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About me

I am Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and research group leader in e-health interventions for problematic substance use at Karolinska Institutet. From August 15, 2015 I am also project lead for the National Telephone Support Line for Problem Gamblers (stodlinjen.se). An important contribution I am responsible for is development of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) and its in-depth correlate, the DUDIT-E. As Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, I have taught behavioral medicine and problematic substance use treatment research at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.  I have worked clinically for 10 years as a psychotherapist at the Stockholm Center for Dependency Disorders and am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). I was re-elected 2017 as President of the Swedish Behavioral Medicine Society after a prior term as President 2009-2015. My current organizational engagement with behavioral medicine is as board member of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM) Board, since 2010 as Chair of the Education and Training Committee, with re-election for a new term 2014-2018. 

My research group studies e-health interventions for problematic substance use. This page summarizes published and ongoing work in the research group.

Education

Advanced Psychotherapy Degree, 2007, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

PhD, 2004, Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

MSc, 1998, Clinical Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Diploma in Law, 1995, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

B.A., 1980, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

Research description

Digital interventions to reduce problematic alcohol and drug use

  • eScreen.se - a minimal intervention with screening and feedback for both alcohol and drug use
  • Alkoholhjalpen.se - internet-based self-help in Swedish via echange.rg1.se for help-seekers from the general population, a naturalistic study
  • Smartphone apps for reducing overconsumtion of alcohol - studies among university students 
  • Internet-based treatment with and without counselor support for reducing problematic alcohol use in the general population. 
  • Telephone-linked care to reduce impulsivity among forensic psychiatric patients
  • Ongoing studies on digital interventions for problematic substance use among patients in psychiatry
  • Ongoing studies on digital interventions for healthy lifestyle promotion among patients in primary care

Children of prisoners

  • EU-project 2010-2012 where I was responsible for the Sweden arm; other countries were Romania, Germany and the UK (coordinator Professor Adele Jones, University of Huddersfield)
  • Population study on wellbeing and difficulties among Swedish children 11-17 years old, including self- and parental ratings; see publication list

Motivational Interviewing in Addicition care

  • A study in a drug detoxification unit
  • Ongoing analyses of patient and counselor utterances

Education in Behavioral Medicine

LIVE INCITE

  • LIVE INCITE aims to empower patients and support lifestyle changes in order to improve outcomes of surgical procedures as well as cost effectiveness of healthcare providers. The EU funded project is a collaboration between Sweden, Spain and Denmark. Through the use of pre-commercial procurement LIVE INCITE aims to both challenge and stimulate the market to develop patient-centred interactive IT-solutions, promoting lifestyle changes. For more details about the ongoing open market consultation please view the Prior Information Notice  (PIN) at http://www.ted.europa.eu/TED, visit http://www.karolinska.se/en/live-incite or download the LIVE INCITE Market Survey at upphandling.sll.se. LIVE INCITE has initiated an open market consultation, which will continue to June 22, 2017. I am the lead for KI:s partnership in the LIVE INCITE project.

Teaching portfolio

I have been teaching Behavioral Medicine since 2005, with an inter-professional course for psychology, medicine and physiotherapy students and professionals running both fall and spring terms every year. The course runs in Swedish during the last five weeks of every term. My collaborator is Gabriele Biguet, Physiotherapy Division, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society. For more information about current courses, see http://pingpong.ki.se/public/courseId/6009/coursePath/7372/ecp/lang-sv/publicPage.do.

Alongside the live course, the MOOC on Behavioral Medicine, KIBEHMEDx, has been available since the fall of 2014. This course is open to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2015 - EiNAR (Excellence in Neuroscience Research) award for first KI MOOC, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, KI

2008 - Best abstract in Behavioral Medicine, ICBM 2008, Tokyo, Japan

2005 - Best PhD dissertation in Psychology 2004, Stockholm University, Department of Psychology

 

Documents

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Publications

Editorial on IJBM Special Issue-E-Health Interventions for Addictive Behaviors
Berman Ah, Høybye Mt, Blankers M
International journal of behavioral medicine 2017;24(5):641-645

Erratum to: Key Intervention Characteristics in e-Health: Steps Towards Standardized Communication
Bewick Bm, Ondersma Sj, Høybye Mt, Blakstad O, Blankers M, Brendryen H, et al
International journal of behavioral medicine 2017;():-

