Tobias Elgan

Tobias Elgan

Affiliated to research

About me

I'm a researcher at STAD, a unit within the Centre for Psychiatry Research at the Karolinska Institutet. At STAD I'm involved in a number of different research projects in the field of prevention science with the underlying theme of bringing science into practice. This involves various methods from survey research to co-producing and evaluating preventive interventions together with stakeholders. One focus area for my research concerns children having parents with substance use problems, and in particular, the development, evaluation, and implementation of digital interventions to this target group. Yet another research focus area is community-based alcohol and drug prevention interventions, which are co-produced and implemented in different environments such as sporting events and the nightlife.

Research description

Ongoing research projects

Elite players, mental health problems and gambling - Development of a systematic approach for elite football clubs to improve their work on preventing mental health problems and gambling

Grubbel - An online chat group intervention for 15-25 year olds having parents with substance use and/or mental health problems (

Fotboll utan Fylla - Alcohol Prevention at the Swedish Premier Football League (

STAD in Europe - Disseminating and implementing the STAD approach to alcohol prevention tailored to different countries and settings (

Psychometric evaluation of alcohol and drug screening instruments among adolescents

Alama Nightlife - Understanding the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use patterns

Teaching portfolio

I'm involved in various teaching activities at the Karolinska Institutet. For instance, I regularly teach about prevention science at the course Beroendetillstånd, which is a continuous education course for professionals at dependency and psychiatry care and the social services, and at various courses at the Psychology program. I also regularly supervise masters students both at Karolinska Institutet and other universities.