University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS ranking 2018, ARWU 2018. Leiden 2018). The university consists of 6 faculties, with 36 departments. The university has around 5,000 researchers and 39,000 students, and offers more than 200 research-based programmes, with just under 6,000 graduates per year. The Department of Psychology sits in the Faculty of Social Science, graduating students in Educational, Organisational and Clinical Psychology.

The University of Copenhagen is leading on two work packages (WP4 and WP5). These involve developing the training for all local health staff in the participating centres, and the telecoaches (in partnership with Liva Healthcare), developing the research protocol and monitoring the running of the research trial. As part of this work the University of Copenhagen is also responsible for monitoring the fidelity of the coaching and undertaking the health economic analysis of the trial.

Professor Timothy Skinner

Principal Investigator (PI) and WP4 and 5 Leader

Timothy is the Professor of Health Psychology in the Institute of Psychology, who also holds a joint appointment with the Steno Diabetes Centre Copenhagen. He is a recognised international leader in the behavioural aspects of diabetes, having developed several psycho-educational and self-management programmes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, along with development of a diabetes prevention programme for women post-gestational diabetes. His experience also includes taking the self-management programme (DESMOND) that he co-developed, to national implementation in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. His role in Bump2Baby and Me is to lead work packages 4 and 5, having responsibility for developing the training resources for the coaches and health care professionals in each centre, along with monitoring of fidelity of the programme delivery in each country.

Associate Professor Christina Fogtmann Fosgerau

Research Team

Christina is Associate Professor in Language Psychology at the Institute of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities. From the interdisciplinary perspective of language psychology, she is an expert in healthcare communication. As a partner in several research projects on healthcare communication, she has extensive experience with studying and through interventions promoting healthcare professionals’ ways of understanding and relating to patients’ mental states as interactions evolve. She has developed internationally acknowledged methods that enable bridging how healthcare professionals’ linguistic and conversational actions relate to patient outcome in healthcare contexts. Christina’s role in Bump2Baby and Me is to lead the research projects (under work package 4) that explore the linguistic and interactional aspects of both synchronous and asynchronous effective counselling.

Professor Karsten Vrangbæk

Research Team

Karsten is a Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science and Department of Public Health. He holds an MA in Political Science and a PhD in Political Science from University of Copenhagen and an Ma. Econ from Trinity College, Hartford, USA. Karsten is head of the Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) and leader of a research track on retirement transitions within the Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA) at University of Copenhagen. He was previously employed as Director of Research at KORA (the Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research). His main research interests include comparative health policy, health economics and public administration. He has published extensively in international journals and books on these topics and is a regular contributor to publications by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy.

Laura Pirhonen Nørmark

Research Team

Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen. She is a health economist with a PhD from University of Gothenburg where she utilised data from randomised controlled trials in order to execute health economic evaluations of person-centred care in Sweden. She has worked with patient data, register data and survey data. Her current research is mainly on the relationship between retirement and health but also includes the Bump2Baby and Me project. Her contribution to the project is to conduct the health-economic evaluation of the trial compared to usual care.