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Research at the Department
of Psychology

The research at the Department of Psychology is concerned with fundamental principles and processes that help in understanding and predicting human behaviour. We have a strong interdisciplinary tradition and cooperate with researchers in other subjects such as economics, law, medicine, political science and technology.

The problem-based areas in our research relate among other things to treatment initiatives in mental ill-health among children and adults, effects of disability on the psychological functioning of children and adults, the credibility of witness statements, decisions and actions with an impact on the environment, the working environment and well-being.

Through our research we disseminate knowledge both to a broad group of stakeholders in the scientific community and to public-sector and private-sector organisations.

Ongoing research

A large part of the department's research is performed in our research groups and in interdisciplinary research centers. The links take you down to the area of your interest.


The research group Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical Research (APEC) perform experimental and clinical research within the area of addiction and abuse. The group also works closely with the community regarding these issues.

The Centre for Education and Research on Addiction (CERA) is an interdisciplinary and joint research center at the University of Gothenburg which is working to strengthen and develop research and education within the area of addiction.

Aging and adult development

The Lifespan Development Lab (Lifelab) (former ADA-Gero Group) is a team of researchers at the Department of Psychology involved in research on various aspects of aging and adult development.

Children, adolescents, and young adults:
Developmental psychology

The The Gothenburg group for Research In Developmental psychology (GRID) is a research unit within the field of developmental psychology. The research conducted within the unit revolves around different aspects of psychological development in youth: children, adolescents, emerging adults and young adults. Some of the issues that are investigated by the members are identity, personality development, body image, parenthood, relationships, bullying, cyberbullying, use of new media, and sports participation.

Clinical psychology

The research group Clinical Psychology, Prevention and Intervention from a Lifespan Perspective (CPPI) consists of researchers and clinicians from the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg. Our research focus are developmental pathways towards wellbeing or mental ill health from the perspectives of children, youths, adults, relatives, and professionals. We study the effects of preventive as well as therapeutic interventions, develop new methods, and use both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Environmental psychology

The research group Environmental Psychology Unit (EPU), at the Department of Psychology, gathers researches working with research and teaching within the area. The research group also cooperates with other departments and disciplines in interdisciplinary research projects. Environmental Psychology belongs to the branch of psychology known as Social Psychology.

Forensic psychology

Criminal, Legal and Investigative Psychology (CLIP) is a research unit within the area of forensic psychology. The group conducts research with the aim of contributing to psychological theory as well as being applicable to the legal system.

Health psychology

Health issues are widely debated in todays society. Alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity, health and work, diets, sexuality and stress are subjects being discussed extensively in both the scientific society as well as in popular culture. The Department of Psychology hosts a group of researchers working with health psychological research and teaches health psychology.

A starting point on health psychology is the bio-psycho-social perspective where health can be understood as a result of physical, psychological and social factors.

Judgement and decision making

The research group Judgement, Decision Making and Social Psychology (JDMS) consists of researchers interested in various aspects of social cognition, applied judgment and decision making.

Work and organizational psychology

The members of the Gothenburg Research Group in Work and Organizational Psychology (GR-WOP) are doing research within the areas: leadership; work groups and group development; organizations and organizational development; psychosocial work environment: development of psychometrical instruments in work and organizational psychology.

List of our research groups in alphabetical order



Ongoing research at the department: Research areas and research groups

Read more about a specifik researcher: 
For personal presentations, go to our list of staff.

Become a researcher: Information about our postgraduate programme.

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