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Ingrid Kvestad

Ingrid Kvestad

Research Professor

+47 56 10 72 53
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

I am a clinical child and adolescent psychologist with a Phd in biological risk factors and early child development from Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen. Briefly, I have an expertise in early child development and mental health, biological and social risk factor for adverse development and epidemiological research. My research is based both on work in low-income countries such Nepal and India, and in Norway.

I have experience in conducting randomized controlled trials in infants and young children both in Norway and internationally. In Nepal and India, I have been part of large clinical trials examining the effects of nutrition on child neurodevelopment and growth. I am also part of a multinational trial on the effect of music therapy on maternal bonding and child development. In a Norwegian context I have participated in smaller trials evaluating the effect of diet on neurodevelopment and cognition in infants and preschool children.

I also have an interest in developing and carrying out projects in close collaboration with services for children and adolescence in Norway such as the Pathways to Independence study in unaccompanied refugee minors under the care of the Norwegian child welfare services, and the BeProx project (In a Norwegian: Sammen mot mobbing) on the effectiveness of an anti-bullying program in Norwegian kindergartens.

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Vitamin B<inf>12</inf> status in infancy and the effect of a vitamin B<inf>12</inf> injection in infants with subclinical vitamin B<inf>12</inf> deficiency: study protocol for a register-based randomised controlled trial – BMJ Open 2023
Treatment fidelity in a pragmatic clinical trial of music therapy for premature infants and their parents: the LongSTEP study – Trials 2023
The reliability and predictive ability of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) in a community-based study in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Infant Behavior and Development 2023
The association between household biomass fuel use and leukocyte telomere length among toddlers in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2022
The stability of the Bayley scales in early childhood and its relationship with future intellectual abilities in a low to middle income country – Early Human Development 2022
Vitamin B12 and/or folic acid supplementation on linear growth; A 6 years follow-up study of a randomised controlled trial in early childhood in North India – British Journal of Nutrition 2022
Benefit and risk assessment of fish in the Norwegian diet - Scientific Opinion of the Steering Committee of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment – VKM Report 2022
Mental health among unaccompanied refugee minors after settling in Norway: A matched cross-sectional study – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2022
Biomass fuel use for cooking in Nepalese families and child cognitive abilities, results from a community-based study – Environmental Research 2022
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on daily life and worry among mothers in Bhaktapur, Nepal – PLOS Global Public Health 2022
The effect of infant vitamin B12 supplementation on neurodevelopment: A follow-up of a randomized placebo-controlled trial in Nepal. – British Journal of Nutrition 2022
The association between biomass fuel use for cooking and linear growth in young children in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Environment International 2022
Short-term Music Therapy for Families With Preterm Infants: A Randomized Trial – Pediatrics 2022
Biomarkers and Fatty Fish Intake: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Norwegian Preschool Children – Journal of Nutrition 2021
«Det var godt å si det jeg hadde på hjertet» – Tidsskriftet Norges Barnevern 2021
The effect of vitamin B12-supplementation on actigraphy measured sleep pattern; a randomized control trial – Clinical Nutrition 2021
Maternal cod intake during pregnancy and infant development in the first year of life: Secondary analyses from a randomized controlled trial – Journal of Nutrition 2021
Potential traumatic events and symptoms of post‑traumatic stress in unaccompanied refugee minors—a comparison with youth in foster care – European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2021
The LongSTEP approach: Theoretical framework and intervention protocol for using parent-driven infant-directed singing as resource-oriented music therapy – Nordic journal of music therapy 2021
Cobalamin and folate status in women during early pregnancy in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Journal of Nutritional Science (JNS) 2021
Study design: Pathways to Independence – A study of unaccompanied minor refugees settled in a Norwegian city municipality – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2021
Gestational Age, Birth Weight, and Neurocognitive Development in Adolescents in Tanzania – Journal of Pediatrics 2021
One-Carbon Metabolism in Nepalese Infant-Mother Pairs and Child Cognition at 5 Years Old – Journal of Nutrition 2021
Longitudinal Study of music Therapy's Effectiveness for Premature infants and their caregivers (LongSTEP): Feasibility study with a Norwegian cohort – The Journal of music therapy 2021
Protocol and description of literature searches for the risk-benefit assessment of fish in the Norwegian diet. The Steering Committee of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment – The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety 2020
Effects of Two Weekly Servings of Cod for 16 weeks in Pregnancy on Maternal Iodine Status and Infant Neurodevelopment: Mommy's Food, a Randomized-Controlled Trial – Thyroid 2020
