Fields of activities:
» Health sciences
Brief description of your activity focus
My expertise are both in research methods, measurements, and statistics and on substantive issues such as social determinants of health and demography
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
My expertise is mainly in the following aspects of research methods: applied statistics, measurement theory,
sample theory, demographic techniques, data management, data quality control and statistical computing.
my academic work I have built on a strong methodological expertise in the area of public health, social
determinants of health, health behavior, youth research and youth policy. In my studies I have studies
such as dental health, the role of social capital in teenage smoking, the determinants of increased income
inequality in the US, the prevalence of dental caries and erosion in Icelandic children. I am currently
running a study of the effect of economic collapse on people’s health and health behavior
EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Demographic changes
» Societal trends and lifestyles
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe
|Project Title||Tackling the Gradient in Health|
|Project Type||Other (International)|
|Project Title||Smoking in movies: Impact on European youth and policy options|
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Role in international research projects
2009-2011 The scope and consequences of smoking and drinking in films. Research and forvarnarverkefni
six European nations. PI of the Icelandic study.
2009-2012 GRADIENT Project 10 European countries with support from the European Union. Social and
economic inequalities to health and factors that reduce this inequality. Principal Investigator of the
1998-2007 European School Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
2005-2007 Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC). 2006 and 2009/10. Member of the research
2002-2003 Estimation of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Births, Marr Ages, and Divorces for POLISIM Funded by
the U.S. Social Security Administration, Researcher
1998-1999 Divergent Path: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market. Researcher
1997-1998 Work and Opportunity in the Post-Industrial Labor Market. Researcher
1995-1996 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Data collection and data
Role in national research projects
2005 - Current. Health and well-being in Iceland 2007 and 2009. Principal Investigator.
2005 - Current MUNNIS-2005, Oral health sruvey of Icelandic Children, Statistical analysis.
1997-2003 Youth in Iceland 1997-2003. Researcher