Mette Terp Høybye

BA, Cand.Scient.Anth., Ph.d., Lektor

Dr. Mette Terp Høybye is an interdisciplinary researcher, encompassing diverse methods and scientific viewpoints from social anthropology and public health in her work. She leads the interdisciplinary Borderlands of Living research team, studying uncertainties of prognostics of unresponsive patients with serious brain injury between scientific and clinical reasoning. The program critically examines the relationality of knowledge and methodological innovation in this space of ambiguity. Funded by The Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowship.

She holds an MSc in anthropology and a PhD in public health from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the result of a large randomized, interdisciplinary anthropological and epidemiological study of the use of internet support groups in the rehabilitation of Danish cancer survivors. Dr. Høybye's research has been concerned with the meaning, effect and potential of social networks and the production of virtual spaces and self-technologies mediated by the internet for more than a decade. The interrelation of technologies and health practices, and how they shape the experience of being a patient or living with serious or chronic illness is a core interest.

Related to this, she has a strong interest in the production of knowledge and decision making in clinical settings. Her work carries a strong curiosity on developing new methods in anthropological health research and analytical approaches though embodied practices that can drive knowledge making in creative ways.

Dr. Høybye has spent time at Stanford University, US and at Leeds University, UK and has worked at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, University of Southern Denmark and the National Institute of Public Health (SDU) before arriving at AU and Silkeborg Hospital.

Dr. Høybye’s work has earned international recognition with an Early Career Award (2012) from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. She currently serves on the board of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine and on the editorial board of International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. She is the past president of the Danish Society for Psychosocial Medicine.