Lise Solberg Nes

Head of Department



+47 91332341

Current positions

  • Head of Department, Department of Digital Health Research, Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Medicine & Science, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
  • Senior Scientist, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway


  • Post-doctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)
    • Medical Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
  • Ph.D (2009)
    • Clinical Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology specialization, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Pre-doctoral Internship/Residency (2008-2009)
    • Clinical Psychology, Medical/Health Psychology specialization, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Master of Science (2004)
    • Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Bachelor of Arts (2002)
    • Psychology / Philosophy. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Undergraduate level additionals (1993-1996)
    • Philosophy, Jurisprudence, University of Oslo, Oslo Norway

Research Interests

Dr. Solberg Nes’ research currently focuses on the development and efficacy testing of digital interventions for patients with a variety of medical conditions. For example, two of her largest current projects are focusing on designing, developing and testing the eHealth supported programs StressProffen, a stress-management intervention program for patients with cancer, and EPIO, a self-management intervention program for people living with chronic pain. Another ongoing project, eCHANGE, examines the potential for an eHealth intervention program to support people with obesity in long-term weight maintenance following weight loss.

Solberg Nes’ research also examines the psychological and physiological impact of self-regulation, that is, people’s ability to exercise control and guide or alter reactions and behavior. For example, she has been examining the psychological and physiological impact of self-regulatory deficits in cancer and chronic multi-symptom related illnesses. Other research interests include quality of life, coping, adherence, personality and individual differences, as well as health behaviors.

Clinical Interests

A PhD clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Solberg Nes’ interests center around supporting patients faced with a wide variety of acute or chronic medical illnesses. Her clinical services have included direct delivery of psychological assessment, intervention, treatment and consultation/consultation-liaison services. Areas of special interest include adjustment to and coping with chronic illness, including chronic pain, cancer diagnoses/treatment, transplantation (blood/marrow and solid organ) challenges, bariatric and obesity issues (including pre/post-surgery), orofacial pain, spinal cord injuries, women’s health, effect of illness on family members and caregivers, and end of life or palliative care issues. She is also interested in challenges surrounding health behavior change, stress-management, adherence, rehabilitation and sleep.



  • Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota, USA LP# 5326 12/17/2010
  • Licensed (autorisert) Psychologist in Norway ID# 006164110 06/06/2013
  • European Certificate in Psychology - EuroPsy Clinical Psychologist Reg. # NO-007377-201312 12/23/201312/19/2013



Recent Funding/Grants

2019-2021: Regional resource center related to violence, traumatic stress and suicide prevention (RVTSØst): «Supersmart – a stress management solution for children» (PI)

2019-2023: Norwegian Cancer Society/Norwegian Cancer Registry: «Coping after Breast Cancer - CABC» (Funding awarded to the Norwegian Cancer Registry by Director/PI Giske Ursin)

2017-2023: Research Council of Norway # 256574/H10. “Living well with chronic pain: using person-centered e-health design to support self-management (ePAIN/EPIO)” (PI)

2018:         Oslo University Hospital, Oslo University Hospital Innovation grant: #2602-2018 “eChange: Using eHealth design to facilitate lasting health behavior change” (PI)

2015-2018: Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen). # 4602492-2013. "Testing a computerized interactive stress management intervention in early stage cancer: A randomized controlled trial (STRESSPROFFEN)" (PI)


Other appointments

2019          OUS Hospital Innovation Grant Committee Member, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Oslo, Norway

2017 - 2018  OUS Hospital Development Plan 2035 – Research workgroup member, representing Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Oslo, Norway

2017          Leader Innovation Committee Workgroup for Culture and Infrastructure, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Oslo, Norway  

2016 -        OUS Hospital Innovation Committee Member, representing Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Oslo, Norway

2015 -        Leaderteam Member, Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

2015 -        Divisional Research Committee Member, Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Oslo, Norway




Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

University of Florida, Gainesville, MN, USA

University of Washington/Seattle Childrens hospital, Seattle, WA, USA

University of Twente, Enchede, The Netherlands



Publications 2022

van de Graaf DL, Mols F, Trompetter HR, van der Lee ML, Schreurs KMG, Børøsund E, Nes LS, Smeets T (2022)
Effectiveness of the online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy intervention "Embrace Pain" for cancer survivors with chronic painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Trials, 23 (1), 642
DOI 10.1186/s13063-022-06592-3, PubMed 35945582

Asbjørnsen RA, Hjelmesæth J, Smedsrød ML, Wentzel J, Ollivier M, Clark MM, van Gemert-Pijnen JEWC, Solberg Nes L (2022)
Combining Persuasive System Design Principles and Behavior Change Techniques in Digital Interventions Supporting Long-term Weight Loss Maintenance: Design and Development of eCHANGE
JMIR Hum Factors, 9 (2), e37372
DOI 10.2196/37372, PubMed 35622394

