Maria Helena Chavez-Aagaard

Master`s Student

Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Culture and Community psychology
  • Critical psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods



I'm an MA student at the Health, Development and Community Psychology programme at the University of Oslo. I also work as a research assistant on various projects at the Psychology department at the University of Oslo. 


2021-2023: MA in Health, Development and Community Psychology at the University of Oslo

2018 - 2021: BA in Neurocognitive Psychology, University of Oslo

2014-2017: BA in Musicology, University of Oslo. 

2015-2016: Exchange year at Goldsmiths University, U.K.

Work Experience

2022 - Current: Research assistant, University of Oslo

2021 - Current: Occasional co-presenter in seminars on ethnocentrism. On behalf of my student union.

Fall 2020: Student group organizer for first year bachelor students at the Psychology Institute, University of Oslo

2019 - Current: Seminar leader for courses on conflict management, Mental Helse

Volunteer work for student union

2020-Current: Active member of the student union; Psykologistudenter Uten Grenser [translated: Psychology Students Without Boarders]. In addition to contributions to other projects, I have been the project leader for the development of several projects, including, but not limited to:
*Grenseløs is the name of the podcast pertaining to the student union

  • Grenseløs episode [in edit]: Samer og Psykologer i Norge [translated: Sami people and psychologists in Norway
    Guest: Psychologist Elisabeth Gerhardsen
    Language: Norwegian
  • Conference: Rasistisk og LHBT+ diskriminering av helsepersonell [translated: Racist and LGBT+ discrimination of health personell]
    Date: 02nd-3rd of June, 2022
    Language: Norwegian


Resilience against radicalization and extremism in schools: Development of a psychometric scale. (2022) Authors: Eldor, D. S., Lindholm, K., Chavez, M. H., Vassanyi, S., Badiane, M. O. I., Yaldizli, K., Frøysa P., Haugestad, C. A. P., & Kunst, J. R. Published in Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 980180

​Languages Spoken

Norwegian (native); English (native); Spanish (fluent)

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