Sven Alfonsson

Sven Alfonsson

Adjunct Lecturer | Docent
Visiting address: Norra Stationsgatan 69, plan 7, 11364 Stockholm
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 CPF KCP PT/HU, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, PhD, Associate Professor.
    Teacher and researcher at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska


  • After graduating from the psychology program at Uppsala University in 2006,  

  • I worked as a clinical psychologist at the University Hospital in Uppsala
    and received my clinical accreditation in 2007. In 2008 I started my PhD
    training in parallell to my clinical work in a research project focusing on
    patients with eating disorders and I received my doctoral degree in 2014. For
    two years I worked as a psychologist and researcher at the Department of
    Public Health at Uppsala University before moving to the Centre for
    Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm City Council in
    2016. In 2018 I finished the psychotherapist program and received my
    accreditation as a licensed psychotherapist. I am currently working as a
    researcher and lecturer with a main responsibility for the first year of
    the psychotherapist program. My current research focuses on clinical
    supervision and psychotherapist training.


  • Licensed psychologist
    Licensed psychotherapist
    PhD in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Medical Science

    Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology


  • My research focuses on:
    1. How to measure psychotherapy quality and the associations with therapy
    2. How to measure clinical supervision quality and the associations with
    psychotherapists' skills.
    3. How to train psychotherapists in clinical skills.
    4. Psychotherapists' personal and professional development.
    I am currently supervising two doctoral students: Simon Fagernäs, whose
    research project focuses on skills training among psychotherapists and Ida
    Mälarstig whose research project focuses on implementation and evaluation of
    ACRA treatment in locked institutional care.


  • At the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet I am a course
    coordinator, examiner, and teacher at the psychotherapist program. This
    involves teaching psychological treatments for depression and anxiety
    disorders, research methods, and topics concerning my own research.
    I also supervise a number of theses for MSc and BSc students.


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  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2018-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2023

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