Professor Sven Bölte PhD

Sven Bölte


About me

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 visiting professor at the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, research associate at Curtin University in Perth (Autism Research Group), founder of the Scientific Society Autism Spectrum, editor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, and editor in chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology. I am international ADOS-2 and ADI-R trainer, board member of Autism Sweden and Education Science at the Swedish Research Council. I have received several recognitions, such as the ”Life Watch Nordiska Priset”, ”Årets Ljus” (Society Attention),  ”Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research” (INSAR), and  Psynkpriset GNET (Swedish Municipalities and Regions).

I have published more than 500 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 31,000 times (H-index 83).


Research description

My research area since  more than 25 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

2020,  'Psynkpriset GNET' (Swedish Municipalities and Regions)

2022, No 6 of world's autism experts (Expertscape)

2023, No 11 of Sweden's most infuencial psychologists (