I am a clinical psychologist, licensed psychotherapist and Specialist in clinical psychology.
Sahlin, H, Kuja-Halkola, R, Bjureberg, J, Lichtenstein, P, Molero, Y, Rydell, M, Hedman, E, Runeson, B., Jokinen, J, Ljótsson, B, & Hellner, C. Association between deliberate self-harm and violent criminality. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(6):1-8. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0338
Sahlin, H, Bjureberg, J, Gratz, KL, Tull, MT, Hedman, E, Bjärehed, J, Jokinen, J, Lundh, L-G, Ljótsson, B, & Hellner, C. (submitted manuscript). Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Deliberate Self-Harm: A Multi-Site Effectiveness Open Trial.
Sahlin, H., Moberg, T., Hirvikoski, T. & Jokinen, J. (2015) ”Non-suicidal self-injury and interpersonal violence in suicide attempters”. Archives of Suicide Research.
Bjureberg, J., Ljótsson, B., Tull, M. T., Hedman, E., Sahlin, H., Lundh, L. G., Bjärehed, J., DiLillo, D., Messman-Moore, T., Gumpert, C., & Gratz, K. L. (2015). Development and Validation of a Brief Version of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale: The DERS-16. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.
2001. Master of Science in Psychology. Uppsala University, Department of Psychology.
2003: Licensed psychologist, National Board of Health and Welfare
2010: University diploma in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Stockholm University, Department of Psychology.
2013: Board Certified specialist in Clinical Psychology, Swedish Psychological Association.
2013-2017: PhD programme at the Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience.
2012-2015: Research school of Psychiatry. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
I completed the psychology programme (MSc) in 2001, at Uppsala University and worked clinically with Dialectical Behavior Therapy for women with borderline personality disorder and deliberate self-harm for 12 years. I worked at a specialized treatment clinic named the Borderline Unit within the Stockholm County Council. In 2006 I became the director of the Borderline unit, but continued to work clinically as well. After many years of clinical work I wanted to move on to research, as there were many questions raised in clinical practice that could only be answered within a research framework.
My PhD-thesis is called "Deliberate self-harm – characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions" and focuses on both cross-sectional and registry-based studies of deliberate self-harm as a phenomenom "outside" of borderline personality disorder, as well as on treatment intervention studies. Our intervention studies are focused on increasing emotion regulation skills in adults and adolescents with self-harm.
In my research me and my colleagues work closely with Professor Kim L Gratz and Professor Matthew T Tull at University of Toledo, Ohio, in implementing and developing novel treatments for non-suicidal self-injury.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
International Society for the Study of Self Injury 2014 Student Presentation Award for oral presentation of “Emotion Regulation as a Mechanism of Change in the treatment of Deliberate Self-harm”.
Lead author of the regional clinical guidelines for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder within Stockholm County Council. Published on http://www1.psykiatristod.se/Psykiatristod/Psykiatriprogram/EIPS-2/
Oral presentations, symposiums and panels:
2016: Symposium: Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for deliberate self-harm: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study. In: Recent Developments in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Research in Adolescents and Young Adults. The 46th European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Congress. Stockholm, Sweden
2015: Invited expert on Scientific Panel: Bridging the Gap between Scientists and Practitioners: International Perspectives on Identified Barriers and Novel Solutions. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. World Conference, Chicago, USA.
2015: Oral presentation: Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Deliberate Self-harm: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. World Conference, Chicago, USA.
2015: Oral presentation:Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study. The North American Association for the Study of Personality Disorders. National Conference, Boston, USA.
2014: Oral presentation: Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study.
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference, Minneapolis, USA
2014: Oral presentation: “Emotion Regulation as a Mechanism of Change in the treatment of Deliberate Self-harm”. International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, ISSS, Chicago, USA.