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I joined the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience in January 2016 from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and have worked in all aspects of old age psychiatry, from basic science to applied health research. My main research interests are in Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
I gained my degree in medicine in 1988 from the University of Oslo. At the same time as I was working as a clinician at Stavanger University Hospital I started to conduct research, gaining my PhD in 1996 with a thesis on language disorders among patients with Alzheimer's disease. In 1998 I became a specialist in psychiatry.
From 2000 to 2002 I was a senior lecturer in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Bergen. I then became an adjunct professor, then professor of geriatric medicine at Bergen from 2006-2009. Between 2007 and 2009 I was a visiting professor at King's College in London, where I have held an honorary professorship since 2009. In 2009 I became a professor of geriatric psychiatry at the University of Oslo. I am also a director of research at the University of Stavanger's Centre for Age-Related Medicine.