Karina Heldal

PhD student

+47 900 56 214
Visiting address
Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research
Aker hospital
Trondheimsveien 235
0586 Oslo
Building 6, Entrance A, 8th floor
Postal address
Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research
Oslo University Hostipal HF Division of Medicine
Aker hospital
Box 4959 Nydalen
N-0424 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Self-regulation in health behavior and health promotion
  • Self-management and coping in chronic pain and psychosomatic disorders
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle changes in mental health and chronic pain
  • Preventative health care programmes
  • Interactive health communication applications in chronic pain and mental health
  • User-involvement and person-centered care
  • Organization of health care systems and collaboration in health care, health economics


  • Ph.D. fellow (2017 – present), Oslo University Hospital, Center for shared decision making and collaborative care research
  • Psychologist (2016 – present), Akershus University Hospital, Pain outpatient clinic
  • Psychologist (2015-2016), Unicare Psykolog, Raskere tilbake
  • Research associate (2014-2015), Akershus University Hospital
  • Physiotherapist (2010-2013), Oslo University Hospital, Gaustad
  • Physiotherapist (2009-2010), Municipality of Oslo


  • Ph.D. fellow(2017- present), University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (further training) (2014-2015), Norwegian Cognitive Association (NFKT)
  • Cand. Psychol. (2013-2015), Aarhus University. Thesis: “A biopsychological treatment programme for adolescents with chronic fatique syndrome (CFS/ME). A pilot project.”
  • Psychology (2010-2013), University of Oslo
  • Master programme in Health Economics, Policy, and Management (2010-2013), University of Oslo
  • Bachelor in Nutrition (2008-2010), Atlantis medical University College
  • Bachelor in Physiotherapy (2006-2009), Oslo and Akershus University College
  • Italian language and literature (2002-2004), Univeristy of Perugia and University of Bergen