Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies

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Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies
Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress
Logo of the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS)
Abbreviation NKVTS
Formation 2004
Type Government-owned research institute
Location
Fields Violence and sexual abuse; disaster management, terrorism, armed conflicts and traumatic stress; and forced migration and refugee health
Director
Inger Elise Birkeland
Parent organization
University of Oslo
Staff (2016)
94[1]
Website www.nkvts.no

The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (Norwegian: Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress, NKVTS) is a national, government-owned interdisciplinary research centre in Oslo, Norway. It is part of the University of Oslo, but is established by, funded by and receives its assignments directly from the central government, its major focus areas are violence and sexual abuse; disaster management, terrorism, armed conflicts and traumatic stress; and forced migration and refugee health.

NKVTS is involved in major research projects on the psychological and social impact of terrorism, such as the 2011 Norway attacks

The centre was established in 2004 through the merger of the former Division of Disaster Psychiatry (KKP) of the Norwegian Armed Forces medical service, the former Psychosocial Centre for Refugees at the University of Oslo (PSSF), the Norwegian Resource Centre for Information and Studies on Violence (VOS), and the Norwegian National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse (NRSB).[2]

Syrian refugee children in 2013. NKVTS conducts extensive research on forced migration and refugee health; many refugees develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological disorders
NKVTS' current offices in central Oslo
NKVTS was located at Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål 2004–2013

The centre is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, and is funded directly by these government departments while organizationally being part of the University of Oslo. The centre was located at Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål 2004–2013, and is now located in Nydalen, Oslo, in the immediate vicinity of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and of the BI Norwegian Business School.

The centre has 94 employees (2016), it employs experts in psychology, medicine (including psychiatry and pediatrics), law, sociology, criminology, social anthropology and other disciplines, with the main emphasis on psychology and psychiatry. Its academic staff include 9 research professors (corresponding to full professors), 32 senior researchers (corresponding to associate professors), 6 researchers (corresponding to assistant professors) and a number of postdoctoral fellows, research fellows (doctoral candidates) and research assistants. NKVTS cooperates closely with the Department of Psychology, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo, where several of its research professors also hold professorial chairs.[1]

Nora Sveaass, then head of section for refugee health and forced migration at NKVTS, was elected as a member of the United Nations Committee against Torture in 2005.[3]

NKVTS has major research projects on the psychological and social impact of terrorism, including the 2011 Norway attacks. NKVTS also has several research projects on the psychological impact of natural catastrophes such as the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and on child soldiers in Africa, torture, traumatised refugees, war victims and soldiers, child sexual abuse and sexual violence, and violence in close relations.

The current Director of the institute is Inger Elise Birkeland, a former political adviser to Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Notable researchers[edit]

  • Margunn Bjørnholt, sociologist, Research Professor at NKVTS
  • Grete Dyb, psychiatrist, Research Professor at NKVTS and Professor II in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Oslo Institute of Clinical Medicine
  • Trond Heir, military psychiatrist, Research Professor at NKVTS and Professor II at the University of Oslo Institute of Clinical Medicine
  • Tine Jensen, psychologist, Research Professor at NKVTS and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo Department of Psychology
  • Thore Langfeldt, psychologist, former Senior Researcher at NKVTS
  • Inger-Lise Lien, social anthropologist, Research Professor at NKVTS
  • Jon-Håkon Schultz, educational psychologist, Research Professor at NKVTS and Professor II at the University of Tromsø
  • Kristin Skjørten, criminologist, Research Professor at NKVTS and Professor II at the University of Oslo Department of Public and International Law
  • Nora Sveaass, psychologist, former Senior Researcher and head of section for refugee health and forced migration at NKVTS, and former member of the United Nations Committee against Torture
  • Siri Thoresen, military psychologist, Research Professor at NKVTS
  • Odd Arne Tjersland, psychologist, Research Professor at NKVTS and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oslo Department of Psychology
  • Lars Weisæth, military psychiatrist, Research Professor Emeritus at NKVTS and Professor II at the University of Oslo Institute of Clinical Medicine

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