High-intensity therapist-guided internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol use disorder: a pilot study
Sundström C, Kraepelien M, Eék N, Fahlke C, Kaldo V, Berman Ah
BMC psychiatry 2017;17(1):197-

Key Intervention Characteristics in e-Health: Steps Towards Standardized Communication
Bewick Bm, Ondersma Sj, Høybye Mt, Blakstad O, Blankers M, Brendryen H, et al
International journal of behavioral medicine 2017;24(5):659-664

Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Version of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) in Clinical, Prison Inmate, and Student Samples
Sfendla A, Zouini B, Lemrani D, Berman Ah, Senhaji M, Kerekes N
International journal of behavioral medicine 2017;24(2):280-287

Risky consumption of alcohol and drugs among employees at ski resorts
Warne M, Sinadinovic K, Berman Ah, Kallmen H, Vinberg S
NORDIC STUDIES ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 2017;34(3):201-216

Skills Training via Smartphone App for University Students with Excessive Alcohol Consumption: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Gajecki M, Andersson C, Rosendahl I, Sinadinovic K, Fredriksson M, Berman Ah
International journal of behavioral medicine 2017;24(5):778-788

Sleep patterns in a randomized controlled trial of auricular acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
Bergdahl L, Broman Je, Berman Ah, Haglund K, Von Knorring L, Markström A
Complementary therapies in clinical practice 2017;28():220-226

Web-Based Self-Help for Problematic Alcohol Use: a Large Naturalistic Study
Johansson M, Sinadinovic K, Hammarberg A, Sundström C, Hermansson U, Andreasson S, et al
International journal of behavioral medicine 2017;24(5):749-759

Virtual Patients in a Behavioral Medicine Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Participants' Perceptions
Berman Ah, Biguet G, Stathakarou N, Westin-hägglöf B, Jeding K, Mcgrath C, et al
Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry 2017;41(5):631-641

Auricular Acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia: A Randomised Controlled Study
Bergdahl L, Broman Je, Berman Ah, Haglund K, Von Knorring L, Markström A
Sleep disorders 2016;2016():7057282-

Children's Quality of Life Based on the KIDSCREEN-27: Child Self-Report, Parent Ratings and Child-Parent Agreement in a Swedish Random Population Sample
Berman Ah, Liu B, Ullman S, Jadbäck I, Engström K
PloS one 2016;11(3):e0150545-

Guided and Unguided Internet-Based Treatment for Problematic Alcohol Use - A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
Sundström C, Gajecki M, Johansson M, Blankers M, Sinadinovic K, Stenlund-gens E, et al
PloS one 2016;11(7):e0157817-

Mobile Interventions Targeting Risky Drinking Among University Students: A Review
Berman Ah, Gajecki M, Sinadinovic K, Andersson C
Current addiction reports 2016;3():166-174

National Human Research Ethics: A Preliminary Comparative Case Study of Germany, Great Britain, Romania, and Sweden
Gallagher B, Berman Ah, Bieganski J, Jones Ad, Foca L, Raikes B, et al
Ethics & behavior 2016;26(7):586-606

Changes in mental and physical well-being among problematic alcohol and drug users in 12-month Internet-based intervention trials
Berman Ah, Wennberg P, Sinadinovic K
Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors 2015;29(1):97-105

Imaging surveillance programs for women at high breast cancer risk in Europe: Are women from ethnic minority groups adequately included? (Review)
Belkić K, Cohen M, Wilczek B, Andersson S, Berman Ah, Márquez M, et al
International journal of oncology 2015;47(3):817-39

Mental Health Services and Public Safety: Substance Abuse Outpatient Visits Were Associated with Reduced Crime Rates in a Swedish Cohort
Durbeej N, Palmstierna T, Rosendahl I, Berman Ah, Kristiansson M, Gumpert Ch
PloS one 2015;10(9):e0137780-

Mobile Phone Apps for University Students With Hazardous Alcohol Use: Study Protocol for Two Consecutive Randomized Controlled Trials
Berman Ah, Gajecki M, Fredriksson M, Sinadinovic K, Andersson C
JMIR research protocols 2015;4(4):e139-

