Clinical psychosis research
The research has the main academic responsibility for clinical research at NORMENT - K.G. Jebsen / TOP project. We conduct research on the clinical effects of environmental risk factors, symptoms and course of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The group is also conveniently responsible for patient-oriented research on cognitive factors in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in collaboration with the Institute of Psychology (Academic Director, Professor Kjetil Sundet). We are core environment for one of the Helse Sør-Øst's regional research networks, Regional Research Network Psychosis.
An important goal of the research is to help increase understanding of the mechanisms underlying psychopathological phenomena and the concrete consequences of psychotic disorders with particular emphasis on factors related to social breakdown.
The group operates research projects examining the impact of early trauma on cognition and clinical symptomatology, clinical risk factors associated with being an immigrant in Norway and on the effects of cannabis on the early course of severe mental disorders.
When it comes to research into symptomatology focuses current projects on disorders of motivation, emotion processing and affect stability; and the risk factors for suicidal thoughts and plans by both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The early phases of psychotic disorders is an important research area. This applies to matters relating to the commencement of clinical disease and the early course of symptoms and functional impairment. We are here engaged in a course of study included patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder from the first treatment contact.
The group is the basis of three specific intervention projects that will eventually be spun off as separate research groups. The first studies the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (Project Professor Jan Ivar Røssberg), the second effect of exercise of cognitive functions (project Dr.Psychol Torill Ueland) and the third effect of exercise of social cognition (project postdoctoral Anja Vaskinn).
We have, through the regional research network, collaboration with Ahus, Sykehuset innland and Vestre Viken HF and throughout the national network with Stavanger University Hospital, Helse Bergen, UiB, the St. Olavs Hospital, NTNU and University Hospital of Northern Norway-Tromsø. We also have ongoing project collaboration with Psychiatry in Sjælland - University of Copenhagen (Denmark), INSERM Creteil (France), Yale School of Medicine (USA) and University of California, Los Angeles (USA).
- Early bipolar disorder
- Migration as a risk factor in psychotic disorders
- Risk factors for suicide and suicidal symptoms in psychotic disorders
- Motivation and apathy in psychotic disorders
- Early trauma in psychotic disorders