In my research I have been focused on the association between social relationships and health. A particular interest is directed to the social relationships taking place in school settings and the connection to various health outcomes among adolescents. That was also the primary focus of my thesis “Social Relations and Health – How do the associations vary across contexts and subgroups of individuals?”, published in 2011. My research interest has now turned even more into the school setting, where I am focused on the associations between academic achievements and mental health, and in particular how these associations are modified by factors at the individual and school level.
A second focus is methodological. I have a particular interest in psychometric analyses using the Rasch Model. The rasch analysis is considered to be an attractive tool for investigating if a set of items (variables) can be used together in order to construct a composite measure, describing one single concept, and further, for investigating if the measure works in the same way for different groups of individuals that are to be compared in statistical analyses.
Course leadership – method courses on Teacher Educational Programmes:
Methodology and development work in school-Primary Education
Methodology and development work in school-Secondary Education
Research-Based School Development: Bridging Programme
Research-based school development (Secondary Education Bridging Programme, Bachelor's level)
Research-based school development(Secondary Education Bridging Programme, Master's Level
Subject courses on teacher eduational programs
Sociological components in Civic Education/Social Science Education