Management

Head of department

Jan Tønnesvang is the head of department at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

Born in Esbjerg, Jan earned his degree as a psychologist from Aarhus University in 1995. He was employed at the Danish School of Education for three and a half years before settling down at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences in 2001.

Formerly a professor of social psychology and personality psychology, Jan is now a professor of educational psychology. His primary interest lie within integrative psychology, focusing on how to bridge the gap between theory and practice when working with people in pedagogical, organisational and managerial contexts:

“We are facing a challenge in ensuring that the overall unity found in different forms of human work is not superseded by our urge to make everything more efficient and generate constant growth. This applies to both educational matters and work life matters, as well as to questions regarding the balance and sustainability of our ways of living in general. My research and knowledge exchange are directed towards this purpose,” says Jan Tønnesvang.

Klaus Nielsen is the deputy head of department at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

Director of studies

Mimi Mehlsen is the director of studies at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.

Mimi Yung Mehlsen earned her degree as a psychologist in 1998 and subsequently worked within geriatric psychiatry in Herning until she became a PhD student at Aarhus University Hospital. Following this, she has been an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences and a researcher at Aarhus University Hospital, until she was employed as an associate professor of health psychology at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences in 2011.

Her research focuses on how human beings develop throughout their lives and how they experience and cope with illness at different points in their lives. She has comprehensive experience within research methods and interdisciplinary development.

Through her entire career, Mimi has been teaching psychology, and she takes a keen interest in developing the forms of teaching at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences. As the director of studies, she takes great pleasure in working together with the students, at the same time regarding her primary task as supporting all teaching staff in their opportunity to deliver the best possible teaching. 

Head of secretariat

Carsten Dalsager is head of secretariat at Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, a position he has held since 1 August 2011. Prior to this, he was head of administration at the Department of Psychology.

Carsten Dalsager has been with Aarhus University since 1994. He has also held positions as finance employee, research group secretary at the School of Economics and Management and special consultant at the University Studies Office with responsibility for study-related key figures. He comes from a position as head of administration at the Department of Psychology.

He has an MSc in Economics from Aarhus University and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Public Administration) from the former Aarhus School of Business.