Arild Bjørndal PhD

Prof Arild Bjorndal

Professor Arild Bjørndal is a Norwegian public health physician experienced in the promotion of evidence-based and user-centered practice in health and welfare services and public policymaking.

Over the past three decades, Arild has worked with the Cochrane Collaboration and the Campbell Collaboration in several different roles, including as co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration´s Steering Group from 2007 to 2014. Between 2010 and 2021, he was CEO at the Centre for Child Mental Health in Oslo (RBUP), serving the south-east of Norway. He was Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, from 1996 to 2021, and in 2015–16 was a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

Between 2004 and 2010, Arild was Medical Director at the National Knowledge Center for the Health Services, which he co-founded (now part of the National Institute of Public Health), where he was also responsible for setting up the Norway National Electronic Library for Health. From 2002 to 2004, Arild was Director of the Knowledge Management Division at the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs. Prior to this, during the 1990s, Arild was Head of Health Services Research at the National Institute of Public Health, later leading the Department of Community Medicine at the same institute.

Arild's research interests include health services research, social medicine, quality improvement in health and social services, meditation-based interventions, and child mental health. He is the author of several medical textbooks and has published more than 200 scientific articles.