Asgeir R. Helgason Research Network

About Ásgeir R. Helgason

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Associate Professor in Psychology
University Lector in Social Medicine

Ásgeir R. Helgason (born 1957) is an Icelandic scientist working at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Since 2002 he has been an associate professor in psychology at the Departments of Oncology-Pathology and Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet and Reykjavik University, Iceland.

List of scientific publications on PubMed

Web editor: Hugi Ásgeirsson

Personal details

Birth date
Father of two sons and two stepdaughters.
In a domestic partnership.
Icelandic, with Icelandic and Swedish citizenship
Current positions
Head Psychologist, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Stockholm County Council

Associate Professor in Psychology at Karolinska Institutet

Associate Professor in Psychology at Reykjavik University in Iceland

Prior and ongoing positions

University Lector, Social Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, K9
2011- 2013
Research Group Leader: Health Promoting Behavior Research, Karolinska Institutet
Heading a research network on Men’s Health
University Lector, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Oncology-Pathology
Associate Professor (Docent) in Psychology, Reykjavik University, Iceland
Associate Professor (Docent) in Psychology, Karolinska Institutet
Research Psychologist, Stockholm County Council, Centre for Public Health
Heading development and research, Swedish National Tobacco Quitline
Research Psychologist, Oncology Clinic (Radiumhemmet), Karolinska Hospital
Acting Chive Information Officer in Nordic collaboration, Icelandic Cancer Society
Information Officer, Reykjavik Cancer Society, Iceland

Merits and university degrees/courses

Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Clinical degree, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) – Certificate, Amsterdam
Associate Professor (Docent) in Psychology: Evaluated and accepted at two institutions:
Oncology-pathology (K7) and Public Health(K9), Karolinska Institutet
PhD degree, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Sweden
Clinical Sexology (focus on sexuality and cancer), Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning (RFSU)
Practical journalism (focus on health and science), MA level, University of Iceland
Psychology graduate, University of Iceland

Graduated PhD students

Bragi Skulason
Death talk and bereavement: Icelandic men and widowers. University of Iceland, 2014.
Eva Nohlert
Smoking Cessation. Treatment intensity and outcome in randomized clinical trials. Uppsala University, 2013.
Álfgeir L. Kristjansson
Building the basis for primary prevention: Factors related to cigarette smoking and alcohol use among adolescents: Karolinska Institutet, 2011.
Tanja Tomson
Telephone support for smoking cessation. The Swedish example. Karolinska Institutet, 2005.
Sveinbjörn Kristjansson
Skin cancer prevention. Graduated from Karolinska Institutet, 2004.
Massoud al-Abany
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. The Swedish example. Karolinska Institutet 2005.
Unnur Valdimarsdottir
he loss of a husband to cancer - additional and avoidable psychological trauma. Karolinska Institutet, 2004.

Research grants (PI)

  • Swedish Research Council
  • Swedish Cancer Society
  • Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
  • Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation
  • Kamprad Foundation

Boards and panels

  • Icelandic Research Council – Expert Panel
  • Icelandic Surgeon General (Landlæknir) - Expert panel
  • Editorial board: Health Education and Behavior; Tobacco Induced Diseases
  • Associate Editor: BMC-Public Health

Scientific publications on PubMed