Background and activities
I completed a MSc at the The Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare at NTNU. I completed my PhD in Public Health in 2018.
Since I started working in the mental health sector, I have had an interest in adult psychopathology. I have worked with eating disorders the last 12 years. My research interests are the epidemiology of eating disorders and I have especially been interested in mothers with eating disorders, their pregnancies and infant outcomes. As a clinician I have seen many women suffering with eating disorders during pregnancy and motherhood. My PhD focused on pregnancy, perinatal outcomes and infant outcomes in women with eating problems and eating disorders, using data from the Health Survey in Nord-Trøndelag (HUNT) and data from Levanger Hospital.
I worked as a research scientist at Harvard Medical Scool, Boston Children's Hospital in 2016 where I worked with data from the Growing Up Today Study. I did a study on drive for muscularity in men and we further studied the associations with adverse health outcomes such as binge drinking, depression, use of muscle building products and disordered eating behaviors.
I am currently the Principal Investigator of the MHOBY Study (Mental Health & Obesity). This nation wide study focuses on the interplay between obesity and mental health.
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) Parenthood and eating disorders. A tailored in-patient treatment program. Ergoterapeuten.
- (2018) Prospective health associations of drive for muscularity in young adult males. International Journal of Eating Disorders. vol. 51 (10).
- (2018) Impact of eating disorders on obstetric outcomes in a large clinical sample: A comparison with the HUNT study. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
- (2015) Women's weight and disordered eating in a large Norwegian community sample: the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT). BMJ Open. vol. 5 (10).
- (2013) Communication problems and language barrier between foreign inmates and prison officer. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. vol. 11 (1).
- (2009) Using exercise to treat patients with severe mental illness:how and why?. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. vol. 47 (2).
- (2008) The effect of exercise on psychological and physical health outcomes:preliminary results from a Norwegian forensic hospital. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. vol. 46 (7).