Porträtt Tove Wahlund

Tove Wahlund


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About me

I have a PhD from Karolinska Institutet (2020) and a MS in psychology from Stockholm University (2008). My doctoral thesis is called "Excessive worry in adolescents and adults - development and evaluation of theory-driven treatments".

I am licensed as a clinical psychologist since 2009 and have worked in both child and adult psychiatric care services. My current position is at Stockholm Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and I am a post doc in Eva Serlachius' research group. I also work with research governance at the Centre for Psychiatric Research (CPF). 

Research description

Excessive worry is a common psychological phenomenon in both youth and adulthood. If left untreated, excessive worry can increase the risk of mental health disorders, insomnia and substance abuse. 

I defended my doctoral thesis on March 6th, 2020. My doctoral project was about psychological treatments for excessive worry among adolescents and adults. The main focus of my research is on theory-driven treatments, how they are experienced by patients and how they can affect worry and secondary symptoms such as anxiety and depression. I have developed an internet-delivered treatment of excessive worry in adolescents within the Children's Internet Project (BIP) at BUP. I have also evaluated the effects and mediation of an Internet-delivered treatment for adults with excessive worry.

Teaching portfolio

I have been the course coordinator for an introductory course in psychology at KI's occupational therapist program, and I regularly teach at KI's psychologist program, specialist training courses for psychologists and with private educators. I am a clinical supervisor in a study of psychological treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and have been co-supervisor for several master's students.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

In addition to clinical psychology research, I'm also interested in climate and sustainability issues, both as issues in their own right but also linked to mental health and education. Sustainable development as an issue spans many subject areas! In May 2019, I was awarded the Department of Clinical Neuroscience EiNAR for climate work.

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