Background and activities
I am an associate professor of work and organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology and affiliated with the Centre for Health Promotion Research. In 2012, I defended my doctoral thesis: "Work and health in a changing world: The implications of job demands and resources for job satisfaction and health at work."
I have been project manager on two Nordic projects dealing with positive factors in the working life and healthy engaged workers in healthy organisations. In these projects I have together with my Nordic partners worked to map and test theories and methods on positive factors in the working life adapted to Nordic working life.
I am researching, and have been part of the development of ARK, which is a comprehensive mapping and implementation programme to promote psychosocial working environment and climate in the university and university college sector in Norway.
I also lead a work package in the H2020 project "H-work - Multilevel Interventions to Promote Mental Health in SMEs and Public Workplaces". Together with 14 partners from nine different countries, we will develop and test multi-level tools and measures to promote mental health in Europe. Watch the video "Going to research working environment that provides good mental health" for more information.
Other projects that I am a part of are:
- Understanding Healthy Workplaces: Cross-Cultural Comparisons between Norway and the United States", founded by Peder Seather, collaboration with UC Berkeley (interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces), Business school of Norway Campus Stavanger and University of Tampere, Finland.
- "Successful aging in the worklife" collaboration with HRM Han university Nijmegen, Netherland,
- "Healthy healthcare" – European consortium.
- Developing and testing tools for implementing organizational interventions, collaboration with Work Psychology, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield.
- The leaders' role in the process of organisational interventions in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, the business school.
- BAT- Development and testing of the Burnout Assessment Tool. Contact: Marit Christensen
Development of measuring tools for the psychosocial working environment
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2020) An Open Time Perspective and Social Support to Sustain in Healthcare Work: Results of a Two-Wave Complete Panel Study. Frontiers in Psychology.
- (2020) Healthy Universities. The development and implementation of a holistic health promotion intervention programme especially adapted for staff working in the higher educational sector: the ARK study. Global Health Promotion. vol. 27 (1).
- (2019) The line manager’s role in implementing successful organizational interventions. The Spanish Journal of Psychology. vol. 22.
- (2018) Academic work engagement, resources and productivity: empirical evidence with policy implications. Studies in Higher Education.
- (2018) Healthy universities. The development and implementation of a holistic health promotion intervention program especially adopted for the educational sector. The ARK study. Global Health Promotion. vol. 27 (1).
- (2017) Work engagement - A double edged Sword: A Study of the Relationship between Work Engagement and the Work-Home Interaction Using the ARK Research Platform. Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
- (2016) Academic Work Engagement, Resources and Productivity: Implications for Intervention Policies. Webside: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2016/abstracts.
- (2016) Job autonomy in higher education, a mediator between empowering leadership and engagement. Webside: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2016/abstracts.
- (2016) Work engagement: A double-edged sword? A study on the relationship between work engagement and the work-home interaction. Webside: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/conference2016/abstracts.
- (2015) The workplace as a setting: health promotion in the workplace. European Journal of Public Health. vol. 25.
- (2015) The presentation and preliminary validation of KIWEST using a large sample of Norwegian university staff. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. vol. 43.
- (2014) Communication as a Strategic Tool in Change Processes. International Journal of Business Communication (IJBC). vol. 51 (4).
- (2013) The impact of supervisors' attitudes on organizational adjustment norms and attendance pressure norms. Scandinavian Journal of Organizational Psychology. vol. 5 (2).
- (2009) Positive occupational health psychology. Psychology and Health. vol. 24.
- (2007) How do external changes in a community and internal reorganisation influence employees? A study of local health and labour administration services. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management. vol. 7 (2).
- (2002) Health and Work in a Community in Change. Psykologiske skrifter.
- (2017) The Positive Side of Occupational Health Psychology. Springer. 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-66780-5.
- (2015) Arbeidshelsepsykologi på norsk. Fagbokforlaget. 2015. ISBN 9788245016314.
Part of book/report
- (2017) Healthy Individuals in Healthy Organizations: The Happy Productive Worker Hypothesis. The Positive Side of Occupational Health Psychology.
- (2017) What Is Health from an Occupational Health Perspective?. The Positive Side of Occupational Health Psychology.