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About me

I received my Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) in 2006 from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and her Master’s Degree in Public Health (Stress Prevention) from Karolinska Institutet in 2007. In 2014 I defended my thesis “Distress, Emotional reactivity and Fatigue following Breast Cancer: A theoretical Approach and a Randomised Intervention Study” at Uppsala University. My research focuses on the psychosocial consequences (quality of life, distress and fatigue) after different type of trauma, such as injuries and life threatening disease.


  • Bacherlor of Social Science (psychology), Univerty of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Public Health (Stress prevention), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • PhD, Uppsala University

Research description

The focal point of my research is the psychosocial reactions to different types of trauma. During my PhD I focused on the psychosocial reactions following breast cancer diagnosis and I evaluated cognitive behavioral therapy given in two different modes (group vs individual).

Today my research focuses on psychosocial reactions to injuries, more specifically road traffic injuries and work related injuries. Moreover, I also investigate sickness absence, both in terms of the rates and trajectories, following these injuries.  


Teaching portfolio

I am responsible for the course Collecting and organizing data in the Masters of Public Health track.

I am also the coordinator for the PHSP programme held at the department of Public Health. 


I did NOT feel like this at all before the accident: do men and women report different health and life consequences of a road traffic injury?
Hasselberg M, Kirsebom M, Bäckström J, Berg Hy, Rissanen R
Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention 2018;():-

Quality of life following road traffic injury: A systematic literature review
Rissanen R, Berg Hy, Hasselberg M
Accident; analysis and prevention 2017;108():308-320

A stepped care stress management intervention on cancer-related traumatic stress symptoms among breast cancer patientsa randomized study in group vs. individual setting
Rissanen R, Nordin K, Ahlgren J, Arving C
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY 2015;24(9):1028-35

Cognitive processing in relation to psychological distress in women with breast cancer: a theoretical approach
Rissanen R, Arving C, Ahlgren J, Cernvall M, Nordin K
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY 2014;23(2):222-8

Effects of a Stepped Care Stress Management Intervention on Cancer-Related Traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Breast Cancer Patients - A Randomized Study of Group Versus Individual Setting
Arving C, Rissanen R, Ahlgren J, Nordin K
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY 2014;:171-171

Group versus individual stress management intervention in breast cancer patients for fatigue and emotional reactivity: A randomised intervention study
Rissanen R, Arving C, Ahlgren J, Nordin K
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 2014;53(9):1221-9

Design of the study: How can health care help female breast cancer patients reduce their stress symptoms? A randomized intervention study with stepped-care
Nordin K, Rissanen R, Ahlgren J, Burell G, Fjallskog Ml, Borjesson S, et al
BMC CANCER 2012;:167-