Christian Rück

Christian Rück

Professor/Senior Physician | Docent
Visiting address: M48, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Huddinge, 14186 Stockholm
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 CPF Rück, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Christian Rück is a psychiatrist, full professor in psychiatry and research group leader at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. 


  • The research group of Christian Rück focuses on the etiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders. A particular focus has been obsessive-compulisve disorder and related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder and hoarding disorder. His group has developed OCD-NET and BDD-NET, two internet-based treatments shown to effective in several trials and is currently implemented internationally. Treatment has or is also developed for Hoarding and skinpicking/hairpulling. Other treatments studied include Deep Brain Stimulation and medication such as d-cycloserine. We also use epidemiological methods to study risk and outcome for a range of problems.


  • In recent years, suicide has become a major interest. He is now leadning the Savings Lives study, with the aim to increase precision in suicide risk assessment. The study will also give new insights into genetic and environmental risk factors. Several other suicide studies are also ongoing.


  • Other research areas in the group include Braining (exercise), PTSD and fatigue and machine learning to predict treatment outcomes. 

  • His group leads two large genetic studies in OCD and on treatment response in CBT. Detalied information on the groups activities can be found at


  • Christian Rück main teaching assignment is the psychiatry course of the MD program.


All other publications



  • Professor/Senior Physician, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2020-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2013
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2006
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 1997


  • Long Long Chen, Obsessive-compulsive disorder : novel insights on executive functions, gut microbiome, and genetics,

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