Study director, Research school in clinical psychiatry. International post doctoral fellow via the Swedish Research Council: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin Germany 2019-2020; Dartmouth College, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, NH, US, 2020-2021.
We focus on the brain’s plasticity and how these changes affect our feelings.
Mainly, we use functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study both clinical and healthy participants. For instance, we may follow individuals over time while being treated with and anxiolytic treatment. We also have ongoing research on the brain's plasticity and the interaction with cell biology, such as telomeres, telomerase, glutathione peroxidase and mitochondria. Different methodological approaches are used, e.g., BOLD-fMRI variability, and support vector machine (SVM) learning. This research may lead to developments of novel and effective treatments for common psychiatric disorders.
Månsson, K. N. T., Cortes, D. S., Manzouri, A., Hau, S., Fischer, H. (2019) Viewing pictures triggers rapid morphological enlargement in the human visual cortex. Cerebral Cortex. In press (Preprint available: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/408658v1)
Recent poster presentations
Månsson KNT., Lindqvist D., Wolkowitz, O., Nilsonne, G., Isung, I., Svanborg, C., Boraxbekk, CJ., Fischer, H., Lavebratt, C., Furmark, T. (2018) Can psychological treatment slow down cellular aging in social anxiety disorder? An intervention study evaluating changes in leukocyte telomere length and telomerase activity. In: Abstracts from the 73rd annual conference of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, 10th to 12th May, New York, New York, USA: SOBP
Månsson KNT., Garrett, DD., Wiegert, S., Manzouri, A., Furmark, T., Fischer, H. (2018). Affective brain signal variability separates social anxiety disorder patients from healthy individuals. In: Abstracts from the 73rd annual conference of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, 10th to 12th May, New York, New York, USA: SOBP
Månsson, KNT., Wager, TD, Isacsson, N., Kolbeinsson, Ö., Andersson, G., Fischer, H., Furmark, T. (2018). Temporal dynamics in the treatment of social anxiety - Neural changes occur early and precede clinical improvement. In: Abstracts from the 73rd annual conference of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, 10th to 12th May, New York, New York, USA: SOBP
Cortes, DS., Månsson, K.N.T., Laukka, P., Ebner, N., Fischer, H. (2018). Single-dose intranasal oxytocin administration reduced brain activity to negative emotion displays in younger and older men and women. In: Abstracts from the annual conference of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society, 3rd to 5th May, Brooklyn, New York, USA: SANS
Fischer, H., Cortes, DS., Laukka, P., Månsson K.N.T., Ebner, N. (2018). Single-dose intranasal oxytocin administration is associated with larger amygdala grey matter volume in younger, but smaller volume in older adults. In: Abstracts from the annual conference of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society, 3rd to 5th May, Brooklyn, New York, USA: SANS
Study director for the research school in clinical psychiatry at the Center for Psychiatry Research. Teaching methods in cognitive behavior therapy for clinical psychologists.
PhD (2016), Clinical psychologist (2012)
Academic honours, awards and prizes
Nominated (2018, Uppsala University; 2019, Karolinska Institutet) as an outstanding young researcher in psychology to the Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences. Awarded the Aaron T Beck student scholarship in 2013.