Bostrøm K, Varsi C, Eide H, Børøsund E, Kristjansdottir ÓB, Schreurs KMG, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Nordang EF, Stubhaug A, Nes LS (2022)
Engaging with EPIO, a digital pain self-management program: a qualitative study
BMC Health Serv Res, 22 (1), 577
DOI 10.1186/s12913-022-07963-x, PubMed 35488295

Seljelid B, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Øystese KA, Børøsund E (2022)
Feasibility of a Digital Patient-Provider Communication Intervention to Support Shared Decision-Making in Chronic Health Care, InvolveMe: Pilot Study
JMIR Form Res, 6 (4), e34738
DOI 10.2196/34738, PubMed 35389356

Eiken AG, Nordanger DØ, Solberg Nes L, Varsi C (2022)
Patients' Experiences of Using an eHealth Pain Management Intervention Combined With Psychomotor Physiotherapy: Qualitative Study
JMIR Form Res, 6 (3), e34458
DOI 10.2196/34458, PubMed 35293866

Publications 2021

Børøsund E, Ehlers SL, Clark MM, Andrykowski MA, Cvancarova Småstuen M, Solberg Nes L (2021)
Digital stress management in cancer: Testing StressProffen in a 12-month randomized controlled trial
Cancer, 128 (7), 1503-1512
DOI 10.1002/cncr.34046, PubMed 34855212

Jessen S, Mirkovic J, Halvorsen Brendmo E, Solberg Nes L (2021)
Evaluating a Strengths-Based mHealth Tool (MyStrengths): Explorative Feasibility Trial
JMIR Form Res, 5 (11), e30572
DOI 10.2196/30572, PubMed 34787580

Seljelid B, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Øystese KA, Børøsund E (2021)
A Digital Patient-Provider Communication Intervention (InvolveMe): Qualitative Study on the Implementation Preparation Based on Identified Facilitators and Barriers
J Med Internet Res, 23 (4), e22399
DOI 10.2196/22399, PubMed 33830063

Varsi C, Ledel Solem IK, Eide H, Børøsund E, Kristjansdottir OB, Heldal K, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Schreurs KMG, Morrison EJ, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L (2021)
Health care providers' experiences of pain management and attitudes towards digitally supported self-management interventions for chronic pain: a qualitative study
BMC Health Serv Res, 21 (1), 275
DOI 10.1186/s12913-021-06278-7, PubMed 33766028

Varsi C, Stenehjem AE, Børøsund E, Solberg Nes L (2021)
Video as an alternative to in-person consultations in outpatient renal transplant recipient follow-up: a qualitative study
BMC Nephrol, 22 (1), 105
DOI 10.1186/s12882-021-02284-3, PubMed 33752608

Publications 2020

Asbjørnsen RA, Wentzel J, Smedsrød ML, Hjelmesæth J, Clark MM, Solberg Nes L, Van Gemert-Pijnen JEWC (2020)
Identifying Persuasive Design Principles and Behavior Change Techniques Supporting End User Values and Needs in eHealth Interventions for Long-Term Weight Loss Maintenance: Qualitative Study
J Med Internet Res, 22 (11), e22598
DOI 10.2196/22598, PubMed 33252347

Bostrøm K, Børøsund E, Varsi C, Eide H, Flakk Nordang E, Schreurs KM, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Cvancarova Småstuen M, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L (2020)
Digital Self-Management in Support of Patients Living With Chronic Pain: Feasibility Pilot Study
JMIR Form Res, 4 (10), e23893
DOI 10.2196/23893, PubMed 33094734

Børøsund E, Varsi C, Clark MM, Ehlers SL, Andrykowski MA, Sleveland HRS, Bergland A, Nes LS (2020)
Pilot testing an app-based stress management intervention for cancer survivors
Transl Behav Med, 10 (3), 770-780
DOI 10.1093/tbm/ibz062, PubMed 31330023

Jessen S, Mirkovic J, Nes LS (2020)
MyStrengths, a Strengths-Focused Mobile Health Tool: Participatory Design and Development
JMIR Form Res, 4 (7), e18049
DOI 10.2196/18049, PubMed 32706651

Børøsund E, Ehlers SL, Varsi C, Clark MM, Andrykowski MA, Cvancarova M, Solberg Nes L (2020)
Results from a randomized controlled trial testing StressProffen; an application-based stress-management intervention for cancer survivors
Cancer Med, 9 (11), 3775-3785
DOI 10.1002/cam4.3000, PubMed 32243717

