Hanna Sahlin

Hanna Sahlin

Adjunct lecturer

About me

I am a clinical psychologist, licensed psychotherapist and Specialist in clinical psychology. I earned my PhD on Deliberate self-harm - characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions in April 2018.




Research description

I have a long, clinical background mainly specialized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for women with borderline personality disorder and deliberate self-harm. 

My PhD-thesis called "Deliberate self-harm – characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions" focused on both cross-sectional and registry-based studies of deliberate self-harm as a phenomenom "outside" of borderline personality disorder, as well as on treatment intervention studies. Our intervention studies are focused on increasing emotion regulation skills in adults and adolescents with self-harm.

I have my post-doc studies in Viktor Kaldos researchgroup, where we study the emotion regulating effect of affect labeling, or naming: https://ki.se/cns/emotionsreglering

Current research focus is on emotion regulation, treatment interventions for gender minority/transgender individuals and borderline personality disorder.


2018 PhD Deliberate self-harm – characteristics, clinical correlates and interventions.

2013-2017: PhD programme at the Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

2012-2015: Research school of Psychiatry. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. 

2013: Board Certified specialist in Clinical Psychology, Swedish Psychological Association.

2010: University diploma in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Stockholm University, Department of Psychology.

2003: Licensed psychologist, National Board of Health and Welfare

2001: Master of Science in Psychology. Uppsala University, Department of Psychology.