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  • Psychosocial learning environments and drop-out in upper secondary school
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Social factors associated with infant and child nutritional status and health in the Global South
  • Food security and child health in the Global South
  • Intimate Partner Violence and child health
  • Nurturing child care and Early child development
  • Climate change and health


  • Global health
  • Public health 
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Quantitative methods
Academic article
  • 2019. Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Loneliness in Upper Secondary School in Norway: Effects of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research.
  • 2019. Mental well-being among students in Norwegian upper secondary schools: the role of teacher support and class belonging. Norsk Epidemiologi. 49-58.
  • 2019. Indicators of positive youth development can be maladaptive: The example case of caring. Journal of Adolescence. 1-9.
  • 2018. The influence of maternal and household resources, and parental psychosocial child stimulation on early childhood development: A cross-sectional study of children 36-59 months in Honduras. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). 1-10.
  • 2018. Resources for nurturing childcare practices in urban and rural settings: Findings from the Colombia 2010 Demographic and Health Survey. Child: Care, Health and Development. 572-582.
  • 2018. COMPLETE - a school-based intervention project to increase completion of upper secondary school in Norway: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 1-12.
  • 2017. Household food security and adequacy of child diet in the food insecure region north in Ghana. PLOS ONE.
  • 2016. High school physical education: What contributes to the experience of flow? European Physical Education Review. 355-371.
  • 2015. Associations between intimate partner violence, childcare practices and infant health: Findings from Demographic and Health Surveys in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. BMC Public Health.
  • 2014. Validity of a single item food security questionnaire in Arctic Canada. Pediatrics. e1616-e1623.
  • 2014. Trends in stunting and overweight in Peruvian pre-schoolers form 1991 to 2011: findings from the Demographic and Health Surveys. Public Health Nutrition.
  • 2014. Reliability of demographic and socioeconomic variables in predicting early initiation of breastfeeding: A replication analysis using the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey data. BMJ Open.
  • 2013. Child diet and healthy growth in the context of rural poverty in the Peruvian Andes: What influences primary caregivers' opportunities and choices? Global Health Promotion. 5-13.
  • 2011. Socioeconomic status and chronic child malnutrition: wealth and maternal education matter more in the Peruvian Andes than nationally. Nutrition Research. 741-747.
  • 2019. Andre delrapport fra COMPLETE-prosjektet - Kortversjon. .
  • 2017. Delrapport fra Complete-prosjektet. -. -. .
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • 2020. Arts and Health Promotion. Tools and Bridges for Practice, Research, and Social Transformation. Springer Publishing Company.
Academic monograph
  • 2011. Klasseleiing og IKT i vidaregåande opplæring. "Ei evaluering av LanSchool og klasseleiing i teknologitette klasserom".
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2017. Child health and child care of very young children in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2020. Social Justice for Children and Young People in Norway. 13 pages.
Academic literature review
  • 2016. Changes in optimal childcare practices in Kenya: Insights from the 2003, 2008-9 and 2014 demographic and health surveys.
  • 2014. Influence of childcare practices on nutritional status of Ghanaian children: A regression analysis of the Ghana Demographic and Health Surveys. 10 pages.
  • 2016. Specific Resistance Resources in the Salutogenic Model of Health. 71-76. In:
    • 2016. Handbook of Salutogenesis. Springer.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

COMPLETE: Good psychosocial learning environments improve completion of upper secondary school. A randomized controlled trial in Norwegian upper secondary schools.


PhD project: Social and behavioural factors associated with child care, health and development in the Global South in collaboration with the research group MC Venues at the Department of Health Promotion and Development.