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Richard Bränström

Senior researcher

Postal address : Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS), K8, Psychology Lekander, Nobels Väg 9 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Nobels Väg 9 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

Education

2012-10-01      Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet
2003-09-26      PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet
2002-09-21      License as Clinical Psychologist
1998-06-20      Master of Science in Psychology, Uppsala University

Research description

My main research interests are the study of social determinants of health and health-related behaviors, as well as, the effects of internet-based psychological treatments. In this research I draw upon my training both as a clinical psychologist and as an epidemiologist in order to increase our understanding of how psychological and social factors influence health, and how these influences can be modified.

More specifically, I am studying how social, psychological and contextual factors influence the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. In this research, I use both social epidemiological, psychological, and socioecological models to understand the influence of stigma and discrimination on physical and mental health disparities based on sexual orientation.

Further, I am currently involved in a number of studies testing the efficacy of internet-based psychological interventions to increase resilience and decrease psychological distress both among different patient groups, and among sexual minority adolescents and young adults.

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Expecting the best and being prepared for the worst: structure, profiles, and 2-year temporal stability of dispositional optimism in women with breast cancer
Saboonchi F, Petersson Lm, Alexanderson K, Bränström R, Wennman-larsen A
Psycho-oncology 2016;25(8):957-63

Feasibility and Outcomes of an Internet-Based Mindfulness Training Program: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Kvillemo P, Brandberg Y, Bränström R
JMIR mental health 2016;3(3):e33-

More knowledge and research concerning the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals is needed
Bränström R, Van Der Star A
European journal of public health 2016;26(2):208-9

Sexual orientation disparities in physical health: age and gender effects in a population-based study
Bränström R, Hatzenbuehler Ml, Pachankis Je
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 2016;51(2):289-301

Sexual Orientation Disparities in Preventable Disease: A Fundamental Cause Perspective
Bränström R, Hatzenbuehler Ml, Pachankis Je, Link Bg
American journal of public health 2016;106(6):1109-15

Acceptance of sexual minorities, discrimination, social capital and health and well-being: a cross-European study among members of same-sex and opposite-sex couples
Van Der Star A, Bränström R
BMC public health 2015;15():812-

Physical activity following a breast cancer diagnosis: Implications for self-rated health and cancer-related symptoms
Bränström R, Petersson Lm, Saboonchi F, Wennman-larsen A, Alexanderson K
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society 2015;19(6):680-5

Changes in caseness of anxiety and depression in breast cancer patients during the first year following surgery: patterns of transiency and severity of the distress response
Saboonchi F, Petersson Lm, Wennman-larsen A, Alexanderson K, Brännström R, Vaez M
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society 2014;18(6):598-604

Coping with breast cancer: a meta-analysis
Kvillemo P, Bränström R
PloS one 2014;9(11):e112733-

Sickness certification at oncology clinics: perceived problems, support, need for education and reasons for certifying unnecessarily long sickness absences
Branstrom R, Arrelov B, Gustavsson C, Kjeldgard L, Ljungquist T, Nilsson Gh, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE 2014;23(1):89-97

All inclusive Public Health--what about LGBT populations?
Bränström R, Van Der Star A
European journal of public health 2013;23(3):353-4

Effects of mindfulness training on levels of cortisol in cancer patients
Bränström R, Kvillemo P, Akerstedt T
Psychosomatics 2013;54(2):158-64

Frequency of positive states of mind as a moderator of the effects of stress on psychological functioning and perceived health
Bränström R
BMC psychology 2013;1(1):13-

Problems experienced by gynecologists/obstetricians in sickness certification consultations
Gustavsson C, Kjeldgård L, Bränström R, Lindholm C, Ljungquist T, Nilsson Gh, et al
Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 2013;92(9):1007-16

Reasons for and factors associated with issuing sickness certificates for longer periods than necessary: results from a nationwide survey of physicians
Bränström R, Arrelöv B, Gustavsson C, Kjeldgård L, Ljungquist T, Nilsson Gh, et al
BMC public health 2013;13():478-

A Randomized Study of the Effects of Mindfulness Training on Psychological Well-being and Symptoms of Stress in Patients Treated for Cancer at 6-month Follow-up
Branstrom R, Kvillemo P, Moskowitz Jt
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2012;19(4):535-42

Disclosure and Nondisclosure Among People Newly Diagnosed with HIV: An Analysis from a Stress and Coping Perspective
Hult Jr, Wrubel J, Branstrom R, Acree M, Moskowitz Jt
AIDS PATIENT CARE AND STDS 2012;26(3):181-90

Perceptions of genetic research and testing among members of families with an increased risk of malignant melanoma
Branstrom R, Kasparian Na, Affleck P, Tibben A, Chang Ym, Azizi E, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER 2012;48(16):3052-62

