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Team members

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Miranda Thurston

Miranda is the Principal Investigator for the Schools, Learning and Mental Health project. She is also a PhD co-supervisor on Work Package 3 (Supporting young people’s mental health in school).She joined Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences in August 2011 as a full-time Professor of Public Health. Prior to this, she was Head of the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester, England. She is a qualified secondary school teacher and taught in the south east of England after completing her PhD. Miranda has a particular research interest in the health and wellbeing of children and young people. She is especially interested in understanding how institutions (or ‘settings’), such as the school and the family, influence the developmental trajectories of children and young people, particularly in relation to their mental health and wellbeing.

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Hege Eikeland Tjomsland 

Hege is the lead supervisor for Work Package 3 (Supporting young people’s mental health in school) and a co-supervisor for Work Package 1 (Physical activity, school and mental Health). She is a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian National Centre for Food, Health and Physical Activity, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Alongside this she has an Associate Professor position at the Inland Norway School of Sport Sciences. Prior to this, Hege worked as a teacher educator at the University of Bergen. She has extensive experience in the design and evaluation of school-based and ‘leisure-time interventions’. In particular, her research has focused on interventions designed to promote physical activity among youth. Her PhD focused specifically on an evaluation of the health promoting school programme in Norway.

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Sigmund Alfred Andersen

Sigmund is the lead PhD supervisor for Work Package 1 (Physical activity, school and mental health). He is Professor of Physical Activity and Health and Section Leader of Sports Medicine at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo. Sigmund also holds a Professor II position at the Department of Education and Sports, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. He has been Leader of the National Council of Physical Activity (Norway), and is one of the main authors of both the Norwegian and Nordic recommendations for physical activity. His research interests include mapping of physical fitness and physical activity and physical activity/exercise in relation to risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

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Børge Baklien

Børge is a PhD co-supervisor on  Work Package 3 (Supporting young people’s mental health in school). He is currently an Associate Professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, where he is programme director for education in substance abuse, addiction and mental illness. Børge has a PhD in health sciences, specifically in the field of positive mental health and human relationships. He also has a Master’s degree in social anthropology and additional postgraduate education in public health and substance abuse prevention. His research interests include mental health promotion, phenomenology, dialogic practices and networking. Prior to joining the University, Børge worked in the social work and mental health fields for many years.

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Lorraine Cale

Lorraine is a PhD co-supervisor of Work Package 2 (Experiencing physical education in secondary school). She is a Professor in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and currently Associate Dean (Teaching) at Loughborough University, England. She has twice been an elected member of the executive commitee for the UK’s Association for Physical Education. She is an honorary member of the Association in recognition of her significant contribution to its aims over many years. Lorraine has also been the Chair and a member of an Expert Advisory Group for Physical Education in England. Her research interests include the promotion of healthy active lifestyles in schools both within and beyond the curriculum, with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning, the school and PE environment, and young people’s physical activity and PE experiences.

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Ken Green

Ken Green is the lead PhD supervisor for Work Package 2 (Experiencing physical education in secondary school). Ken joined Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences as Professor II in 2014, having previously held a similar position at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo. ​Ken is also Professor of Sociology of Physical Education and Youth Sport and Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester, England. Before joining the University sector he taught Physical Education in secondary schools in England for 10 years. For the past 25 years, he has taught under- and postgraduate students and supervised PhD students in the field of sports sociology and physical education. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Education Review.

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Patrick Foss Johansen

Patrick started as a new PhD stipendiat from the 1st of January, 2019. He has a Master’s in Public Health, at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, which includes a dissertation focusing on parents’ role on their children’s physical activity participation. Patrick also has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health (Physical Activity) from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. His research interests include young people’s leisure and health.

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Ellen Nesset Mælan

Ellen is the PhD stipendiat for Work Package 3 (Supporting young people’s mental health in school). She has a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and is a specialist in clinical pedagogy. She has worked in the field of educational psychology and within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Before joining the Schools, Learning and Mental Health project, Ellen was employed as a researcher at the Centre for Studies of Educational Practice (SEPU) at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. She has research interests in educational practice in schools and kindergartens, inclusive education, and children and young people’s mental health.

