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Rebecka Keijser

Postdoctoral researcher

Postoctoral student in Tammimies Lab. Involved in the DLD-Sweden project at KI. Photo: private

About me

I´m doing my postdoctoral training in the Tammimies Lab under the umbrella of Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet (KIND), Department of Women's and Children's Health (KBH), Karolinska Institutet (KI). My PhD in neuroscience was earned at Uppsala University, investigating the influence of family environment, and Candidate Gene–environment interactions on depressive symptoms among adolescents and young adults in Sweden. 

As part of the Junior Faculty at KI, and as the leader of the Policy and Funding Focus Group, my vision is to work towards a more stable and transparent environment for early career researchers. I´m furthermore a programme committee member of KI-Discovers. The KI-Discovers seminars present excellent research conducted at KI.

My research is currently supported by Fonden för psykisk hälsa - Forskning rörande barn och ungas psykiska hälsa med särskilt stöd från Stiftelsen Frimurare Barnhuset i Stockholm (2022/2023)

Research description

My research interests include the genetic- and environmental influences on different neurodevelopmental- and psychiatric disorders. The environmental pathways are mainly focused on the family environment.


2021 PhD., in medical science. Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University. Thesis title: Depressive Symptoms Among Adolescents and Young Adults: Psychometrics and Influence of Family Environment, and cG×E Interactions.

2018 Licentiate degree in medical science. Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University. Thesis title: Depressive Symptoms among Adolescents: Evaluation & Influence of Parental Dimensions.

2016 Master of Science in psychology. University of Kristianstad and Stockholm University. Thesis title: Olfactory Functions in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

2012 Bachelor’s in psychology. The School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. Thesis title: Attitudes towards non suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in relation to empathy.