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Samantha Marie Harris

Associate Professor
  • E-mailSamantha.Harris@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 35
  • Visitor Address
    Alrek helseklynge, Årstadveien 17
    5009 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7807
    5020 Bergen

I was previously affiliated with the project Clinical encounters with refugees suffering from mental health problems, within the Society and Workplace Diversity research group at the Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, where I defended my PhD in April 2022. My project examined mental health encounters between general practitioners in Norway and individuals with a refugee background, from both perspectives.

In 2015, I graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of York. I completed my MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences in 2017 at University College London (UCL). My thesis at UCL compared hospital admissions for substance-use disorders in refugees, non-refugee migrants, and the native population in Sweden, with a focus on the role of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Following this, I trained as a psychological wellbeing practitioner at UCL and conducted low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions with people suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

My research interests include: migration and mental health, clinical encounters between health services and individuals with an migrant background, substance abuse, and social determinants of and inequalities in mental disorders.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Integration Is Correlated With Mental Health Help-Seeking From the General Practitioner: Syrian Refugees' Preferences and Perceived Barriers. Frontiers in Public Health. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2021). General practitioners’ management of depression symptoms in Somali refugee and Norwegian patients: a film vignette experiment. BMJ Open. 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2020). General practitioners' experiences of clinical consultations with refugees suffering from mental health problems. Frontiers in Psychology. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). COVID-19 and psychological distress in Norway: The role of trust in the healthcare system . Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 96-103.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Substance use disorders in refugee and migrant groups in Sweden: A nationwide cohort study of 1.2 million people. PLoS Medicine. 19 pages.
Lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Møter med det norske helsevesenet - hva går bra og hva kan forbedres?
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2019). Exploring GPs experiences of clinical consultations with refugees suffering from mental health problems in Norway.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2020). Fastlegers erfaringer i kliniske møter med flyktningspasienter som lider av psykiske problemer – hvilke barrierer oppleves og hva hjelper?
  • Show author(s) (2020). COVID-19 and psychological distress in Norway: the role of trust in the health-care system .
  • Show author(s) (2020). COVID-19 and psychological distress in Norway: the role of trust in the health-care system .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Exploring GPs’ experiences of clinical consultations with refugees suffering from mental health problems in Norway.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Hvordan møter leger flyktninger med psykiske lidelser? Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.
Interview
  • Show author(s) (2022). Ressursprogram for fastlegers arbeid med psykisk helse blant flyktninger.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Flyktninger med psykiske lidelser.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Fastleger følte seg uforberedt på å ta imot flyktninger med psykiske plager.
Interview Journal
  • Show author(s) (2020). We are basically going to be ok. REPLIKK – Tidsskrift for samfunnsvitskap og humaniora.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Harris, S. M., Binder, P. E., Diaz, E., Ekroll, V., & Sandal, G. M. (2021). General practitioners’ management of depression symptoms in Somali refugee and Norwegian patients: a film vignette experiment. BMJ Open, 11(12), e055261.

Harris, S. M., Sandal, G. M., Bye, H. H., Palinkas, L. A., & Binder, P. E. (2021). Integration Is Correlated With Mental Health Help-Seeking From the General Practitioner: Syrian Refugees' Preferences and Perceived Barriers. Frontiers in Public Health, 1952.

Harris, S. M., & Sandal, G. M. (2020). COVID-19 and psychological distress in Norway: The role of trust in the healthcare system. Scandinavian journal of public health, 1403494820971512.

Harris, S. M., Binder, P. E., & Sandal, G. M. (2020). General Practitioners’ Experiences of Clinical Consultations With Refugees Suffering From Mental Health Problems. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

Harris, S., Dykxhoorn, J., Hollander, A. C., Dalman, C., & Kirkbride, J. B. (2019). Substance use disorders in refugee and migrant groups in Sweden: A nationwide cohort study of 1.2 million people. PLoS medicine, 16(11).