Academic and Educational Qualifications
Faculty of Psychology,
University of Bergen
Chapter 1 ACADEMIC COMPETENCE
In my research, I have investigated social inequalities in mental health, conducted psychometric analyses, and studied development, risk- and protective factors for mental health and well-being over several age-periods using a variety of analytical and statistical procedures, utilizing data from cross-sectional and longitudinal regional-, national- and cross-national surveys, and from national data registries.
This far in my academic career, I have authored or co-authored many publications (journal articles, book chapters, reports and chronicles), mostly in international peer-reviewed journals [1–46] (see details in the enclosed list of publications). My publications have been cited 1292 times, (h-index = 17; i10-index = 27; data retrieved 12.08.2021 from Google Scholar).
I am the first author of several articles published in peer-reviewed international journals [1–12] and the senior author on many [13–19]. I have also published papers in peer-reviewed Norwegian journals [46–53], I am the single author of two reports, [54, 55], have co-authored one report and one book chapter [56, 57] and have written one chronicle , and I have presented peer-reviewed abstracts at national and international conferences [59–70].
I have investigated different age periods and developmental phases ranging from pre-schoolers , school-aged and pre-adolescent children , adolescents , students/young adults [1, 28], and adults and elderly . In these investigations, I have utilised different datasets such as regional surveys , national surveys , international comparative datasets  and clinical data . I have been responsible for linkages between survey data and national registers and used linked data to investigate associations with household income [8, 17] and register-based educational outcomes . I have used different analytical approaches in my research, including structural equation modelling strategies [3, 4], latent class and linear mixed model analysis [8, 17, 38, 40], exploratory- and confirmatory factor analytical approaches [33, 39], pattern classification approaches , and psychometric analyses, including modern approaches to validity and reliability analysis, item response analyses and measurement invariance testing [6, 13, 33]. As detailed in my CV, I have collaborated with international researchers in nine projects, and co-published with international authors on 15 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals. See also the prodded references for my research competence.
Broadly, my research can be categorised into three main areas: 1) Social health inequalities, 2) psychometric investigations, and 3) epidemiological investigations into development and risk-factors.
1.2 Psychometric investigations
I have an interest in measurement, and have conducted several psychometric investigations into commonly used survey instruments , including the use of Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) among older adolescents , in foster children , and in children with cerebral palsy , and we have investigated measurement equivalence of the SDQ in longitudinal data . I have contributed several papers to the Norwegian peer-reviewed journal PsykTestBarn, where the aim is to investigate the utility of instruments used to survey aspects of children and adolescent mental health in a Norwegian context [47–52].
1.3 Epidemiological investigations into development and risk-factors
I have taken a general interest in further understanding the distribution, patterns and determinants of mental health and healthy development. I have contributed to several epidemiological investigations of associations between different predictors and various health-related outcomes across childhood and into early adulthood. I was the main supervisor of one PhD-candidate who investigated association between parental divorce and mental health , health complaints  and educational outcomes . Across several studies, we have investigated risk factors for alcohol and drug use [26, 40, 41] and developmental outcomes associated with prenatal exposure to substances . I have contributed to studies of factors related to school attendance, absence and drop-out , the role of primary school inattention for future school achievement , and we have conducted studies into loneliness  and sleep problems  among higher education students. We have investigated consequences for children that experience negative life events  and the role of resilience in buffering adverse health-related outcomes , and I am now main supervisor for one PhD-candidate (to be completed in 2025), where we investigate these associations further using survey and clinical data obtained from the Norwegian Patient Registry.
1.4 Ongoing research and future plans
I am currently involved in several research projects. Please see my project page in CRISTIN (Current Research Information System In Norway).