Part of the PROMENTA group based at UiO: Head of Centre, Espen Røysamb, on the stairs. From the left: Nikolai Olavi Czajkowski, Line C. Gjerde, Eivind Ystrøm, Mona Bekkhus, Tilmann von Soest, Willy Pedersen, Vera Østensen and Christian Tamnes. Photo: Svein Harald Milde/ UiO
The research center PROMENTA aims to provide answers to three central questions in mental health, well-being, and drug use research:
What processes lead to poor and good mental health, and how?
How do social and geographic inequalities in mental health arise?
How can we develop, tailor, and evaluate effective interventions in communities to promote good mental health?
To address these questions, we examine sources of mental health on a variety of levels, such as genetic risk, neurocognitive development, the psychosocial environment, and the socio-cultural and political context.
By applying an interdisciplinary approach, integrating perspectives from genetics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, sociology, econometrics, and informatics, PROMENTA will deliver knowledge to promote well-being, prevent poor mental health and drug use problems, and reduce social and geographic inequalities in mental health.
We use several large longitudinal datasets combining register data, genetically informative data, neuroimaging data, and data collected by mobile applications. Moreover, we make use of geodata, large-scale repeated cross-sectional surveys, and ethnographic fieldwork. Together with relevant users and stakeholders, we conduct and evaluate interventions at the municipality level.
PROMENTA is based at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo (UiO). PROMENTA’s partner institutions are the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO; the University Center for Information Technology, UiO; the Norwegian Institute of Public Health; the Norwegian WHO Healthy Cities Network; Oslo Metropolitan University; Leiden University (the Netherlands); and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). Several national and international collaborators are associated with the center.
The center is made possible by a grant from the Research Council of Norway, and was officially opened in August 2019.