Dr. Thorberg is an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Psychologist in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. His main area of research interest is in alexithymia, emotion regulation difficulties, attachment, mindfulness, compassion, neuroscience and intervention studies for people with substance use problems and disorders. He is very passionate about improving the well-being and quality of life for people with substance misuse.

He has previously worked as a Visiting Professor at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He currently has affiliations as a Visiting Researcher in the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), he is an Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bond University, Visiting Fellow at Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology, Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Oslo (Norway) and is employed as a Senior Research Fellow and Consultant at the National Centre for Dual Diagnosis at Innlandet Hospital Trust (Norway).

Dr. Thorberg has an extensive international collaborative network of clinicians and researchers, and is currently heading a large international research project on alexithymia and alcohol use disorders across Australia and Norway also involving the USA. He has been Chief Investigator and Project Leader on 4 peer-reviewed international grants, including funding from the Regional Health Authority of Norway, Norwegian Extra Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation and Innlandet Hospital Trust.

He has over 40 publications including 37 peer reviewed articles and has presented at numerous conferences worldwide.

He has won several prestigious international awards for his research into alexithymia and alcohol use disorders including from the American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.