PhD theses produced through this unit:

1997: Jens Ivar Brox, MD, PhD: 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, OT, PhD: Activities and wellbeing after stroke.

2007: Helene Søberg, PT, PhD: 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. (, link til PhD:

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. (

2012: 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. 
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2015: Kjersti Myhre, MD, PhD: Perceived psychosocial work environment and effects of a work-focused intervention among patients with neck and back pain. (, link til PhD:

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. ( 

2017: Tanja Karic, MD, PhD: Early rehabilitation after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. ( 

2017: Marianne Bakke Johnsen, PT, PhD: Leisure time physical activity and smoking as potential risk factors for severe hip and knee osteoarthritis. The HUNT Study. (, link til PhD:

2018: Torgeir Hellstrøm, MD, PhD: Functional impairment, cognition and MRI changes following mild traumatic brain injury.

2018: Ingerid Kleffelgård, PT, PhD: Vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and balance problems after mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury. (, link til PhD:

2018: Sigrid Skatteboe, MD, PhD: Outcome expectations in patients with persistent neck, back and shoulder complaints.
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2018: Elisabeth Myrset Kvalvaag, MD, PhD: Subacromial Pain Syndrome. Treatment, diagnostic imaging and predictors of outcome. (, link til PhD: 

2018: Niels Gunnar Juel: Shoulder and hand diagnoses, stiffness and associated disability of the upper extremities in patients with type 1 diabetes for more than 45 years. The Dialong study. (, link til PhD: 

2019 Siri Bjorland, MD, PhD: Genetic variability and persistent low back and lumbar radicular pain.

2021: Emilie Isager Howe, Cand. Psychol., PhD: Return to work after traumatic brain injury: A randomised controlled trial, long-term employment probability and predictors of employment status. 

2021: Mari Storli Rasmussen, PT, PhD: It’s a family experience – improving patient and family functioning after traumatic brain injury. A randomized controlled trial of a family-centred intervention.

2022: Silje Christine Reistad Fure, MD, PhD: Combined cognitive and vocational rehabilitation after mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury: A randomized controlled trial. 

2022: Ida Maria Henriksen Borgen, Cand. Psychol., PhD: A Goal-Oriented Randomized Controlled Intervention in the Chronic Phase of Traumatic Brain Injury – Feasibility, Patient-Reported Problem Areas, and Goal Attainment. 

2022: Elin Western, Cand. Psychol., PhD: Fatigue after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: A study of risk factors, clinical presentation and treatment with (−)-OSU6162. 

Our unit has co-supervised these PhD candidates:

2010: Elin Damsgård, PhD Activity related pain in patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders A mixed method approach.

2010: 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.

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

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. (

2022: Cathrine Tverdal, MPhil., PhD: Acute management of traumatic brain injury at Oslo University Hospital. Oslo TBI Registry – Neurosurgery; Patient characteristics, injury description, emergency neurosurgery, and pathway to rehabilitation. (

2023: Daniel Løke, Cand.Psychol., PhD: Biopsychosocial Mechanisms in Fatigue – Exploration of Factors Associated with the Occurrence and Maintenance of Fatigue in the General Population and Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. (

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