Ingela Lundin Kvalem

Academic interests

 Body image and body ideals

    o Body image and development in adolescence and in midlife/old age
    o Body image and sexuality
    o Body image and overweight

Prevention: Development and evaluation of health interventions

Ongoing and previous project:

  • Obesity Surgery: Motivation, psychological effect and behavior change

    • The goal is to early identify those who after obesity surgery / conservative overweight treatment will have problems with weight loss maintenance, eating habits, physical activity and mental health by examining how weight loss history, self-regulation and other psychosocial factors affect post-treatment behavior change and mental health.

    • Patients undergoing obesity surgery at the Center for morbid obesity, Oslo University Hospital, Aker and clients receiving conservative overweight treatment are followed in a longitudinal study over a 10-year period. The study started in January 2011 and 10-year follow-up study will start in the autumn of 2021..

  • Long-term psychological effect after cancer treatment: Subproject in PROCCA (Protons Contra Cancer): UiO: Life Science - convergence environment

    • The aim of the sub-project at the Department of Psychology is to study the long-term effect on body image, sexual health, and fatigue after cancer treatment in the neck / head region. The study started in January 2020.
  • Cosmetic surgery: Motivation and psychological effect

    • The project will examine the scope and attitudes to cosmetic surgery and procedures in Norwegian women, as well as motivation to carry out cosmetic surgery. A panel of 3-4000 women will receive an anonymous online form. Start-up January 2022.
  • Prevention: Evaluation of effect

    • Online intervention "Talk about it" aimed at the elderly and health professionals with the goal of getting more people to talk about sexual health and to seek help when needed.
    • Collaboration with the Center for Rare Diagnoses on the evaluation of the online intervention "Young-Face IT" aimed at young people with appearance differences


PSY2101 - Health Psychology

PSY2103 - Sexology

PSY4120 - Methods of prevention work

Higher education and employment history

  • Cand. psychol., University of Oslo

  • PhD in psychology. University of Oslo

  • Research assistant/PhD candidate at the Department of Epidemiology, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo

  • Researcher at the Youth Research Group, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo

  • Professor in Health psychology, Dep. Of psychology, University of Oslo

Membership/ research groups

Member of the European Health Psychology Society

Member of the International Academy of Sex Research

Member of the The Obesity Society

Health Psychology Research Group

Tags: Health psychology, Social Psychology
Published Sep. 21, 2010 10:02 AM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2021 1:37 PM