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Mental Health

Our research concerns social, psychological and biological factors that affect mental health. The research group uses a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods to study vulnerability, prevalence, interventions and social and cultural factors linked to mental health.

The Mental Health research group is an interdisciplinary group comprising the two project groups Clinical neuroscience and Health Services Research.

The group has facilities for the preparation of research (ethics, user participation and RRI) and for dissemination and implementation in study programmes and health services.

The main purpose of the Mental Health research group’s work is to respond to society’s need for more knowledge of mental health by mobilising interdisciplinary project groups in the topics covered by its research. The group wishes to achieve this by identifying factors of significance to the vulnerability, development, treatment and safeguarding of people with mental disorders and their next-of-kin.

The research group forms part of the staff with responsibility for the Advanced Programme in Mental Health Care (Norwegian page) and the Master’s Degree Programme in Health Sciences, specialisation in mental health care (Norwegian page).

Head of research group

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  • Members

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  • More about the research

    National and international frameworks for research on mental health recommend integrating several levels of information in order to investigate basic function dimensions, including those that exist across clinical and non-clinical populations. The framework has, however, been criticised for doing little to translate the concepts into the actual human experiences that constitute the signs and symptoms that may indicate safeguarding and treating people with mental disorders and their next-of-kin.

    Research that endeavours to resolve the challenges facing society with respect to mental health can thus only succeed through mobilisation of interdisciplinary projects that address the translation of basic research into applied research. This requires a great deal of dissemination, not only in the form of scientific publication, but also through dissemination in education, and focusing on clinical practice and the general population. The Mental Health research group therefore comprises leading researchers in specific priority areas, educationalists with expertise in teaching, and experts on the dissemination of knowledge linked to the subject mental health and mental disorders. The group also conducts research linked to the group’s facilities for preparation and implementation (ethics, health service research) and internationalisation projects.

    The migration and minority health research area belonged previously to the mental health research group, but is now established as a separate research group.

  • Projects

    Health Services Research

    • "Understanding the Nurse-Patient Relationship in Home Care for Elderly Depressed Users." The project is funded by the Faculty of Health Sciences at OsloMet. PI´s are Anne Grete Sagen and Randi Tofthagen, who are exploring the ways in which nurses can best cooperate with and support elderly depressed users in their home care settings. Through a comprehensive review of existing literature and interviews, the project aims to identify key themes and insights related to the nurse-patient relationship, ultimately contributing to the development of best practices and recommendations for improving the quality of care for this population.
    • "Beyond Bad Apples" - Towards a Behavioural and Evidence-Based Approach to Promote Research Ethics and Research Integrity in Europe (BEYOND) (
      Funded by Horizon Europe. Professor Tonje Lossius Husum and Assosiate Professor Alina Coman participate from the research group.
    • "Violence risk screening of adolescents in Adolescent Acute Psychiatric Wards and Acute Child Welfare Institutions. A multicentre research project". PhD Anniken Lucia Willumsen Laake at the PhD program at the Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet. Supervisors: Øyvind Lockertsen, PI, John Olav Roaldset, Tonje Lossius Husum, Stål Bjørkly, Tonje Granmo, Morten Jensås Lundgren. The project owner is Oslo University Hospital (OUS).
    • "Inpatients and nursing staffs’ experiences of what triggers episodes that result in decisions about coercive measures in acute psychiatric wards. A multicentre project". PhD candidate to be recruited to the PhD program at the Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet. Supervisors: Øyvind Lockertsen, PI, Tonje Lossius Husum, Veronica Lockertsen, Tonje Granmo, Johan Siqveland, John Olav Roaldset). Funded by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. The project owner is Oslo University Hospital (OUS).

    Clinical neuroscience

    • PhD Elise Solbu Roalsø "Over the counter analgesics - painkillers or mind killers in adolescence" (PI Rune Jonassen and Marianne Aalberg)
    • PhD Sandra Klonteig "Advanced health intelligence and brain-inspired technologies (ADEPT)" (PI Rune Jonassen and Peyman Mirtaheri)
    • "Unlocking the Complexities of Women's Mental Health: Charting Symptom Dynamics Through Time and Technology" (Rune Jonassen, Sandra Klonteig, Svein Ivar Ougendal, Elise Solbu Roalsø, Eva Hilland, Anis Yasidi and Peyman Mirtaheri).
  • Collaboration

    We have extensive collaborations with national and international research groups.