Richard Bränström

Principal researcher

Research description

My main research interests are the study of social determinants of health and health-related behaviors, as well as, the effects of internet-based psychological treatments. In this research I draw upon my training both as a clinical psychologist and as an epidemiologist in order to increase our understanding of how psychological and social factors influence health, and how these influences can be modified.

More specifically, I am studying how social, psychological and contextual factors influence the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. In this research, I use both social epidemiological, psychological, and socioecological models to understand the influence of stigma and discrimination on physical and mental health disparities based on sexual orientation.

Further, I am currently involved in a number of studies testing the efficacy of internet-based psychological interventions to increase resilience and decrease psychological distress both among different patient groups, and among sexual minority adolescents and young adults.


2012-10-01      Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet

2003-09-26      PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet

2002-09-21      License as Clinical Psychologist

1998-06-20      Master of Science in Psychology, Uppsala University