Background and activities

Main domains of research and supervision: 

  • Social psychological factors and transportation mode use 
  • Risk and safety psychology with a particular focus on transport safety 
  • Substance use and misuse in subgroups, specifically among patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and young adults in the general population
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods


Background and research profile:

Full Professor in Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, NTNU (2017 - ). 

20% research position at St.Olavs Hospital, Clinic of Substance Use and Addiction Medicine (2017 - ). 

20% Senior research position at NTNU Social Research/Samfunnsforskning (Studio Apertura). NFR funded position by the TRANSIKK Research Programme. (2013 - 2016). 

Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Sirus/FHI), Department of Drugs and Addiction (2013 - 2016).  

Two doctoral degrees in psychology. PhD June 2011 thesis entitled: "Patients with Substance Use Disorders: An investigation of Relapse, Substance Use and Recovery", Dr. philos September 2011 thesis entitled: "Risk judgements, attitudes and behaviour in transport: Temporal, geographical and cultural differences".  

Elected lifetime member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters Academy (DKNVS) 2020 -  

Frequently invited reviewer for top international journals and other committees related to fields of expertise.  

Awarded the scientific prize for young excellent researchers in the social sciences who have documented outstanding talent, originality and effort, and who have achieved extremely good results in their fields. Awarded by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters Academy (DKNVS) (2018)

Awarded the scientific prize from the Regional Health Care Enterprise (Helse Midt-Norge RHF) for excellent research among highly prioritized patient groups (2011).

Head of the Research Group on Transportation at the Department of Psychology, NTNU:

Member of the Citizens, Environment and Safety group at the Department of Psychology, NTNU:

Head coordinator of the Introduction and Bachelor programmes at the Department of Psychology, NTNU (2017 - 2021). 

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