Marianne V. Trondsen, senior researcher and MSc, has worked as a researcher at the centre since 2003. She also works part time for the organisation BarnsBeste, as head of a national, multi-disciplinary research network focusing on children who are dependent of parents suffering from mental illness, drug addiction or serious physical illness. She has previously worked with preventative work aimed at adolescents in the fields of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment. Trondsen graduated from the University of Tromsø with a master in sociology in 1998, and completed her PhD degree in 2014 at the same university.
Her doctoral thesis deals with the importance of an Internet-based self-help group for adolescents with mentally ill parents related to the online service www.morild.org. Through various research projects, she has published articles nationally and internationally on the use of telemedicine/e-health for various purposes, particularly within mental health. She has also written several book chapters and edited an anthology published in 2015 on measures for children who are dependents.
In her research, she has focused particularly on patient and family perspectives, and has extensive experience with the use of qualitative research methodology. She is also interested in science communication, and regularly lectures and teaches students, researchers and professionals in various disciplines. In autumn 2016 she will kick off a three year postdoctoral project "Living with mental illness: Digital media as a coping tool" with both patients and their families as the target group.