Elin Monell

Elin Monell

Affiliated to research

About me

I am a clinical psychologist and Ph.D. at Karolinska Institute. My research mainly focuses on psychological aspects such as emotion regulation and self-image in relation to eating disorder development and maintenance. As I previously worked within child and adolescent psychiatry, I’m also interested in eating disorders in that population. Besides my doctoral project, I’m a project coordinator for a clinical trial of the treatment program compuLsive Exercise Activity theraPy (LEAP) that targets compulsive exercise in eating disorders. I’m also a qualitative researcher within the project Polygenic risk of Anorexia nervosa and its Clinical Expression (PACE) examining experiences of hunger, satiety and negative energy balance in individuals with past or present anorexia nervosa in relation to their genetic anorexia risk. Finally, I’m also doing neurocognitive assessments within the project Comprehensive Risk Evaluation for Anorexia nervosa in Twins (CREAT) examining possible differences between identical twins where one but not the other has had anorexia nervosa.

Research description

My doctoral project examined associations between emotion dysregulation (difficulties understanding and managing emotions) and eating disorder severity, diagnosis and outcome. It also examined associations between emotion regulation and self-image in relation to eating disorder psychopathology, hoping to clarify how these psychological variables may simplify or complicate eating disorder recovery. I have also examined psychometric properties of the questionnaire Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale measuring emotion dysregulation. Besides the research related to the LEAP and PACE projects, I have also contributed to research using registry data examining suicidality in eating disorders and behavioral eating disorder symptoms such as compulsive exercise and binge-eating.


2015 – 2021 (june): PhD-student, psychiatry, Karolinska Institute, Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Solna, Sweden.

2008 – 2013: Psychologist Programme (MSc in Clinical Psychology), Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

2011 – 2013: Basic training in Psychotherapy (within the Psychologist Programme), Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.