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Ove Heradstveit

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 72 42
Årstadveien 17, 4. etg, 5009 Bergen, Norway

I am a clinical psychologist, and have a specialist degree from the Norwegian Psychological Association. At RKBU Vest (Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) I work as a researcher, but my main position until June 2023 is a post doc researcher at the Health Ministry of Western Norway. In this post doc project, I investigate substance-related problems among adolescents and young adults. I have a PhD from a work on substance use and mental health problems in adolescents.

My research approach is quantitative analyses of epidemiological studies, such as the Barn i Bergen / ung@hordaland-study, SHoT, and Ungdata. I also work with the dissemination of research results, and am involved in a learning network about prevention of substance-related problems in secondary schools and secondary schools in Western Norway.

I have previous experience as a municipal psychologist, educational-psychological adviser, and leader of an educational-psychological service. I have have some experience from work as a private clinical psychologist.

Ove Heradstveit


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Sleep and dropout from upper secondary school: A register-linked study – Sleep Health 2023
Prospective associations between adolescent risky substance use and school dropout and the role of externalising and internalising problems – Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) 2023
Trends in physical health complaints among adolescents from 2014 – 2019: Considering screen time, social media use, and physical activity – SSM - Population Health 2023
Mental health problems and suicidal behavior from adolescence to young adulthood in college: linking two population-based studies – European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2023
Exposure to potentially traumatic events and PTSD symptomatology in Norwegian 11–13-year-olds: results from the Bergen Child Study – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health (CAPMH) 2023
Negative Life Events, Protective Factors, and Substance-Related Problems: A Study of Resilience in Adolescence – Substance Use & Misuse 2023
Psychometric properties of a short self-report measure of rule-breaking behaviour among adolescents: findings from the Ungdata survey – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2022
Association of Depressive Symptoms in Late Adolescence and School Dropout – School Mental Health 2022
The Extent of Alcohol-Related Problems Among College and University Students in Norway Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Frontiers in Public Health 2022
Substance-Related Problems in Adolescents with ADHD-Diagnoses: The Importance of Self-Reported Conduct Problems – Journal of Attention Disorders 2022
Joint Physical Custody and Academic Achievement Among Youth: A Population-Based Study With Registry Linkage – Journal of Family Psychology 2022
Past Year Cannabis Use Among Norwegian Adolescents: Time Trends Based on the Ungdata Surveys 2010–2019 – Frontiers in Psychiatry 2021
Do Parental Education-Related Inequality Matter in Child and Adolescent Utilization of Mental Health Services: Results From a Norwegian Register Linkage Study – Health Services Insights (HSI Journal) 2021
Parental Mental Illness as a Risk Factor for Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders: A Registry-Based Study of Specialized Child and Adolescent Health Services – Child & Youth Services 2021
Sleep patterns and insomnia among adolescents receiving child welfare services: A population-based study – Sleep Health 2021
Mental health, adverse life events and health service use among Norwegian youth in the child welfare system: Results from a population-based study – Child & Family Social Work 2021
Physical inactivity, non-participation in sports and socioeconomic status: a large population-based study among Norwegian adolescents – BMC Public Health 2020
Self-Reported Illicit Drug Use Among Norwegian University and College students. Associations With Age, Gender, and Geography – Frontiers in Psychiatry 2020
Sleep problems among adolescents within child and adolescent mental health services. An epidemiological study with registry linkage – European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2020
Substance-related problems among adolescents in child welfare services: A comparison between individuals receiving in-home services and those in foster care – Children and Youth Services Review 2020
Symptoms of disordered eating and participation in individual- and team sports: A population-based study of adolescents – Eating Behaviors 2020
Trajectories of sleep problems from adolescence to adulthood. Linking two population-based studies from Norway – Sleep Medicine 2020
Ungdom og psykisk helse – Fagbokforlaget 2020
Complex families and health complaints among adolescents: A population-based cross-sectional study – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2019
Alcohol-related problems among college and university students in Norway: extent of the problem – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2019
Economic Circumstances in Childhood and Subsequent Substance Use in Adolescence – A Latent Class Analysis: The youth@hordaland Study – Frontiers in Psychology 2019
Psychiatric diagnoses differ considerably in their associations with alcohol/drug-related problems among adolescents. A Norwegian population-based survey linked with national patient registry data – Frontiers in Psychology 2019
Associations between symptoms of eating disturbance and frequency of physical activity in a non-clinical, population-based sample of adolescents – Journal of Eating Disorders 2019
Studentenes Helse- og Trivselsundersøkelse 2018 (SHoT)/ HELT ÆRLIG-undersøkelsen – SiO (Studentsamskipnaden i Oslo og Akershus) 2018
Prospective associations between childhood externalising and internalising problems and adolescent alcohol and drug use: The Bergen Child Study – Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) 2018
Externalizing behavior problems are related to substance use in adolescents across six samples from Nordic countries – European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2018
Alcohol and illicit drug use are important factors for school-related problems among adolescents – Frontiers in Psychology 2017
Health anxiety and disability pension award: The HUSK Study – Psychosomatic Medicine 2009
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