University of Oslo
My research centers on motivation and hedonia in the human brain. In particular I'm interested in understanding how the opioid system and opioid drugs influence reward, stress and decision making. These resarch pursuits have lead to a number of clinical and experimental interdisciplinary projects in different patient groups and healthy participants. I hold a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience/psychopharmacology from the Medical Faculty at the University of Oslo (Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research) from 2017 and a postdoc in (psycho)pharmacological neuroimaging from Oslo University Hospital in 2019. My early training was in cognitive psychology and neuroscience at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway. Currently, I coordinate a large psychopharmacological study (part of the ERC OPIOIDREWARD study) where we investigate the effects of psychological and physiological state on experience, reward behavior and abuse liability of opioids. I am also a coordinator for a work package in a national clinical trial of a long-acting opioid antagonist as pharmacotreatment for opioid use disorder (Naltrec study).
reward, opioids, decision making, stress, substance use disorder, addiction, pain, fMRI, psychopharmacology, endorphins, expectations