Virtual Patients in a Behavioral Medicine Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): A Case-Based Analysis of Technical Capacity and User Navigation Pathways
Kononowicz Aa, Berman Ah, Stathakarou N, Mcgrath C, Bartyński T, Nowakowski P, et al
JMIR medical education 2015;1(2):e8-

Effects of baseline problematic alcohol and drug use on internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy outcomes for depression, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder
Gajecki M, Berman Ah, Sinadinovic K, Andersson C, Ljótsson B, Hedman E, et al
PloS one 2014;9(8):e104615-

Internet-based screening and brief intervention for illicit drug users: a randomized controlled trial with 12-month follow-up
Sinadinovic K, Wennberg P, Berman Ah
Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs 2014;75(2):313-8

Mobile phone brief intervention applications for risky alcohol use among university students: a randomized controlled study
Gajecki M, Berman Ah, Sinadinovic K, Rosendahl I, Andersson C
Addiction science & clinical practice 2014;9():11-

Offenders with mental health problems and problematic substance use: affective psychopathic personality traits as potential barriers to participation in substance abuse interventions
Durbeej N, Palmstierna T, Berman Ah, Kristiansson M, Gumpert Ch
Journal of substance abuse treatment 2014;46(5):574-83

Patients' experience of auricular acupuncture during protracted withdrawal
Bergdahl L, Berman Ah, Haglund K
Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing 2014;21(2):163-9

Psychometric characteristics of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) and the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test-Extended (DUDIT-E) among young drug users in Hungary
Matuszka B, Bácskai E, Berman Ah, Czobor P, Sinadinovic K, Gerevich J
International journal of behavioral medicine 2014;21(3):547-55

Targeting individuals with problematic alcohol use via Web-based cognitive-behavioral self-help modules, personalized screening feedback or assessment only: a randomized controlled trial
Sinadinovic K, Wennberg P, Johansson M, Berman Ah
European addiction research 2014;20(6):305-18

Evaluation of the alcohol use disorders identification test and the drug use disorders identification test among patients at a Norwegian psychiatric emergency ward
Gundersen Oh, Mordal J, Berman Ah, Bramness Jg
European addiction research 2013;19(5):252-60

Substance use and problem awareness among drug-involved prisoners in Norway
Lobmaier Ppk, Berman Ah, Gossop M, Ravndal E
JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE USE 2013;18(3):211-220

Design and Development of a Telephone-Linked Care (TLC) System to Reduce Impulsivity among Violent Forensic Outpatients and Probationers
Berman Ah, Farzanfar R, Kristiansson M, Carlbring P, Friedman Rh
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SYSTEMS 2012;36(3):1031-42

Targeting problematic users of illicit drugs with Internet-based screening and brief intervention: A randomized controlled trial
Sinadinovic K, Wennberg P, Berman Ah
DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE 2012;126(1-2):42-50

Alcohol Habits in Sweden during 1997-2009 with Particular Focus on 2005 and 2009, Assessed with the AUDIT: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study
Kallmen H, Wennberg P, Leifman H, Bergman H, Berman Ah
EUROPEAN ADDICTION RESEARCH 2011;17(2):90-6

Population screening of risky alcohol and drug use via Internet and Interactive Voice Response (IVR): A feasibility and psychometric study in a random sample
Sinadinovic K, Wennberg P, Berman Ah
DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE 2011;114(1):55-60

Risky drinking of alcohol in Sweden: A randomized population survey comparing web- and paper-based self-reports
Kallmen H, Sinadinovic K, Berman Ah, Wennberg P
NORDIC STUDIES ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 2011;28(2):123-130

Treatment Patterns Among Offenders with Mental Health Problems and Substance Use Problems
Alm C, Eriksson A, Palmstierna T, Kristiansson M, Berman Ah, Gumpert Ch
JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES & RESEARCH 2011;38(4):497-509

APPLIED BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE IN PRIMARY CARE: AN INTER-PROFESSIONAL COURSE FOR ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF MEDICINE, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND PHYSIOTHERAPY
Berman Ah, Biguet G
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2010;:234-234

Gender differences in re-offending among psychiatrically examined Swedish offenders
Alm C, Berman Ah, Kristiansson M, Lindqvist P, Palmstierna T, Gumpert Ch
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR AND MENTAL HEALTH 2010;20(5):323-34