Effects of vitamin B12 supplementation on neurodevelopment and growth in Nepalese Infants: A randomized controlled trial – PLoS Medicine 2020
Agreement between mothers and fieldworkers while assessing child development using ages and stages questionnaires, Third edition in Nepal – Frontiers in Psychology 2020
The feasibility of the full and modified versions of the Alarm Distress Baby Scale (ADBB) and the prevalence of social withdrawal in Infants in Nepal – Frontiers in Psychology 2020
Linear growth between early and late childhood and cognitive outcomes at 6 to 9 years of age – Journal of Pediatrics 2020
Vitamin D Status in Early Childhood Is Not Associated With Cognitive Development and Linear Growth at 6-9 Years of Age in North Indian Children: A Cohort Study – Nutrition Journal 2020
Dietary intake and biomarkers of folate and cobalamin status in Norwegian preschool children: The FINS-KIDS Study – Journal of Nutrition 2020
Vitamin B12, folate, and cognition in 6-to 9-year-olds: a randomized controlled trial – Pediatrics 2020
Early life risk factors of motor, cognitive and language development: a pooled analysis of studies from low/middle-income countries – BMJ Open 2019
Vitamin D status in preschool children and its relations to vitamin D sources and body mass index—Fish Intervention Studies-KIDS (FINS-KIDS) – Nutrition - The International Journal of Applied and Basic Nutritional Sciences 2019
Determinants of cognitive development in the early life of children in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Frontiers in Psychology 2019
Veien til Selvstendighet. Et prosjekt i barneverntjenesten for enslige mindreårige flyktninger i Bergen kommune. – NORCE Norwegian Research Centre 2019
Dietary diversity and child development in the far west of Nepal: A cohort study – Nutrients 2019
Longitudinal study of music therapy's effectiveness for premature infants and their caregivers (LongSTEP): Protocol for an international randomised trial – BMJ Open 2019
Strategi for RBUP/RKBUssatsing på sped- og småbarnsfeltet 2019-2022 – UiT Norges Arktiske universitet 2019
Parental height modifies the association between linear growth and neurodevelopment in infancy – Acta Paediatrica 2019
The association between heart rate variability and neurocognitive and socio-emotional development in nepalese infants – Frontiers in Neuroscience 2019
Earthquake exposure and post-traumatic stress among nepalese mothers after the 2015 earthquakes – Frontiers in Psychology 2019
The feasibility of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire for the assessment of child development in a community setting in Nepal – Child: Care, Health and Development 2019
Effect of antenatal and infant micronutrient supplementation on middle childhood and early adolescent development outcomes in Tanzania – European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2019
Effects of cod intake in pregnancy on iodine nutrition and infant development: study protocol for Mommy’s Food - a randomized controlled trial – BMC Nutrition 2018
Fatty fish, hair mercury and cognitive function in Norwegian preschool children: Results from the randomized controlled trial FINS-KIDS – Environment International 2018
Fatty fish intake and the effect on mental health and sleep in preschool children in FINS-KIDS, a randomized controlled trial – Nutrients 2018
Erythrocyte DHA and AA in infancy is not associated with developmental status and cognitive functioning five years later in Nepalese children – Nutrition Journal 2018
Iodine status in Norwegian preschool children and associations with dietary iodine sources: the FINS-KIDS study – European Journal of Nutrition 2018
Acceptability and reliability of the Bayley Scales of infant and Toddler Development-III Among Children in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Frontiers in Psychology 2018
Maternal and infant vitamin B12 status during infancy predict linear growth at 5 years – Pediatric Research 2018
Does early vitamin B12 supplementation improve neurodevelopment and cognitive function in childhood and into school age: a study protocol for extended follow-ups from randomised controlled trials in India and Tanzania – BMJ Open 2018
Cobalamin and folate status among breastfed infants in Bhaktapur, Nepal – Nutrients 2018
Fatty fish intake and cognitive function: FINS-KIDS, a randomized controlled trial in preschool children – BMC Medicine 2018
The effects of vitamin B12 supplementation in pregnancy and postpartum on growth and neurodevelopment in early childhood: Study Protocol for a Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial – BMJ Open 2017
Vitamin-D status and neurodevelopment and growth in young north Indian children: a secondary data analysis – Nutrition Journal 2017
The effect of vitamin B12 supplementation in Nepalese infants on growth and development: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial – Trials 2017
How much do Nepalese mothers know about child development? – Early Child Development and Care 2017
Vitamin B-12 status in infancy is positively associated with development and cognitive functioning 5 y later in Nepalese children – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2017
Vitamin B12 and folic acid improve gross motor and problem-solving skills in young North Indian children: A randomized placebo-controlled trial – PLOS ONE 2015
Diarrhea, stimulation and growth predict neurodevelopment in young North Indian Children – PLOS ONE 2015
The assessment of developmental status using the Ages and Stages questionnaire-3 in nutritional research in north Indian young children – Nutrition Journal 2013
"It can save you if you just forget": Closeness and Competence as Conditions for Coping among Ugandan Orphans – Journal of Psychology in Africa 2008
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