Principal Investigator

Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir

Dr. Inga Dora Sigfusdottir is a Professor at Reykjavik University. She also serves as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Folkhälsovetenskap at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and as a Research Professor in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Most of her scientific work can be described as sociological research on youth and adolescents and their health and well-being. Her work has focused on the study of risk and protective factors in the prevention of adolescent delinquency and, more recently, health related behaviour. She is currently the PI of an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the US and Europe, which is carrying out a longitudinal, bio-social study of Icelandic children, called the Lifecourse study.  She has written three books (all in Icelandic) on adolescent lifestyle and leisure activities and over 80 published articles in international journals. In conjunction with her research activities, she has provided academic leadership as the founder and CEO of a social science research institute, the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA). At ICSRA she and her colleagues built a nationwide, annually-updated database on various aspects of health and behavior among school-age children and adolescents.

She has authored numerous reports and provided leadership in the area of Icelandic social research and social policy.