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Dr Odlaug received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Public Health & Epidemiology and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota, specializing in health policy. Most recent to his current work at the University of Minnesota, Brian was the strategic and medical lead for disease state education activities in psychiatry for The Lundbeck Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. While in Denmark, he also served as an Adjunct Faculty member of the Danish Institute for Study Abroad where he developed and taught a course entitled "Public Mental Health". Most recent to this work, he was a Visiting Researcher in the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, working with Professor Erik Lykke Mortensen, where his research focused on translational public health in addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. He has received research grant funding from several entities, including The TLC Foundation for BFRBs to explore endophenotypic phenomena in trichotillomania using functional imaging. Brian trained under Dr. Jon Grant (Professor, University of Chicago) during which time he was a co-investigator on a Center grant from the National Center for Responsible Gaming investigating impulsive disorder susceptibility in young adults. Brian has co-authored four books, including “Why Can’t I Stop” from Johns Hopkins Press along with three other books from Oxford University Press. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, is on the editorial board of Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews and Journal of Gambling Studies, has functioned as a peer-reviewer for over 40 journals, and is a grant reviewer for several national research councils. He is frequently invited to give lectures and courses on substance and behavioral addiction worldwide, including in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Interest Keywords

  • addiction
  • gambling
  • impulse control
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • kleptomania
  • trichotillomania
  • excoriation disorder
  • impulsivity
  • compulsivity
  • epidemiology
  • burden of disease
  • public mental health
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • schizophrenia
  • alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's Disease


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