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About me

I am Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and research group leader in e-health interventions for problematic substance use at Karolinska Institutet. Since August 2015 I am Director of the National Telephone Support Line for Problem Gamblers (stodlinjen.se). In 2018, in collaboration with local and national experts, I launched a free Swedish-langugage online course on problem gambling for staff in social and healthcare services who encounter persons with gambling problems. An important contribution I am responsible for is development of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) and its in-depth correlate, the DUDIT-E. As Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, I have taught behavioral medicine and problematic substance use treatment research at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.  I have worked clinically for 10 years as a psychotherapist at the Stockholm Center for Dependency Disorders and am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). I was re-elected 2017 as President of the Swedish Behavioral Medicine Society after a prior term as President 2009-2015. My current organizational engagement with behavioral medicine is as board member of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM) Board, since 2010 as Chair of the Education and Training Committee, with re-election for a new term 2014-2018. 

My research group studies e-health interventions for problematic substance use. This page summarizes published and ongoing work in the research group.

Education

Advanced Psychotherapy Degree, 2007, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

PhD, 2004, Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

MSc, 1998, Clinical Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Diploma in Law, 1995, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

B.A., 1980, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

Research description

Digital interventions to reduce problematic alcohol and drug use

  • eScreen.se - a minimal intervention with screening and feedback for both alcohol and drug use
  • Alkoholhjalpen.se - internet-based self-help in Swedish via echange.rg1.se for help-seekers from the general population, a naturalistic study
  • Smartphone apps for reducing overconsumtion of alcohol - studies among university students 
  • Internet-based treatment with and without counselor support for reducing problematic alcohol use in the general population. 
  • Telephone-linked care to reduce impulsivity among forensic psychiatric patients
  • Ongoing studies on digital interventions for problematic substance use among patients in psychiatry
  • Ongoing studies on digital interventions for healthy lifestyle promotion among patients in primary care

Children of prisoners

  • EU-project 2010-2012 where I was responsible for the Sweden arm; other countries were Romania, Germany and the UK (coordinator Professor Adele Jones, University of Huddersfield)
  • Population study on wellbeing and difficulties among Swedish children 11-17 years old, including self- and parental ratings; see publication list

Motivational Interviewing in Addicition care

  • A study in a drug detoxification unit
  • Ongoing analyses of patient and counselor utterances

Education in Behavioral Medicine

LIVE INCITE

  • LIVE INCITE aims to empower patients and support lifestyle changes in order to improve outcomes of surgical procedures as well as cost effectiveness of healthcare providers. The EU funded project is a collaboration between Sweden, Spain and Denmark. Through the use of pre-commercial procurement LIVE INCITE aims to both challenge and stimulate the market to develop patient-centred interactive IT-solutions, promoting lifestyle changes. For more details about the ongoing open market consultation please view the Prior Information Notice  (PIN) at http://www.ted.europa.eu/TED, visit http://www.karolinska.se/en/live-incite or download the LIVE INCITE Market Survey at upphandling.sll.se. LIVE INCITE has initiated an open market consultation, which will continue to June 22, 2017. I am the lead for KI:s partnership in the LIVE INCITE project.

Teaching portfolio

I have been teaching Behavioral Medicine since 2005, with an inter-professional course for psychology, medicine and physiotherapy students and professionals running both fall and spring terms every year. The course runs in Swedish during the last five weeks of every term. My collaborator is Gabriele Biguet, Physiotherapy Division, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society. For more information about current courses, see http://pingpong.ki.se/public/courseId/6009/coursePath/7372/ecp/lang-sv/publicPage.do.

Alongside the live course, the MOOC on Behavioral Medicine, KIBEHMEDx, has been available since the fall of 2014. This course is open to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2015 - EiNAR (Excellence in Neuroscience Research) award for first KI MOOC, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, KI

2008 - Best abstract in Behavioral Medicine, ICBM 2008, Tokyo, Japan

2005 - Best PhD dissertation in Psychology 2004, Stockholm University, Department of Psychology

 

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The MOOC on Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health (KIBEHMEDx)is completely free in its archived version, which is always available. A new live 6-week version including a new module on Innovation in Behavioral Medicine, with a discussion forum ran between November 1 and December 16, 2016. The course is currently archived and all content is freely available.