Vidar Sandsaunet Ulset

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Academic interests

  • Developmental psychology

  • Preventative psychology

  • Developmental psychopathology

  • Attention

  • Multilevel modelling


My research project builds on the Matter of the First Friendship Study, that examines risk- and resilience factors for developmental psychopathology. Specifically, we want to know if outdoor time in natural settings may support young childrens cognitive development and protect against hyperactivity and inattention symptoms.

This is a multi-informant longitudinal study that collected data from children, teachers and parents anually for four years. We are now planning a ten year follow up and an experiment designed to reveal the mechanisms that mediate the link between mental health and natural outdoor contexts.


  • Cand. Psychol. Department of Psychology, fall 2012

  • Primare care psychologist, Kristiansund kommune and Bydel gamle Oslo, 2013 to 2015

  • Phd. In preventative and developmental psychology. Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, summer 2015

Tags: Preventative psychology, Developmental psychology


  • Kraft, Brage; Jonassen, Rune; Ulset, Vidar; Stiles, Tore C & Landrø, Nils Inge (2019). A Prospective Test of the Metacognitive Model of Depression in Previously Depressed Individuals. Cognitive Therapy and Research.  ISSN 0147-5916.  43(3), s 603- 610 . doi: 10.1007/s10608-018-9972-z
  • Ulset, Vidar; Czajkowski, Nikolai Olavi; Kraft, Brage; Kraft, Pål; Wikenius, Ellen; Kleppestø, Thomas Haarklau & Bekkhus, Mona (2019). Are unpopular children more likely to get sick? Longitudinal links between popularity and infectious diseases in early childhood. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  14(9), s 1- 14 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0222222 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ulset, Vidar; Vitaro, Frank; Brendgen, Mara Rosemarie; Bekkhus, Mona & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2017). Time spent outdoors during preschool: Links with children's cognitive and behavioral Development.. Journal of Environmental Psychology.  ISSN 0272-4944.  52, s 69- 80 . doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.05.007

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