I am a clinical psychologist, licensed psychotherapist and Specialist in clinical psychology. I earned my PhD on Deliberate self-harm - characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions in April 2018.
2018 PhD Deliberate self-harm – characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions.
2013-2017: PhD programme at the Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience.
2012-2015: Research school of Psychiatry. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
2013: Board Certified specialist in Clinical Psychology, Swedish Psychological Association.
2010: University diploma in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Stockholm University, Department of Psychology.
2003: Licensed psychologist, National Board of Health and Welfare
2001: Master of Science in Psychology. Uppsala University, Department of Psychology.
I completed the psychology programme (MSc) in 2001, at Uppsala University and worked clinically with Dialectical Behavior Therapy for women with borderline personality disorder and deliberate self-harm for 12 years. I worked at a specialized treatment clinic named the Borderline Unit within the Stockholm County Council. In 2006 I became the director of the Borderline unit, but continued to work clinically as well. After many years of clinical work I wanted to move on to research, as there were many questions raised in clinical practice that could only be answered within a research framework.
My PhD-thesis called "Deliberate self-harm – characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions" focused on both cross-sectional and registry-based studies of deliberate self-harm as a phenomenom "outside" of borderline personality disorder, as well as on treatment intervention studies. Our intervention studies are focused on increasing emotion regulation skills in adults and adolescents with self-harm.
I have worked closely with Professor Kim L Gratz and Professor Matthew T Tull at University of Toledo, Ohio, in implementing and developing novel treatments for non-suicidal self-injury.
Current research is on developing an internet-based version of Emotion Regulation Therapy, a trans-diagnostic treatment focused on emotion regulation in individuals with GAD and depression. Together with the treatment developers, Professor Douglas S. Mennin and David M. Fresco, we are translating a face-to-face treatment, evaluated in several RCT:s to an internet format. Feasibility pilot will begin in 2019.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
International Society for the Study of Self Injury 2014 Student Presentation Award for oral presentation of “Emotion Regulation as a Mechanism of Change in the treatment of Deliberate Self-harm”.
Lead author of the regional clinical guidelines for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder within Stockholm County Council. Published on http://www1.psykiatristod.se/Psykiatristod/Psykiatriprogram/EIPS-2/
Oral presentations, symposiums and panels:
2016: Symposium: Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for deliberate self-harm: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study. In: Recent Developments in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Research in Adolescents and Young Adults. The 46th European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Congress. Stockholm, Sweden
2015: Invited expert on Scientific Panel: Bridging the Gap between Scientists and Practitioners: International Perspectives on Identified Barriers and Novel Solutions. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. World Conference, Chicago, USA.
2015: Oral presentation: Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Deliberate Self-harm: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. World Conference, Chicago, USA.
2015: Oral presentation:Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study. The North American Association for the Study of Personality Disorders. National Conference, Boston, USA.
2014: Oral presentation: Emotion Regulation Group Therapy for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Swedish Nationwide Effectiveness Study.
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference, Minneapolis, USA
2014: Oral presentation: “Emotion Regulation as a Mechanism of Change in the treatment of Deliberate Self-harm”. International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, ISSS, Chicago, USA.