Pia Enebrink's research group

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.

Evidence-based practice: prevention, treatment, and implementation

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

Enebrink, P., Högström, J., Forster, M., & Ghaderi, A. (2012). Internet-based parent management training: a randomized controlled study. Behaviour research and therapy, 50(4), 240-249. 

Forster, M., Sundell, K., Morris, R. J., Karlberg, M., & Melin, L. (2012). A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Standardized Behavior Management Intervention for Students With Externalizing Behavior. Journal of emotional and behavioral disorders, 20(3), 169-183. 

Högström, J., Olofsson, V., Özdemir, M., Enebrink, P., & Stattin, H. (2017). Two-year Findings from a National Effectiveness Trial: Effectiveness of Behavioral and Non-behavioral Parenting Programs. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(3), 527-542. 

Johansson, F. & Melin, M. (2018) Fit for Flight? Inappropriate Presenteeism Among Swedish Commercial Airline Pilots and its Threats to Flight Safety. International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 28: 3-4, 84-97. 

Melin, M., Lager, E. & Lindfors, P. (2018) High-flying Risks. Variations in working conditions, health, and safety behaviors among commercial airline pilots in relation to safety climate. Arbete & Hälsa, Nr 2018;52(2).

Norman, Å., & Enebrink, P. (2020). Evaluation of the For Our Children’s Sake intervention, parental support in prison to influence positive parenting: study protocol for a controlled trial. BMJ Open, 10, 6.

Norman, Å., Lundberg, U., Farbring, C. Å., Källmén, H., & Forsberg, L. (2020). The Feasibility and Potential of Training Correctional Officers in Flexible Styles of Communication to Reduce Burnout: A Multiple Baseline Trial in Real-Life Settings. Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 5(1): 12, 1–9. 

Ulfsdotter, M., Enebrink, P., & Lindberg, L. (2014). Effectiveness of a universal health-promoting parenting program: a randomized waitlist-controlled trial of all children in focus. BMC Public Health, 14: 1083.

Wetterborg, D., Dehlbom, P., Långström, N., Andersson, G., Fruzzetti, A., & Enebrink, P. (2020). Dialectical behavior therapy for men with borderline personality disorder and antisocial behavior: A clinical trial. Journal of Personality Disorder, 34: 22-39. 

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