The Norwegian COVID-19, Mental Health and Adherence Project (MAP-19)

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Nyhetsartikkel publisert 05/04/24

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The Norwegian COVID-19, Mental Health and Adherence Project (MAP-19) project is a large-scale longitudinal epidemiological investigation examining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omid V. Ebrahimi, Ph.D.

Omid V. Ebrahimi, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

About the Project

The study particularly examines the connection between non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) employed against the SARS CoV-2 virus and mental health symptoms in the general adult population.

The project further investigates the role of personality, contextual factors, and psychological mechanisms in relation to vaccine hesitancy and adherence to viral mitigation behaviours.

The project is initiated and led by the three University of Oslo and Modum Bad Psychiatric Hospital Researchers, Omid V. Ebrahimi, Sverre Urnes Johnson and Asle Hoffart. It has been featured widely in the international pandemic literature, across national news platforms, and has been central in the understanding the mental health sequelae related to the pandemic.


The MAP-19 project aims to:

Monitor mental health in the general adult population across the pandemic period.

Provide a foundation for policymakers and health-care professionals to employ interventions that protect the general public against psychological stressors accompanying the pandemic.

Help policymakers better understand the associations of demographic variables and psychological symptoms with adherence to viral mitigation behaviours, providing an understanding of adherence rates and its central covariates to help society fight against the COVID-19-virus by finding actionable targets that facilitate adherence viral mitigations behaviours.

Investigate the mental health status in vulnerable and at-risk subgroups in the population during the COVID-19 pandemic, including health-care professionals, politicians, and social workers.​

Inform policymakers, the general public, scientists, and health practitioners about the psychological implications tied to the COVID-19-related government-initiated measures.

Results so far

The MAP-19 project has resulted in more than 30 peer-reviewed international publications to date. Some of these studies include:


The MAP-19 Study is in active collaboration with the COVIDMENT research group at University of Iceland, Karolinska Institutet, University of Bergen, The Norwegian Public Health Institute, Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, and University of Tartu.


The project is a dual competency project i.e. a collaboration between Modum Bad and the University of Oslo, Institute of Psychology, department of clinical psychology. The research project is funded by University of Oslo and the clinical specialization is funded by Modum Bad.

Contact Information

Sverre Urnes Johnson, CO-PI of The MAP-19 Study

Omid V. Ebrahimi, CO-PI of The MAP-19 Study

Asle Hoffart, CO-PI of The MAP-19 Study

You can also reach us through the Modum Bad telephone service: 32 74 97 00.

Project team at Modum Bad

Sverre Urnes Johnson, Ph.D.

Sverre Urnes Johnson, Ph.D.

Part-time senior researcher

Professor & Specialist in clinical psychology

Omid V. Ebrahimi, Ph.D.

Omid V. Ebrahimi, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Xinkai Du

Xinkai Du


Asle Hoffart, Ph.D.

Asle Hoffart, Ph.D.

Part-time senior researcher

Professor Emeritus

Project participants


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