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Vigdis Sveinsdottir

Vigdis Sveinsdottir

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 72 87
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

Researcher in the field of mental health and employment, in the research group Worklife and Inclusion (WIN). Most of my work has been focused on effect evaluations of interventions for various marginalized groups. My primary focus has been on young adults who are not in employment or education, and I lead the NORCE initiative on Youth Exclusion.

My PhD project was a randomized controlled trial of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for young adults at risk of early disability due to various social and/or health-related problems. This is an important and vulnerable group at risk of early exclusion from working life, and the study showed that IPS was effective in helping this group enter the labor market. I am currently working on similar projects involving refugees in Bergen, and people with chronic pain conditions in the Oslo-area.

My interest on non-pharmacological interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing does however exceed the field of employment and worklife: I am also a part of GAMUT, as the principal investigator of the multinational cluster-randomised trial Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly care (MIDDEL). Project website: https://middel-project.eu

Vigdis Sveinsdottir


Health & Social Sciences

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Youth Exclusion
Work, Health, and Inclusion

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A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of IPS Supported Employment for Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions – Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 2022
The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in Pain Trial: A Randomized Controlled Trial of IPS for Patients with Chronic Pain Conditions – Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 2022
The Impact of Music on Stress Biomarkers: Protocol of a Substudy of the Cluster‐Randomized Controlled Trial Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly Care (MIDDEL) – Brain Sciences 2022
Clinical effectiveness of music interventions for dementia and depression in elderly care (MIDDEL): Australian cohort of an international pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial – The Lancet Healthy Longevity 2022
A mixed methods study of employers' and employees' evaluations of job seekers with a mental illness, disability, or of a cultural minority – Work : A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation 2021
Unge som står utenfor arbeid, opplæring og utdanning (NEET). En analyse av unge i NEET-kategorien – NORCE 2021
Development of the Workplace Inclusion Questionnaire (WIQ) – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2021
Effektevaluering av Raskt i jobb for flyktninger – en randomisert kontrollert studie – NORCE Norwegian Research Centre 2020
Opportunities and challenges around adapting supported employment interventions for people with chronic low back pain: modified nominal group technique – Disability and Rehabilitation 2020
Individual placement and support for young adults at risk of early work disability (the SEED trial). A randomized controlled trial – Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2019
A Short History of Individual Placement and Support in Norway – Psychiatric rehabilitation journal 2019
A randomized controlled multicenter trial of individual placement and support for patients with moderate-to-severe mental illness – Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2019
Young adults at risk of early work disability: who are they? – BMC Public Health 2018
Protocol for the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in Pain Trial: A randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of IPS for patients with chronic pain – BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018
Barriers to Employment for People with Severe Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Involvement – Journal of Mental Health 2017
Har virkelig ikke arbeid noe med helse å gjøre? – Forskning.no 2017
Effektevaluering av Individuell jobbstøtte (IPS): Sluttrapport – Uni Research 2016
Protocol for the SEED-trial: Supported employment and preventing early disability – BMC Public Health 2016
Cortisol, Health, and Coping in Patients with Nonspecific Low Back Pain – Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 2016
For syk til å jobbe eller for syk til å la være? – NRK Ytring 2015
Hjertepasienter tar ikke medisiner riktig – Tidsskriftet sykepleien 2015
Effektevaluering av Individuell jobbstøtte - Delrapport 1 – Uni Research Helse 2014
Protocol for the effect evaluation of Individual Placement and Support (IPS): A randomized controlled multicenter trial of IPS versus treatment as usual for patients with moderate to severe mental illness in Norway – BMC Psychiatry 2014
Assessing the role of cognitive behavioral therapy in the management of chronic nonspecific back pain – Journal of Pain Research 2012
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