May Researcher 2024

INSPIRE'S Researchers Series

Researcher Spotlight

 Welcome back to our Researcher Spotlight series! Every month we highlight one of our consortium members working to bring INSPIRE forward. 

This month, we’re highlighting the contributions of Professor May Aasebø Hauken. May is a professor of health psychology and health promotion in the University of Bergen; the team leading work package 1 of INSPIRE ‘Comparative Health Services Analysis’ (learn more about this work package and others here). We’ll be sharing details from the results of this work package very soon- for now, you can check out our poster from the EAPC World Research congress 2024 !

May Aasebø Hauken

Tell us a bit about yourself May!

My name is May Aasebø Hauken and I  live in Bergen, Norway. I work as a professor in health psychology and health promotion at the Center for Crisis Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. I have a basic education as a       registered nurse and have a lot of clinical experience within cancer care – mostly related to palliative care. I have a PhD in rehabilitation of young adult cancer survivors (YACS). My research is mainly in psychosocial issues related to YAC patients and survivors, social network support, children as next of kin when a parent or sibling is seriously ill or dies (here we also have a further education), pediatric palliation in the community, hyperbaric treatment for cancer survivors with radiation injuries, and community cancer rehabilitation etc.  

What’s your role in INSPIRE?

My role in Inspire is to be part of the Norwegian team here at UIB. In particular, I have been involved in the first part of the study (WP1) in exploring how palliative cancer rehabilitation is integrated in clinical practice in the five participating countries. Here, I have been interviewing and analyzing 22 stakeholders from each of the participating countries in the consortium and participated in writing a scientific paper based on this work. This paper builds on document analyses, stakeholder interviews and a survey.  We are also responsible for work package 7: ‘Evidence synthesis and international consensus’ that I will be included in. 

What excites you the most about INSPIRE? 

 I think that Inspire represents an important and innovative aspect within cancer rehabilitation, and places an important focus on patients with incurable cancer that brings hope and emphasis on quality of life. This is my first EU project, and I find it very interesting and inspiring both to work in the consortium and within our own group here at UIB.

How would you describe the INSPIRE project in three words?