Erik Andersson to defend his thesis on September 19th

Erik Andersson2010-08-17SthlmErik Andersson will defend his thesis “Enhancing cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder” on September 19. Christian Rück is the main supervisor and co-supervisors are Viktor Kaldo, Nils Lindefors, Gerhard Andersson. Sabine Wilhelm, Harvard Medical School, will be the opponent.

The thesis defense is open to the public. Details here:

New publication: Internetbased CBT for teenagers with OCD

First author Fabian Lenhard
First author Fabian Lenhard.

A study published in PloS ONE tested a new ICBT platform. Twenty-one adolescents (12–17 years) with OCD and their parents were enrolled in the study. All participants received 12 weeks of ICBT with therapist support. Treatment yielded significant improvements with a large effect size of d = 2.29 (95% CI 1.5–3.07) on the CY-BOCS. Patients continued to improve at follow-up. This is a study out of Eva Serlachius’ research group at Karolinska Institutet. Click reference for full text.

Lenhard F, Vigerland S, Andersson E, Rück C, Mataix-Cols D, et al. (2014) Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Open Trial. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100773. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100773


BDD Master Class with Sabine Wilhelm

Karolinska OCD Master Class

The Center for Psychiatry Research arranges a full-day Master Class on CBT for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) with Professor Sabine Wilhelm of Harvard University. This Master Class requires that you already are familiar with the basics of CBT.

When? September 18, 09:00-16:00

Where? Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge (Sweden).

How to register: Click here.  Limited number of attendees,

Maybe the World’s first Blind Breaking Party

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_6161 IMG_6167Recently, we held our first Blind Breaking Party were the blinding of the study participants allocation to drug or placebo was broken live and the results emerged on the screen as each envelope was opened. We also launched our mug: no data loss. Volen Ivanov showed his skills as a DJ. Thanks to everyone attending.

Evelyn Andersson sucessfully passed her half-time seminar

Evelyn Andersson a week ago passed her half time seminar with flying coulors. We wish to thank the board: Prof Jerker Hetta, Prof Bo Melin and Assoc Prof Patrik Magnusson. The PhD is on genetics and CBT.

Evelyn Andersson at her half-time seminar
Evelyn Andersson at her half-time seminar

Half-time seminar

PosterEvelyn Andersson will have her half-time seminar for her PhD (“From DNA to Therapy – Predictors, Candidate Genes and a Gene x Environment study with national register data”) on March 28 at 2 pm at Askö, M57, Karolinska Huddinge.

OMG: Student Award, the reviews are in, it is a tie!

The two nominations for our Student Award have been reviewed by Professors Mataix-Cols and Ivarsson and the result is: 1-1! In hindsight maybe not such a clever idea to have an even number of reviewers… Anyway, the nominations are now reviewed by a third reviewer and the final result will be presented tomorrow.

New interesting Karolinska OCD Master Classes ahead: skin-picking, David Tolin and Kerry Ressler

The Center for Psychiatry Research arranges Master Classes in OCD-related topics and very good ones are lined up in 2013:

February 1: How to run a CBT group for skin-picking and trichotillomania by Nienke Vulink, MD PhD, Pieter Ooms, CBT nurse , Mechteld Hoogedoorn, psychologist, PhD, Amsterdam University. Registration and more info at:–/ .

May 27: Buried in Treasures: The Nature and Treatment of Hoarding Disorder by Dr David Tolin, Director, The Institute of Living and Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University. Dr Tolin is well known for his research on OCD and Hoarding and has was the host of the TV series “The OCD project”. Registration not yet open.

December 2nd: The neurobiology of fear learning and extinction by Assoc Prof Kerry Ressler, Emory University, Atlanta. Registration not yet open.

All these will be held at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Campus Huddinge.