Norway

Lars Danbolt, Professor at MF Norwegian School of Theology and Head of Research Centre for Psychology of Religion, Innlandet Hospital Trust, Ottestad
Research:

  • Religion and serious illness (psychoses, dementia, cancer)
  • Disaster ritualizing
  • Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe): Translation and Validation in a Norwegian .

Hans Stifoss-Hanssen, Professor Dr.Philos. at Center of Diakonia and Professional Practice, VID Specialized University, Oslo
Research:

  • Faith-based voluntary work in the care for elderly people.
  • Spirituality and existential challenges in psychiatric care – concepts and methods.
  • Rituals in coping with disaster.
  • Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe): Translation and Validation in a Norwegian Context.

Torgeir Sørensen, Postdoctoral fellow at MF Norwegian School of Theology and Centre for Psychology of Religion, Innlandet Hospital Trust
Research:

  • Epidemiological Studies of Religious Behaviours and Health in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT 3), Norway   (Dissertation 2012).
  • Meaning-making, spirituality and religion: significance for patients in treatment for substance use disorder.
  • Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe): Translation and Validation in a Norwegian Context.

Sigrid Helene Kjørven Haug, Researcher at Research Centre for Psychology of Religion, Innlandet Hospital Trust, Ottestad. Associate  Professor at Hedmark University College, Elverum.
Research:

  • Doctoral thesis (PhD): “The illness experiences of older people with incurable cancer in specialized palliative healthcare contexts. The interactions between daily living and existential meaning-making”. MF Norwegian School of Theology 2015

Research topics:Religious and existential issues in psychotherapy

  • Post doc project: Evaluation and Efficacy pilot study for using the Cultural Formulation Interview in Three Clinical Context Areas, Research Centre for Psychology of Religion, Innlandet Hospital Trust and Hedmark University College, 2017-

Anne Austad, Associate Professor at VID Specialized University, Oslo.
Research:

  • Doctoral thesis: “Passing Away – Passing By” A Qualitative Study of Experiences and Meaning Making of Post Death Presence. MF Norwegian School of Theology, 2015.

Research topics:

  • Extraordinary experiences and mental health
  • Grief and meaning making
  • Existential issues in professional practice

Dagfinn Ulland, Associate Professor at Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Religion, Philosophy and History, University of Agder, Norway, and Head of the Research Unit, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sørlandet Hospital HF, Kristiansand, Norway
Research:

  • Understanding and working with existential information in a Norwegian adolescent psychiatry context
  • Philosophy’s role for guiding theory and practice in clinical contexts

Tor Torbjørnsen, Nursing home chaplain in Oslo and researcher at Centre for Psychology of Religion, Innlandet Hospital Trust
Research:

  • God help me! Religious coping in Norwegian Cancer Survivors (Dissertation 2011)
  • Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe): Translation and Validation in a Norwegian Context.

PhD students

Einar Eidsaa Edland (einar.e.edland@mf.no)

Annhild Tofte Haga (a.t.arnevik@teologi.uio.no)

Hilde Frøkedal (hilde.frokedal@vid.no), cand. theol. and chaplain. Hildes PhD focuses on existential health in psychiatric care institutions, with an emphasis on existential counselling groups in mental health care in Norway.

Tor-Arne Isene (tor-arne.isene@sykehuset-innlandet.no), cand.theol. and hospital chaplain. In his PhD, he is exploring how spirituality and faith is expressed in people with severe dementia, and the significance of these in terms of resilience and quality of life.

Åse Holmberg (ase.holmberg@hit.no)

Hege Kristin Ringnes (hege.k.ringnes@mf.no)

Kirsten Tornøe (kirsten.tornoe@ldh.no)

Gunn-Ingrid Ulstein (gunningrid.ulstein@gmail.com), cand.psyk. The title of Gunn-Ingrids project is “Metaphors, Affects, and Meaning: A qualitative study of existential meaning – and belief formation”.

Ingvild Engh Vattø (ingvild.engh.vatto@sykehuset-innlandet.no), cand.psyk. The focus of Ingvilds PhD studies is to study how a volunteer based crisis line – Kirkens SOS – can contribute to help people cope with their crises, with emphasis om existential meaning making

Ane Inger Bondahl Søberg (ane.inger.bondahl.soberg@sykehuset-innlandet.no), cand.theol. and hospital chaplain. Ane Inger focuses in her PhD on how existential themes in dialogues with individuals in risk of suicide is  touched upon, specially in regards to the role of hospital chaplains. Abstract.

Ingebrigt Røen (ingebrigt.roen@stolav.no), cand.theol. and hospital chaplain. Ingebrigt looks in his PhD into the needs of relatives to patients with advanced-stage cancer. Abstract.

Vegard Holm (vegard.holm@mf.no)

Kristina Berg Torskenæs (kristina.b.torskenes@gmail.com)

Kari Halstensen (kari.halstensen@halstensen.no)