Dr Hofgaard has since 2007 been the elected full time president of the Norwegian Psychological Association (in his second term now, from 2010-13). He graduated
from the University of Oslo, Norway, and is specialized in clinical work with adults.
Dr Hofgaard also has a university education in political science. Before starting his
psychological degree he had an officer's education, and worked in the Royal Norwegian
Dr Hofgaard has been working especially with long term severe drug addiction and with early intervention for psychosis, as well as with acute ward patients and with patients in outpatient clinics. He has also had a private practice working especially with LGBT related subjects, including patients with HIV.
In 2011 he was elected to the Executive Council of the European Federation of
Psychologists' Associations (EFPA), which represents 300 000 psychologists in 37 European countries. He is also chair of the board for The Norwegian Council for Mental Health (NCMHL which is a humanitarian organization that includes the majority of Norwegian institutions and organizations involved in the field of mental health, promoting the science and information in mental health in Norway. And he is a board member of the largest federation of unions for academics in Norway "The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations", which represents the majority of the academically based professions in Norway.
Dr Hofgaard has broad experience with organizational work, especially with member
associations and academic organizations. In all the organizations Dr Hofgaard is involved, he has focused primarily on new and better ways of organizing and professionalizing the vision process, the goal definition and strategic and tactical work of the organizations and on how to get policy change happen trough the application of psychological science.