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The psychology of addiction

The addiciton to alcohol and other drugs are considered as one of our major public health issues. The consequences of an addiction are several. It affects the individual as well as relatives, work situation, and other people in society.

In the research group Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical research (APEC) we are especially interested in different psychological processes, for example thought, emotions and behaviour, in relation to use of alcohol and other drugs. Our research focuses on both immediate and long term effects of alchol and drug use, and what psychological risk factors that could contribute to develope an addiction. Included are effects on fetuses and the growing baby, that is, long term consequences of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. We also study how commissions are performed, what methods of assessment should be used, and what psychological treatments that are effective for addiction treatment.

We communicate our knowledge in the area by lectures and supervision within the university, and by contract teaching. We also collaborate in close proximity to society, such as county councils and municipalities, in order to implement our research. Several of the members in APEC also act as experts on mission from e.g. Health authorities, the Department of Health, Correctional treatment, and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

APEC members

For more information about the research group, please contact:

Angelica Hagsand, PhD
Manager for APEC

Claudia Fahlke, Professor, Licensed Psychologist
Founder APEC

Senior researchers

Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge, Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist

Jenny Rangmar, PhD

Jonas Stålheim, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Kristina Berglund, Associate Professor

Malin Hildebrand Karlén, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Solveig Olausson, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Karin Boson, Licensed Psychologist

Sabina Kapetanovic, PhD

PhD students

Fides Schückher, MD

Johan Hagborg, Licensed Psychologist

Niels Ek, Licensed Psychologist

Russell Turner

Martina Wilson, Licensed Psychologist

John Hanson Högberg, Licensed Psychologist

Carolin Eklund Lövgren

Linnea Nissling, Licensed Psychologist


Anna Myrhmar, Licensed Psychologist

Annika Hofstedt, Licensed Psychologist

Emma Jacobsson, Licensed Psychologist

Karl Mogren, Licensed Psychologist

Stefan Sanner, Licensed Psychologist

Associate researchers

Marie von Garaguly, Licensed Nurse

Johan Green

Tove Lindström

Psychology major students involved in research projects

Alicia Lönnqvist contact

Klara Svanström contact

External researchers

Emma Roos af Hjelmsäter, PhD (Analyst at the Swedish Police Authority, Gothenburg) contact

Nadja Schreiber Compo, PhD (Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Florida International University, USA) contact

APEC in Berlin

Front row from left: Claudia Fahlke, Angelica Hagsand, Fides Schückher, Ann-Sophie Bagge, Karin Boson, Niels Eék and Johan Hagborg. Back row from left: Malin Hildebrand Karlén, Jenny Rangmar, Kristina Berglund and Jonas Stålheim.


Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical research

Page Manager: Angelica Hagsand|Last update: 9/27/2019

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