About the Department of Mental Health

About the Department of Mental Health

Autumn leaves at Campus Østmarka. Photo: Irene Aspli / NTNU


The Department of Mental Health conduct research and education to increase our understanding of mental health, mental disorders, developmental disturbances, substance abuse, general rehabilitation, habilitation and child welfare.

The Department has knowledge and expertise on health promotion and treatment in a broad sense of the mental health field. We are dealing with basic research, applied research, epidemiology and clinical research in our fields of expertise. The close collaboration between St. Olavs hospital, municipal health services and central and local child welfare services creates appropriate conditions for clinical research. The department include a national national competence centre, National Institute on Intellectual Disability and Community,​​​​​​​ NAKU, and a Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare, RKBU Central Norway, with dedicated funding and tasks like support and quality enhancement of the public services. More on the research

Department of Mental Health educate Bachelor students in social education, master's and postgraduate students in mental health work and we educate medical- and doctoral students (PhD). We also offer training without credits for employees in the services. More on the education

We are about 170 employees and is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH) at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Department of Mental Health is organized in research units and centres.




Head of Department​​​​​​​

Nanna Sønnichsen Kayed

  +47 73596394 | +47 91897721 ​​​​​​​

  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ nanna.kayed@ntnu.no

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​ ​​​​4.413 Fred Kavli-bygget


Deputy Head of Research and Innovation

Valentina Cabral Iversen

  +47 92607502

  ​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​valentina.iversen@ntnu.no

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​1.437 Fred Kavli-bygget

Deputy Head of Education

Torunn Hatlen Nøst

  +47 73412534

  ​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​ torunn.h.nost@ntnu.no

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​1.435 Fred Kavli-bygget

​​​​​​​Solveig Merete Klæbo Reitan

Deputy Head of Education, Medical programme

Solveig Merete Klæbo Reitan

  +47 48042923

  ​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​ solveig.reitan@ntnu.no

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​4.421 Fred Kavli-bygget


​​​​​​​Head of Office​​​​​​​

Jannicke Ankile

  +47 73551516 | +47 95162449

  ​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​ jannicke.ankile@ntnu.no

​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​4.412 Fred Kavli-bygget

19 Jun 2023

Management team

Management team

The management team at the Department of Mental Health - Ledergruppen ved Institutt for psykisk helse



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Nanna Sønnichsen Kayed   Nanna Sønnichsen Kayed
   Head of Department​​​​​​​

​​​​​​  Employees

    About us

  ​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​kontakt@iph.ntnu.no


NTNU Department of Mental Health
​​​​​​​NO-​​​​​​​7491 Trondheim, Norway


Olav Kyrres gate 9​​​​​​​, The Fred Kavli-building, 4th floor

The Fred Kavli-building at Campus Øya, NTNU. Photo

Study inquiries

Study inquiries

  Student guidance

  ​​​​​studier@iph.ntnu.no

Where to find us

Where to find us

The Department of Mental Health is located in The Fred Kavli-building on Campus Øya,  Trondheim. Our offices are placed in the 4th floor, part 1 (south wing) and part 2 (west wing).

​​​​​​​The Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare is located in Klostergata 46.


Department of Mental Health, Fred Kavli-building

Department of Mental Health is located at The Fred Kavli-building. Photo: Irene Aspli/NTNU

RKBU Central Norway, Klostergata 46 Trondheim. Photo

SoMe, Department of Mental Health