Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information


Name: Dani Beck (he/him)
Email: dani.beck@psykologi.uio.no

Current Position(s):

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Neuroscience

Affiliation(s):

  • Diakonhjemmet Hospital
  • University of Oslo, Department of Psychology
  • Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT)

Employment History


Dates: November 2021-Present
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Research group: Neurocognitive Development Group (University of Oslo)
Affiliations: Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) and Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Employer: Diakonhjemmet Hospital


Dates: August 2019-November 2021
Position: Science writer / columnist
Employer: Neuro-central


Dates: May 2021-November 2021
Position: Researcher
Research group: Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT)
Responsibilities: Investigating cardiometabolic health and brain ageing – with specific focus on how cardiometabolic risk factors impact the structure and integrity of our ageing brains.
Employer: University of Oslo (Faculty of Medicine)


Dates: May 2018-May 2021
Position: PhD Candidate
Research group: Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT)
Responsibilities: Investigating cardiovascular risk and brain network function – common mechanisms and windows of opportunity in ageing, dementia, stroke and mental illness.
Employer: Sunnaas Hospital


Dates: February 2018-May 2018
Position: Researcher
Research group: Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC)
Responsibilities: Responsibility for overseeing all research assistants (9), MRI scanning, neuropsychological testing, lead coordinator of international partnership with Uni. of Toronto, research work.
Employer: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo


Dates: June 2017 – February 2018
Position: Scientific Assistant
Research group: Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC)
Responsibilities: MRI scanning and neuropsychological testing, lead coordinator of international partnership with Uni. of Toronto, project coordinator (memory construct).
Employer: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo


Dates: October 2015 – May 2017
Position: Research Assistant
Research group: Clinical Neuroscience Research Group
Responsibilities: MRI scanning and participant testing, semi-structured interviews (Hamilton) with depressed and depression-remitted subjects, administration of clinical questionnaires, saliva testing and cortisol analysis at the biology lab.
Employer: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo


Dates: May 2014 – November 2014
Position: Mental Health Care Assistant
Responsibilities: Monitor and assist mentally disordered offenders on a medium risk ward (psychiatric hospital/secure unit). Assist nurses on the ward.
Employer: Priory Group, Farmfield Dr, Surrey, UK


Dates: March 2011 – July 2011
Position: Assistant Psychologist
Responsibilities: Data collection and participant testing
Employer: Student Employment Agency (University of Derby)


Education and Training


Dates: May 2018 – May 2021
Qualification awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (specialised in Clinical Neuroscience and Brain imaging)
Institution: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Additional information: My thesis focused on cardiometabolic health and the ageing brain, whereby brain and body MRI was utilised to elucidate the body-brain axis in healthy adults.


Dates: August 2015 – May 2017
Qualification awarded: Master of Philosophy in Cognitive Neuroscience
Institution: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Additional information: My thesis investigated the neurotrophic effect of antidepressants on hippocampal subfield volumes in a large sample of remitted MDD subjects and controls.


Dates: September 2013 – September 2014
Qualification awarded: Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Institution: Birmingham City University, UK
Additional information: My thesis involved investigating the criminogenic needs of the prison population of HMP Birmingham in order to make suggestions for rehabilitative programmes and treatment to reduce re-offending.


Dates: September 2010 – July 2013
Qualification awarded: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Institution: University of Derby, UK
Additional information: My thesis investigated the relationship between ethnocentrism and automatic stereotyping.


Skills, Competencies, and honours


Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Norwegian
  • Arabic

Skills:

Highly organised, experience working with individuals with varying mental disorders in clinical and forensic settings, competent with advanced statistics and programming using R, novice experience with Python and MATLAB. Neuroimaging analysis experience (FreeSurfer, FSL). Experience coordinating big sample size studies with both patient and control populations. Experience supervising a Master Degree student. Experience as science-writer/columnist.

Honours:

  • Winner of NRSN International Training Grant 2019.
  • Winner of NRSN International Training Grant 2020.
  • Winner of HSØ Mobility Grant 2020: Project description
  • Winner of HSØ Mobility Grant 2022: Project description

Invited talks:

  • Delivered the valedictory at the doctorate graduation ceremony in Oslo, Norway (Dec, 2021)
  • Invited speaker at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (June, 2022)
  • Invited speaker at the flux congress 2022 conference in Paris, France (Sept, 2022)
  • Invited speaker at Brain health symposium in Trondheim, Norway (Oct, 2022)

References (upon request)

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