Seljelid B, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Stenehjem AE, Bollerslev J, Børøsund E (2020)
Content and system development of a digital patient-provider communication tool to support shared decision making in chronic health care: InvolveMe
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak, 20 (1), 46
DOI 10.1186/s12911-020-1065-8, PubMed 32131808

Ledel Solem IK, Varsi C, Eide H, Kristjansdottir OB, Børøsund E, Schreurs KMG, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Haaland-Øverby M, Bevan K, Zangi HA, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L (2020)
A User-Centered Approach to an Evidence-Based Electronic Health Pain Management Intervention for People With Chronic Pain: Design and Development of EPIO
J Med Internet Res, 22 (1), e15889
DOI 10.2196/15889, PubMed 31961331

Publications 2019

Solberg Nes L (2019)
Digital Health in Cardiology: Time for Action
Cardiology, 145 (2), 106-109
DOI 10.1159/000504797, PubMed 31825946

Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Kristjansdottir OB, Kelders SM, Stenberg U, Zangi HA, Børøsund E, Weiss KE, Stubhaug A, Asbjørnsen RA, Westeng M, Ødegaard M, Eide H (2019)
Implementation Strategies to Enhance the Implementation of eHealth Programs for Patients With Chronic Illnesses: Realist Systematic Review
J Med Internet Res, 21 (9), e14255
DOI 10.2196/14255, PubMed 31573934

Asbjørnsen RA, Smedsrød ML, Solberg Nes L, Wentzel J, Varsi C, Hjelmesæth J, van Gemert-Pijnen JE (2019)
Persuasive System Design Principles and Behavior Change Techniques to Stimulate Motivation and Adherence in Electronic Health Interventions to Support Weight Loss Maintenance: Scoping Review
J Med Internet Res, 21 (6), e14265
DOI 10.2196/14265, PubMed 31228174

Gudenkauf LM, Clark MM, Novotny PJ, Piderman KM, Ehlers SL, Patten CA, Nes LS, Ruddy KJ, Sloan JA, Yang P (2019)
Spirituality and Emotional Distress Among Lung Cancer Survivors
Clin Lung Cancer, 20 (6), e661-e666
DOI 10.1016/j.cllc.2019.06.015, PubMed 31378618

Ledel Solem IK, Varsi C, Eide H, Kristjansdottir OB, Mirkovic J, Børøsund E, Haaland-Øverby M, Heldal K, Schreurs KM, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Solberg Nes L (2019)
Patients' Needs and Requirements for eHealth Pain Management Interventions: Qualitative Study
J Med Internet Res, 21 (4), e13205
DOI 10.2196/13205, PubMed 30877780

Strand EB, Mengshoel AM, Sandvik L, Helland IB, Abraham S, Nes LS (2019)
Pain is associated with reduced quality of life and functional status in patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Scand J Pain, 19 (1), 61-72
DOI 10.1515/sjpain-2018-0095, PubMed 30325738

Publications 2018

Børøsund E, Mirkovic J, Clark MM, Ehlers SL, Andrykowski MA, Bergland A, Westeng M, Solberg Nes L (2018)
A Stress Management App Intervention for Cancer Survivors: Design, Development, and Usability Testing
JMIR Form Res, 2 (2), e19
DOI 10.2196/formative.9954, PubMed 30684438

Publications 2016

Nes LS, Ehlers SL, Whipple MO, Vincent A (2016)
Self-Regulatory Fatigue: A Missing Link in Understanding Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic MultiSymptom Illnesses
Pain Pract, 17 (4), 460-469
DOI 10.1111/papr.12480, PubMed 27589266

Loprinzi Brauer CE, Clark MM, Solberg Nes L, Miller LK (2016)
Peer Mentorship Programs for Breast Cancer Patients
J Pain Symptom Manage, 51 (5), e5-7
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.03.001, PubMed 27033161

Publications 2015

Piderman KM, Sytsma TT, Frost MH, Novotny PJ, Rausch Osian SM, Solberg Nes L, Patten CA, Sloan JA, Rummans TA, Bronars CA, Yang P, Clark MM (2015)
Improving Spiritual Well-Being in Patients with Lung Cancers
J Pastoral Care Counsel, 69 (3), 156-62
DOI 10.1177/1542305015602711, PubMed 26463853

Publications 2014

Solberg Nes L, Ehlers SL, Patten CA, Gastineau DA (2014)
Self-regulatory fatigue, quality of life, health behaviors, and coping in patients with hematologic malignancies
Ann Behav Med, 48 (3), 411-23
DOI 10.1007/s12160-014-9621-z, PubMed 24802991

