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Morten Skovdal

Morten Skovdal

Associate Professor

I am a Social Psychologist in the Section for Health Services Research.

In 2009 I received my PhD from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I also hold a BSc from the LSE and an MSc from University College London. After working as a Senior Advisor on impact and evidence at Save the Children UK, I took up my current position in 2014.

I draw on a mix of public health psychology, community health psychology and critical psychology to understand how vulnerable children, youth and disenfranchised adults cope with adversity and navigate access to health services and care in a variety of contexts. 

I use, and conduct research training on, a variety of qualitative research methods and I have a particular interest in furthering research approaches that engage and benefit participants. I currently sit on the editorial boards of Social Science & Medicine, the Health Education Journal, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.

You can follow my work on Twitter: @mskovdal
For h-index and i10-index scores, visit my Google Scholar Profile.

Current research

Selection of research projects I am currently involved with include:

  • A randomised control trial exploring what behavioural economics games/experiments and community conversations can do to optimise uptake of HIV prevention services in Zimbabwe (funded by National Institutes of Health, US, 2018-2022)
  • A study on the integration and care of young refugees in Denmark. The study sets out to unpack the 'junctures of change' that facilitate integration (funded by the Danish Research Council, FSE, 2018-2021)
  • A study exploring the mental health and care potential of school-based interventions for newly arrived refugee youth in Europe (funded by the European Commission H2020, 2018-2021)

Previous research projects that I have been involved with have received funding from the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the Norwegian Research Council and the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.

Teaching

I am the co-ordinater of qualitative methods courses at the Department of Public Health. I lead and teach on the two methods courses directed at BSc and MSc public health students. I also run a yearly PhD course on NVivo. I supervise Master students and PhD students in my areas of work. 

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