PhD theses produced through this unit:

1997 Jens Ivar Brox: Rotator tendinosis of the shoulder. Some aspects considering muscle performance, treatment and prognosis.

2003 Anne Keller: Muscle strength in patients with low back pain

2004 Unni Sveen: Activities and wellbeing after stroke.

2007 Helene Søberg: Life after severe multiple injuries - multidimensional functioning and the rehabilitation process (

2010:Einar Tveitå, MD, PhD  Adhesive capsulitis, hydrodialtion and some aspects of validity regarding shoulder assessments (

2010:Liv Giske, PT, PhD Chronic musculoskeletal pain;mechanisms and pain reports. ( )

2010:Nada Andelic, MD, PhD Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury in Eastern Norway: trends and challenges. (

2011: Kaia Engebretsen, PT, PhD: Patients with sub acromial shoulder pain; treatment and predictors of outcome. 

2012: Ole Marius Egeberg, MD, PhD: Rotator cuff disease: aspects concerning injection treatment, outcome assessment and short-term prognosis.

Aasne Fenne Hoksrud, MD, PhD: Treatment in patients with patellar tendinopathy.

2014: Elina Iordanova Schistad, MD, PhD: Prognostic factors for recovery in radicular pain caused by lumbar disc herniation.

2015: Kjersti Myhre, MD, PhD: Perceived psychosocial work environment and effects of a work-focused intervention among patients with neck and back pain.

2016: Synnøve Kvalheim, MD, PhD: Potential risk factors for chronic musculoskeletal complaints in a general population. The HUNT study.

2017: Marit Vindal Forslund, MD, PhD: Global function and participation after moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury in Norway: A longitudinal study of outcome trajectories over the first 5 years after injury.

Marianne Bakke Johnsen, PT, PhD: Leisure time physical activity and smoking as potential risk factors for severe hip and knee osteoarthritis. The HUNT Study.

Tanja Karic, MD, PhD: Early rehabilitation after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Our unit has co-supervised these PhD candidates:

2010: Vegard Strøm, PhD Shoulder and neck pain during office work. The significance of muscle activity and microcirculation

Elin Damsgård, PhD Activity related pain in patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders A mixed method approach:

Solrun Sigurdardottir Cand Psychol, PhD A prospective study of traumatic brain injury: neuropsychological functioning and post-concussion symptoms at 3 and 12 months after injury:

2016: Eirik Vikane, MD, PhD: Effect of multidisciplinary outpatient treatment after mild traumatic brain injury – A randomised controlled trial and prognostic factors.

2017: Regina Marleen van Walsem, cand.psychol, PhD: Unmet healthcare needs, health-related quality of life and assistive technology for cognition in Huntington’s disease.


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