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Erik Neslein Mønnes

Erik provides statistical advice and support to Work Package 1(Physical activity, school and mental health). He is currently Professor of Statistics in the Department of Economics at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences where he teaches mathematics, computer science and statistics. He is also a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, England. Erik has had positions as Dean and “Prorector”. His research interests includes applied statistics within forestry, industry, health and social sciences.

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Linda Røset

Linda is the PhD stipendiat for Work Package 2 (Experiencing physical education in secondary school). In addition to being a trained physiotherapist, Linda also has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and further education in cognitive therapy. Prior to joining the Schools, Learning and Mental Health project Linda worked as a physiotherapist at Hernes Institute, where she worked on vocational rehabilitation helping those on long-term sick leave return to work. Her research interests include education, occupational health and social inequalities.

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Oddrun Samdal

Oddrun is an adviser on the Schools, Learning and Mental Health project alongside being a PhD co-supervisor on Work Package 3 (Supporting young people’s mental health in school). She also holds a position as Professor of Health Promotion and Health Psychology at the University of Bergen.She completed her PhD at the University of Bergen in Health Psychology in 1999, with the thesis The school environment as a risk or resource for students’ health-related behaviours and subjective well-being. Oddrun is also the Principal Investigator in Norway for the international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children: WHO Collaborative Cross-National Survey (HBSC), while also acting as Data Manager. Her research interests relate to adolescent health behaviours in general, with a particular interest in physical activity.

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Thorsteinn Sigurjónsson

Thorsteinn is a PhD co-supervisor on Work Package 2 (Experiencing physical education in secondary school). He is an Associate Professor in the Inland Norway School of Sport Sciences, where earlier he held the position as Head of Department. Thorsteinn has a PhD in sports science from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. His research interests are related to children and orienteering, using pedagogical, phenomenological and ecological-psychological approaches. His particular expertise is in the dissemination of knowledge within the sport and physical education fields. Additionally, he is interested in the teaching of mathematics among children between one and five years old.

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Knut Skulberg

Knut Ragnvald Skulberg

Knut is a co-supervisor on Work Package 1 (Physical activity, school and mental health). He is an Associate Professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, having completed a PhD in environmental health. Alongside his current academic position he is the Chief Medical Doctor for Elverum municipality, where he practices community medicine and is responsible for public health. He has also been an occupational health doctor and a senior advisor to the Norwegian Federation of Asthma and Allergies. His research interests include environmental exposure, respiratory and mental health.

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Sidsel Stormoen

Sidsel works as a research assistant on the Schools, Learning and Mental Health project, supporting the collection of data in the Bergen schools. Alongside this role, she works as a youth counsellor for NAV, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Association. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Copenhagen, and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Bergen. Sidsel’s research interests include health-promoting schools and physical education.

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Ingeborg Barth Vedøy

Ingeborg is the PhD stipendiat for Work Package 1 (Physical activity, school and mental health). Before joining the Schools, Learning and Mental Health project she worked full-time as the course coordinator for the Bachelor in Public Health programme at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences (NIH), Oslo. Ingeborg has a Master’s degree in Physical Activity and Health from NIH, as well as teacher education in physical education from the University College of Southeast Norway.

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Nina Grieg Viig

Nina is involved with Work Package 4 (Evidence-based school development). She is currently Vice Dean for Education, at Western Norway University of Applied Science. In addition, she is head of Teacher Education (years 5-10) and the Norwegian coordinator for the Schools for Health in Europe Network (SHE Network). Earlier, she has had a position as an Associate Professor in Pedagogy. Nina has a PhD in Health Promotion from the Research Centre for Health Promotion (HEMIL Centre) at Bergen University. Her research interests include school-based health promotion, school development, and implementation of health promotion in schools.

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