Oslo Network

Pål Gulbrandsen, MD, PhD, professor (Health Services Research)

Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo and Akershus University Hospital. Specialist in public health and specialist in general practice. Main interests: Public health, physician-patient relations, medical ethics, clinical communication. More than 125 original scientific papers, about 65 on communication issues.

Arnstein Finset, PhD, Professor emeritus (Medical Psychology)

Department of Behavioural Sciences in Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and Senior Clinical Psychologist (part time), Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Oslo. Accr. specialist in Clinical Psychology / Clinical Neuropsychology. Main interests:  Clinician-patient relations,  emotional communication, communication skills training, health psychology, pain and fatigue in patients with chronic disease.

Hanne C. Lie, PhD, Associate professor

Department of Behavioural Sciences in Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. Main interests:  Clinician-patient relations, clinical communication, health psychology, childhood cancer survivorship, patient perspectives, depression in palliative cancer patients (face perception and sexual selection).

Julia Menichetti, PhD, postdoctoral researcher. j.p.m.delor@medisin.uio.no

Health Services Research Unit (HØKH), Akershus University Hospital, Norway. Main interests: medical information sharing, physicians’ patient-centred professionalism, patient and doctor engagement.

Lena Heyn, professor, University of Southeast Norway, lena.heyn@usn.no

Lena is the leader of the Center for Health and Technology. Her research interest is in patient-provider communication in different clinical settings, communication skills training, and emotions in communication (both positive and negative emotions). She is also involved in several research projects related to education of nurses.

Jennifer Gerwing, PhD (psychology), senior researcher

Jennifer Gerwing is a senior researcher at the Health Services Research Unit (HØKH) at Akershus University Hospital. Using the method microanalysis of face-to-face dialogue, Jennifer analyzes videotapes of clinical communication between health care providers and patients. She also continues a line of basic research looking into the resources (e.g., speech and visible action) and processes (e.g., calibrating sequences) that interlocutors use in face-to-face dialogue. Current collaborations include researchers from Norway, Canada, the US, and the UK. For an up-to-date list of publications and projects, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Gerwing

Anne Marie Dalby Landmark, PhD

Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo and Akershus University Hospital. Master in applied linguistics. Main interests: Conversation analysis of physician-patient interaction; (shared) decision making and patient involvement, language barriers, understanding and gestures.


Eirik Hugaas Ofstad, MD, PhD,  eirikofstad@gmail.com

Nordlandssykehuset, Bodø, and Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo. Specialist in internal medicine and emergency medicine. Main interests: Clinical decision making and communication.

Hilde Eide,  Professor, University of Southeast Norway. Hilde.Eide@usn.no

Hilde Eide is professor in clinical communication and health counseling at the Centre for Health and Technology at USN. Her research activities cover mHealth interventions for persons with chronic pain, communication in health care and innovation processes related to implementation of welfare technology and digital surveillance in primary care including education research in these areas. She has been head og research at the centre from 2012-2022. <https://www.usn.no/english/about/contact-us/employees/hilde-eide>

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southeast Norway. Study coordinator: Masters Program in Clincal Health Care.
Main interests: communication of concerns, person-centered communication, webbased health counseling, communication skills training.

Linda Hafskjold, PhD

University of Southeast Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Drammen. Master in Clinical Health Care. Main interests: Communication of concerns, person-centered communication.

Bård Fossli Jensen, MD, PhD

Currently developing communication skills courses. Main interests: Communication skills training and development of a program for nationwide training of Norwegian doctors.

Erik Skjeggestad, PhD


Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo and Akershus University Hospital. Lecturer at Diakonhjemmet College, Oslo. Master in professional ethics. Social worker. Main interests: Ethnic minority issues, ethics.

Vibeke Sundling, PhD, associate professor (optometry), registered optometrist. vibeke.sundling@usn.no

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Southeast Norway. Program coordinator for postgraduate education. Main interests: person-centered communication, health services research, communication of concerns and needs, decisions and decision-making, communication skills training.