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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.

Health psychology is concerned with how psychological aspects such as thoughts, feelings and behaviour can affect our physical health, but also how physical states such as diabetes and obesity can influence our mental health. 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.

The Department of Psychology hosts a group of researchers working with health psychological research and teaches health psychology.

Resarch in Health psychology

There are currently several ongoing research projects within the health psychology subject area, all with strong connections to current social issues. Research is being conducted in, for example:

  • Health psychological effects of physical activity
  • Motivation to healthy behaviour
  • Transition to retirement and health
  • Cognitive health of elderly
  • Youth perception of the body and health
  • Personality related to somatic health
  • How organizational and social work environment affect health
  • How risk habits of alcohol and and other substances can be prevented and changed
  • Experienced quality of life in patients in somatic health care

Education in Health Psychology

For anyone interested in learning more about health psychology the Department of Psychology offers Basic Course in Health Psychology (30 hp). We also have a course at advanced level; Personality, Psychological Health and Addiction (15 hp). If you as a Clinical Psychologist want to take specialist courses, we can offer a course in Clinical Health Psychology (7.5 hp) and one in Applied Clinical Health Psychology (7.5 hp). We also offer mission training in addiciton psychology.

Read more about education at the Department's education pages.


As researchers and lecturers we are interested in collboration on issues and questions reagrding the health psychological area, in research as well as in education. We already share collaborations with for example Region Västra Götaland, Länsstyrelsen, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Kriminalvården, and FoU in West/GR.


For questions about our research you are welcome to contact any member of the research group. Via the links below you reach individual members personal pages where you find presentations, publications and contact information.


Claudia Fahlke

Work group for Health Psychology

Claudia Fahlke, Professor in Health Psychology
Risk of alcohol, personality, health

Magnus Lindwall, Professor in Health Psychology
Sports Psychology, motivation, ageing and health

Kristina Holmqvist Gattario, PhD, Senior lecturer in Health Psychology
Positive body perception, bullying, developmental psychology

Pernilla Larsman, PhD, Assistant senior lecturer in work and health
Work environment, work related stress and illness

Sara Thomée, MD, Assistant senior lecturer in work and health
Work environment IT, stress, sleep

Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Life quality with somatic and psychological illness

Martina Wilson, PhD student in Health Psychology
Health, working life and risk of alcohol

Researchers and lecturers with health psychological orientation in research and teaching

Anders Pousette
Annika Björnsdotter
Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge
Bo Helsing (bo.helsing@hv.se)
Bodil Karlsson
Carolina Lunde
Cecilia J Bergstad
Emma Jakobsson
Inga Tidefors
Isabelle Hansson
Jenny Rangmar (jenny.rangmar@psy.gu.se)
Jesper Lundgren
Johanna Kling
Karin Boson
Karl Mogren
Kerstin Falkman Watson
Kristina Berglund
Lars Göran Wallgren Tengberg
Lena Låstad
Margareta Bohlin
Maria Eriksson (maria.c.m.eriksson@gu.se)
Marie Kivi
Martin Grill
Mats Eklöf
Mattias Gunnarsson
Niels Eék
Niklas Rydbo
Rosalie Säregård
Sofia Berne
Stefan Sanner
Stefanie König

Health Psychology

Page Manager: Ann-Sofie Sten|Last update: 2/26/2019

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