Skin Examination Behavior The Role of Melanoma History, Skin Type, Psychosocial Factors, and Region of Residence in Determining Clinical and Self-conducted Skin Examination
Melanoma Genetics Consortium Genom, Kasparian Na, Branstrom R, Chang Ym, Affleck P, Aspinwall Lg, et al
ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY 2012;148(10):1142-51

Experiences of a Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Intervention Among Patients With Cancer
Kvillemo P, Branstrom R
CANCER NURSING 2011;34(1):24-31

The association between dispositional mindfulness, psychological well-being, and perceived health in a Swedish population-based sample
Branstrom R, Duncan Lg, Moskowitz Jt
BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY 2011;:300-16

CANCER PATIENTS' EXPERIENCES OF A MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION INTERVENTION
Kvillemo P, Branstrom R
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2010;:26-26

EFFECTS OF MINDFULNESS TRAINING ON PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING AND SYMPTOMS OF STRESS IN CANCER PATIENTS AT 6-MONTH FOLLOW-UP
Branstrom R, Kvillemo P, Brandberg Y, Moskowitz Jt
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2010;:306-306

Health Risk Perception, Optimistic Bias, and Personal Satisfaction
Branstrom R, Brandberg Y
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR 2010;34(2):197-205

Melanoma risk factors, perceived threat and intentional tanning: an international online survey
Branstrom R, Chang Ym, Kasparian N, Affleck P, Tibben A, Aspinwall Lg, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION 2010;19(3):216-26

Positive Affect and Mood Management in Successful Smoking Cessation
Branstrom R, Penilla C, Perez-stable Ej, Munoz Rf
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR 2010;34(5):553-62

Predictors of Sun Protection Behaviors and Severe Sunburn in an International Online Study
Branstrom R, Kasparian Na, Chang Ym, Affleck P, Tibben A, Aspinwall Lg, et al
CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY BIOMARKERS & PREVENTION 2010;19(9):2199-210

Self-report Mindfulness as a Mediator of Psychological Well-being in a Stress Reduction Intervention for Cancer Patients-A Randomized Study
Branstrom R, Kvillemo P, Brandberg Y, Moskowitz Jt
ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2010;39(2):151-61

Associations between mindfulness skills and anxiety, depression and positive mood in the presence of varying levels of stress
Branstrom R
ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2008;:S47-S47

Effects of mindfulness meditation training on quality of life, anxiety, stress and positive mood in women with cancer
Branstrom R
ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 2008;:S46-S46

Individual, group and community risk and protective factors for alcohol and drug use among Swedish adolescents
Branstrom R, Sjostrom E, Andreasson S
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2008;18(1):12-8

Regional differences in alcohol consumption, alcohol addiction and drug use among Swedish adults
Branstrom R, Andreasson S
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2008;36(5):493-503

A six-community prevention trial to reduce alcohol and drug use-related problems in Sweden: Planning and early findings
Andreasson S, Sjostrom E, Branstrom R
SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE 2007;42(12-13):2017-27

Risk perception, optimistic bias, and readiness to change sun related behaviour
Branstrom R, Kristjansson S, Ullen H
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2006;16(5):492-7

Sun exposure and sunburn among Swedish toddlers
Branstrom R, Kristjansson S, Dal H, Rodvall Y
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER 2006;42(10):1441-7

Attitudes, subjective norms and perception of behavioural control as predictors of sun-related behaviour in Swedish adults
Branstrom R, Ullen H, Brandberg Y
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2004;39(5):992-9

A randomised population-based intervention to examine the effects of the ultraviolet index on tanning behaviour
Branstrom R, Ullen H, Brandberg Y
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER 2003;39(7):968-74

Reasons to seek medical attention for a skin check-up - The layman's perspective
Branstrom R, Hedblad Ma, Krakau I, Ullen H
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2003;13(4):294-8

Transtheoretical model: investigation of adolescents' sunbathing behaviour
Kristjansson S, Branstrom R, Ullen H, Helgason Ar
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION 2003;12(6):501-8

A population-based intervention to examine the effects of the UV index on tanning behaviour
Branstrom R, Ullen H, Brandberg Y
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER 2002;:139-139

Laypersons' perceptual discrimination of pigmented skin lesions
Branstrom R, Hedblad Ma, Krakau I, Ullen H
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY 2002;46(5):667-73

Stability of questionnaire items measuring behaviours, attitudes and stages of change related to sun exposure
Branstrom R, Kristjansson S, Ullen H, Brandberg Y
MELANOMA RESEARCH 2002;12(5):513-9

Beliefs, knowledge and attitudes as predictors of sunbathing habits and use of sun protection among Swedish adolescents
Branstrom R, Brandberg Y, Holm L, Sjoberg L, Ullen H
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION 2001;10(4):337-45

Tanning habits and sunburn in a Swedish population age 13-50 years
Boldeman C, Branstrom R, Dal H, Kristjansson S, Rodvall Y, Jansson B, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER 2001;37(18):2441-8

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