Background and activities

I am professor in Occupational health psychology at the Department of Psychology and Director of  Center for Health Promotion Research. I have a PhD from NTNU on the interaction between work and family.

I give lectures and teach in various fields such as occupational health, work environment, health promotion, intervention research and quantitative method.

I am researching, and have helped develop, ARK, which is a comprehensive implementation program to promote psychosocial work environment in academia. I am also associated with the EU 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 interventions, measuring instruments, tools and models to promote mental health in Europe. See "Research on mental health promotion receives funding"

In 2016/2017 I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work one year at Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, UC Berkeley. This resulted in the project "Healthy workplaces", a collaboration project between NTNU, UC Berkeley and BI Campus Stavanger. I am the principal investigator (PI) for Norway, financed by Peder Sæther grant.

Academic interests

Work and health

Health promotion

Work-family balance

Healthy universities

Work engagement


Awards and membership

Member, The Royal Norwegian Science Society, 2019-

Founder and member of the "European Forum for Health Promotion" (HP Forum), 2018-

Member of the IUHPE / Euro Regional Committee, 2018-

Member of “Global Health and Education UNESCO chair and UNITWIN network”, 2018-

Member of “International Exchange Alumni, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, USA”, 2017-

Fulbright scholarship 2016/2017

Scientific advisory board of Center for Salutogenes, Trollhättan, Sweden, 2015-

Top cited article of 2013”. Stress and Health published by Wiley

Best Paper Overall 2012”. Stress and Health published by Wiley