Background and activities
Professor in clinical child- and adolescent psychology, co-head at the Dept. of Psychology and co-PI of the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS). The overall aims of TESS are to (1) identify risk factors, co-morbidity, and developmental trajectories of mental health problems; (2) identify individual, interpersonal, and community factors affecting children’s psychosocial development; and (3) identify individual, interpersonal, and community factors affecting children’s weight and health-related behaviours. Data have been gathered biennially for ten years since the participants (N=997) were 4 years old, and the study is currently ongoing. My main research areas are eating behavior, parental food-practices, overweight, sleep/sleep disorders and mental health.
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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
- (2018) Predictors of eating behavior in middle childhood: A hybrid fixed effects model. Developmental Psychology. vol. 54 (6).
- (2018) Emotional Over- and Undereating in Children: A Longitudinal Analysis of Child and Contextual Predictors. Child Development.
- (2018) The Home Environment Shapes Emotional Eating. Child Development. vol. 89 (4).
- (2018) Cohort Profile: The Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS)—a study of mental health, psychosocial development and health behaviour from preschool to adolescence. International Journal of Epidemiology.
- (2017) Emotional over- and under-eating in early childhood are learned not inherited. Scientific Reports. vol. 7 (1).
- (2017) Emotional Feeding and Emotional Eating: Reciprocal Processes and the Influence of Negative Affectivity. Child Development.
- (2017) Child and parent predictors of picky eating from preschool to school age. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. vol. 14 (87).
- (2017) Body size estimation from early to middle childhood: Stability of underestimation, BMI, and gender effects. Frontiers in Psychology. vol. 8:2028.
- (2017) Body composition impacts appetite regulation in middle childhood. A prospective study of Norwegian community children. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. vol. 14 (1).
- (2017) Screening for pickiness – a validation study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. vol. 14 (2).
- (2017) Homotypic and heterotypic continuity of symptoms of psychiatric disorders from age 4 to 10 years: a dynamic panel model. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. vol. 58 (11).
- (2017) Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Symptoms of Major Depression in Middle Childhood. Pediatrics. vol. 139 (2).
- (2016) Food fussiness and food neophobia share a common etiology in early childhood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. vol. 58 (2).
- (2016) Polygenic risk, appetite traits, and weight gain in middle childhood:A longitudinal study. JAMA pediatrics. vol. 170 (2).
- (2016) Parental Feeding and Child Eating: An Investigation of Reciprocal Effects. Child Development. vol. 87 (5).
- (2015) Health in overweight children: 2-Year follow-up of Finnmark Activity School - A randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood. vol. 100 (5).
- (2015) Predictors of change in BMI from the age of 4 to 8. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. vol. 40 (10).
- (2015) Stability of Sleep Disorders From Preschool to First Grade and Their Bidirectional Relationship With Psychiatric Symptoms. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. vol. 36 (4).
- (2013) A randomised study on the effectiveness of therapist-led v. self-help parental intervention for treating childhood obesity. British Journal of Nutrition. vol. 110 (6).
- (2013) Sleep Disorders in Preschoolers: Prevalence and Comorbidity with Psychiatric Symptoms. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. vol. 34 (9).