Karina Heldal

PhD student

+47 900 56 214
Visiting address
Klaus Torgårdsvei 3A, third floor
N-0372 Oslo
Postal address
Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research
Oslo University Hostipal HF Division of Medicine
Sogn Arena
Box 4950 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