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Pia Enebrink's research group

Evidence-based practice: prevention, treatment, and implementation

Pia Enebrinks group mainly focuses on research questions about prevention, evidence-based treatment, implementation and supervision. The projects involve both surveys and treatment of psychological and psychiatric health for young (preschool) children and adults. Several of the current projects target children and youth with oppositional, aggressive behavior and their parents, and youth as well as adults with self-harming and self-destructive behaviors.

The preventive projects aim to evaluate methods for improved psychological and physical health among children and their families. A certain research interest concerns the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments in various formats such as when delivered through the internet, in a group, or individually. Pia Enebrinks group also systematically focus on assessing mediators, moderators and processes in treatment, as well as evaluating how evidence-based treatments are implemented into clinical settings. Most of the treatments evaluated within the research group are based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), but also on functional family therapy and to some extent on attachment-based theory.

Pia Enebrink is PI for a project within Stockholm Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where the effects of group-based child-directed treatment (Coping Power Program) and Parent Management (Comet) for children with conduct problems are evaluated, a trial initiated during 2013. Together with professor Håkan Stattin (PI), Örebro University, and professor Kjell Hansson, Lund University, Pia Enebrink is the project leader for the National Evaluation of Parent training, where four parent training programs are evaluated and followed over time. Pia Enebrink is also co-researcher in the evaluation of an internet-based parent management program for parents with conduct problems (Internet-Comet), evaluates the preventive parenting program Alla Barn i Centrum (ABC) in Stockholm together with associate professor Lene Lindberg, as well as the Family Check Up (FCU) in Gothenbourg with professor Ata Ghaderi, and in Uppsala Child and Adolescent Psychiatry a new treatment model, Intensive Contextualised Treatment for self-harm among youth, based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Functional Family Therapy.

Martin Forster is currently involved in a project with the Social Service, concerning evaluation of evidence-based assessment and evaluations for youth with criminal behaviors, and in research following up neuropsychological evaluations of children.

Research projects

National evaluation of parent programs, NJF; Den Nationella jämförelsen av föräldrastöd. Collaboration with Professor Håkan Stattin, Örebro universitet and Professor Kjell Hansson, Lunds universitet. Randomized multicenter study with 1000 families in Sweden. 2-year follow-up is conducted 2011-2012.

Parent training via internet Collaboration with fil dr Charlotte Skawonius, Social welfare in Stockholm, and Ata Ghaderi (Professor, Uppsala Universitet). 1-year fu 2011-2012.

Identification of emotions, eye movement, and problem behaviours among children with autism spectrum disorder or disruptive behaviours and CU traits. Collaboration with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stockholm, and Karolinska Institutet (Jan Ygge, professor, KI; Gustav Öberg, forskare St Eriks Ögonklinik; Clara Gumpert, Med dr, KI; Stockholms Universitet).

ABC universal parental support. Evaluation of a universal prevention program. Collaboration with Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm Stad (associate professor Lene Lindberg, Håkan Leifman), and Social welfare (fil dr Charlotte Skawonius)

Family Check Up in school. Randomized clinical study of prevention programs FCU and internet-Komet. Collaboration with Ata Ghaderi, professor Uppsala University and Christina Kadesjö, Med dr.

Family Check Up in preschool. Clinical study of a new prevention program and FCU. Collaboration with Ata Ghaderi, professor Uppsala University, Christina Kadesjö, Med dr, Björn Kadesjö, Med dr.

Selected publications

The moderating role of child callous-unemotional traits in an Internet-based parent-management training program.
Högström J, Enebrink P, Ghaderi A
J Fam Psychol 2013 Apr;27(2):314-323

Psychometric properties of online administered parental strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ), and normative data based on combined online and paper-and-pencil administration.
Björnsdotter A, Enebrink P, Ghaderi A
Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health 2013 Dec;7(1):40

Preventing sexual abusers of children from reoffending: systematic review of medical and psychological interventions.
Långström N, Enebrink P, Laurén E, Lindblom J, Werkö S, Hanson R
BMJ 2013 Aug;347():f4630

The effects and costs of the universal parent group program - all children in focus: a study protocol for a randomized wait-list controlled trial.
Lindberg L, Ulfsdotter M, Jalling C, Skärstrand E, Lalouni M, Lönn Rhodin K, et al
BMC Public Health 2013 Jul;13():688

Internet-based parent management training: a randomized controlled study.
Enebrink P, Högström J, Forster M, Ghaderi A
Behav Res Ther 2012 Apr;50(4):240-9

Group members

Pia Enebrink

Research team leader, Lecturer senior

Martin Forster


Cecilia Fyring



Sara Isling


Marika Melin

Project manager

Helena Petersen

Graduate Student

Johanna Schwarz


Knut Sundell


Livia Van Leuven

Research assistant

Sara Widén


Torbjörn Åkerstedt

Professor, senior

Maria Helander

Graduate Student

Carina Hellgren