Ludvig Daae Bjørndal

Doctoral Research Fellow - Helse-, utviklings- og personlighetspsyk
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

  • Genetic and environmental influences on mental illnesses (depression, eating disorders)

  • Trauma, stressful life experiences and mental illnesses

  • Genetically informative designs

  • Causality in observational research

  • Wellbeing and quality of life

  • Knowledge of psychological research in society, particularly within the criminal justice system

  • Perinatal depression

PhD project

I am a PhD Candidate at the PROMENTA Research Center at the University of Oslo. My PhD project is entitled “Homo sociabilis and genomics of the good life. Rethinking wellbeing and social relations – the role of genetic and environmental factors”. We apply advanced quantitative methods, including genetically informative designs, to study illbeing (i.e., mental illness) and wellbeing. Central questions include how wellbeing can be understood and conceptualised, important factors which influence wellbeing and mental illness, and links between wellbeing and social relations. The project is based on data from The Norwegian Twin Registry and the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa).

My primary research interests are focused on factors which influence mental illness and wellbeing, understanding how experiencing stressful life events is related to increased risk of mental illnesses, and statistical modeling in observational research. I am also interested in preventive interventions which target mental illness. In addition to this, I am involved in research on knowledge of findings from psychological research (e.g., witness psychological research) among actors in the criminal justice system. I am also interested in meta-science and have worked on three large-scale replication studies.

Courses taught

PSYC4320 - Applied personality psychology

PSYC2302 - Profesjonsforberedende (3)

PSYC2502 – Profesjonsforberedende (4) / Innføring i helsefremmende og forebyggende arbeid

PSYC1100 - Introduction to research methods


I am a clinical psychologist (graduated from the University of Oslo, 2021). I have previous research experience from several institutions, including University of Oslo, Centre for Evidence and Implementation (Melbourne, Australia), Norwegian Police University College, and the Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge (UK).


2021 Leonard E. Gibbs Award from the Campbell Collaboration.

Tags: PROMENTA, genetics, wellbeing


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