Robert (Rob) Bongaardt


Fakultet for helse- og sosialvitenskap
Institutt for helse-, sosial- og velferdsfag
Campus Porsgrunn (M-119)


  • Teacher post-graduate education in mental health work (campus Porsgrunn)
  • Leader Development of Doctoral Supervision Team, USN
  • Participant research group 'Research on Research Supervision', coordinated by UiS.
  • Participant research group 'Phenomenology in Higher Education, coordinated by 
  • Participant research group 'Health and Exercise in a Lifecourse Perspective' (HELP;


  • mental health work
  • adult development and learning
  • measures of adult development, mentoring and coaching
  • development of doctoral supervision
  • control of complex movement actions
  • descriptive phenomenological methods
  • theory and history of psychology
  • philosophy of science


Rob Bongaardt holds a Doctorate in Psychology (1996, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). He is Professor of Mental Health. He has taught in the interdisciplinary fields of movement science, psychology, and mental health. His recent research concerns positive mental health vis-à-vis mental health promotion, psychological development and mental growth during the lifespan, the application of measures of adult development, and the development of Ph.D. supervision competency. 


Bongaardt, R. (1996). The Bernstein tradition in movement science. Doctoral dissertation, Free University Amsterdam.

Bongaardt, R., & Meijer, O.G. (2000). Bernstein's theory of movement behavior: Historical development and contemporary relevance. Journal of Motor Behavior, 32(1), 57-71. 

Alsaker S, Bongaardt R, Josephsson S. (2009). Studying narrative-in-action in women with chronic rheumatic conditions. Qualitative Health Research,19(8), 1154-66.

Røseth, I. Bongaardt, R., Binder, P. E. (2011). A case study of a mother’s intertwining experiences with incest and postpartum depression. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 6, 7244 - DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i3.7244    

Bongaardt, R., Frøyen, G., & Tangvald-Pedersen, O. (2013). Phenomenological pedagogy in higher education of mental health workers: An example from Norway. Sage Open, March, 1-8: DOI: 10.1177/2158244013481359.

Baklien, B. & Bongaardt, R. (2014). The quest for choice and the need for care in mental health work. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, (Open access), DOI: 10.1007/s11019-014-9563-z.