Alexander Rozental

Alexander Rozental

Affiliated to research

About me

After graduating from the study programme in psychology in 2011 with a MSc I worked as a clinical psychologist at an outpatient psychiatric care unit and as an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet. I became a Licensed Psychologist in Sweden in 2012 and have continued doing part-time clinical work in different settings ever since. I finished my PhD at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University in 2017 with a doctoral thesis on the negative effects of Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy. After my dissertation I spent almost two years as a researcher at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health at University College London. I completed a post doctoral position at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet in 2021, where I am presently an Adjunct Researcher, doctoral supervisor, and principal investigator for the implementation of patient-controlled admissions to inpatient care in Region Stockholm. Since 2021, I am an Associate Professor and Study Director at the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University, and since 2022 I am the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Research description


My research concerns the study of psychiatric disorders, both in terms of their assessment and treatment, by using qualitative and quantitative methods. This involves validating self-report measures in different languages via classical and modern test theory approaches, as well as the development and evaluation of psychological treatments, interventions, and procedures within the general population and hospital sector. I am particularly interested in: a) transdiagnostic issues and behavioral problems that underlie or affect different types of mental distress, such as perfectionism and procrastination, b) conceptualization and prevention of negative effects and malpractice issues related to psychological treatments, c) Internet-based psychological treatments, d) psychiatric inpatient care, for instance the implementation of so-called patient-controlled admissions, and e) preventative interventions for stress-related disorders (e.g., exhaustion disorder [utmattningssyndrom]). I currently have over 70 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (for a complete overview, see my ORCID), with an h-index of 19 (Scopus).


Since 2022 I am the editor-in-chief for the scientific journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, impact factor 3.928 (2021).


Since 2020 I have received research grants from the following funders:

  • Fonden för psykisk ohälsa, 2022 (main applicant).
  • Swedish Research Council, 2021 (main applicant).
  • Swedish Research Council, 2021 (co-applicant).
  • Region Stockholm (SU), 2021 (co-applicant).
  • AFA Försäkring, 2021 (co-applicant).
  • Region Stockholm (ALF), 2021 (main applicant).
  • Fredrik and Ingrid Thurings’ Trust, 2021 (main applicant).
  • Region Stockholm (SU), 2020 (co-applicant).

Current doctoral supervision

  • Sanna Forslund at the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University (A guided long-term self-help program to prevent relapse in exhaustion disorder), 2022-
  • Filip Jovicic at the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University (Psychological and multimodal treatment of stress-related exhaustion disorder - A group-based and idiographic approach), 2022-
  • Martin Oscarsson at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University (Preventing perceived stress and work-related mental illness among professionals with ADHD), 2022-
  • Astrid Moell at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet (Compulsory psychiatric care of children and youth: Risk factors, coercion, and outcome), 2022-
  • Emelie Allenius at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet (Patient-controlled admissions for patients with severe psychiatric disorders), 2021-
  • Maria Smitmanis Lyle at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet (Patient-controlled admissions for children and adolescents with severe mental health disorders), 2021-

Prior doctoral supervision

  • Matilda Berg at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning at Linköping University (Learning and knowledge in cognitive behaviour therapy), 2017-2021.


I have released three self-help books in Swedish: Dansa på deadlineTio i tolvand Bättre än perfekt, and authored chapters in Oxford guide to low-intensity evidence-based interventions for children and young people, and Erfassung von risiken und nebenwirkungen von psychotherapie.

Scientific distinctions

I was a nominee for the annual award to an outstanding young researcher in psychology, by the Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences in both 2018 and 2019. I was also granted the annual award for disseminating knowledge of cognitive behavior therapy by the Swedish Association of Behaviour Therapy in 2020.