Dr. Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir new Dean of RU's School of Social Sciences


Dr. Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir has been appointed Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Reykjavik University. The School comprises the departments of Psychology, Business Administration, Law and Sport Science. 

Dr. Ásgeirsdóttir graduated with a Phd degree in psychology from King's College London in 2011, an MA in sociology from the University of Iceland in 2003 and a BA in psychology from the University of Iceland in 1999. She has diverse management experience and has been Chair of the Department of Psychology since 2019 and professor since 2021, after having served as director of undergraduate studies in psychology and sport science. 

She has been with RU since 2005 and has played a key role in the development of the Department of Psychology and the development of master's programmes in clinical psychology and applied behaviour analysis, as well as doctoral studies in psychology. She has also served on numerous public committees and participated in other projects for municipalities, the Ministry of Justice, Education, Social Affairs, Health and Trade, the Directorate of Health and the Icelandic Red Cross, and the director of The Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis.

Dr. Asgeirsdottir is a respected scientist and a leading researcher in the field of health and well-being of children and young people and the consequences of violence. She has published numerous scientific articles in international scientific journals, written chapters and research reports for ministries and municipalities, and is en experienced international speaker. She also has extensive experience in teaching at university level and in supervising research projects of doctoral, master's and BSc students.

The position of Dean at Reykjavik University is a 100% managerial position. The President decides on the position following the evaluation of a committee, in accordance with RU's organisational and operating rules. The evaluation committee consisted of Dr. Ari Kristinn Jónsson, departing President, Ester Gústavsdóttir, Director of Human Resources, and Dr. Daði Már Kristófersson, Professor of Economics the University of Iceland.

Here is further information about Dr. Asgeirsdottir's work and research.