Publications 2013

Thompson CA, Stan DL, Solberg Nes L, Jenkins SM, Lackore KA, Pruthi S (2013)
Breast cancer survivors' self-reported needs and preferences of survivorship care
Breast J, 20 (1), 107-9
DOI 10.1111/tbj.12221, PubMed 24262015

Solberg Nes L, Ehlers SL, Patten CA, Gastineau DA (2013)
Self-regulatory fatigue in hematologic malignancies: impact on quality of life, coping, and adherence to medical recommendations
Int J Behav Med, 20 (1), 13-21
DOI 10.1007/s12529-011-9194-1, PubMed 21928059

Nes LS, Ehlers SL, Whipple MO, Vincent A (2013)
Self-regulatory fatigue in chronic multisymptom illnesses: scale development, fatigue, and self-control
J Pain Res, 6, 181-8
DOI 10.2147/JPR.S40014, PubMed 23526193

Publications 2012

Pruthi S, Stan DL, Jenkins SM, Huebner M, Borg BA, Thomley BS, Cutshall SM, Singh R, Kohli S, Boughey JC, Lemaine V, Solberg Nes L (2012)
A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study Assessing Feasibility and Impact of Yoga Practice on Quality of Life, Mood, and Perceived Stress in Women With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer
Glob Adv Health Med, 1 (5), 30-5
DOI 10.7453/gahmj.2012.1.5.010, PubMed 27257529

Allen SV, Solberg Nes L, Marnach ML, Polga K, Jenkins SM, Files JA, Croghan IT, Ghosh K, Pruthi S (2012)
Patient understanding of the revised USPSTF screening mammogram guidelines: need for development of patient decision aids
BMC Womens Health, 12, 36
DOI 10.1186/1472-6874-12-36, PubMed 23051022

Solberg Nes L, Liu H, Patten CA, Rausch SM, Sloan JA, Garces YI, Cheville AL, Yang P, Clark MM (2012)
Physical activity level and quality of life in long term lung cancer survivors
Lung Cancer, 77 (3), 611-6
DOI 10.1016/j.lungcan.2012.05.096, PubMed 22681871

Grimes CE, Nes LS, Waldman A, Segerstrom SC (2012)
Output order reflects the cognitive accessibility of goals
J Soc Psychol, 152 (1), 5-16
DOI 10.1080/00224545.2010.538761, PubMed 22308758

Publications 2011

Nes LS, Carlson CR, Crofford LJ, de Leeuw R, Segerstrom SC (2011)
Individual differences and self-regulatory fatigue: optimism, conscientiousness, and self-consciousness
Pers Individ Dif, 50 (4)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2010.11.011, PubMed 24409005

Publications 2010

Nes LS, Carlson CR, Crofford LJ, de Leeuw R, Segerstrom SC (2010)
Self-regulatory deficits in fibromyalgia and temporomandibular disorders
Pain, 151 (1), 37-44
DOI 10.1016/j.pain.2010.05.009, PubMed 20561749

Publications 2009

Solberg Nes L, Roach AR, Segerstrom SC (2009)
Executive functions, self-regulation, and chronic pain: a review
Ann Behav Med, 37 (2), 173-83
DOI 10.1007/s12160-009-9096-5, PubMed 19357933

Publications 2007

Segerstrom SC, Nes LS (2007)
Heart rate variability reflects self-regulatory strength, effort, and fatigue
Psychol Sci, 18 (3), 275-81
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01888.x, PubMed 17444926

Publications 2006

Segerstrom SC, Nes LS (2006)
When Goals Conflict But People Prosper: The Case of Dispositional Optimism
J Res Pers, 40 (5), 675-693
DOI 10.1016/j.jrp.2005.08.001, PubMed 17016545

Nes LS, Segerstrom SC (2006)
Dispositional optimism and coping: a meta-analytic review
Pers Soc Psychol Rev, 10 (3), 235-51
DOI 10.1207/s15327957pspr1003_3, PubMed 16859439

Publications 2005

Nes LS, Segerstrom SC, Sephton SE (2005)
Engagement and arousal: optimism's effects during a brief stressor
Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 31 (1), 111-20
DOI 10.1177/0146167204271319, PubMed 15574666


My projects


Using eHealth design to facilitate weight maintenance following initial weight loss

eHealth outpatient consultations

Use of video solutions in outpatient consultations

Involve me

eHealth solutions for patients with non functioning pituitary adenomas and patients receiving renal replacement therapy

Living well with chronic pain (EPIO©™)

Using person-centered eHealth design to support self-management for patiens with chronic pain

Stress Management in Cancer (StressProffen©™)

A cognitive behavioral stress management intervention for patients with cancer

The Power of Personal Strengths

Using gamification to support patients in chronic illness management


A digital solution for stress management in children