Internet-based assessment and self-monitoring of problematic alcohol and drug use
Sinadinovic K, Berman Ah, Hasson D, Wennberg P
ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS 2010;35(5):464-70

Internet-based assessment and self-monitoring of problematic alcohol and drug use (vol 35, pg 464, 2010)
Sinadinovic K, Berman Ah, Hasson D, Wennberg P
ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS 2010;35(9):853-853

IS OUTPATIENT-BASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT A PREDICTOR OF RE-OFFENDING AND OTHER OUTCOMES AMONG SWEDISH OFFENDERS SUBJECTED TO PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT?
Durbeej N, Gumpert Ch, Alm C, Eriksson A, Berman Ah, Kristiansson M, et al
EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY 2010;:-

IVR ASSESSMENT AND BRIEF INTERVENTION CONCERNING HAZARDOUS AND HARMFUL ALCOHOL USE
Berman Ah
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2010;:125-125

SCREENING FOR RISKY ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE VIA INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE (IVR) AND INTERNET IN A SWEDISH RANDOM POPULATION SAMPLE
Berman Ah, Sinadinovic K, Wennberg P
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2010;:125-125

Single-Session Motivational Interviewing for Drug Detoxification Inpatients: Effects on Self-Efficacy, Stages of Change and Substance Use
Berman Ah, Forsberg L, Durbeej N, Kallmen H, Hermansson U
SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE 2010;45(3):384-402

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT AS A PREDICTOR OF CRIMINAL RECIDIVISM AMONG PSYCHIATRICALLY EXAMINED SWEDISH OFFENDERS
Durbeej N, Gumpert Ch, Alm C, Eriksson A, Berman Ah, Kristiansson M, et al
EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY 2010;:-

Validation of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test and the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test in a Swedish sample of suspected offenders with signs of mental health problems Results from the Mental Disorder, Substance Abuse and Crime study
Durbeej N, Berman Ah, Gumpert Ch, Palmstierna T, Kristiansson M, Alm C
JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT 2010;39(4):364-77

A test of the validity of the motivational interviewing treatment integrity code
Forsberg L, Berman Ah, Kallmén H, Hermansson U, Helgason Ar
Cognitive behaviour therapy 2008;37(3):183-91

Hopeless patients? A study of illicit opiate users who drop out from in-patient detoxification
Berman Ah, Kallmen H, Barredal E, Lindqvist P
JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE USE 2008;13(2):121-130

Alcohol habits in Sweden during 1997-2005 measured with the AUDIT
Kallmen H, Wennberg P, Berman Ah, Bergman H
NORDIC JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY 2007;61(6):466-70

Coding counsellor behaviour in motivational interviewing sessions: inter-rater reliability for the Swedish Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Code (MITI)
Forsberg L, Källmén H, Hermansson U, Berman Ah, Helgason Ar
Cognitive behaviour therapy 2007;36(3):162-9

The self-report drug use disorders identification test-extended (DUDIT-E): Reliability, validity, and motivational index
Berman Ah, Palmstiema T, Kallmen H, Bergman H
JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT 2007;32(4):357-69

Evaluation of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) in criminal justice and detoxification settings and in a Swedish population sample
Berman Ah, Bergman H, Palmstierna T, Schlyter F
EUROPEAN ADDICTION RESEARCH 2005;11(1):22-31

Treating drug using prison inmates with auricular acupuncture: A randomized controlled trial
Berman Ah, Lundberg U, Krook Al, Gyllenhammar C
JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT 2004;26(2):95-102

Auricular acupuncture in prison psychiatric units: a pilot study
Berman Ah, Lundberg U
ACTA PSYCHIATRICA SCANDINAVICA 2002;:152-7

Auricular acupuncture as an adjunct treatment in prisons for substance abusing inmates
Berman Ah, Gyllenhammar C, Krook A, Soderstrom M, Wahlstrom S, Wedin K
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 2000;35(3-4):13-13

How does the princess feel when the story ends differently: The psychological health of divorced women with children
Berman Ah
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 2000;35(3-4):229-229

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The MOOC on Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health (KIBEHMEDx)is completely free in its archived version, which is always available. A new live 6-week version including a new module on Innovation in Behavioral Medicine, with a discussion forum ran between November 1 and December 16, 2016. The course is currently archived and all content is freely available.