Josefin Särnholm

Josefin Särnholm

Telephone: +46852483258
Visiting address: Nobels väg 9, 17165 Stockholm
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Psykologi Enebrink, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

    2023 – present Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Centre for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Department of 

  • Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Columbia University, New York, USA
    2021 – present Lecturer and faculty member Department of Clinical
    Neuroscience, Division of Psychology, Research Group Enebrink, Karolinska
    Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
    2021 Exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy for atrial fibrillation: A
    novel treatment paradigm
  • Karolinska Institutet
    2015-2021 PhD program Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
    2015-2018 Research school in epidemiology/psychiatry KI/SLL
    2011 Licensed psychologist, National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm,
    2010 Master of Science in Psychology, Stockholm University


  • My research focuses on three main areas within cardiac psychology. Firstly, I
    have developed a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment protocol for cardiac
    anxiety following myocardial infarction (heart attack) and I am principal
    investigator (PI) for an ongoing RCT where we are also assessing changes in
    cardiovascular biomarkers and pain sensitivity. A larger RCT is planned for
    2024. Secondly, I am PI for a research project focusing on cardiac-induced
    posttraumatic stress disorder in patients following acute coronary syndrome.
    With support from the NIH, I am leading this study in collaboration with
    Columbia University to develop and test an early online intervention for
    these patients. The third research focus pertains to psychological factors
    following open heart surgery, I together with colleagues have developed a
    novel CBT intervention to reduce anxiety and depression and minimize
    cardiovascular risk factors in patients undergoing open heart surgery.
    These studies aims to explore key mechanisms and processes in cardiac
    psychology interventions. I strive to build an interdisciplinary knowledge
    base that addresses the treatment gap for psychological care in a wide range
    of cardiac diseases and acute medical conditions.


  • In hold a current position as clinical lecturer at the psychologist program,
    KI. I am currently the examinator and course director of “Clinical methods
    within psychology” (6 credits), psychologist program, KI, semester 8, I am
    also the course coordinator for “Internet psychology” (4, 5 credits),
    psychologist program, KI, semester 7 and course director of an Independent
    course, KI (7, 5 credits) an independent web-based course (7, 5 credits) for
    healthcare practitioners on psychological treatment within primary care.


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  • Lecturer, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2021-

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2021

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