Meet our new postdoctoral fellow Thomas Haarklau Kleppestø
Thomas is just finishing his PhD at the Department of Psycology at the University of Oslo and started at CEFH in November to work in our Health Gap project.
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Thomas is a psychologist and has experience with treating patients from his private practice in Oslo, as well as working with adults in a psychiatric outpatient clinic (DPS) and children in an educational and psychological service (PPT). In his PhD project, he studied the roles of genetics, environments, evolution and personality in the formation of political attitudes. He published his first PhD paper in PNAS titled “Correlations between social dominance orientation and political attitudes reflect common genetic underpinnings”, for which he won the 2019 Research Prize from the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo. During his PhD period he also contributed to many book chapters, mostly writing from an evolutionary perspective, on topics such as depression and intelligence.
In the Health Gap project, Thomas will investigate the causes of sex differences in educational achievement, and the consequences this might have for mental health. He will also investigate the underlying causes of several mental disorders.
- Thomas is knowledgeable and has broad interests. He is full of ideas but also cautions to get the research question right. This makes him a very good discussion partner for research ideas, says Fartein Torvik. He is the project leader for Health Gap.