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Maria Åbonde Garke

PhD Student

About me

I am a PhD student at the Centre for Psychiatry Research (with a background as a lic. psychologist). My main research focus is emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic construct across psychiatric disorders.

Main supervisor: Nitya Jayaram-Lindström, PhD

Co-supervisors: Clara Hellner, MD, PhD; Karolina Sörman, PhD; Rajita Sinha, PhD

Research description

Emotion regulation holds promise as a construct of importance for our understanding and treatment of several different psychiatric disorders, such as substance abuse and eating disorders. However, research is lacking with regards to the role of dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies in individuals with varying problem behaviors and varying levels of symptoms.

We aim to expand the knowledge of the role of emotion regulation across different types of problem behaviors associated with different psychiatric disorders (i.e. transdiagnostically), as well the role of emotion regulation in behavior therapy. We want to understand if dysfunctional emotion regulation could serve as an informative assessment tool and effective treatment target.