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Vegard Svendsen

Vegard is a doctoral candidate studying women in prison. Through his doctoral project WOMPRIS, he will focus on topics such as mental disorders, mortality, and prospects for rehabilitation among women who have been incarcerated in Norway. His first article, "Psychiatric morbidity among women in Norwegian prisons, 2010–2019: a register-based study," received significant attention in the media.

Vegard has a background as a nurse at Akershus University Hospital. In 2021, he completed his master's degree in health sciences at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He also previously holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from James Cook University in Australia. His main interests are mental health, intoxication and addiction - and hopes to bring an interdisciplinary perspective into his research work.

Publications:

Svendsen, Vegard G., Marianne Riksheim Stavseth, Torbjørn Skardhamar, and Anne Bukten. "Psychiatric morbidity among women in Norwegian prisons, 2010–2019: a register-based study." BMC psychiatry 23, no. 1 (2023): 390. doi: 10.1186/s12888-023-04886-7.

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