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Morten Skovdal

Morten Skovdal

Associate Professor

I am a Health Psychologist in the Section for Health Services Research.

In 2009 I received my PhD from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I also hold a BSc from the LSE and an MSc from University College London. After working as a Senior Advisor on impact and evidence at Save the Children UK, I took up my current position in 2014.

I draw on a mix of public health psychology, community health psychology and critical psychology to understand how vulnerable children, youth and disenfranchised adults cope with adversity and navigate access to health services and care in a variety of contexts. 

I use, and conduct research training on, a variety of qualitative research methods and I have a particular interest in furthering research approaches that engage and benefit participants. I currently sit on the editorial boards of Social Science & Medicine, the Health Education Journal, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.

You can follow my work on Twitter: @mskovdal
For h-index and i10-index scores, visit my Google Scholar Profile.

Current research

Research projects I am currently involved with include:

  • A study on the integration of young refugees in Denmark. The study sets out to unpack the 'junctures of change' that facilitate integration (funded by the Danish Research Council, FSE, 2017-2020).
  • A study on ehealth solutions for chronically ill children and youth. The study explores children's home-grown tactics for chronic disease management and juxtaposes these with current eHealth solutions (funded by the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology and the Capital region, 2017-2020).
  • A study of misclassification errors in HIV rapid tests in Zimbabwe. The study seeks to establish the causes, impact and acceptability of misclassfication errors in rapid tests results (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2015-2017).
  • A study looking to develop guidance for effective use of HIV prevention cascades, including procedures for measuring and interpreting cascades to strengthen implementation and use of HIV prevention strategies (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2016-2019).

Previous research projects have been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Norwegian Research Council and the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.


I am the co-ordinater of qualitative methods courses at the Department of Public Health. I lead and teach on the two methods courses directed at BSc and MSc public health students. I also run a yearly PhD course on NVivo. I supervise Master students and PhD students in my areas of work. 

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