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Andreas Birgegård's research group

Eating Disorders

The overall aim of the program area eating disorders is to stimulate increased growth of long-term research projects treating current clinical problems and thus contributing to the development of knowledge regarding treatment of eating disorders.

Clinical research can be simplified considerably if care is provided based on standardized methods for assessment and monitoring.

Within the Stockholm area >90% of the patients starting specialized eating disorder treatment are registered in Stepwise, an extended quality registry consisting of scientifically standardized methods of diagnostics, assessment and self-assessment of symptoms.

Some examples of specific areas in need of increased attention within the research is the impact of biological factors for the onset of eating disorders, assessment and diagnostics of eating disorders, the presence of eating disorders in boys and men and the impact of self-image aspects and neuropsychiatric/neurocognitive factors.

Research projects

  • ANGI project - Genetic factors for anorexia nervosa
  • Steps towards a clinically more relevant diagnostics of eating disorders
  • Internet based CBT for eating disorders
  • ADHD and eating disorders
  • Eating disorders and bariatric surgery
  • Obesity and eating disorders
  • Self-image and symptoms of eating disorders in anorexia and bulimia
  • Diagnostics of eating disorders, other psychiatric diagnosis and self-image
  • Validation of Structured Eating Disorder Interview
  • Reliable and clinically relevant change in eating disorders
  • Eating disorders and comorbid psychiatric diagnosis
  • Eating disorders and trauma
  • Nine years follow-up of the SUSÄTS project
  • Pregnancy and eating disorders
  • Life Competency Triangulation (LIFT)
  • Web based efforts against eating disorders

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Clinical characteristics and distinctiveness of DSM-5 eating disorder diagnoses: findings from a large naturalistic clinical database.
Ekeroth K, Clinton D, Norring C, Birgegård A
J Eat Disord 2013 ;1():31

How effective is bibliotherapy-based self-help cognitive behavioral therapy with Internet support in clinical settings? Results from a pilot study.
Högdahl L, Birgegård A, Björck C
Eat Weight Disord 2013 Mar;18(1):37-44

DSM-IV versus DSM-5: implementation of proposed DSM-5 criteria in a large naturalistic database.
Birgegård A, Norring C, Clinton D
Int J Eat Disord 2012 Apr;45(3):353-61

Eating disorder examination questionnaire and clinical impairment assessment questionnaire: general population and clinical norms for young adult women in Sweden.
Welch E, Birgegård A, Parling T, Ghaderi A
Behav Res Ther 2011 Feb;49(2):85-91

How do eating disorder patients eat after treatment? Dietary habits and eating behaviour three years after entering treatment.
Hansson L, Björck C, Birgegård A, Clinton D
Eat Weight Disord 2011 Mar;16(1):e1-8

Group members

Andreas BirgegårdAnknuten, Forskargruppsledare
David ClintonAdjunkt, adjungerad
Emma ForsénAnknuten, Postdoc
Louise HögdahlForskarstuderande
Johanna LevalliusAnknuten, Postdoc
Karolin LindbergForskarstuderande
Anna Magnusson CollsiööAdministratör
Elin MonellForskarstuderande
Sara NorringAnknuten
Claes NorringAnknuten
Suzanne PeterssonAnknuten, Postdoc