Head of unit
I am Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Science since 2010 at KI. Additionally, I direct the Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at KI (KIND), and head the Neuropsychiatry Division at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. On the clinical side I work as a senior consultant in clinical psychology and specialist in neuropsychology at child and adolescent psychiatry Stockholm.
I have diverse national and international commissions, for example I am visting professor at the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, research associate at Curtain University in Perth, founder and board member of Scientific Society Autism Spectrum, editor of Autism: the international journal of research and practice”, associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, and editor in chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology. I am the founder of the Scientific Society Autism Spectrum and international ADOS and ADI-R trainer. I have received several recognitions, such as the ”Life Watch Nordiska Priset”, ”Årets Ljus” (Society Attention), and ”Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research” (INSAR).
I have published more than 300 original articles, reviews, book chapters, assessment and intervention tools in the field of autism spectrum, ADHD, other neurodevelopmental conditions and mental health, which have been cited more than 15,000 times (H-index 53).
My research area since more than 20 years is predominently neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. I work broadly in these areas from basic biomedical research on etiologies to applied research of intervention, quality assurance and implementation, although I would describe cognition/neuropsychology, diagnostic instruments, assessment and psychometrics as my core interests.
Full Prof., 2010, Karolinska Institutet
Senior lecturer/Docent/Assoc. Prof., 2009, Charles Univ Heidelberg
Senior lecturer/Docent/Assoc. Prof. 2004, Goethe Univ Frankfurt
Post-doc 2000-2004, Goethe Univ Frankfurt
Clinical Neuropsychologist, 2003, Society of Neurosychology
PhD (summa cum laude), 2000, Goethe Univ Frankfurt
Practitioner for psychotherapy, 1999
Master (psychology) (with distinction), 1997, Goethe Univ Frankfurt
Academic honours, awards and prizes
2011, LifeWatch Nordic Research Award for Autism Research Achievements
2015, Autism Speaks top 10 autism research paper
2016, SFARI spectrum news top 10 autism research paper
2016, Autism CRC (Australia), Achievement in Autism Research
2017, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Top 2 paper of year
2018, Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)
2018, ‘Light of the Year’ Award, National Neuropsychiatry Society Attention