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 factors and mental illnesses (depression, eating disorders)

  • Genetic informative designs

  • Causality in observational research

  • Wellbeing and quality of life

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

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 aim to apply genetic informative designs to study wellbeing. Central questions include how wellbeing can be understood and conceptualised, important factors which influence wellbeing, 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 the influences of genes and environment on mental illness and wellbeing, direct and indirect genetic effects, genetic informative research designs, and causality 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 witness psychology among actors in the criminal justice system.

Courses taught

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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