She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Oslo. She graduated as a psychologist at the University of Oslo in 1975 and obtained a doctoral degree in 2001. She is a specialist in clinical psychology.
She worked as senior psychologist at the Psychosocial Center for Refugees at the University of Oslo from 1986 to 2004, and was a senior researcher and head of section for refugee health and forced migration at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies from 2004 to 2008.
She became an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo in 2008.