Background and activities

PhD Candidate at the Department of Public Health and Nursing. Part of the Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging. My research topic is physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, mental helath, and brain health among middle-aged and elderly individuals. The project uses data from the HUNT studies and the Generation 100 study.

I have a Master’s degree from the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory (NU-lab) at the Department of Psychology, NTNU, where I studied the development of visual motion perception in preterm infants.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Nordstoga, Anne Lovise; Zotcheva, Ekaterina. (2018) Concurrent changes in physical activity and body weight in relation to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality: the HUNT Study. Norsk Forening for Epidemiologi Konferanse 2018 . Norsk Forening for Epidemiologi (NOFE); Trondheim. 2018-11-14 - 2018-11-15.
  • Zotcheva, Ekaterina. (2018) Associations of changes in cardiorespiratory fitness and depressive symptoms with white matter hyperintensities: the HUNT Study. Norsk Forening for Epidemiologi Konferanse 2018 . Norsk Forening for Epidemiologi (NOFE); Trondheim. 2018-11-14 - 2018-11-15.
  • Zotcheva, Ekaterina; Bergh, Sverre; Selbæk, Geir; Krokstad, Steinar; Håberg, Asta; Strand, Bjørn Heine; Ernstsen, Linda. (2018) Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, psychological distress, and dementia: The HUNT Study and the Health and Memory Study in Nord-Trøndelag. Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 . Alzheimer's Association; Chicago, Illinois. 2018-07-22 - 2018-07-26.
  • Zotcheva, Ekaterina. (2017) Fysisk aktivitet og hjernehelse. Norske Kvinners Sanitetsforening Sør-Trøndelag høstmøte 2017 . Norske Kvinners Sanitetsforening; Trondheim. 2017-10-18.
  • Zotcheva, Ekaterina; Pintzka, Carl Wolfgang Schøyen; Salvesen, Øyvind; Selbæk, Geir; Håberg, Asta; Ernstsen, Linda. (2017) Are changes in anxiety, depression, and cardiorespiratory fitness associated with brain volumes? The HUNT study. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2017 . American College of Sports Medicine; Denver, Colorado. 2017-05-30 - 2017-06-03.
  • Zotcheva, Ekaterina; Selbæk, Geir; Bjertness, Espen; Ernstsen, Linda; Strand, Bjørn Heine. (2017) Associations of leisure-time physical activity and psychological distress with dementia-related mortality: The Cohort of Norway (CONOR). Norsk Forening for Epidemiologi (NOFE) konferanse 2017 ; 2017-11-07 - 2017-11-08.
  • Zotcheva, Ekaterina; Meer, Audrey van der. (2016) Dorsal stream vulnerability in preterm infants: A longitudinal EEG study of visual motion perception. 14th European Workshop on Ecological Psychology ; Groningen. 2016-07-06 - 2016-07-08.
  • Van der Meer, Audrey; Agyei, Seth Bonsu; Vilhelmsen, Kenneth; Zotcheva, Ekaterina; Slinning, Regine; Van der Weel, Frederikus. (2015) The development of visual motion perception in infancy with high-density EEG. 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping ; Honolulu, Hawaii. 2015-06-14 - 2015-06-18.