Åsa Karin Hammar

Position

Professor, Professor, PhD

Affiliation

Research groups

Research

Longitudinal studies in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), cognitive functioning and cortisol profiles.

Hammar is head of the node Bergen Mood and Cognitive Function Group (MCF) with several doctoral candidates been working with issues dealing with major depression, cognitive functioning and longitudinal studies. Data collection has been conducted in three large main studies and Hammar is the principal investigator for all projects included in these studies.  

All investigations include a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery, consisting of both experimental and standardized tests, cortisol measurements with dexamethasone, self-reports concerning cognitive functioning, quality of life, working capacity, coping strategies, ruminative style and dysfunctional attitudes. Some patients have been investigated with fMRI.

The first study is a literature of the longest follow-up studies within a group of patients who suffer from recurrent depression and examining cognitive functioning over a 10 year period.

The other main project is a longitudinal study that included patients with recurrent depression.

The third major project is one of the first worldwide to collect a patient group of first episode depressed patients and follow them over time.

Several findings are generated from these data and materials published in international journals (see publication list).

Another major project is currently collecting data from patients in remission.

Further, we are currently conducting a 5-year follow-up on the first episode patient group.

Hammar is also a partner in various projects that examine children with autism, patients with anxiety, bipolar patients receiving ECT treatment, biological markers in adolescents who survived the Utøya massacre.

 

 

 

 

Teaching

 

 

Since 1997 I have been a lecturer at the Professional studies in Psychology at UiB, including both biological psychology and neuropsychological courses (including master’s and bachelor’s level), as well as several other teaching activities. I have also been lecturing in psychological courses for the Master’s training in Logopedy at UiB between 2001-2010.000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                         

Publications
Academic article
Poster
Academic literature review
Abstract
Errata
Popular scientific article
Academic lecture
Reader opinion piece
Interview
Popular scientific lecture
Doctoral dissertation
Programme participation
Feature article

See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.

Projects

 

 

Project Title

Funding source

Amount

(Euros)

Period

PI

Cognitive function and emotional information processing in recurrent MDD- PhD- project 

The National Program for Integrated Clinical Specialist and PhD-training for Psychologists, Norway

400 000

2004-2012

Hammar

Major depression, cognitive function and cortisol- including PhD project

Research Council of Norway

400 000

2006-2013

Hammar

fMRI study Depression and function

Helse Vest, Mood Net, Norway

8 670

2009

Hammar

Cognitive function and emotional information processing in first episode MDD

Helse Vest, Mood Net, Norway

48 500

2011

Hammar

Cognitive function in recurrent MDD- a 8-10 year follow up

Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen

8 000

2008

Hammar

Cognitive functioning in first episode MDD patients- a five year follow-up

Helse Vest, MoodNet

53 300

2014-2014

Hammar

The neurocognitive profile in remitted MDD patients

Helse Vest, Mood Net, Strategic funds

 

46 700

2012-2014

Hammar

Longitudinal studies of major Depression Disorder and cognitive functioning and emotional information processing: predictors for relapse?- PhD project

Research Council of Norway

400 000

2008-2015

Hammar

Kompetanse

Professor i klinisk nevropsykologi. PhD

Spesialist i klinisk nevropsykologi, (NPF)

ACADEMIC DEGREE 

2006                Specialist in Clinical Neuropsychology (NPF)

2003                PhD/Dr. psychol, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. Title of thesis: Major depression and cognitive dysfunction- An experimental study of the cognitive effort hypothesis. Supervisor: Professor Kenneth Hugdahl.

1996                Cand. psychol, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway 

 

ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC POSITIONS 

2012 -              Professor in Clinical neuropsychology, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology (IMBP), UiB, Norway

2003-               20% Clinical position at The Division of Psychiatry, Haukeland University Hospital

2003-2012       Associate professor in Clinical neuropsychology, IMBP, UiB, Norway

2002                Assistant professor, Section for Clinical Neuropsychology, IMBP, UiB, Norway

1998-1999       Specialpsychologist, Section for Rehabilitation, Neurological Division, Haukeland University Hospital

1993-1996       50% Research assistant, IMBP, UiB, Norway

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

2013-2017       Faculty board member, Faculty of Psychology, UiB, Norway

2013–present   Head of Clinic, Neuropsychological Polyclinic, UiB, Norway

2011-present     Board Member, MoodNet, Regional Research Network on Mood Disorders, Helse Vest, Norway

2008-2009       Head of Clinic, Neuropsychological Polyclinic, UIB, Norway

2006-2008       Faculty board member, Faculty of Psychology, UiB, Norway

2006-2007       Head of department, IMBP, UiB, Norway

1999-2006       Member of the Faculty Committee for Research and PhD training, Faculty of Psychology, UiB, Norway