Rob Bongaardt

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies
Campus Porsgrunn (M-123)


  • Post-graduate Education in Mental Health Work (Porsgrunn, Vestfold, Drammen)
  • Board Member PhD Programme of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
  • Board Member Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
  • Academic Leader: Development of Doctoral Supervision, USN
  • Academic Leader: Research Leadership Programme, USN


  • mental health
  • continuing education of doctoral (PhD) supervisors
  • adult development and learning
  • leadership development
  • complex systems science
  • descriptive phenomenological methods
  • theory and history of psychology
  • philosophy of science


Rob Bongaardt (b. 1964) holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He works at the University of South-Eastern Norway as a full Professor of Mental Health. His teaching and research have an impact on the continuing education of mental health care professionals, executive leadership coaches, research leaders, and Ph.D. supervisors (and those who train them). In this capacity, Rob supports those who support others in various walks of daily life and work.

Collaboration with, amongst others:

USN's Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Link here

USN's HELP Research Group. Link here

USN's Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health. Link here

Elaine Herdman Barker (Leadership Development). Link here 

Anne Lee (Development of Doctoral Research and Supervision). Link here 

New Book on The Future of Doctoral Research. Link here

Facilitator of workshops on Doctoral Research and Doctoral Supervision for universities and research groups in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Coach. Leadership and professional development coach. Trained (2022-2023) at Clean Language, Hampshire, UK. Working towards certification (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) fall 2023. 

Received continued education in: Conducting the Motivational Interview (Stavanger); Conducting and Analysing the Subject-Object Interview (Cambridge, MA); Immunity to Change Intervention (Cambridge, MA); Research Leadership (HIT [USN], Sandefjord); Conducting and Analysing the Growth Edge Interview (Princeton, NJ); Global Leadership Profile (Boston, MA); Core sensitivities. Handling defenses in everyday life (Circle of Security International, Oslo); Doctoral Supervision Train-the-Trainer (UiS, Stavanger); Arbinger Conflict Resolution (Arbinger Scandinavia, Sandvika); Emotional Availability Scales (Colorado State University)