Petter Viksveen

Førsteamanuensis i helsevitenskap

Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet
Avdeling for kvalitet og helseteknologi



I am an Associate Professor in Health Sciences based at SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare ( and the Department of Quality and Health Technology, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Stavanger. 

In my current research, I focus primarily on adolescent/youth mental healthcare. I run the InvolveMENT research project which aims to support adolescents' mental health and to contribute to strengthen the access to and the quality of healthcare services for adolescents who have mental health problems and conditions. InvolveMENT focuses on involvement within the healthcare services, at both the individual and systems level, and in research. Ten Co-Researches have been involved in the project since 2017. We have been granted funding by the Norwegian Research Council to improve mental health services with and for indigenous and ethnic minority youth through a 4-year research project, with project start in 2023.

I am involved in several other research projects focusing on mental health: The "Involved-project" at the Regional Knowledge Centre for Child and Youth at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Researcher and Resource Group Member); "Room for involvement" run by KBT Competence Center for Lived Experience and Service Development (Researcher and Steering Group Member); "Brief therapy in a district psychiatric clinic" at NTNU (Co-supervisor); "Team på tvers" by Stavanger University Hospital and the Municipality of Stavanger (Lead supervisor). 

I am also involved in homecare services research, with a focus on service design/co-design of services to develop the preferred service ecosystem to enable senior citizens to continue living at home. I have been involved in research focusing on assessment tools to support patient safety culture in homecare services.

I did my PhD at the University of Sheffield (UK), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. As part of my PhD studies, I carried out a randomised controlled trial and qualitative interview study with patients reporting symptoms of depression. The project used the Trials within Cohorts (TwiCs) design, also referred to as the cohort multiple randomised controlled trial (cmRCT) design. Participants were recruited through the Yorkshire Health Study, an NIHR funded long-term health study. I am Norwegian contact person for the International Trials within Cohorts (TwiCs) network ( 

Past roles and activities include, among others: Associate Professor II in Health Sciences at VID Specialized University (20% position). Research Consultant for the MRC funded Nourishing Start for Health (NOSH) breastfeeding research project in the UK. Research Consultant for Norway's National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), and Coordinator for the CAM-Cancer Consortium. I ran a private practice in the field of complementary therapies for several years and I was Administering Director of the Social Pedagogy School for Higher Education in Sandnes, Norway. 

I hold a Master of Science Degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UK), Nursing and Caring Sciences Department. My Bachelor of Arts (pedagogy) is from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Educational Sciences. 


  • Mental health, depression, anxiety
  • Adolescent/youth mental health
  • Indigenous and ethnic minority youth mental health
  • User involvement and co-production
  • Healthcare services research, including homecare services
  • Digital mental health services
  • Complementary therapies
  • Research design
  • Pragmatic trials, Cohorts, Trials within Cohorts design (TwiCs)
  • Systematic reviews
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Research in education


  • Research design and methods
  • Quantitative research and statistics
  • Supervisor of PhD and Master students