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Claudia Fahlke

Professor

Claudia Fahlke
Professor
claudia.fahlke@psy.gu.se
+46 31 786 4289
0708-611620

Room number: 483
Postal Address: Box 500, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 41314 Göteborg


Department of Psychology (More Information)
Box 500
405 30 Göteborg
www.psy.gu.se
psykologi@psy.gu.se

Visiting Address: Haraldsgatan 1 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Claudia Fahlke

Biography

  • 1994: PhD in psychology from the University of Gothenburg. Title of the doctoral thesis: Alcohol consumption in the rat: modulation by adrenal steroids and mesotelencephalic dopamine.
  • 1997: Postdoctoral position at the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, USA.
  • 1998: Associate professor in psychology and senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Göteborg University.
  • 2006: Professor in psychology at the Department of Psychology, Göteborg University and licensed clinical psychologist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg.
  • Member of several committees, for example the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Science (2011-2014), Scientific Board of the National Board of Institutional Care (since 2008-2013), Scientific Counsel of Psychology for the National Board of Health and Welfare (since 2006) and Head of the Centre for Education and Research on Addiction (CERA) at the University of Gothenburg (since 20013).

Teaching

The main focus of my teaching and supervising is on alcohol and drug addiction, personality, psychopathology and biological psychology.

Research interests

The broad and long-term objective of my research is to gain insight into the psychological and neurobiological risk factors that underlies alcohol abuse and dependence, and to what extent these risk factors interact. Furthermore, strategies of psychotherapy in combination with pharmacological treatment are studied and whether psychological and neurobiological risk factors can predict treatment outcome and relapse.

In collaboration with other colleagues, the goal of our research is to develop further treatment strategies for alcohol-dependence and develop tools for prevention.

Current research

Our research group (Addiction Psychology)  are the first to report an association between the TaqIA polymorphism of the dopamine D2 receptor gene and a substantially increased self-reported relapse rate at follow-up 1½ year after end of a twelve-step treatment. This finding adds additional knowledge to the fast growing research field of association between genetic polymorphism and treatment outcome. Notably, we have also shown that alcohol-dependent individuals, who are carriers of this polymorphism, have an increased mortality rate by about 40 % in comparison to non-carriers. Our findings may lead to the implementation of genotyping for the TaqIA polymorphism in individuals with severe alcohol-dependence.

Another important contribution is that the longer the duration of excessive alcohol intake, the more pronounced is the impairment of the serotonergic function and personality traits such as harm avoidance. In addition, we are the first who have investigated the monoaminergic systems (i.e. serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline) in one and the same alcohol-dependent individual. Dysfunctions in these systems were restricted to an impairment of the serotonergic system, suggesting that this system is especially vulnerable to long-term excessive alcohol consumption. Moreover, impaired monoaminergic profiles, including low responses in two or three systems, were more frequently observed in alcohol-dependent individuals than in controls. Such impaired profiles may be of clinical importance.

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Latest publications

Somatic effects of AAS abuse: A 30-years follow-up study of male former power sports athletes.
Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge, T. Rosen, Claudia Fahlke, C. Ehrnborg, B.O. Eriksson et al.
Journal of science and medicine in sport, Journal article 2017
Journal article

To wait or not to wait? Improving results when interviewing intoxicated witnesses to violence
Malin Hildebrand Karlén, Emma Roos Af Hjelmsäter, Claudia Fahlke, Pär-Anders Granhag, Anna Söderpalm Gordh
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Common Neurogenetic Diagnosis and Meso-Limbic Manipulation of Hypodopaminergic Function in Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS): Changing the Recovery Landscape
K. Blum, M. Febo, R. D. Badgaiyan, Z. Demetrovics, T. Simpatico et al.
Current Neuropharmacology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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2017

Somatic effects of AAS abuse: A 30-years follow-up study of male former power sports athletes.
Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge, T. Rosen, Claudia Fahlke, C. Ehrnborg, B.O. Eriksson et al.
Journal of science and medicine in sport, Journal article 2017
Journal article

To wait or not to wait? Improving results when interviewing intoxicated witnesses to violence
Malin Hildebrand Karlén, Emma Roos Af Hjelmsäter, Claudia Fahlke, Pär-Anders Granhag, Anna Söderpalm Gordh
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Common Neurogenetic Diagnosis and Meso-Limbic Manipulation of Hypodopaminergic Function in Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS): Changing the Recovery Landscape
K. Blum, M. Febo, R. D. Badgaiyan, Z. Demetrovics, T. Simpatico et al.
Current Neuropharmacology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

2016

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