About me

Associate professor of psychology and a psychoanalyst, affiliated with the National Center of Suicide Research and Prevention (NASP) at Karolinska Institutet since 1997. The topic of my doctoral dissertation 1992, the psychological predicament of siblings of schizophrenic individuals, has carried over in a continued interest in aspects of psychic survival under dire circumstances, including after the suicide of a loved one. Subsequent publications include studies on anxiety and psychological defense in suicidal states, attitudes to suicide prevention, the suicide-nearness of prominent writers, the history of psychoanalysis in Sweden, antisemitism, mental-health challenges of refugees and migrants and, in collaboration with epidemiologists in Scandinavia and Finland, suicide mortality in the Nordic region.