinhard Stelter

Frontpage of The Art of Dialogue Frontpage of A guide to third Generation


ICF research portal